what did you do to your motorized bicycle today?

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  1. d_gizzle

    d_gizzle New Member

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    Ok wickedest,ill be on the lookout for your thread.
     
  2. fatdaddy

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    They don't really make em small enough to use on a bicycle. I guess you could use a small motor and reverse the polarity. But I don't know if that is even possible.
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    You can use a brushless motor like used on RC airplanes and make the converter to dc and that will charge a small battery. They are using this setup on RC helicopters. Do a Google on it.
     
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    Absolutely nothing!

    Rode the ole Peugeot out to coffee and then some- seven miles or so- peddlin all the way- almost 59- used to be a warm up before a race, but keeps me goin now

    Jacksonville- sunny and low 70's- Far Out!
     
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    Thanks for the weather report Kat, now I'm really depressed.
    Worked on a customer build all day,:-||
    No time for the coffee shop,
    and it's been cool and overcast all day long in San Jose.
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    since its no longer riding season ive been making videos of my bike, hoping to have one more warmish day to do a ride along video with a better camera. and by warmish i mean 31 or over. also got around to making a oil catch can write up and video, its in the four stroke section if any one is interested.
     
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    I have an extra alternator from a pickup truck that I got 230 thousand miles on and subsequently have sold. There was just one brush that was cracked, but working enough to run real noisily just after about 30 thousand miles and no warranty for the work. If I had known first, I would have just removed the broken piece and taken a Dremel to form a new round edge on 2/3 of the remaining brush.

    I bought a new alternator and regulator with integral brushes built in. The brushes cannot be bought without the voltage regulator unless you try spot welding some brushes that you might find somewhere to fit.

    I kept the old alternator and got extra voltage regulator and extra pulley and had kept in truck for long trips to swap in place doing the work myself on the road if necessary.

    Now with my motor bike and a piece of a jack shaft is left long enough sticking out if I remove a cover, I can put a pulley on it to match the old alternator pulley.

    I do need a battery as an alternator needs the 12 volt field current, but my old electric troll motor AGM battery will do at 12 volt 30 ampere hour.

    Now I plan to make a cover to this setup for just stationary use by popping off the belt to rear drive wheel and find a way to make a custom carbon arc lamp to use with it.

    With the 60 amps when running this hair brain scheme, I hope there is a possibility of a 720 watt arc lamp.

    I have to research maybe 12 volts direct current needs to be up higher for arc lamps so an inverter to get higher voltage and using alternating current might do.

    Hacking the alternator and using the AC out put before the full wave bridge to get the higher voltage might be an option that would omit the inverter.

    What’s that beam up in da sky?

    MT

    A carbon arc lamp using lantern battery (link):

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Carbon-Arc-Lights/?ALLSTEPS
     
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    Measure twice,that's the bat signal.
     
  9. GearNut

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    I used to make carbon arc lamps when I was a kid.
    I took the center carbon rods out of old Rayovac size D batteries.
    The rest of the lamp details I will not bore you with.
    I never did come up with a device to accommodate the erosion of the carbon rods though.

    They were lots of fun!
     
  10. MitchP

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    I made a clutch roller out of a strike plate for a door.
     
  11. Dan

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    Dunno if their still used but the old tugs and tow boats down south used to use arc spot lights. They created an unbelievable amount of light. Truly amazing stuff MT. Hope you do a thread. Would love to see this.
     
  12. Wickedest1

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    stopped off at wally world today after being stuck out in the middle of nowhere while i fixed my wobbly gas tank, and my wife told me to stop and get a springer seat from there. ive been looking to get one and she told me it would be an xmas gift from her...put it on in the parking lot and floated all the way home...diggin the new seat...also building a rear tail lamp to run off my gen when i cruise at night...pics later when im done...probably going back out too...its supposed to be 42 degrees here and sunny...not many days left like that i think...why wait? im goin outdance1
     
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    42 degrees and SUNNY? Are you kidding me? I was out yesterday working on a bike and it was in the mid 50's. All I could think about was I don't wanna be out in all this cold. Yer a much tougher man than I am, 42 degrees and yer going RIDING? I think I like California just a little more now.
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  14. Wickedest1

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    I love the new england weather...42 is warm here...only wore ahoodie...i love going out when its colder out...bike seems to run better in the cold once I warm her up...
     
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    Still in the 80's hear in sunny Florida I can ride year round!
     
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    i used to work in a movie theater (theatre) where the projector used carbon arc rods.it was cool,i had to keep calibrating the projector as the rods burned.
    was a fun job.

    no winter riding for me,the last precipatation was freezing rain,i can barely walk on the road in front of my house,nevermind riding the mb.guess i will get back to finishing the #2 bike this winter.
     
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    Worked on the intake and the exhaust.

    [​IMG]

    See the Wasp build link below for the details...
     

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    Went out to the garage to start working on the jack shaft assembly only to find out one of the Pillow Block Bearings has the wrong size finished bore ID (Not 5/8" ID, to small).

    Good one
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    Bad one
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    Bores not the same height
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  19. maniac57

    maniac57 Old, Fat, and still faster than you

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    Filled the Pig with gas and rode it empty! Wet and miserable! (Still had more fun than should be allowed)
    http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab318/maniac573/newpipe006-1.jpg
    Also got one of the new Cranbrooks done. New pics coming soon.
    http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab318/maniac573/Miscfall2012203.jpg
    I swapped the stock fork on the other Cranbrook for a sprung fork off the Next hanging in the bicycle tree....
    http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab318/maniac573/cranbrooks006-1.jpg
     
  20. fatdaddy

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    Finally found a set of suspension forks for the Cranny. There cheap ones, Rebound I think, But there 1' threaded, 26' and should fit perfect. Ocho ninja and I rode almost 30 miles(round trip) to pick them up. I've been looking at new forks and they just want more than I have in my account. The guy let me have em for $15 so I'm putting them on first chance I get. Right now I have 3 customer bikes in the shop so gotta get them out first.
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