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Old 09-08-2011, 06:34 PM
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I've been riding my Tanaka-powered motorized bicycle to work daily since May.
Regular maintenance is critical to reliability.

My throttle stuck while starting the engine two days ago. I swear, it's prolly like holding onto a wild horse. After I hit the kill switch, I started it up and hopped on. The bike wasn't going anywhere in first gear. That's when I noticed the first gear sprocket on the cassette was bent over 2nd gear. Late for work, so I simply used 3rd gear and up. I couldn't climp the ramp at work, so I walked the bike into the office elevator, then out to the 4th floor parking lot. Riding home, I knew I wouldn't be able to ride up the steep hill or the footpath alongside it. I pushed the bike up the hill, which made me VERY tired. At the hilltop, I put the bike in 3rd gear and motored home. Luckily, I had purchased TWO 11t-34t cassettes on ebay. During lunch hour yesterday, I removed the wheel and took it over to my local bike shop nearby. They replaced the damaged cassette, lubed the hub and trued the spokes. At day's end, I rode home, happily riding my bike up the steep hill near home.
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:05 PM
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havn't had a chance to work on it, started at paypal on tuesday, ^-^ been in training early in the morning, then spending time with the GF after i get home.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:11 PM
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Today I began cleaning up my Whizzer and motorized bicycle after Hurricane Irene dumped 18 inches of very stinky, salty, and corrosive water into my garage. The Whizzer started right up after a wash with soap and water to remove the crud, but the motorized bicycle will needs some TLC to bring it back on line. I'll need to remove and clean the lower bracket and freewheel, then I'll swap out the bicycle brake cables with the heavy duty scooter cables I bought in town yesterday. I hope I don't face any more setbacks 'cause I'm anxious to start my next build, a Giant Stiletto Chrome. Any ideas on ideal engines would be appreciated. Also, where can I find a sprocket for the square-shank jackshaft that's built into a Stiletto?
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:30 AM
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Rode my bike over the hill to Portland today. It was kind of hot out but it was a pleasant ride. I got all the way downtown and back on less than a quarter gallon of gas. At four dollars a gallon it's still cheaper to ride my motorized bicycle than it is to take mass transit and not only that, it goes when I want it to. There is nothing as frustrating as seeing my "light rail" go whizzing by because I just missed it. if I'm riding my bike at least I'm moving.

The hill is fairly steep on the way into town so, on the downhill run I just push in the clutch and coast. I'm not sure if that adds extra wear to my drive system but I know it saves on gas. I don't have a speedometer on my bike but I do have a tachometer so I can see how fast the engine is turning over.I have a 36 tooth rear cog and I was hitting about 5500 RPM at peak times.

I forgot, two days ago I actually found the company that still makes thorn proof tubes. they make them for 26 by 1.85 and the tires I'm running are 26 by 1.5 so I had to make sure that there wasn't much air in them when I installed them. I have about 2 1/2 hours of ride time on them so far in the seem to be holding up quite well.

One other neat thing is that the air doesn't seem to come out these tires overnight. They seem to have just as much air in them this morning as my first pump them up two days ago.

I still carry an extra set of tubes and a patch kit with tools and a pump, just in case.

mike

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Old 09-09-2011, 02:26 AM
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Today I began cleaning up my Whizzer and motorized bicycle after Hurricane Irene dumped 18 inches of very stinky, salty, and corrosive water into my garage. The Whizzer started right up after a wash with soap and water to remove the crud, but the motorized bicycle will needs some TLC to bring it back on line. I'll need to remove and clean the lower bracket and freewheel, then I'll swap out the bicycle brake cables with the heavy duty scooter cables I bought in town yesterday. I hope I don't face any more setbacks 'cause I'm anxious to start my next build, a Giant Stiletto Chrome. Any ideas on ideal engines would be appreciated. Also, where can I find a sprocket for the square-shank jackshaft that's built into a Stiletto?
Try www.staton-inc.com

Sorry for the bad weather. I hope you and your family are doing well.

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Old 09-09-2011, 03:22 AM
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Sealed up the carb to intake connection with some copper gasket maker..and took a picture

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Old 09-09-2011, 01:25 PM
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I forgot, two days ago I actually found the company that still makes thorn proof tubes. they make them for 26 by 1.85 and the tires I'm running are 26 by 1.5 so I had to make sure that there wasn't much air in them when I installed them. I have about 2 1/2 hours of ride time on them so far in the seem to be holding up quite well.

One other neat thing is that the air doesn't seem to come out these tires overnight. They seem to have just as much air in them this morning as my first pump them up two days ago.

I still carry an extra set of tubes and a patch kit with tools and a pump, just in case.

mike
Could you share the name of this company with us?
I am very interested in these inner tubes.
Running them along with a tire liner should be a good combo.
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Old 09-10-2011, 07:56 AM
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We started working on my bike.

The frame is a bit smaller than my son's cranbrook, so we cut the intake and and repositioned it and welded it together so the carb will set off on an angle.




the only issue with the reposition is I am going to have to be really careful pedaling so I dont kick the air cleaner. It looks like the throttle cable is tight against the frame but it was the maximum amount of room i could give it without drilling a hole in the frame.




This is how the cranny looks




Do you think he likes his ride???

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Old 09-10-2011, 08:42 AM
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Do you think he likes his ride???


Looks like a happy guy

This is actually a response to an earlier post of yours. I don't know if you found the guy yet but there is a mount on eBay that a guy named Barry makes that adapts the HT motors to the OCC Sting Ray. He makes a straight pipe, too. You can find several threads on motorizing the Sting Ray so you don't have to travel an unknown path

Now, for my bike. Got the jackshaft kit today for my LA Cycles BigMo. It's going to make hooking up the Morini much easier.
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Old 09-10-2011, 10:49 AM
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I forgot, two days ago I actually found the company that still makes thorn proof tubes. they make them for 26 by 1.85 and the tires I'm running are 26 by 1.5 so I had to make sure that there wasn't much air in them when I installed them. I have about 2 1/2 hours of ride time on them so far in the seem to be holding up quite well.

One other neat thing is that the air doesn't seem to come out these tires overnight.

mike
I air mine up a tiny bit just to harden them every two weeks or so even on my bald rear tire that took on the two small nails and I do mean this is ''daily'' riding! Its been very well over 7 gallons of fuel since that impalement discovery.

Bike shops over there ''don't know nuttun bout a thick tube and will not stock them ''aye mike? I've been to different parts of the country that would not stock them. ''good thick tubes'' Bummer. Speaks volumes about your local L.B.S.'s and the givin local terrain. We got it all figured out over here Brodder.
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Could you share the name of this company with us?
I am very interested in these inner tubes.
Running them along with a tire liner should be a good combo.
Every one of the bike shops here have very nice thick tubes available. I can go to any of the local L.B.S.'S here and get a tube casually just like buying bubble gum. If you cannot find a tube I can certainly get one. I can stop by a shop and get you brand names. Heck just google a Albuquerque N.M. bike shop and order one. If you have a prob I can clear it up. The Kickstand Bicycle Sales & Service-Albuquerque Bicycle Shop has good seasoned techs there that will know exactly what you want.

Tubes for 1.75 sizeish tires are abundant here in shops as well as down hill 26x2.75 ish tire size tubes and 26X2.25. My 24X3.0 was a dead end tho.

I still have to reckon its harder in different places to find this stuff where some folks live?

You'l wind up with the same tubes I am running They have two 5 gallon buckets of ''Slime'' in the repair department on hand at all times because that's how we roll here!
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