Hey, new guy here. got lot's of questions



New Member
Aug 25, 2008
Sunny South Florida
I have a nice Hampton Cruiser totaly customized. is now a 7 speed, so I added both front and rear hand brakes. and fat street tires. I am confortable adding a motor to this bike. I have a 25 cc old leaf blower 2cycle motor. but I am probly going to buy a Robin 40cc 2 cycle motor for this project. I wanted to say High and introduce my self to anyone that cares and see if I can get a genius or 3's attention, I am about to dig into this thing. Say hi if you have something to offer. anyone know where to get or how to make a manual clutch? I am having some issues with the plans I have going on in my head, like where is this kind of clutch found? like hand cable operated. also, has anyone considered a bicycle hybreed. like an electric hub motor and a 40 cc motor generator combo and one of those ebike controlers? seems like it the power head could be easily removed for security , carry it along or to service. just an Idea, Jim.. :ride:


New Member
Jul 22, 2008
Beverly, MA USA
welcome to the forum! Deacon has several designs for these things.

I use 2 pulleys, a long brake cable and a brake lever for my "gravity" clutch, it pulls hard but does the job If I get out of work early enough I'll get some pictures of it. It's a pretty simple design, and works well now. I tried with only one pulley and it wasn't working for me so 2 was the trick.

The hard part is in the first couple of days the cable stretches a LOT and I had to adjust after every ride no mater how long it was. I haven't rode much this week but I haven't had to adjust it at all.

Weedeater friction drives are the best- simple, easy and fun.


minor bike philosopher
Jan 15, 2008
north carolina
I am all about simplicity. Simple to build, Simple to maintain, Simple to pay for.

The first decision is where you are going to mount your engine. Front or rear.

My thinking the ideal bike for these friction drive is a coaster rear wheel and a front hand brake. The second brake lever is good for a gravity clutch cable and the shifter from on old mountain bike is a best throttle in my opinion.

Front mount engine and you can use the brake cable right to the engine mount to lift and lower it for your clutch action. If you go with rear mount I use a long lever to raise and lower the engine and a brake lever and cable to pull the clutch lever down. It ain't purdy but I like it for it ugliness as well.

Instead of the robin 40cc give some thought to a 31cc from a weed Whacker. I have a used one on the way from ebay that I paid 20bucks for. Craigs list has a couple if you want to make sure it runs before you buy it. Those run about thirty five or so. You might want to start with something like that and refine it before you purchase and expensive engine.

The 25cc you have would be really good to begin with. Work out your kinks then go to a bigger engine. AS shoes said there are always kinks.