Single Speed help

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by Irvinerider, May 17, 2009.

  1. Irvinerider

    Irvinerider New Member

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    I am looking to add a motor to my Raleigh Rush Hour. I am concerned that my hub, which has a fixed gear and free wheel on opposite sides, will not support the chain ring necessary for the engine kits. I was thinking I may be able to use the fixed gear on my wheel, but I am not sure if there is enough clearance between my fixed gear and frame. Has anyone put an engine on a road bike? So far I have only seen mtn bikes and cruisers. If I stick with my ~13 tooth fixed gear that already exists on my rear hub, will a standard bicycle chain ring support the larger engine chain? Any help is much appreciated.
     
  2. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    Bumping this one.....I know an expert is ready to respond.
     
  3. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Active Member

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    I'd pull off the fixed gear cog and run the motor sprocket on that side.
    You need to know the diameter of the center hole in the motor sprocket, to be sure that it will fit over your hub and against the spokes.
    An alternative might be to purchase a disk compatible cyclocross rear wheel. You can get motor sprockets (or adapters) that fit a 6 bolt disk hub.
    I would swap out the drop handlebars on the Rush Hour for some riser bars before motorizing. Other than that, road bikes are normally OK to motorize. Good luck.
     
  4. tyrslider

    tyrslider New Member

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    The last option, for a road bike, that I would consider is using a rubber donut mt that comes w/ the kit. Use a disc mt or mb specific hub, preferably disc mt. I attached a few pics of road bikes I've built. I hope this helps!
     

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