Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Bicyclemaniac, May 24, 2010.

  1. Bicyclemaniac

    Bicyclemaniac New Member

    May 24, 2010
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    Hi, I heard about motor bicycling in a MAKE magazine issue and was wondering what the article meant by friction, direct, or pusher methods. Thnx! :)
  2. 2door

    2door Moderator
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    Sep 15, 2008
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    Welcome to the forum. Sorry, you can not post links here until you've become an active member.
    To answer you questions: Friction drive bikes are those employing an engine coupled to the bicycle wheel by way of a roller or wheel that when rotated by the engine transfers power directly to the wheel.
    Pushers are those bikes powered by an engine mounted in/on a small trailer or wheeled device mounted behind the rear wheel and 'pushes' the bike.
    As for 'direct' drive, it is not a term we use but I'd have to assume the magazine article you read is referring to the most common method of propulsion which would be a chain drive bike whereby the engine drives a motorcycle/bicycle style of chain that in turn drives the rear wheel via a sprocket arrangement.
    Hope this helps.
    #2 2door, May 24, 2010
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