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Old 06-26-2013, 12:05 AM
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For me, it started as a cheap means of independent transportation. I was working at a tobacco plant and getting rides from less than dependable coworkers. Thought about a cheap used moped and started looking on cl. Ran across a gasbike ad and bought a kit. Had no idea how much fun it would be. So now its transportation and fun, plus the complete ability to customize my ride with whatever parts I want and the freedom to drive down the road at a nice cruising speed. I'm on my 3rd bike, a completely custom 98cc cruiser and I have absolutely no intention of giving up this hobby any time soon. Really, who needs a reason to get into mb's? Lol.
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:29 AM
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I don't like to pedal. Simple as that.
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:28 AM
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FREEDOM! Talkin' bout FREEDOM.

Freedom from gas prices, insurance, registration, buses, trains, cars, pedaling, parking meters and gridlock.

I just wish I had some rear suspension on my bike. Potholes are a spine killer on my bike.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:11 AM
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I have loved road cycling since I was a teen, but now I'm busy all the time with a child, and mountain biking whenever I get the chance, I'm too pooped to ride a road bike. The motorized bicycle lets me get to town and back (10mi round trip) without being drained.

I wanted something like this since I was a teen, dreaming of putting an edger motor on an old Schwinn. I never tried it, but someone found me a beach bike in the dumpster and I ordered a china kit. I didn't have a good experience with the china kit and finally ordered the friction drives I wanted in the first place. Now it's loads of fun, since the bike still works like normal with no drag except the dead weight if the engine is off. Works for me. I feel confident in the bike and use it to pull my daughter on our weekly "safari" through grassy rural roads or nature parks.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:16 AM
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They aren't cheap, but look for Thudbuster seatposts, from the mountain bike world. Most suspension posts (telescoping) don't even move much unless you are heavy or with backpack. The thudbuster is customizeable and rotates in an arc. Some hardtail fans use them for the roughest courses, then put the standard seatpost back on for races or general riding.



There are several different models. Some use a big square elastomer, and some use a stack of 2 elastomers in a "shock". They are expensive, maybe $70-150. But what's back surgery cost?

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FREEDOM! Talkin' bout FREEDOM.

Freedom from gas prices, insurance, registration, buses, trains, cars, pedaling, parking meters and gridlock.

I just wish I had some rear suspension on my bike. Potholes are a spine killer on my bike.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:19 AM
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Cheap, fun and I love cycling its the pedalling that sucks
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:53 AM
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Had a few to drink at a party on Saturday and on Sunday despite the fog and rain I went to A&W and got me a couple Teen burgers for $5.00 with a coupon.
(IMO the BEST burgers at A&W)

They were delicious and I got to them fast without using the car.

Anyway, I want to rebuild my old wrecked motor and I want a welder so I can do more stuff with old bike frames.
Well, I got a job now and this stuff seems possible again, after I catch up on bills, IOU's, payments and all that BullCrap!

I mostly ride for leisure, but it's nice to get stuff quick if the car is not available.
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:58 AM
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I ride cause I got my license messed up and the state of Texas demands over 10,000$ to get it back. That and insurance companies hate me. Last time I checked they wanted 250$ a month (this is basic coverage not full)

Yeah, so I kinda gave up on cars. I even moved out of Fort Worth because cars are so dang expensive and you really need one over there. If you rode your bike on the road you better learn to dodge cars, or they will hit you. Seriously.

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Old 07-02-2013, 05:04 AM
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Loved motored stuff as a kid. Loved mountain biking also. Had a dirt bike and loved riding that. I work as a race car engineer and have two unfinished race car projects sitting around due to cost involved in finishing them.
Once on the way to work I saw an old dude doing 35mph in traffic on a Walmart style mountain bike with a HT on it. He kept up with me in flowing traffic, 2 pedals at the lights and then off he went! I was blown away!
I use to walk along a shared bike/walking path and use to think: "wouldn't a push bike with a stonking chainsaw motor strapped to it be a hoot along here!!" I don't care much for pedaling.
Living the dream now, and I love not having to pay registration and licensing for it.
If I have the energy, one day I would love to build a scratch built frame and maybe even a crank case that mounted in front of the cranks like on some old mopeds. Such creative fun!
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:20 AM
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1 word: FREEDOM
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