Going a different direction with my second build

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by donphantasmo, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. donphantasmo

    donphantasmo Member

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    So. My first build is done. I'm pretty much bored with it at this point. I actually like the bike a lot now. To the point that I don't want it motorized any more. I want to just pedal it. With that being said, I bought another bike for Wally world, and I bought it with the intention of putting a motor with a Jackshaft kit on it. I've read a few posts about Jackshaft builds, but I'm worried about jumping into this one head first.

    So, Anyone have any advice. I was going to buy this shifter kit from Sick-Bike-Parts. HD Shifter

    Does anyone have experience with this particular product? I'm pretty mechanically inclined, but anything I should know before buying it? How about install? Anything I should know about that?

    How about the bike? I made sure the bike had a large enough frame to accommodate both engine and shifter kit. The engine is just a regular Chinese 2 stroke I got from Piston bikes a year ago. It runs great, pretty well broken in by now, and I just don't want to get another one and go through the brake in and all the other crap. with that said.. Any thoughts???
     

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    The comments here are that the HD shift kit is very good.
    About that bike, I personally would avoid aluminum frames (don't know what that one is though), make sure the motor actually fits in there.
     
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    I was worried about the Aluminum frame, too, Professor. But, my buddy has one, and he swears by them.
    I'm 95% sure the frame and bike combo will work. I just can't wait to get them together..
     
  4. Nashville Kat

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    You're just about on the same path I was. I built up a Micargi cruiser first, but because I was a road cyclist back in the day, I thought I'd put a 50 on a roadbike and as light as possible, but still a bike I could shut down and pedal as normal as possible.

    My second build is still that- but when I started to build up a Schwinn World Traveller I found the frame clearances were more of an issue- not insurmountable- but I didn't want something to fidget with all the time- Don't know about a shift kit- haven't used that but been a bike mechanic in shops a few times and around cycling for 40 plus years

    the kicker was though that the top tube was too short for the both tank and any kind of normal peddling- and I didn't want a rear tank particularly-

    So- since the cruiser frames have come a LONG WAY- in terms of weight- I still did the same basic striving for a lightweight normal pedlling approach thing- but used a Huffy Cruiser frame-

    and I used narrow 700C wheels- a lightweight alloy 3 piece crank, alloy bars and stem- even titanium clutch cover bolts- and I bolted an alloy sprocket to a flip flop hub- saving all that steel sprock and ragjoint weight- and even found a light 415 trike chain- about half the kit weight. I use a smaller tank, and it's never a problem- I'm never more than 5 miles from home it seems.

    I had to push it upstairs and at least don't have to do that now.

    And it really now pedals almost like a road bike and zips along under power
     
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