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Archived: Reproductions and Motorized Bicycles

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

   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.

AGE / VALUE:   21x2.00 [moped?] NOS tires posted by: Ernie @ 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?

   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?

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

   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

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

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)

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.

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.

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?

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,

   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.

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Speedometer wanted posted by: Bill Russell on 9/8/2001 at 7:32:03 PM
I need a complete speedometer for a 1948 Whizzer Pacemaker.Must include brackets,etc. Speedometer doesn't have to be Whizzer brand but must be for 24" wheel. Thanks.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Speedometer wanted posted by john martin on 9/9/2001 at 9:33:57 AM
I have a reproduction speedo that was done maybe 15 to 20 years ago.
They where very will done except that the odometer is not correct. The
background should be white with black numbers. This one is backwards.
N.O.S. never used, just a little "shelf wear", has 1.6 miles one it from
the factory testing. Can send pics. I would take $600.00 plus S&H.
Let me know if this will help you.

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   bikerodnkustom.com's MotoBike Project posted by: JimW. on 9/7/2001 at 10:57:22 AM
For our new project, we are seeking a source of the wheels
we need for it. They need to be 24" X 2.125" alloy rims, with .120 stainless spokes. We would like a drum brake hub on the front wheel. The rear is the same, but we would like a 3-speed coaster hub on it. Other types may be considered.

We realize that these sound exactly like Worksman industrial
cycle units; however Worksman only builds 26 and 20" wheeled

We are going to be doing a major step-by-step article on the building of this MotoBike, which will also be fitted with a sidecar. Anybody interested in building these wheels,
including a 16" one for the SideCar, for this project is invited to get in touch with us. The bike is slated for
completion by June 1, 2002, for its unveiling at the Louisiana Bicycle Festival at Abita Springs, LA 6/17/02. JimW.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   bikerodnkustom.com's MotoBike Project posted by Rif Addams on 9/9/2001 at 8:32:37 PM
That sounds real hip!!!
I just finished putting a Sturmey Archer TCW 3 three speed coaster
(40 spoke) on my '63 Schwinn speedster, with a three speed Bendix stick shift on the top tube.
It's a really nice unit, I can't say enough good things about these hubs...
Good luck with that project I can't wait to see it!!!

WANTED:   I NEED A CHEAP MOPED REALLY BAD PLEASE HELP ME OUT!!!! posted by: john on 9/3/2001 at 6:30:20 PM
please help me any 1 i need a moped realy bad i dont care if its got a bad couler or any thing i need it for a school proget i need it cheap and needs a little help just as long as it will work but iam looking in a $250 or lower sooo if u can help me out that would be sooo good thanks a lot

REPRODUCTIONS:   Reproductions, Yeah or Nay? posted by: Kent on 9/2/2001 at 2:18:54 PM
I was wondering if some of you experts could voice your opinions on reproductions in general and specifically, the Roadmaster Luxury Liner, Columbia Superb & Schwinn Phantom.
Any advise given would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

   RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Reproductions, Yeah or Nay? posted by JimW. on 9/2/2001 at 4:51:53 PM
All those repros are good bikes. If you want a repop, you can't
go wrong with any of them. Comparison shop around, though,
as pricing can vary widely between various sources.


AGE / VALUE:   Columbia reproductions posted by: Skip on 8/30/2001 at 6:52:08 AM
What are the late 1980s Columbia repros going for these days? The green and creme ones. I have a chance to buy one in really clean condition. The guy wants $450.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Columbia reproductions posted by JimW. on 9/6/2001 at 3:13:01 PM
That's a pretty good price for a nice bike.