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Archived: Reproductions and Motorized Bicycles







MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   What Model posted by: Doug Hudgel on 1/31/2004 at 12:31:39 AM
I recently purchased two MX 5 super engines and would like to hear from someone who has mounted one of these, and the type of bike they purchased. Thanks in advance.


   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   What Model posted by sam on 2/5/2004 at 7:51:33 PM
Doug,try these guys http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bicyclemotorkits/
you will have to join the group to post . Great bunch of guys with lots of info on motorkits.Some M-xs in the photos

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   What Model posted by edgarecks on 2/6/2004 at 4:31:54 PM
I put mine on an old Schwinn Varsity/Continental type frame. Here's a pic: http://groups.msn.com/KustomCruisers/customschwinns.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=161
The straight bar frame works best with the gas tank, but it could be mounted behind the seat on a cruiser frame.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   What Model posted by Larry Wlos on 2/15/2004 at 9:07:44 PM
I mounted a MX5 in a 1950 Schwinn DX 24in. frame.It took a little reworking but it made a real nice motor bike.






FOR SALE:   Motorized bicycles and motor kits posted by: Jeremy on 1/27/2004 at 4:18:47 AM
Visit www.calicruzer.com for complete motorized bicycles, and motor kits. Complete motorized bicycles built using 48cc gas 2 stroke motor kits that make 2 horsepower and can reach speeds up to 30 mph. These motorized bicycles are chain driven, and have a manual clutch for that real motorcycle feel.

For more details, visit www.calicruzer.com








AGE / VALUE:   For sale posted by: Larry Wlos on 1/18/2004 at 1:51:00 PM
I have a NOS 1948 Marman twin motor kit for sale.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   For sale posted by Danny Chapman on 1/21/2004 at 3:18:51 PM
Larry - What is the price of your engine?
Thanks
Danny Chapman

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   For sale posted by Richard Lejuerrne on 3/11/2004 at 6:35:20 AM
Hello Larry,

I am interested in the Marman Twin Motor kit. Could you email the price and photo's?

Thanks,

Richard

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   For sale posted by Richard LeJuerrne on 3/11/2004 at 6:36:16 AM
Hello Larry,

I am interested in the Marman Twin Motor kit. Could you email the price and photo's?

Thanks,

Richard






MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Braking problems posted by: Alan on 1/9/2004 at 9:49:04 PM
I am hoping to get some advise on what I can do to solve a problem I am running into on my chopper bike. I am running a motor on it and have no pedals since it is a pull start. I have a 24x3.45 rear tire on the back and cannot use a rim brake and the set up is for a coaster brake. How or what can I make to press or pull to engage the rear sprocket to trigger the brake? Any help would be appreciated. If a picture would help, I have some pics of the rear end to help with any ideas.

Thanks

Alan


   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Braking problems posted by sam on 1/12/2004 at 4:30:22 AM
Very simple ,braze an attachment for a spring on the top of the rear fork.Run a spring back toward the sprocket.Attach the end of the spring to a small lingth of chain.run the chain around the sprocket.Where the chain ends just infront of the sprocket to the bottom of the fork attach a rod linkage and run it to the front of the bike.Add a foot brake pedal and attach the linkage.When you step on the brake it will pull the chain forward and set the coaster brake.The spring will pull the chain back when you release your foot and release the brake.----sam

   RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Braking problems posted by Alan on 1/13/2004 at 10:57:52 PM
Thanks for the advise. I figured that out later that night and it worked great. I used the rear coaster hub and took the old crank and cut off one side and mounted a small sprocket on the crank and put it back onto the bike. I then took a chain and ran it from the rear sprocket to the new small sprocket and made a suicide handle coming up from the sprocket. All I do is pull back on the handle and it engages the brake. i installed a spring on the handle to the frame so the handle would return to the upright position and stay locked up. Thanks again for the advice.






MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   TAS motors posted by: john martin on 1/2/2004 at 2:59:45 AM
Having throuble with the points and condenser on you TAS, Bike Bug or Sears motor? I have an electronic ignition that installs in about 10 minutes. No external changes and it eliminates the need for those old parts. Also the spark is hotter.
If interested:
John Martin
jondarmart@mddc.com


   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   TAS motors posted by Mike Schneider on 1/2/2004 at 2:45:51 PM
Congradulations:

John - That is great news. How in the world did you get the right one to work?????? Folks I spoke with said it would be not possible. Glad you have proved them wrong. Points & condensor were going to be the death bell for those great little motors.

John is my new Hero.

BITW


Mike

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES: TAS motors posted by Rif on 1/3/2004 at 11:17:42 PM
EXCELLENT WORK!!!
It looks like there are now replacement parts for every component on these engines, thanksmto the hard work, and dedication of the enthusiasts!!!
Thanks a million guys for your efforts!
Yes, Please do share with us how you worked this out. I love to hear storis like this!
Thanks,
Rif

   RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   TAS motors posted by chuck kole on 5/25/2004 at 2:12:52 AM
I have a bicycle with a zip motor on it. I think its mounted on a schwinn 26 frame. It says Galaxy on the frame. The motor is a two stroke. It has a belt that runs a wheel that rubs on the rear tire. I would like any info on the bike and motor. Thanks Chuck Kole 435-467-1802

   RE:RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   TAS motors posted by Dick on 7/16/2004 at 4:00:36 PM
I have a TAS Spitiz Delox Model #QBM-23N....I need a fuel tank sock and fitting that goes into the side of the fuel tank. Thanks

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   TAS motors posted by ABOVE on 6/23/2004 at 6:36:17 PM
I NEED THE RUBBER WHEEL THAT RUBS ON THE FRONT TIRE OF THE BIKE AND DRIVES THE BIKE.CAN THESE BE BOUGHT ANY WHERE?

THANKS






MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   need parts posted by: bill richards on 12/30/2003 at 1:14:53 AM
to all I recently got a 1958 Raleigh moped with a 49.9cc sturmey-archer engine need some tlc bad. I,d like to know if you can help me find some piston rings or other parts for it. Could use all the help I can get. Thanks bill


   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   need parts posted by sam on 12/30/2003 at 2:44:29 AM
Cool! check out http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/'pattle/nacc/arc0238.htm
Also those 26"x2" tires are schwinn middle/weight tires!--sam

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   need parts posted by bill on 12/30/2003 at 3:08:57 AM
already been to that web site that was only picture I could find.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   need parts posted by sam on 12/30/2003 at 6:00:12 PM
A couple of things to try---mike the piston and see if a small engin specitaly store can cross ref the piston size and rings.Two try this site http://www.trojanmuseumtrust.org/links.htm
Maybe they can put you in contact with the trojan mimi motor owners club--trojan mimi motor uses the same piston

   RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   need parts posted by sam on 12/30/2003 at 6:03:31 PM
Or this site might help http://www.cyclemotor-autocycle-spares.co.uk/






MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Weed Wacker power posted by: Kim on 12/11/2003 at 2:35:06 PM
I have an old cruiser frame and a working 2 cycle weed wacker motor. I've heard these motors are good for powering a bicycle.
Would I use a friction wheel or a chain?
I'd like to go with a chain and use the weed wacker's clutch.

What do your think?
Thanks.


   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Weed Wacker power posted by sam on 12/12/2003 at 3:26:08 PM
The ones I'v seen took the clutch off and went friction wheel.Very simple set-up.They just mounted the motor on a U shaped metal bracket with friction wheel on shaft and push in barring on other side.Used long springs to hold it to wheel and lever to disingage wheel.---sam






FOR SALE:   Whizzer New Departure WD hub NOS posted by: Stephen on 12/6/2003 at 5:12:59 AM
I have a Whizzer NOS WD new departure hub that was drilled .120 from the factory. It has never been used and I have some NOS special WD bearings that come with the hub. The chrome is bright , but there is very light peppering on one side. Hard to see but worth mentioning. $30.00 shipped in US.
Write for pictures, questions. Thanks,Stephen







MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Looking for information and identification posted by: James Marshall on 12/5/2003 at 9:58:16 AM
Greetings all, I have recently acquired an American Schwinn Bendix Automatic 2-speed Model B Typhoon -- with a Zundapp two-stroke motor mounted on the front fender between the forks and driving the front wheel via belt drive. The serial number of the bike escapes me at this moment but starts with a "C" and the Zundapp motor , a 49cc powerplant is dated 1954. The machine seems to be missing some small cosmetic device that attached to the left front fork leg via three screws but otherwise seems to be very complete. Tires are shot but rims are perfect. Was there ever such a beast built by Am. Schwinn? This looks very factory but I don't know where to find any information on it. Did Am. Schwinn and Zundapp ( or possibly the Berliner Corp. ) colaborate on a motorized bike design in the 50's? Any information or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance,
james marshall


   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Looking for information and identification posted by sam on 12/9/2003 at 4:08:51 AM
James If it's any help the 2-speed auto from bendix came out around 1957.Your motor is 54,right? Schwinn did something with whizzer but not sure what.

   RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES: Looking for information and identification posted by Rif on 1/1/2004 at 7:38:52 PM
Schwinn did go into a sort of "partnership" with Whizzer in that they manufactured frames for Whizzer for a while.
These frames can be identified by the 'WZ' designation on the I.D. number.
According to my info 1947 was the first year of the Schwinn built Whizzer bike (wz507, later designated as S4); this was a variation of the cantilever frame patented in 1937.
This fame had heavier welds, used .105" spokes, The rear frame stays (seat and chain) were dimpled to provide better belt clearance. The Knee Action spring fork was used with a heavier spring, a front brake, and a welded on brake arm anchor point was used on the left chain stay connected to the brake arm by a strut.
In august of 1948 a 24" wheel version (S10) was offered. Both used S2 tubular rims.

Hope this helps...
Rif

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Looking for information and identification posted by Becky on 5/19/2004 at 12:09:30 PM
We were given a gas motorized bicycle. It has pedals to start it. It has brakes on the front handle bars we were told it is a 1957 German bike. If this is so what would that be worth if it still runs?






MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Preservation Award Application - Wyman Project posted by: Mike Schneider on 12/4/2003 at 10:53:07 PM
Sam Lingo sent the following meesage to the motorized bicycle group on Yahoo


I'm prepairing a nomination form so we can summit the Wyman project
for consideration for a preservation award.I need letters of support
from non-team members that followed Rif's progress.Need not be long
letters just say you read or learned of George Wyman from Rif's
project. Please send ASAP to--Sam Lingo 832 Bowen St. ,
Pleasanton,Tx.78064 Need these letters by 20th of dec if possible as
the due date is Jan 15. Thanks to all that read and supported this
effort---sam

My letter is below - Please Send Yours

Mike Schneider
1307 Country Place Circle
Houston, Texas 77079
281 531 6552

December 3, 2003


Sam Lingo
832 Bowen St. ,
Pleasanton,Tx.78064



RE: Wyman Project
Preservation Award Consideration

Dear Sam:

Appreciate your effort in having the Wyman Project considered for a Preservation Award Consideration. What an Honorable Method of Recognizing the History of the Event.

This country is blessed with allot of natural beauty and wonderful scenery to enjoy. George Wyman’s coast to coast trip and Riff Addam’s reenactment of the adventure are recognition our wonderful country and the enjoyment and adventure of traveling across it.

There are millions of bicycle, motorcycle and auto enthusiasts who will be able to appreciate the journey George and Riff did through the Preservation Award.

Thank you for your work at applying for the Preservation Award Consideration. If I can be of service please let me know.

BITW
(Brothers In The Wind)


Mike











MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Preservation Award Application - Wyman Project posted by: Mike Schneider on 12/4/2003 at 10:53:07 PM
Sam Lingo sent the following meesage to the motorized bicycle group on Yahoo


I'm prepairing a nomination form so we can summit the Wyman project
for consideration for a preservation award.I need letters of support
from non-team members that followed Rif's progress.Need not be long
letters just say you read or learned of George Wyman from Rif's
project. Please send ASAP to--Sam Lingo 832 Bowen St. ,
Pleasanton,Tx.78064 Need these letters by 20th of dec if possible as
the due date is Jan 15. Thanks to all that read and supported this
effort---sam

My letter is below - Please Send Yours

Mike Schneider
1307 Country Place Circle
Houston, Texas 77079
281 531 6552

December 3, 2003


Sam Lingo
832 Bowen St. ,
Pleasanton,Tx.78064



RE: Wyman Project
Preservation Award Consideration

Dear Sam:

Appreciate your effort in having the Wyman Project considered for a Preservation Award Consideration. What an Honorable Method of Recognizing the History of the Event.

This country is blessed with allot of natural beauty and wonderful scenery to enjoy. George Wyman’s coast to coast trip and Riff Addam’s reenactment of the adventure are recognition our wonderful country and the enjoyment and adventure of traveling across it.

There are millions of bicycle, motorcycle and auto enthusiasts who will be able to appreciate the journey George and Riff did through the Preservation Award.

Thank you for your work at applying for the Preservation Award Consideration. If I can be of service please let me know.

BITW
(Brothers In The Wind)


Mike











MISC:   Is there anybody out there? posted by: Larry on 12/3/2003 at 3:26:39 PM
This site has been pretty slow lately. Might be the time of year. I won't be riding my bike for at least 5 months or until the temperature gets above 40 degrees. Who is still out there? Lets get an inventory along with models, info, extra parts, ect.

Larry Brink
St.Cloud, MN
Model:(1)Aqua Bug/Bike Bug BIKE ENGINE
Info:IPB for 2 models. Replacement parts you can buy at a hardware store. E-mail me and I'll send you the web page with the IPB and also some ideas for replacment parts.
Extra Parts: None, I'm short a kill switch and a roller hub
Status: Parked until I get a hub




   RE:MISC: Is there anybody out there? posted by Rif on 12/3/2003 at 4:46:08 PM
I couldn't agree more; it's been dead here lately.
Personally I've been working on my latest project which is a near replica of the 1905 'Mead' near replica of a 1902 'California' motor bicycle.
My engines include:
Island hopper 50cc viper kit
A 2003 Whizzer (not running, what a shock...)kit from the mead near replica.
It's too cold to ride right now, so I'm working on that new one and collecting parts to get the Whizzer back together and running. I'm also doing some modifications in an attempt to make the bloody thing somewhat reliable.
As far as Bike Bug parts and such, I would highly recomend that you get in touch with Mike Schneider. He is the Guru of the Bike-Bug engines!
Rif






AGE / VALUE:   Whizzer Original Paint Shape posted by: Tom on 11/18/2003 at 2:14:47 PM
A local auction house picked up a Whizzer from a 90 year old man. The bike is late 40's or early 50's. They will auction it off in the spring. When was the first year Whizzers were offered. How do I tell what year the bike is. I saw it in a picture only and will get more info in the comming weeks.


   RE:AGE / VALUE: Whizzer Original Paint Shape posted by Rif on 11/19/2003 at 4:04:43 PM
Hi Tom,
Please visit this web site. It is the most comprehensive site for the Whizzer Motorbikes.
http://www.angelfire.com/pa/whizzermotorbike/
I hope this helps,
Rif






FOR SALE:   "BIKE BUG" BICYCLE MOTOR posted by: Sharon Mulford on 11/3/2003 at 12:22:21 AM
I have 2 bicycle motors with "BIKE BUG" written on them. I am thinking of putting them on ebay or maybe to anyone that may be interested in them. I would also like to know something about them. THanks


   RE:FOR SALE:    posted by Rif on 11/3/2003 at 5:47:46 PM
Try this article at:
http://bikerodnkustom3.homestead.com/tanaka.html
I would be interested, but i've been outta work since may...
I can't help but love these little motor kits; they are like a timex- take a licking and keep on ticking!
Rif

   RE:FOR SALE:    posted by Casey on 11/5/2003 at 4:32:10 AM
Hi, Sharon. Recently, as in within this past month, a NIB (New In Box) Bike Bug ended up selling for $365.00 on eBay. You might just have a couple of jewels.

There's a bit of information to be found about Bike Bugs on the internet. I currently have three of them, one of which is running well and attached to my 1972 Schwinn Suburban. The other two aren't running, yet, but will be soon. Bike Bug #2 will go on my Schwinn Twinn Delux, and #3 will go in my Schwinn Town & Country 3-Wheeler (hmmmm, a bike motor on a 3-wheeler...I'd better take those corners really slow...you know, three wheelers can turn over really easily...just ask Honda for examples of how).

Anyway, if you're not using those old Bike Bugs, perhaps the right thing to do is to put them up for bid for somebody who wants to find one for themself?

Keep on buggin'!

Casey

   RE:RE:FOR SALE: posted by Rif Addams on 11/19/2003 at 4:45:14 PM
That doesn't surprise me, yet it sounds abit high at the same time. Using that as high end, and my purchase of one new in box a few years ago I would then have to guess an average of around $200.00. There are parts that will need replacing, even if it has never been used as the rubber of that era will have begun to break down. Especially the drive roller, and probably the carb priming pump.
Please visit this web site for info about these engines and contacts for replacement parts.
http://bikerodnkustom3.homestead.com/tanaka.html
Mike Schneider is the man who is a guru of thes motorizing kits. His e-mail is linked from the page above.
Rif






FOR SALE:   "BIKE BUG" BICYCLE MOTOR posted by: Sharon Mulford on 11/3/2003 at 12:22:21 AM
I have 2 bicycle motors with "BIKE BUG" written on them. I am thinking of putting them on ebay or maybe to anyone that may be interested in them. I would also like to know something about them. THanks