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Old 10-17-2013, 09:51 AM
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Default Re: Motorized bicycle setup for long distance riding

Originally Posted by Herdo View Post
Hey everyone, I've got a few questions on the setup you all would go with if you were going to embark on a long distance trip (1000 miles or more).

I'm going to lay out a template but feel free to be detailed and also add anything else you feel should get attention when planning a long trip like this.

1) Engine:

2) Transmission/Gear box:

3) Tires/Rims/Spokes:

4) Hubs/Brakes:

5) Frame:

6) Exhaust:

7) Trailer or everything strapped to the frame?

8) How would you do your riding (how long would you ride)?

1) Engine: I'd without a doubt go with a 4 stroke, most likely the HS, although splurging on a Honda 50cc might be a good idea.

2) Transmission: I would probably go with an SBP Shift Kit although I have no experience with one. While I have heard they are finicky, they do last a long time. Chain tightening and tensioning would have to be worked in to the routine probably every time you stopped for gas.

3) Tires/Rims/Spokes: As for tires I would go with a 26" although I know nothing about what makes a good tire for long distance travel. I want to say I would go with a large balloon tire like a Quick Brick which is quite wide. What sort of tires are needed for long distance travel?

4) This is where I may end up getting into trouble. I would definitely go with a 90mm front drum hub such as the Sturmey Archer X-FD. The back I think I would go with the Sturmey Archer 70mm 3 speed internal hub with drum brake. This might be a good idea or a terrible idea. I know the internal gear hubs can be somewhat fragile, but I think with 95% of the riding being at a cruising speed, it would cause very little wear. Good or bad idea?

5) Steel frame, probably a Schwinn or Roadmaster straight bar because I would want to mount a large custom tank inside the frame.

6) No idea. Is there something that would be better for longer riding?

7) I would most likely be pulling a trailer.

8) Average cruising speed of 15 mph or so (10 - 20 mph), average about 75 - 100 miles a day. If I planned a long trip like this I would really want to enjoy it so I would only be riding 5 hours a day or so pretty slowly.

How would you plan out your trip? How would you build your bike? What did I do wrong? haha
for a thousand + mile ride or more I would highly suggest a car and a trailer for your bike to ride in !
This is something I have been dreaming of doing for years.. ahh to embark on a journey would be the best ... , sleep under the stars, get rained on " my luck" listening to the howl of the coyotes in the night ...
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:27 AM
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Default Re: Motorized bicycle setup for long distance riding

Ok, at this point I have no idea what I am planning on doing. Part of me wants to just build the original bike I intended to build and maybe work on a recumbent trike later. Part of me wants to just go for it and take my time building the recumbent. All of me wants both (not going to happen ).

In all honesty, aside from the electrical aspects of your T3 BarelyAWake, I am keeping up with what you did in your build. The front end is a bit confusing, but I really wouldn't even worry about making the front end suspended. The rear looks simple enough, it's just the rear end of normal full suspension bicycle I believe. The frame looks simple as well, just a child's ATV frame, and the whole thing is welded together. I've been doing the math and while being very liberal with my budget, I think I could build a nice tadpole for under $1500 using a brand new Lifan engine even. Like I said, that is a somewhat liberal figure, and I could probably do it cheaper.

I have a 12" miter saw, I could do all the cuts myself, and in reality if I could afford a decent stick welder I could practice for a bit and I would probably be fine doing most of the welding myself.

I guess it's a big project involving a lot of things I know absolutely nothing about, but at the same time I am in no rush whatsoever. I would be perfectly happy taking 6 months to build the trike. I think right now I am just going to take my time researching a bit more. I'm probably going to purchase a couple plans from AtomicZombie over the next week or so. They are having a sale for and $36 you get 6 plans, so I will probably just go with that and get several plans that I think would be helpful (I think there are at least 3 tadpole plans). After that I will just go from there and decide what I want to do.

Thanks everyone for your input, you all have made this so much more difficult (in a good way). I will probably update this thread in a few days after I have had some more time to think this over. Thanks again!
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