HELLO! To All from the New Guy!!

Madd Matt

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May 8, 2017
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Wichita Falls, Texas
Greetings and Salutations Everyone!
I'm the new guy, not exactly brand new but returning from 2008 when I last joined up. Why I've been gone I can't exactly say except that life got in the way.
I am from North Texas and have retired from ATT (THANK GOD!!!). I have been riding & building these "little contraptions" since mid 2006 (when gas got up to $5.00 USD per gallon----WHEW). I bought a Giant Suede-e from a local bike shop and wore out two battery packs commuting to work until I retired. During those years I discovered these little "China Girls" and started building and riding them for fun. I wound up giving away the ones I built to family and friends. The couple I sold, I wound up losing money on. I want people to fall in love with these things like I have so during the build I bought the performance parts the little engines DESPERATELY need to provide reliability and reasonable performance. (this money was out of my own pocket as I had already quoted a price for the bike build for the basic kit and tune-up. No one has ever accused me of being too intelligent)
I have an almost son-in-law who swears I should turn my hobby into a full fledged business but I am really hesitant about that. I have finally figured out that it takes about $1000.00 USD to put together a bike that performs and is reliable enough a person could use it as a daily commuter to work and have a reasonable expectation of getting where they need to go on time.(and the mechanic to get paid--ME!)
That is the hang-up people have, they have Wal-Mart mentality; they see one of these bikes and think it will cost, oh $200.00 to $250.00,,maybe as much as $300.00 USD. We who have actually built more than one know better than this.:-|| Well ENUF of my bellyaching and crying..
I just wanted to say Hello and say if there is anything I can do to help, I will be more than glad to lend a hand. I do promise that there will be no BS from me, if I don't know I will say so up front and do my level best to research an answer to the problem.
Looking forward to getting to know everyone!
Later,
Madd Matt