Aloha, aluminum frame? new to this

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  1. kiheiboy67

    kiheiboy67 New Member

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    Aloha, i just got an old bike with a motor at a gaurage sale, its a lot of fun, i just purchased a new motor from kings motor, and now i am looking for a bike to put it on. I almost bought the specialized globe carmel cruiser, it looks like it will be perfect for getting around town, but it has a aluminum frame. Will it be ok? stong enough? i also want to put together a chopper bike, or some other cool bikes. if anyone has any recomendations. Thanks Chad .shft.dnut
     
  2. 2door

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    Welcome to the forum.
    There are a number of successful aluminum bikes here. The Schwinn Point Beach is a good example. Many builders have had very good luck with the aluminum frames so don't be scared off by hearsay regarding their quality and strength. They might not take the abuse that a steel frame will but if you use common sense in your riding you'll be okay.
    Tom
     
  3. Salty Gator

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    I concur with Tom.....my bike is an aluminum frame...solid as a rock and also bear in mind they resist corrosion ( you live in Maui ). And like Tom says just don't be doing anything on it that might cause issues with you or the bike.
     

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    'Nother aluminum bike here :D

    It's held up to my abuses far better than I anticipated, which is pretty impressive as I had high hopes to begin with lol I trail ride it a lot and ride every day, rain or shine - I even had a buddy wreck, sending the bike cartwheeling down the pavement and the frame was fine (wheels & handlebars were toast tho).

    There is one thing to look out for with a motorized aluminum bike however and that's chafe. Because of the constant engine vibration, any unguarded contact points will wear quickly. You'll just need to pay a little more attention to where & how you route your cables and anything/everything that's attached to your frame should be snug & secure.

    Which isn't such a bad idea anyway ;)
     

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  5. mauicruzer

    mauicruzer New Member

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    Wassup Chad!! NIce to see some another Maui native here on the boards..

    I also live in the Kihei area. I just finished putting together my project and only have time to ride it when I can..

    Have fun with your new project!!
     
  6. rkorson4209

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    i would love to see some trail riding vids
     
  7. BarelyAWake

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    I'd love to have a camera that could deal w/it lol, trust me I've tried :p
     
  8. oldsurfer

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    has anyone built a globe carmel?i was looking at the large frame a it looks like it would easily handel a 4stroke setup....also there appears to be great CLEARANCE on the back hub for the manic mechanic sproket adpator
     

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