Need help selecting a kit. First time build.

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  1. Fudanshi

    Fudanshi New Member

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    Hello everyone. I just discovered this site last night and I'm interesting in doing a budget build. I'm starting fresh, meaning no bike or anything yet. I'm leaning towards buying the bike and engine kit from the same place. Since I know at least the kit is proven to work with the bike.

    I'm looking at the following kits:
    http://www.bikeberry.com/motorized-...-micargi-men-s-general-beach-cruiser-diy.html

    http://spookytoothcycles.com/compon...ypage=vmj_ace.tpl&product_id=22&category_id=6

    http://www.gasbike.net/motorized_bicycle_greenline_26_inch_beach_cruiser_diy.html

    Or if I'm thinking of buying a bike separately. I'm looking at something like this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Huffy-Cardina...&qid=1359832411&sr=8-1&keywords=huffy+cruiser

    Does anyone have any experience with the above kits? Are the bikes halfway decent? I'm mostly going to be using this for commuting in city streets. No off-road or trails.

    Thanks.
     
  2. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Active Member

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    Here are important questions to consider when building or buying for yourself or others:

    1) What is the predominant riding terrain? (Level ground, hills, asphalt or dirt etc...)

    2) What type of physique does the primary rider have? (Large, small, short, tall or health issues etc...)

    3) What will the rider's local laws allow and require them to have? (Lookup and personally read these laws.)

    4) What kind of bike is being motorized? (Mountain, road, whizzer or recumbent etc...)

    5) What is the bike to be used for? (Shows, long trips, around town, off road or racing etc...)

    6) How much of a budget is to be used for the build or buy? (All at the start or as you can afford projects etc...)

    Seek the answers to these questions in order to get the most out of the bike you're building or buying. We're here to help with any questions you may have. The purpose of the questions to consider is not to overwhelm or confuse you. Rather help you focus in on what will work best for you and help you develop a building or buying philosophy. This site has lots of people who can help you but the only way they can is by asking questions. Any one of the questions to consider somebody here can help you with.

    A fool never learns from their mistakes.

    A smart person learns from their mistakes.

    A wise person learns from the mistakes of others.

    Good luck with your build or buy.

    "I became rich by hiring people smarter than me". Andrew Carnegie.

    Think about these questions and it should help narrow down your choices. Other who personally know about the kits you've asked about should be in contact with you soon.
     
  3. Fudanshi

    Fudanshi New Member

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    Thanks for the reply. The above questions are helpful as I feel I'm a bit overwhelmed with information right now.
     
  4. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Active Member

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    The intent of the questions is to help you to focus in on what it is you want in a bike. Then when others start telling you about the kits you've asked about you'll then know which ones will best serve you. This way you don't buy something you don't want or need.
     
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  5. Racko

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    My advice is dont make it harder than it needs to be. I'm fairly new and not so long ago was in the position you were in. I spent to much time trying to do jobs half a**ed and I ended up dumping to much money into my bike (being 17 with no income it was difficult to keep throwing money at it). If you get the right tools and do the right things it will NOT become a whole of which you throw money into. If it's a coaster brake I would go straight for a sprocket adapter! That was key for me!! Learn what you need to do to bend the arm for the adapter and all that jazz. But that is what the forum is for, let us share our knowledge and failures to help you gain knowledge without going through the failures. Just like what Kerry said. Welcome, it's a pleasure to have you here best of luck with your build/buy!

    Zach
     
  6. Racko

    Racko New Member

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    Also cruisers are great for road driving. I like the idea of buying a bike and engine separately, if you get that cruiser and an engine separate the engine that is meant for a beach cruiser it will fit. Maybe need a little adjustment but there are threads upon threads of that. Hope this helped!


    Zach
     

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