Um...I need some advice.


New Member
May 19, 2013
New Haven, CT
Hi everyone. I'm new here. I have a little dilemma. Last Wednesday, my engine kit came. It was this.

On that same day, my bike was stolen. (Ironically, the frame wasn't going fit for it anyways) So now, I have buy a new bike.

I had my eye on some cheap Walmart bikes at the one I work at. Nothing major. On a tight budget. The problem is there are too many choices. I need something that can get me back from a ten mile hike from work, but pedal a little easier once I hit the city.

There's the Thruster Fixie. With a rollback price $59.00

The Genesis Onyx (a black beast that's been calling for me)

And a Schwwin cruiser

If you have any other bike you would suggest, that would helpful. Just remember I'm on a budget. So nothing over the limit please?


Nov 29, 2011
Welcome to the forum. You should take the time to introduce yourself to the forum before you post any issues. Your topic is vague - next time be more specific. It will get peoples attention. Now that is out of the way.

In my opinion, I wouldn't use the Thruster fixie. Tires are too narrow for cruising at 30 mph.

The other 2 bikes may work, but your going to have to do your research on what others have done. Genesis Onyx looks like a recent discussion and the cruiser looks do-able at first look. Measure your engine and then measure the frame opening to see if the engine will fit.

Before you start building, look around the forum and see what others have done. Most importantly, take your time, be patient and listen to others advice.

Those engines are not just slap them on and ride, especially don't ride it all out or your going to shorten the life quickly. Your going to have to setup the engine properly and make some adjustments to get them dependable. Make sure you have tools or access to tools, especially a torque wrench and know how to use it.

Here's a couple guides to help you setup your engine and a couple more when you have problems. Every problem your going to have has already happened - it is just a search away to find the solution. Search before you ask. cycle engine trouble shooting guide.html

Good Luck,

AKA: BigBlue

Jim C

Jul 11, 2010
Long Beach Calif
I just built a Onyx with a 4 stroke motor in it. I call it the Black OX. I love this bike. I have also built two Schwinn late model China built cruisers and a Huffy Cranbrook. I sold the Schwinns and just yesterday sold the Huffberry. In my opinion the Schwinn is the easiest build and the Onyx is the best looking the Huff is just the Huff. For a first build I would go with a Schwinn. BTW I don't know how big you are but it seems like the China cruisers are all too short, bar to seat. The older Schwinns or the OX fit way better.


New Member
May 19, 2013
New Haven, CT
Okay. It seems like the Fixie Thruster is out of the question. (Figures. I saw it first and some parts were rusty all ready.) I'll probably get the Onyx. It's like a black beast calling out for me. I've bought from luckyearlybird (didn't know his rep was so shaky), so I'm prepared to be dissapointed.

I pretty much guess I have do some kind modifcations to the kit no matter how I look at it.

Oh yeah, I'm 5' 11" with a weight of 290 even.


$50 Cruiser
Jan 17, 2013
Where cattle outnumber people 3 to 1.
Oh man, don't accept mistreatment from the guy you send your hard earned fednotes! Use the search bar up top to check this out, there are dependable sources for these kits. I believe 2Door has recommended his source, and there are many others.
It's the power of our community. This place is awsome.


Active Member
Aug 22, 2011
Vancouver, B.C.
I'd go for your second or third choice too, nice looking bikes to start with.

Velodrome: I must be missing something... XIII is 13...
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Old, Fat, and still faster than you
Oct 8, 2011
memphis Tn
The ONEX makes a great bike but you have to be able to fab or buy big tube mounts and the gas tank is also an issue to mount. It is also aluminum so the chain tensioner requires more effort to secure. The Schwinn sounds like the best bet for your needs.
I've built all the bikes you mention and the Schwinn is overall the easiest and cheapest to build.
The fixie is not a good platform for a motor in my opinion. Too skinny and cheaply made.

allen standley

Well-Known Member
Oct 22, 2011
Bangor, Maine
Whatever you get look closely at all the weld points on the frame and look for the larger diamenter spokes on the wheels. Walmart cruiser bikes have both 12 gauge and 14 gauge spokes. avoid the cruisers with the smaller spokes. I've seen both types and even seen bigger spoked wheels on a less expensive bike. Read all you can here and Good Luck To Ya!