sprocket change project

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by fuzzball, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. fuzzball

    fuzzball New Member

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    When I ordered a hub adapter from C.E., I got a 48 tooth sprocket thinking I'd need lots of power to climb hills in our neighborhood. Truth was, I could crest even the most steep at half throttle or less. And worse, going down the same hills without getting on the brakes a bit would over rev the motor. Yesterday was a beautiful fall day up here, so I thought I'd try the 41 tooth sprocket that came with my kit. I used Jim's sprocket as a template to drill the mounting holes, and had to shorten the chain. It took about an hour, but what a nice difference. I can now cruise at what used to almost be my top speed and still crest any hill without having to pedal. She sounds better too.Seems to hit more evenly with a little bit of a load on it all the time. Any way it was a great way to spend a fall afternoon.
     
  2. Venice Motor Bikes

    Venice Motor Bikes Custom Builder / Dealer/Los Angeles

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    I'm changing both of our daily riders to 40-T sprockets from Jim... (^)
    I think 40's are a good compromise in gearing for the HT's.
     
  3. Creative Engineering

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    40T's work great!

    I've tried 44's, 42's, 40's, 38's, 36's, 35's, 34's, 32's, 28's...you name it...I've tried it! I make the stuff...so I can experiment.

    40T works!

    Jim
     
  4. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    it's nice being a short, skinny guy (but watch out, i'm scrappy!)

    i'm running a 32 (thanks jim) and i can still make hills, with only a slight bit of bogging.

    since i'm pretty much going for all out speed, i'm thinking of dropping down to a 30. by "thinking," i mean i'm gonna do it.

    i started with a 36, and wouldn't even bog up steep hills.

    eventually, i'll probably build a stripped down racer with a 20 or something. pedal it up to speed and just tuck and hold on...
     
  5. Creative Engineering

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    Yes, weight is a big factor!

    I'm 230 lbs...A 36T was O.K., I just didn't like the lack of acceleration.

    Sprocket selection has a lot to do with the riding conditions also. It is very congested here. If I were riding in a flat rural area where I could maintain a constant speed: I would probably use a 36T.

    Jim
     
  6. Dave31

    Dave31 Moderator
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    The specialized I built for the Death Race has a 36t, and it accelerates like a mad dog with the mods I did to the motor. But, using it around town sucks with a 20mph speed limit. The motor bogs and chugs anything below 23mph.
     

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