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Pre-Motorized Bicycle Information. Before you mount that engine to your bicycle frame, you'll want to know if the bike is ready for the engine! Ask our experts here for advice on what will perform well.

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Old 04-26-2011, 08:44 PM
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I found this really solid wal-mart bike called a Genesis

It has 29 inch wheels and a front disc brake

The frame tubes seem to be standard shaped
nothing fancy just regular round

Will a kit work on this frame / bike?



Well i finished this bike
The engine worked good and it gets me around town.
You can read about the story of the bike here in this thread.

Here is the finished product


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Old 04-26-2011, 11:06 PM
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Somebody on here tried to motorize one and said the motor wouldn't fit. Here is a link to the thread.

http://motorbicycling.com/f41/29-bea...art-28271.html
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:24 PM
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Somebody on here tried to motorize one and said the motor wouldn't fit. Here is a link to the thread.

http://motorbicycling.com/f41/29-bea...art-28271.html
I checked the thread

They are talking about this bike.

Not the one i was looking at
The one I'm looking at is a totally different bike and frame.

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Old 04-27-2011, 01:45 AM
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Read the thread, the post is by BlackTurttleWarrior on page three
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:57 AM
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Looks like it fits a 4-stroke just fine....a 2-stroke would fit even easier.

Newbikers, it looks like a 2-stroke will fit the Genesis just fine as well....I'd give it a shot. I'm sure you could always return it if not

EDIT: I'm guessing the Genesis is the new replacement of the Ridgedale line-up.

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Somebody on here tried to motorize one and said the motor wouldn't fit. Here is a link to the thread.

http://motorbicycling.com/f41/29-bea...art-28271.html
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is that tank taped on?
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This bike has an aluminum frame .
Aluminum cracks under the stress of being motorized.
Better to find one made of steel.
I have even cracked the bicycle frame of the stuff called tensteel .
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:11 AM
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This bike has an aluminum frame .
Aluminum cracks under the stress of being motorized.
Better to find one made of steel.
I have even cracked the bicycle frame of the stuff called tensteel .
I don't believe that for 1 minute.

I saw you post that anti-aluminum stuff in another thread

I might be new to motorizing bikes but I'm not new to bicycles and I can say for a fact that I've never had any aluminum frame crack or any frame at all

And I've done alot more then vibrate it.

think 5 foot jumps...........

Besides the frame is gusseted also and is heavy and solid as a rock.
I sat on it and picked it up

And besides
the tubing is not oversized so it wont be needing a drill or anything to affix the engine.

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Old 04-27-2011, 12:04 PM
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If you do build a motorized bicycle based on this bike, be sure to post info on it here. I'm a big guy (6'4" 240lbs) and am also looking for a suitable Walmart bike for the project. I'm leaning towards one of the Schwinn cruisers, but a 29" wheel bike sounds pretty nice.
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I don't believe that for 1 minute.

I saw you post that anti-aluminum stuff in another thread

I might be new to motorizing bikes but I'm not new to bicycles and I can say for a fact that I've never had any aluminum frame crack or any frame at all

And I've done alot more then vibrate it.

think 5 foot jumps...........

Besides the frame is gusseted also and is heavy and solid as a rock.
I sat on it and picked it up

And besides
the tubing is not oversized so it wont be needing a drill or anything to affix the engine.
Actually when clamping an engine on aluminum frames it is a good practice to cut EMT conduit to go under the mounts on either side to prevent cutting and compression by the clamps. More than one member has suffered frame damage by not following this advice. Ask any of the older members here and they will tell you the same thing.

If you are making jumps like that on an aluminum frame you are taking your life in your hands literally especially on a cheapo frame. I have seen more than one aluminum frame break at the welds from simple riding on Wally world bikes.

I doubt that you will have too many problems mounting an engine on the specified bike though just use some common sense when riding it as usually it is not the frame that will initially fail it will usually be the hubs or spokes from being under power.

Just my 2 cents take it for what it is worth...
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