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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   REX Motoren Werke Cyclemotor posted by: Wally on 5/14/2002 at 12:08:34 AM
I am restoring a 31cc 1948 REX Motoren Werke (Munich) cyclemotor. It is mounted on the front of a Hercules bicycle. I am interested in hearing from other REX owners and persons familiar with German Hercules bicycles of approximately 1930's vintage.

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Muffler Hose SUCCESS posted by: Mike Schneider on 5/9/2002 at 3:44:33 PM
Muffler hose on the TAS Spitz, Bike Bug and Sears Free Spirit is not avaiable from Tanaka. Gary Burger came up the hose that works for connecting the muffler & submuffler.

It is Marine Engine High Temperature Exhaust Hose.

Thanks Gary - I have it on two engined - works great. THis is after trying lawn mower shops, motorcycle shops, automobile parts houses, raditor shops, etc... - Everything before would burn up after 1 hr running.

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Muffler Hose SUCCESS posted by Rif on 5/9/2002 at 10:08:00 PM
Let's have a big round of applause!!!
I knew there had to be SOMETHING out there that would work. Thanks guys!

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Muffler Hose SUCCESS posted by Gordon Bullis on 5/11/2002 at 6:39:27 AM
And not to get too off-topic, but I'll bet this would fix the air pipes into the convertors on V-8 fords!

          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Muffler Hose SUCCESS posted by JimW. on 5/16/2002 at 5:33:29 AM
Please don't give it up for a fake deal. Any deal which is subject to some sort of scam based upon Nigerian law is still a scam. It would be nice if I didn't have to pay any attention to this situation, but I'm sure you're all being hit by the same scamsters. Just say no. JimW. http://bikerodnkustom.com

          RE:RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Muffler Hose SUCCESS posted by JimW. on 5/16/2002 at 5:45:15 AM

Forget It! It's totally screwy to expect actual justice on this site, through this provider (Homestead). I promise that I will die before the next issue goes up within the HS scheme of things.

          RE:RE:RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Muffler Hose SUCCESS posted by JimW. on 5/16/2002 at 5:54:21 AM
Ya know, there's something screwy going on here. I just posted the above message, and it made perfect sense. Now, the same message is some sort of crazy drivel. Please forget it. JimW.

          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Muffler Hose SUCCESS posted by JimW. on 5/16/2002 at 6:07:34 AM
Really! I meant the immediately earlier message to go to Homestead.com's discussion list. I don't know what's going on here. It's kwazee! My mouse is getting extremely weird also. Please fuggedaboudit,I'll fix it. JimW.

          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Muffler Hose SUCCESS posted by Rif on 5/16/2002 at 8:57:15 PM
That's just wierd..
What was that that you were speaking of up there? I wonder because I've been getting these e-mails for some danged illegal money laundering scheme, and don't know where they got my addy...
From nigeria I might add...
WTF is going on here???!!!

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Wanted: Chicken Power Bicycle Motor (and info) posted by: Danny on 5/9/2002 at 5:41:20 AM
Hello!!! I have recently purchased a bicycle with a Chicken Power 2-stroke engine on it. The only thing is that the piston has seized up inside of the cylinder making it inoperable. I would like another engine to replace it though. So, does anyone out there have one of these units in good running condition for around 50 bucks??? Can anybody tell me something about it??? THANKS!!!

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Wanted: Chicken Power Bicycle Motor (and info) posted by ChristopherRobin2_atsign_starmail.com on 5/12/2002 at 7:17:21 PM

I have Chicken Power, you had Chicken power and you want Chicken Power again! You want MY chicken Power do ya?

$75.00 plus shipping and you have a deal.It's used, but it runs and runs well. It's a goer! I don't have some small part with the throttle twist grip. You probably do.
e- Mail me a shipping address
who ain't using the dang thing and therefore shouldn't keep it!

Yes, finding that Wasp with this motor was a fun adventure! I'm one of
Pavlov's drooling dogs who can't see the lousy word "Chicken" without thinking "fried chicken."

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Wanted: Chicken Power Bicycle Motor (and info) posted by john martin on 5/12/2002 at 10:39:46 PM
I have a N.O.S. one, but but more $ than what you are talking.

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REPRODUCTIONS:   Schwinn owners manual and parts posted by: vickie on 5/8/2002 at 1:31:23 AM
I just bought a used reproduction Schwinn Super Seven from a 1955 model. The guy sent it to me in pieces and I am missing some parts and I don't know how to connect the cruiser shift? I need a manual which he didn't include! and I need parts. Can anyone tell me where to go for Schwinn owner manuals and parts? Kind Regards, Vickie

          RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Schwinn owners manual and parts posted by JimW. on 5/8/2002 at 7:32:58 AM
Schwinns, like most bikes, are about as complicated as hammers. Most people who hang around here wouldn't need an instruction booklet to put one together. But we all have to start somewhere. My recommendation is that you lug it over to your LBS (Local Bicycle Shop). Someone there (Local Bike Shop Guy) will put it all together for you at minimal cost, and probably educate you about what they're doing at the same time, if you bother to hang around and watch. Ir is well worth it, I assure you. Everything I know about bikes, I learned from my LFBSG.

          RE:RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Schwinn owners manual and parts posted by VICKIE on 5/8/2002 at 5:24:21 PM

          RE:RE:RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Schwinn owners manual and parts posted by chris on 5/20/2002 at 2:55:03 PM
Used book store. Go look in the bicycling section of the used book store. diagrams, helpful hints
the books are written by old bicycle mechanics.
Do it.

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WANTED:   1963 Mobylette Parts posted by: Tim on 5/6/2002 at 1:13:56 AM

I bought a 1963 Mobylette last year that runs and rides well, but is in need of restoration and is missing a few things. Does anyone out there have any parts or know a good source to find them?

I need the following:

-Gas Cap
-Left Engine/Crank Cover
-Air Cleaner


          RE:WANTED:   1963 Mobylette Parts posted by Jeff on 5/6/2002 at 2:28:29 PM
Here on old roads the are parting out a 79 Mobylette.
They have a smaill link to it just above the big "POST" text on this screen.

          RE:WANTED:   1963 Mobylette Parts posted by ChristopherRobin2_atsign_starmail.com on 5/12/2002 at 7:19:55 PM
I have info and exploded diagrams on Mobylette. I can help out. I have no parts and recommend you ask Vin about it.

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MISC:   ride posted by: rickey_atsign_knowlesbicycle334-756-7561 on 5/2/2002 at 2:50:41 PM
would you like to come ride this sat may 4 we will have 300 or more bike riders this is an annual event here in valley alabama 30 min. from columbus ga. 1 hr. south of atlanta ga. I-85 valley lanette exitlots of fun & activities an auction at the local kroger gro. in lanette al. to raise money for valley haven school call 334-756-2868 334-756-7801 or the local bicycle shop 334-756-7561 hope to see you thare


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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug manual posted by: Gordon on 4/30/2002 at 5:22:35 PM
Hi. Last year Dave Novak kindly sent me a photocopy of a Bike Bug manual, along with same of a Popular Science article about it. I told him I would scan these and post them, and after moving twice, I've done it.

Anyway, is there somewhere on this site I could upload these to? I know people are always looking for them.

Also, Belated thanks to Dave and Rif Adams for their answers and help on this.


          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug manual posted by BillG on 4/30/2002 at 8:19:15 PM
You can upload them to the picture database.
Click on "Home" at the top left corner of this page, and then click on "Add a picture"

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug manual posted by Mike Schneider on 5/1/2002 at 9:54:59 PM
It would really be handy to tell us how to find the article and picture about the "Bike Bug" after Gordon has downloaded it to the Home Page.

          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug manual posted by Gordon on 5/2/2002 at 1:18:53 PM
Well, I may have used too much resolution. The fike size limit on uploads is 100K, and these files all run 2-4 times that. I will try lowering the resolution a bit and see how it goes. Sorry for the delay.

          RE:RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug manual posted by Gordon Bullis on 5/13/2002 at 1:18:37 PM
Well, after just being OVERWHELMED with requests for this, I havn't done more with it. If there's a pent-up demand, let me know, otherwise I'm going to free up disk space.


          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug manual posted by Liz John on 6/27/2002 at 12:06:53 AM
Hi, My husband, Steve, doesn't use the computer but would be interested in talking to you about the Bike Bug he recently purchased. Would you mind sending your phone number via email. Thanks very much. Liz

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   merkel motorwheel posted by: Chris on 4/28/2002 at 2:15:53 PM
Looking for a rim to go on Merkel motorwheel.
BE, 36 spoke 24"
Tyres as well,
All leads appreciated, also correct frame and forks. Contact cknoop36@hotmail.com

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   merkel motorwheel posted by JimW. on 4/29/2002 at 2:26:49 PM
That is a currently-available size and spoke count, and rubber size. J&B Importers and other (USA) dealers carry them. http://jbimporters.com

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AGE / VALUE:   Orline Products motors posted by: sam on 4/23/2002 at 8:13:40 PM
Does anyone know if the Orline Products at 3340 Emery St. , Los Angeles Ca. is still in bussness?I think I remember the name Ideal motor also.It's a small front wheel motor.Needs the carb.kit.---sam

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Orline Products motors posted by JimW. on 4/24/2002 at 7:00:00 AM
Try looking for Ohlsson and Rice. That was the full name of the company. They are most noted for model airplane engines.
Chances are they didn't make the carburetor itself. It might be by Tillotson or one of the other small carburetor manufacturers. Check the carb closely to see if you can find a maker's name on it. If so, the maker is who you would get the carb kit from. If no name on the carb, you might be able to identify it by its style. All makers have their own little design quirks. You might show it to a small-engine repair specialist. Chances are they would be able to identify it. As there's bound to be a model # on it, that would help a lot. Good Luck.

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Orline Products motors posted by Chris on 4/25/2002 at 11:30:05 PM
You know something Jim? I am darned glad you hang here in this group! I read your posts and I sit here and think. "This fellow knows his stuff!" You are a gem!

          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Orline Products motors posted by JimW. on 4/26/2002 at 8:23:35 AM
Gawrsh! Thanks a lot. It's nice to be appreciated; but please bear in mind that I'm not always Mr. Brilliant. Sometimes I stick my oar in knowing nothing at all about the topic under discussion. That's one way I learn things. In this case, I happen to actually have some knowledge of the subject, but that's more the exception than the rule. All that aside, you are way discerning to even be commenting on this, and I salute you for it.

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   BIKE BUG/ AQUA BUG INFO posted by: lawrence on 4/23/2002 at 6:52:00 PM
Does anybody have a manual for these things? How do I find out what year and model my bike bug is? Can I still get a roller for it? What about a kill button and spring? Gas cap? Fuel to oil ratio? I've always used 24 to 1. too thick? please help

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   BIKE BUG/ AQUA BUG INFO posted by JimW. on 4/24/2002 at 7:05:28 AM
Mike Schneider is our Tanaka maven here. He has made reprints of all that sort of thing available. He's around here a lot. Check lower down on this list, and you'll find at least one of his posts on the subject.

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   BIKE BUG/ AQUA BUG INFO posted by Mike Schneider on 4/25/2002 at 11:22:51 PM

I have been collecting, copying and mailing the information below:

I do ask fo $20.00 to cover, postage, copying & handling.
You will get your money's worth or send it back.

Drive roller - Better than new for less tahn a buck.
Gas tank cap less than $5.00. Tanaka asks $14.95 plus shipping.

Lots of parts and ideas from owners just like yui who enjoy their Bike Bugs.

Information on the TAS Spitz, Sear's Free Spirit Aqua Bug Bike Bug Bicycle Engine.
Japanese manufactured to the mid-80s. Marketed under three different names: TAS Spitz, AquaBug Bike Bug, Sears Free Spirit. Two-cycle 28cc front fork mounted bicycle engine - 20 mph, 200 mpg.
Sears has one on display in the Sears Tower in Chicago - front door and center entrance.
I have rebuilt six of these engines. They are wonderfully delightful little engines to bike. I remember seeing them advertised in Popular Science Magazine at 12 years old - 40 years ago.
The manufacturer does have some parts available - however, not all. I have substituted several parts form hardware stores, lawn mower shops and motorcycle shops. I have also generated some better than original parts. In my rebuilding I have networked with several owners and have collected a very complete library of information on these engines plus first hand knowledge on repair.
· Original Owners Manuals
· Shop Repair Manuals
· Part Lists
· Technical Diagrams
· Sources of Parts and Replacement and Original
· List of Owners
I would sincerely appreciate your listing this information so it can be of benefit to other "Spitzers, Bike Buggers and Free Spiriters".

Mike Schneider
1307 Country Place Circle
Houston, Texas 77079


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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Lone Star motorcycle Ralley posted by: Mike Schneider on 4/22/2002 at 2:13:54 PM
Just got back from the Lone Star Motorcycle Ralley south of Houston. 60,000 Motorcycles and one TAS Spitz.

I carted my Spitz on the bike rack to the show. Bikers would drive up from behind me and start asking questions about the Spitz - driving down the freeway.

Took the bike off the rack, rode to main entrance was asked to putt around the fair grounds - told people would love to see this thing.

Got a 22" Brim Gatamelan Palm Cowboy Hat for having the most unquie running bike. People stopped me - offered $300.00 on the spot. Got to hold a lot of cute chicks who posed with it.

TAS Spitzzing around

Brothers in the Wind


          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Lone Star motorcycle Ralley posted by Rif Addams on 4/27/2002 at 6:03:56 PM
Hi Mike,
Sounds like a great time! I pulled a similar stunt about a year ago, and the people just love these things, don't they?! Keep up the great work on keeping the Tas alive!
Have you had a chance to get the group photos yet?
Keep on Keepin' on!!!

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Schwinn Whizzer posted by: Linda S. on 4/21/2002 at 3:06:00 PM
I pulled a Schwinn WHizzer out of a junk pile yesterday. I am not superfamiliar with this bike. It's in very good shape considering it's been sitting forever. The only thing that seems to be missing is a belt and the cover olong with the either gear shifter? and the throttle? I'm not to sure Please could someone help me as far as to what to do with this bikie? Should I restore it? By the way the engine does turn over. Thanks in advance for any help. Linda

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Schwinn Whizzer posted by JimW. on 4/22/2002 at 5:25:43 AM
How come I only find old clapped out MTBs in the trash? What a stroke of luck! What to do with it is up to you. If you'd like to own a Whizzer, restore it. It'll take some work and money, probably, but will be worth it. If you have no desire to own one, sell it to someone else who does. It's worth some money in its current condition. Restoring it for sale isn't really going to gain you that much more money, if you have to spend it on restoration, unless you do it all yourself. If you're capable of that, you should do it and keep it.

          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Schwinn Whizzer posted by Rif on 4/27/2002 at 6:11:37 PM
Yeah, no doubt! I only come across junky old ten speeds and three speed road bikes! Only twice have I had that kind of good luck, once I found an old huffy bannana seat "Star Force" bike (as a Star wars collector I did my happy dance on top of this particular junk pile that was about eight feet high!) The second time I found (for free) a Honda 70 cc Passport with a messed up head! That one is still sitting in my shop waiting for some cash for the new parts.
Some folks just have all the luck! Sounds like a great project. Have fun with it!

          RE:RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Schwinn Whizzer posted by ChristopherRobin2_atsign_starmail.com on 4/27/2002 at 7:38:12 PM
Linda! Don't give the location of your junk piles away, and keep looking! We don't hear about Whizzers being pulled from junk piles too often these days. You are a lucky lady!
I paid $20.00 for info and I send it out free when people ask me for Whizzer info. Send me a postal address and I'll send along phantom diagrams and info.

Does anybody have a web site where this stuff can be posted? Let me know! I'll send it along! Pretty soon everybody could be leering at Whizzer motorbike information thaks to little old me!

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AGE / VALUE:   monark super twin posted by: steve davison on 4/18/2002 at 12:54:26 AM
hello all - i have purchased a monark super twin motorized
bike - the tag on the steering stem says monark silver king
i would like to restore it and am curious as to its value
and where i can get info/literature etc... any help would be appreciated - the bike is in relatively good condition
i bought it a couple of years ago - it had been in storage since 1964 - thanks steve

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   monark super twin posted by JimW. on 4/18/2002 at 6:22:21 AM
You lucky dawg! That's got to be one of the most desirable motorbikes there is. For one thing, it's based on a Silver King, which is one of the greatest classic bikes there is, and for another, it's got a beautiful two-cylinder engine on it. What a find! I have no idea what a really nice example would go for, but it would have to be a lot of money. I'd give you at least $100 for it. 8-) Of course, I'm notoriously cheap. Speaking of which, I just bought a motorbike on eBay for $26: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/ebayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1820373242&r=0&t=0
It has a Tanaka J-12 4-stroke engine on ir, which Rif and Mike Schneider say isn't a common motor in this country. When I tear it down, I guess I'd better wear my black-widow proof gloves. It may also have termites, as there's a chunk of wood in there, too.

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WANTED:   JOHNSON MW TANK AND BADGE posted by: xhtc_atsign_hotmail.com on 4/17/2002 at 3:47:39 PM
$$$$ paid or Have merkel smith and briggs mw parts and bicycle items to trade

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          RE:WANTED:   JOHNSON MW TANK AND BADGE posted by Bob Johnson on 5/18/2002 at 5:46:06 AM
Hi, I have built one Johnson MW tank for a friend, the only hard part to come up with are the end caps. mabey we can get more caps spun out, and make a few tanks.

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AGE / VALUE:   ROADMASTER WHIZZER posted by: Joe on 4/12/2002 at 5:37:09 AM
Just took on an interesting project and is what i believe to be a purpose built roadmaster whizzer it has the sturmy archer front brake with heavy gauge spokes and the big leather seat .and the whizzer front end .the engine i was told was removed years ago to be worked over.i was hopeing to find some info or some facts on this type of bike .thanks Joe


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