New Motorized Bicycle rider in New Hampshire

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  1. Spruce Moose

    Spruce Moose New Member

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    Hello,

    Yesterday, I bought my first motorized bicycle. It is a Cannondale CAD1 M200SE with a Flying Horse motor.




    It could certainly use a tune-up and I'm running into problems with the pulley system already. Because of a combination of doing a bad install job and using inappropriate bolts, the tensioner edges close to the spokes when I start riding and eventually catches on them!

    I've been seeing a couple of posts here and there pop-up about not using a tensioner at all and I wonder if that's the route I should take or perhaps I should purchase a new tensioner setup?

    The small holes in the brace were actually drilled into the bike.

    Blow-out of the pulley and bolt assembly.
     
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    Re: New MB rider in New Hampshire

    Welcome to the forum. Spend some time here reading and we'll get you on the road.

    First of all the tensioner is installed wrong. It should be on the lower chain run, not the top. You'll want to secure the tensioner bracket so it can not move on the chain stay or you'll have big problems. The tension needs to be applied to the lower chain run. That's where the slack is under engine power. Not the top.

    Chain tension should be 1/2 to 3/4" slack. You're chain is way too loose.

    Use the search feature, type in 'chain tensioner' and you'll have plenty to read on the subject.

    Good luck, others will reply with suggestions.

    Tom
     
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    Re: New MB rider in New Hampshire

    The tensioner you linked to is essentially exactly what you have now. It wouldn't be any improvement.

    Move yours down to the chain stay (the lower frame rail) and secure it. There are many options for doing that or you might want to explore what others have done in the way of a tensioner bracket. Bridging the chain and seat stay is the best way.

    Your bike does not have horizontal drop outs so some way to tension the chain will need to be provided. A tensioner is one way or some will suggest shimming the engine. I'm not a fan of that method because the engine needs to be securely mounted to the frame and shims, if not correcly installed will allow the engine to shift in the frame. That's not good.

    Take some time and read the discussions on tensioners and how best to deal with them. There are many pages on the subject.

    Good luck.

    Tom
     
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    When you able to get suspension forks and set post. It'll make your ride much more comfortable.
     
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    The more I read the more I'm realizing how much I was in danger due to that beat down and improperly installed chain tensioner. I was kinda pissed the seller had me ride around in that thing, I could of flown off anytime.

    Apparently, the tensioner is supposed to be installed on the lower bar and that the tensioner assembly on mine is junk out of the box, the bolt keeping the pulley in place was also stripped. Infact, it would probably be safer if I had shortened the chain and got rid of the tensioner assembly all together!
     
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    LR Jerry, do you happen to know if I would be able to replace my fork? I know on some bikes its possible and others not...
     
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    I'm pretty sure you can. Google your bike up to see what up grades can be done to it. You can also use the search feature on the forum to see if other possible bikes like yours.
     
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    Re: New MB rider in New Hampshire

    Spruce Moose,
    Where are you in New Hampshire? I used to live there in Concord, Boscowen and North Conway. My son lives in Deering.

    Steve.
     
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    fasteddy, I live in Exeter.
     

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