What is it?

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  1. planb

    planb New Member

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    Hey All,

    I've stumbled here looking for information after recently acquiring my first 'motorized bike' project:

    An odd-ball, front-motored, rear-belt-drive, motor-bike 'contraption', mounted to a 50's era Schwinn Spitfire that I fell in love with.

    (see pic)

    It runs, and everything's there...I plan to do a 'sympathetic' restoration — keeping everything as original as possible (no repainting, re-chroming, etc)

    Where should I post to get some feedback on what this thing is?

    Thanks!

    -Ric
     

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  2. 2door

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    I have my doubts that it was ever 'patented'. It appears to be a mix of bicycle and riding lawnmower. I can almost see how that engine drive belt would work. It twists 90 degrees? This is common mower technology but strange on a bike. It will be interesting to see if anyone has ever seen anything like it.
    Good luck.
    Tom
     
  3. Tad Bit Tipsy

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    Wow, PlanB, that thing is more like PlanW, for WTF!!! Clean it up and get it rolling, that's all it needs to turn heads all day long. Good Luck!!! Shoot some video of that thing hauling down the street.
     
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    Thanks for the encouragement! I will definitely post some video...may even wear my 'WTF?' t-shirt in your honor ;)
     
  5. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    that thing is nutty. definitely looks home made. i agree with 2door about the "patented" thing, but it's pretty awesome what some people can come up with.

    it's like the "you got chocolate in my peanut butter" commercials of the past. guy crashes his bike into a lawnmower, and voila!

    can you imagine what his friends, or wife, was thinking while he was building this?

    "c'mon honey, it'll revolutionize the bicycle as we know it..."
     
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    Git Er Going!! And Enjoy. Put "plan B On The T Shirt, I Don`t Know What Wtf Means. Lol. Be Carefull Where You Stick Your Fingers. The builder went the extra mile reinforcing the rear wheel sheave. Ron
     
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    Shore is different. That appears to be a kids bike rim used as a pulley on the back wheel. How is it fastened to the spokes? A very interesting find. Bet it could tell some stories if it could talk.
     
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  9. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    i thought of that, too. also, don't mistake the exhaust pipe for the handlebars...
     
  10. planb

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    you're probably right about it being a 'home-brew' although the 'body' is apparently machine fabbed out of sheet-metal (well done).

    And yes; belt 'twists' from the vertical shaft motor to the horizontal shaft on the central drive pulley — by way of an angled, spring-loaded idler pulley.

    A second lever-activated idler pulley engages the power to the rear wheel hoop.
     
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    It does appear to be a kids bike rim, or baby buggy rim used as the rear drive hoop. ingenious?! (see spoke holes). It's tied and soldered at each spoke with stainless wire — and then reinforced with the flat metal 'spokes' that radiate out to the bike rime where they are riveted.
     
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    The more I look at it the more I can appreciate the builder's inguinuity. I'd bet dollars to donuts that the exhaust pipe used to be a handlebar. The belt tensioner mechanics are crude but great design. How the hand lever is mounted reminds me of my old Cushman Eagle shifter. This thing deserves to ride again. Rube Goldberg, maybe, but still signs of genius there. Keep us informed and please let us know when you ride it the first time.
    Tom
     
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  14. bairdco

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    that kickstand looks like it'd make a great catapult.
     
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    That looks like something somebody was "inventing", and likely upon advice or self education painted the "patented" lettering to word off copycats. Somebody with big dreams perhaps? I think it would be awesome to get it running and preserve it. That machine is fabulously quirky, don't change a thing!
     
  16. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    Hmmmm shouldn't have let the roto tiller and the bike spend that moonlight night in the shed together.....
     
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    It definitely proves one thing...The idea of motorizing a bicycle, (home-made style), has been around for quite some time.

    It also shows that those who would motorize a bicycle have as much fun in the building as they do in the riding.

    Jim
     
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    K.i.p.,

    I thought the same thing regarding the "patented" lettering.

    Jim
     
  19. planb

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    I guess that one could draw a similar conclusion as to the heritage of most of the modern motor-bike fleet; having been the product of an illicit wood-shed encounter between Jr's abandoned O.C.C. chopper bike and and dad's under-used chainsaw, etc., etc.?

    To me, the cool part about this particular contraption is that there are no pre-fit kits involved — making these garden-tool adaptations, not just quirky shade-tree engineering — but a necessity of those times.

    And a lot of the details here would make a roto-tiller proud!
     
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    Planb,
    I think it would be interesting to hear how you came about this bike. Where did you find it? What were your thoughts when you first saw it and do you know any history about it? Take a few minutes from your restoration work and tell us something about this thing.
    Tom
     

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