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WANTED:   Evans Cycle Motor posted by: Brian on 12/1/2001 at 4:37:04 AM
I am looking for information, pics, literature - copies will be fine of a teens Cyclemotor built by Evans. Trying to complete installation in my Pierce bicycle. ALso interesterd in parts or any other motors.

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          RE:WANTED:   Evans Cycle Motor posted by Tom on 12/20/2001 at 11:05:56 PM
I have a 1921 Evans sales brochure Ill sell you for$20. it is ex shape.IT has specs for the model G electrically equipped




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AGE / VALUE:   Solex used parts posted by: Alec on 11/30/2001 at 11:06:08 PM
Does anyone know a source for used engine parts for Solex motorized Solex bikes. The VeloCruz site has new parts but they are pricey.

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   safticycle posted by: dwayne on 11/30/2001 at 1:37:39 PM
I just bought a safticycle frame,does anyone out there have any info.? on this company?thanks

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   1950's Rabeneick Taxi Cyclemaster posted by: Chuck on 11/12/2001 at 8:40:37 PM
I am trying to restore a 1950's Rabeneick Taxi with German made "Cyclemaster" motor on it. The carb. is broken and either needs repaired or replaced. Any information about parts, manuals or contacts would be appreciated.

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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   1950's Rabeneick Taxi Cyclemaster posted by JimW. on 11/14/2001 at 1:18:11 AM
Inspect the carburetor very closely. Most engine makers
buy their carburetors elsewhere. It's possible that your
engine's carburetor is shared with another, more common,
engine application. If you can find a maker's name on the
carb, you're halfway there. Most carb manufacturers have websites.




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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Coast To Coast Bike with Bike Bug Motor posted by: Sharon on 11/4/2001 at 3:40:11 AM
We have two Coast To Coast Bicycles (one men's one women's). The men's bike has a Bike Bug Motor. Does anyone have an idea of the age and value of these bikes. The men's bike is in good condition (a little rust) and the motor runs well.

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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Coast To Coast Bike with Bike Bug Motor posted by Mike on 11/5/2001 at 6:29:32 PM
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

          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Coast To Coast Bike with Bike Bug Motor posted by Rif Addams on 11/20/2001 at 1:44:12 AM
Hi all,
Mike- these were also released under the "Little Devil" brand name. I have one that is in rough shape (missing the entire tank and shifter assy.) It's still got compression and everything else is there. I have not yet found the distributor for this particular name. Any Ideas?
Just thought you'd like to know. :-}
Rif

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Coast To Coast Bike with Bike Bug Motor posted by c.g. on 12/21/2001 at 1:03:45 AM
I'm looking for a "Bike Bug" engine. Any help would be appreciated.

          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Coast To Coast Bike with Bike Bug Motor posted by Ian Foley on 2/26/2002 at 11:08:26 PM
Hi there. I have a 1983 Bike Bug (not deluxe) with the standard transmission (engage/disengage manually with lever). It runs quite well, probably needs a new plug by now (ran it about a year ago in the street for 20 minutes). However, it needs the drive wheel, or one to be manufactured for it. I see a Mike Schneider on this page who cifes knowing how to replace the wheel for about a buck, but later asks for $20 for his plans. I'd be interested in selling this motor if the price is right. I've thought about replacing the wheel for my own use, but just can't find it, and don't appreciate the novelty as I once did. Make me an offer, and we'll arrange shipping, etc.
Ian




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AGE / VALUE:   1973 Orline Chicken Power Bicycle Motor posted by: Sherri on 10/29/2001 at 8:38:03 PM
I would like to find out the value of my 1973 Bicycle motor. It is green and it says "I've got Chicken Power" on the side with a picture of a chicken riding a bicycle. It also says "Orline" on it and O & R Engines, Inc. Please send me any information at all. It would be greatly appreciated. Thank-you!

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1973 Orline Chicken Power Bicycle Motor posted by JimW. on 10/30/2001 at 4:17:18 AM
The Chicken Power bike motor was built by Ohlson and Rice, a maker of model aircraft engines. It is, basically, a large model aircraft engine with bicycle mounts added. They are not particularly valuable in a collectible sense, as compared to a Whizzer motor. A really nice, clean, well-running example might bring a hundred bucks, but probably less, from someone who was looking for something like that. I'm not sure if they are still being made, or not. Generally, if it's still being made, it's more desirable for people who want a functional bike motor, due to continued parts availability.

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1973 Orline Chicken Power Bicycle Motor posted by JimW. on 10/30/2001 at 4:43:12 PM
Sherri,
We may have a case of serendipity going on here. A couple of months ago, lower-down in this list, a guy named Saul
was looking for a ChickenPower motor in good shape. E-mail
him at: see if he's still looking.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1973 Orline Chicken Power Bicycle Motor posted by SAUL SKLAR on 3/16/2002 at 1:28:29 PM
Sherri:

If the motor is in good working condition it has a value of between $50.00 to $100.00.

I have been looking to buy several of these to for their parts, to re construct a good working unit.

One of our businesses is a machine shop. We can mill parts from bar, but the cost is something the average person would underwrite.




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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   velosolex posted by: gary on 10/28/2001 at 11:25:54 PM
any one out their with any imformation on the french made moped velosolex thank you gary

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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   velosolex posted by JimW. on 10/30/2001 at 4:26:55 AM
The Velosolex motorized bike was introduced in 1946. It is back in production now, in Hungary, and is being sold in the UK. Like most re-introductions of classic machinery, it costs a lot more than the original item, and is hardly any better, if at all. There is a rock group which goes by the same name. There are many websites to do with the Velosolex.




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AGE / VALUE:   21x2.00 [moped?] NOS tires posted by: Ernie _atsign_ Bikes on Boundary - keeper of the bones on 10/22/2001 at 8:08:10 AM
Hi! Got a pile of NOS 21x2.00 or 2-17 tires , I presume they are for a moped of some sort. Are they of any use to anyone here?

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   21x2.00 [moped?] NOS tires posted by Joel on 10/22/2001 at 9:52:32 PM
Are they clincher or single tube?




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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   TAS Spitz, Sears Free Spirit & Bike Bug Bicycle Engines Information posted by: Mike Schneider on 10/17/2001 at 5:31:07 PM
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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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   TAS Spitz, Sears Free Spirit & Bike Bug Bicycle Engines Information posted by Vernon Hardaway on 10/17/2001 at 6:38:32 PM
I used to have a cox bicycle engine around 1967. I am searching for one.

          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   TAS Spitz, Sears Free Spirit & Bike Bug Bicycle Engines Information posted by JimW. on 10/18/2001 at 10:14:46 PM
A friend of mine bought a new Cox bike motor at America's Hobby Center (IHC) here in NYC, about 5 years ago. Cox may still be making them. I'm sure IHC has a website.

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   TAS Spitz, Sears Free Spirit & Bike Bug Bicycle Engines Information posted by john martin on 10/22/2001 at 11:33:28 PM
TAS had 2 models that I know of. They were the "standard" and the delux.
I have NOS the delux and also a AguaBug. I have used 2 "standard" TAS.
If anyone would want these for reasonable price, please contact
me.
John




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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   zanetti motori help. posted by: mark on 10/10/2001 at 2:30:11 PM
i
have a zanetti bicizeta.distr.by american bicizeta.
need parts&any info.
model..scat?
year??
searl#zpd dgm9019om.
any help please.

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   1946 LaRay Powercycle posted by: Mary Sue Duris on 10/6/2001 at 4:33:51 PM
Having come across a 1946 LaRay powercycle I am in search of any information, Photos, or literature cocerning this bike. Thank you Wayne (webmarysue@webtv.net)

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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   1946 LaRay Powercycle posted by ed williams on 6/19/2011 at 12:47:46 AM
I have one but don't know much about it. Is yours complete? Running?
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   1946 LaRay Powercycle posted by ed williams on 6/19/2011 at 12:48:31 AM
I have one but don't know much about it. Is yours complete? Running?
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AGE / VALUE:   New BikeRod&Kustom Issue posted by: JimW. on 9/30/2001 at 8:27:25 PM
We have the start of a new series on the making of MR. MOTO,
our kustom stretched Mac-powered motobike. Lots of other new stuff, including an interview with Erik Hunter, JetBiker.

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AGE / VALUE:   help, help. Triumph with cyclemaster posted by: Mark on 9/29/2001 at 1:14:33 AM
I need help with finding out the age of this bicycle and engine, English plates still visible, and engine runs, not much to look at. I found it in a barn in Southern Ontario, Canada. Any responses would be very welcomed.

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   three wheel bike- bug posted by: JERRY on 9/14/2001 at 10:11:07 PM
Riff& Cal I found a three wheeler with a bike-bug engine also another engine looks like it was dropped cyclinder broken. are parts still available? riff you said you found a town & country by schwinn the one I have looks exaclty like but mine is a sears any comments?

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Three wheeled Bike-Bug posted by: Rif Addams on 9/9/2001 at 8:33:20 PM
...So I'm out driving to my shop to grab some parts for a couple of project bikes yesterday. I'm going through a town about the size of Mayberry when I see Schwinn Blue at a yard sale. Quickly I turn around and it turns out to be a 24" Town and Country!
I ask how much, and trying not too seem too excited, I hand over the cash. I get out to the shop and grab the Bike-Bug motor that's been sitting on the shelf for awhile, then boogie back home (a 40 minute drive one way, but hey it's over a thousand square feet at no charge for doing my crazy bike projects out of the rain...)
Anyway, the bike bug on a trike is too much!!! What a kick in the pants! I think I just found an economical grocery getter...!
One bit of advice for anyone else who might try this, WATCH THE CORNERING!!! You really have to lean (like a sidehacker or something) to keep from tipping over at a slight speed.
Part of the problem in that area is that the wheels are set up for 1 3/4" tires. I have a pair of S-2's for the rear and an S-7 for the front. now if I can just get that 28 hole drum brake working for the front wheel, hmmm... :-}
Happy motoring,
Rif

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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Three wheeled Bike-Bug posted by rif again on 9/9/2001 at 8:51:23 PM
Oh yeah, I forgot it's got a three speed coaster brake set up at the back. I'm not too nuts about this set up on a trike, but we'll see how it works out...
all in all I'm pretty excited about this one. I've got to take it up to my local bike guru and see what he's got to say about it...

          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Three wheeled Bike-Bug posted by Cal on 9/10/2001 at 6:44:06 AM
What an excellent find and an excellent project.
I agree, turning on a tri-wheeler takes some practice.

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