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Motorized Bicycle Kits? Good Buy?


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07-04-08, 06:23 AM   #1  
Motorized Bicycle Kits? Good Buy?

I live 3.5 miles from work on a paved but hilly rural road. I can take a dirt road home that has a 2-3% uphill grade all the way but is a washboard. Ok, I need a scooter/moped and am looking at these bicycle converters that run approx. $200. Are they any good? I have an 18 speed mens Huffy bike I don't know how to use and am too old to be riding it to work. I need something reliable, less than 50cc as I don't need anything bigger. I am thinking of having one of the kits installed on my bike. Do they work well, dependable?

 
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07-05-08, 04:09 AM   #2  
You'll have to be more specific as to what "kit" you are talking about. Got a link to it?

 
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07-05-08, 04:31 AM   #3  
Yes,

Here is one I'm looking at -- Thanks,

http://cgi.ebay.com/80cc-Motor-Bicyc...QQcmdZViewItem

In case this link does not work: eBay Item number: 380042742388

 
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07-05-08, 08:48 AM   #4  
Looks too good to be true.
If you are not a Canadian, you may have little recourse if it is a box of junk.

It appears that you have to add an additional sprocket to the back wheel. Probably attaches to the spokes. A drive chain and chain guard would be somewhat custom to each bike.
When, not if, the motor or other components go bad, where do you get parts and how long do you have to wait for them.

If you really want a motorbike, check this site. I had one back in the'50's.

http://www.whizzermotorbike.com/


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07-05-08, 09:06 AM   #5  
The engine looks like it's made of plastic.

My stepson needed transportation to school out in CA, and didn't want to have to actually pedal his bike the whole way (bout 6-7 miles 1-way), since he'd be sweatin his butt off while sitting in class. He was going to spend $300 on an electric conversion kit, but found a whole bike or Craigslist for $300 instead. Not an adapted bike, but an actual manufactured electric bike. He's been real happy with it, says it works fine for his needs.

Of course, that was when gas was $2.90 a gallon. I've seen the little Honda Rebels priced more for used than new ones were last year.


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07-05-08, 09:31 AM   #6  
Comparing the conversion engine hp or conversion amphour battery capacity might predict the performance you can expect.

World class cyclists can put out 400w (~1/2 hp) for a while, regular people less than 1/4 hp.

 
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07-07-08, 01:37 PM   #7  
My Brother just bought the same one saddlebum is looking at & got it last week. He bought basically the same type bike ( Peewee Herman style ) from a bike shop. He called me yesterday to tell me he got it together & rode it a few miles. He said it's well made & went together fairly easy. He also bought one of these electric bikes last spring from ebay & loves it.


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07-26-08, 07:59 PM   #8  
I bought an electric bike this spring. It's a factory made, cost about $350, works very well. It's very effective and cheap to run, would be perfect for your situation.

 
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07-27-08, 06:35 AM   #9  
Westwind 999: Can you send me a link or post the brand where I can search for it?

 
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07-29-08, 10:16 AM   #10  
Good site check it out

MotoredBikes.com a lot of info you will like on these types of bikes.

 
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07-29-08, 06:05 PM   #11  
Thank you MV, I have not had time to read any discussions but the site looks to me like a wealth of info and a very good place to do some research on this issue. Thanks.

 
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07-29-08, 09:35 PM   #12  
no problem

No problem They look like a fun thing to build and ride.

 
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08-01-08, 05:25 PM   #13  
The bike I got is a Schwinn izip. Maybe this link will work.

http://answers.canadiantire.ca/answe.../questions.htm

So far so good. It's not super fast but it works as advertised. The regular price was about $500, I got it on sale for $350.

 
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08-03-08, 01:31 PM   #14  
Posted By: goldstar If you really want a motorbike, check this site. I had one back in the'50's.

http://www.whizzermotorbike.com/
Goldstar,
Do you recall a conversion kit from the same time period that mounted a very small gas engine on the front tire of a bike? I never saw one in person but would see ads in comic books, Boy's Life and such for the kit.

 
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08-08-08, 02:31 PM   #15  
Motorized bicycle engine

Search for Golden eagle bicyle engines. From what I have read about them, they are a quality made engine, that will run about 25-30 mph, convert to most any bicycle, use a notched belt drive with a drive ring you mount on the rear wheel spokes. Check them out.

 
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