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Old 10-08-2013, 11:08 PM
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One reason I ride is that I'm no longer in a hurry to get anywhere.
my DIY belt drive's set up for max torque at 16 mph and will climb
about anything with minimal pedal effort.I see so much more at 15
mph than could ever be enjoyed at 55 mph in a car. Back roads are
where it's at; freeways suck!
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:46 PM
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One reason I ride is that I'm no longer in a hurry to get anywhere.
my DIY belt drive's set up for max torque at 16 mph and will climb
about anything with minimal pedal effort.I see so much more at 15
mph than could ever be enjoyed at 55 mph in a car. Back roads are
where it's at; freeways suck!
I want to learn more about the diy belt drive.
I ride because I like to tinker. Plus I like to be the only one to have the bike I have. There's a little street cred in that
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:56 AM
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Okay,
it's rack mounted behind the seat. I took an old dax friction kit
and a 5/8" x 7" bolt from which I cut off the head. I necked that end
down & threaded it to 3/8" 24 thread so to thread it into the clutch
bell. For the other end I made a 3/4" pulley using two Belleville washers
with an 1/8" spacer between forming a tight V for a 3L wedge belt.
This locks in place with a 5/8" nut on either side. I had to grind the inside
nut to !/2 thickness & place a smooth 5/8" washer between it & the bearing.
The sheave was the rim of a 24" wheel notched to fit the spokes &
secured with aluminum strips held by self-tapping screws.
It looks like this: (if i can get it to load) What looks like a pannier is
a stealth cowling over the engine,(tanaka pf4000).
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:04 AM
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P.S. The blue Huffy died, cracked frame. The drive is now on a
more robust mtn. bike. With this set up you need to pedal up
to 8 mph before engaging the centrifugal clutch or it won't last
long. I wouldn't recommend this setup for urban use, but it's
great on hilly back roads.
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:26 PM
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I got a job 8 miles from where I live. I needed super cheap transportation right away for as little as possible (I used to walk to my old job). I eventually saved up for a car, but saved so much money by riding my motorized bicycle that I never bought a car lol. I live within my means.
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Old 10-20-2013, 06:04 AM
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a good friend of mine said it in a few words yesterday, he races bikes, mountain bikes and road bikes and asked me to ride my motorized bicycle again, I let him a few weeks ago and he enjoyed it. his words were. "this just makes me smile"
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:00 AM
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I rode motorcycles and motorcycle sidecar outfits for many years as my only means of transport until I was told by my doctor that with this illness I have it wasn't a good idea to be riding a motorcycle anymore.
My last bike was a Suzuki 500 twin (Ginny) which had impeccable road manners and was great to ride, but it was so darn heavy to get it up on the stand and if it had fallen over I certainly wouldn't have been able to get it upright again without some help.

My other interest is elderly English bicycles of which I have several and I love riding them, but when I'm not so well and my reserves of energy are low I can't manage to ride very far on them before I'm exhausted and have to stop. The weekend I converted my Indian made Hercules ladies bicycle into a tricycle with a 24volt 250 watt hubmotor started me on the path to a new and different form of powered bicycling of which I am now an enthusiastic fan.
I have always loved reading about the early days of motor bicycling before the First World War and often found myself wondering if somewhere along the way we'd got it all wrong with the way the modern motorcycle has developed. Generally far too heavy and far too complex and my big Suzuki was certainly a case in point despite it being nice to ride.
In many ways a motorised bicycle captures that spirit of the early days of motorcycling. The overall simplicity with what you see is very much what you get and no mountains of plastic shrouding and fairings to dig through in order to find the machine underneath it all. And yes they do make you smile which says it all really.
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:19 PM
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And yes they do make you smile which says it all really.
Ayup IWW and Paul. Think that really is the bottom line.

When at a bar or restaurant, I like to offer folks a ride on my bike, to take it for a spin. When I hear them coming back, (LOL, and so far, all have) I turn away from them and say to the folks watching "Look at the smile"

The person who went for a ride always has an ear to ear grin.

Then end up spending an hr waiting for every one else to take a ride. Great fun!


Funny part is I really do want to keep motorized bicycles our little secrete. If every one gets one, we will be normal. ...and that is just wrong.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:36 PM
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Dan, even if everyone has one, I'll never be 'normal'...........
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:56 PM
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LOL Xman. Made me think Young Frankenstein's Abby Normal; (Fronkensomthing)

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