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Archived: Reproductions and Motorized Bicycles

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Electric anyone? posted by: Jym on 3/19/2002 at 1:53:20 PM
Anyone here experimenting with electric bicycles?
And what do you think about "Ginger" or "It" or the "Segway Scooter"? - It has too many names, but it is that scooter with 2 wheels side-by-side.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Electric anyone? posted by Rif on 3/25/2002 at 6:27:16 AM
It doesn't go fast enough.

   RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Electric anyone? posted by JimW. on 3/25/2002 at 6:54:24 AM
Neither do electric bikes. 8-)

   RE:RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Electric anyone? posted by Kim on 3/26/2002 at 2:52:19 PM
Yeah, nothing can beat gasoline for power.
Electric bicycles require too much weight (heavy batteries, heavy motors) to have any kind of range or performance.

WANTED:Antique vintage velosolex bicycle posted by: Michael Jones on 3/16/2002 at 7:21:30 PM
Velosolex; l949 through l963 or newer, before th production of the l9" rim size. The frame would be our 26 and 1/2" size. I am willing to pay top dollar for a well
running solex. However, I would be interested in a solex of any condition.

   RE:WANTED:Antique vintage velosolex bicycle posted by FYI on 3/20/2002 at 7:33:29 PM
Try Lazy Walker Bike Shop. Velosolex dealer, bike collector, cool website.

WANTED:Antique vintage velosolex bicycle posted by: Michael Jones on 3/16/2002 at 7:21:30 PM
Velosolex; l949 through l963 or newer, before th production of the l9" rim size. The frame would be our 26 and 1/2" size. I am willing to pay top dollar for a well
running solex. However, I would be interested in a solex of any condition.

   RE:WANTED:Antique vintage velosolex bicycle posted by bob pendl on 10/12/2002 at 10:00:08 PM
I just got one of these bikes. Dont know nothing about them. Can you tell me how to tell what year they are?? and wear can I get parts for one of these?? I was surprised it runs and drives but it is missing the chain. Let me know you help would be appreacaited.
Thanks Bob

WANTED:vintage/antique velosolex bicycle posted by: Michael JONES on 3/16/2002 at 7:06:28 PM
l949 through l963 velo solex bicycle. It would be kin to our26 and 1/2 fram size of 30 years ago. I am willing to pay good money for the best vintage velosolex to be found

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Saddle Bags for Motorized Bikes posted by: Mike Schneider on 3/6/2002 at 6:34:00 PM
Got this messsage from a friend. Thought you might want to check it out.

I viewed them and bought 3 pair.

Have been putting paperboy rear baskets on my bikes in the past. Baskets run about $32.00 and are great. Figured I would try the bags. Most BIG Bikers have bags.

To member: msamigo
From member: paults2


Note that the Swiss saddle bags can be obtained from the Sportsmans Guide company for $5.97 a pair. See http://www.sportsmansguide.com and search swiss bags. The bags are also shown on a moped website to help people obtain low-cost saddle bags from Sportsmans Guide. I am not associated with the Sportsmans Guide company

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Saddle Bags for Motorized Bikes posted by JimW. on 3/7/2002 at 7:06:24 PM
Sportsman's Guide is a great source for stuff like that. The merch always lives up to the descriptions, the prices are great, and they have fast order fulfillment. I get most of my wardrobe from them. Where else can you get black jungle boots as good as anyone else's for about $10 a pair?

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:araya rims on a whizzer posted by: virgil elings on 3/3/2002 at 3:44:48 AM
I have a whizzer special from the late 50's or early 60's and it has Araya 26" rims. When did Araya start making rims and does anyone know if they were supplied on Whizzers?

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:K$S Bike Machine posted by: Ed Lawrence on 2/27/2002 at 11:21:28 PM
Does anyone have an owners manual for the K&S Bike machine
That I could buy a photocopy of?
Anyone know of a parts resource?

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:K$S Bike Machine posted by Mike Schneider on 2/28/2002 at 5:56:34 PM

www.moped2.org has the K&S Bike Machine listed in their grouping of Bicycle Motors.

They might be a resource for you. Appears several folks have asked similar questions could be a contact in that group with information.

Sometimes gathering information on these little jewels takes a lot of effort and patience.

Best of Luck


   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:K$S Bike Machine posted by Scott Nelson on 4/16/2002 at 9:44:20 PM
Did you find a copy of the Bike Amchine manual? If not e-mail me. I got a new machine in the box yesterday and it has a manual. I would be glad to copy it for antone who would like it. Let me know.

   RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:K$S Bike Machine posted by Larry Wlos on 2/25/2003 at 8:37:47 PM
Scott I need a copy of the manual for the K&S bike machine

   RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:K$S Bike Machine posted by John Hadley on 1/14/2004 at 4:38:55 AM

Been searching the net for weeks on the Bike Machine. I had one as a teen, and boy was it great. Was looking for another to relive the old days, as mine went kaput when I got car driving age. My pop tossed it. Where did you get it, how much did you pay, and do they have another??? Please reply! Was looking at the new Honda 4 stroke, but I know the reliability of the K&S unit. Thanks!

FOR SALE:1983 Aqua Bug Bike Bug QBM23 posted by: Ian Foley on 2/27/2002 at 10:34:58 PM
I have a 1983 Bike Bug, with less then 200 hours on it. Mainly rode it through 2 years of high school, then garaged it for many, many years with intermittent short jaunts on it. It ran great 1.5 years ago, but the roller/drive wheel needs replacing. I'd be interested in offers, and willing to negotiate price. I only know what I paid for it new, but don't know what they're worth now, being vintage 20 years old, and in good running order and physical condition.

Any offers, just email me at: ifoleycrc@yahoo.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

   RE:FOR SALE:1983 Aqua Bug Bike Bug QBM23 posted by john on 3/22/2002 at 10:40:02 PM
To get your drive to work, you might, and I say might, try this. Buy a soft radiator hose that you can just squeeze on over the remaining drive wheel and re-adjust for clearance.

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Bike Bug QBM23 parts list and diagram posted by: Ian Foley on 2/27/2002 at 10:25:19 PM
Hey fellas. I found an email I received last year from Tanaka, which still sells parts for our old motors. The parts list if for the QBM23, the Aqua Bug Bike Bug manual version, rather than the automatic clutch version, but most is the same. She cites: "The roller, 231-36100-800, is still available at a retail of $33.93. The attached file is an acrobat reader (.pdf) file of the parts book for the bike motor. (There is also a QBM-23N/NA. Let me know if this is the incorrect book for your unit!) This will help you find any other part numbers for the parts you may need. Please call us before ordering any parts to check stock. Some of the parts for this motor have become no longer available.

We do sell these parts direct via Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. You can send in an order via email or phone us at (253) 333-1200. Or if you prefer you can mail a check or money order along with the part numbers you will need to the following address:

1028 4th Street SW #B
Auburn, WA 98001
Please let me know if I can be of any other assistance.
Thank you!
Amber Hamblin
Customer Service

I hope this helps everyone with their parts hunt. I know many, many of you have asked about the drive wheel/roller assembly. A bit pricey,but here it is! (Aren't our little motors worth it?!?)

Happy motoring,

MISC:SHOP-LESS again... posted by: Rif on 2/24/2002 at 4:41:04 PM
Sorry to waste space, but I need to speak.
I am having to move out of the storage/shop area that I have been using for a couple of years now.
My Folks have been letting me use a corner of one of their barns for my bike stuff. It's about 1000 Sq. Ft. and it's free. Great deal right? Well, every silver lining has a touch of grey...
This is located in a fairly rural (if there's truly anything "rural" left around here). Unfortunately in the past year this barn has been broken into at least 4 times. I live 40 minutes away and am now moving everything out. I can't afford to replace my equipment and I just don't feel safe keeping it there anymore. I'm shopless again. This sucks.
I suspect it's "Tweakers". This area is the meth capital and due to the rural aspect even the cops will admit for every lab that gets busted there's at least three more they don't know about. The Police have told my father straight out that there's nothing they can do, they don't have the manpower and they have their hands full with more important matters. I understand this and can't blame the police. They DO have more important problems to deal with.
Why does it have to be like this? Why can't people just leave other people alone? I don't have the means to build a garage/shop on my property at the moment and don't really have anywhere to keep this stuff here. Yet I can't continually lose sleep over worrying about my bikes, equipment and tools. Boy, Life in the 21st Century just gets better and better! :-)
Well, I'll just have to make due.
Thanks for listening,

   RE:MISC:SHOP-LESS again... posted by Mike Schneider on 2/26/2002 at 7:34:35 PM

Best thing we found on our farm out away from town to stop break in was Cyanide gun traps.

The county agents would supply them for free if your had Coyote problems.

Basically coycotes can be bad down here during watermelon season. The cyanide gun trap is basically a booby trap connected on the stem of the watermelon. The Coyote moves, bites or paws the watermelon - it pulls a wire that trips the gun and shoots him with cyanide. The pop scares his buddies and they learn to eat other things. He gets blind, sick and dies.

Haven't ever found a dead thief and the sick ones around town seem they learned to break in other places.

Hope that helps.


MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Almost there... posted by: Rif on 2/22/2002 at 3:39:15 AM
Hi all,
I just can't contain myself any longer; and since my roomie is tired of hearing about bikes and junk, I just gotta tell this to someone who can dig it before I explode.
I'm am almost done drafting the plans for the "transmission" assembly for the new motor, for my Schwinn Hercules! I should have them complete in about a week.
I have taken the design from a number of different bike engines. I worked out the aspects I liked and the aspects I didn't care for- then combined all the good aspects.
I have also collected most of the materials I need. Aluminum can be quite costly, fortunately a couple of the shops I worked in allowed me to dig through their "scrap" bins, so most of it was free. Same with the steel.
The sealed bearings are no big deal, I have the part number for the replacements, and the cost is fairly minimal.
I still need to get a cup for the centrifugal clutch, as I need to take measurements and check the fit, etc. Once I have that I can finish the drawings and begin to let the chips fly!!!
40cc's of screaming two stroke power! I fear, though, that the fun of designing and building this monstrosity will make the ride almsot anti-climactic.
I've never felt so in my element and alive as I have throughout this project which actually started way back in '99.
Thanks for letting me ramble.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Almost there... posted by Cal on 2/22/2002 at 2:00:35 PM
Rif, keep us all posted on your progress.
What are you starting with as the basis for your motor? I've heard weed-whacker motors are a good start.

Got any pictures?

   RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Almost there... posted by Rif on 2/22/2002 at 2:49:12 PM
Hi Cal,
I'm using a Tanaka 40cc industrial two stroke. I held this motor up against my old decrepit Tecumseh 49cc for comparison and there is none! The Tanaka motor dwarfs that little 49er and makes it look like a model airplane motor.
The Tanaka motors are built and rated to run at full throttle for hours on end. Places like Disneyworld use them for their power equipment; weedeaters, blowers, etc. Talk about beefy, there is no doubt in my mind that with the correct gearing (drive wheel diameter) I'll get up to 35 M.P.H. possibly I'll be able to hit 40.
We shall see... I have been documenting the process. but I'm not quite ready to show the photos yet. Soon, very soon...

AGE / VALUE:schwinn unicycle posted by: gball on 2/14/2002 at 4:52:12 PM
Have an old uni 20 X 1 3/4 ww s-7 uni tire US PAT # on schwinn sticker3083036 #2157 6 on hub E. Nicklin & sons crank made in england and two piece seatpost bracket/frame all chrome. Ant idea on value or year? Thank's GBall

FOR SALE:2001 Schwinn Cruiser SS w/Extras!! posted by: Brian on 2/4/2002 at 10:43:52 PM
I bought this bike mainly as a decoration for my rec room but it has been ridden about 10 miles. I have added the following SCHWINN accessories: chrome handlebars, chrome gooseneck, chrome springer fork, chrome seatpost, chrome seatclamp, chrome horn tank, black phantom rack, chrome ducktail fenders, persons brown leather saddle. I also have all of the original black pieces to go with it. If interested please email me @ brianenglert@yahoo.com


   RE:FOR SALE:2001 Schwinn Cruiser SS w/Extras!! posted by JimW. on 2/5/2002 at 4:26:16 PM
Any chance of our getting a photo, Brian? We're putting together a classification manual for IBRKA bike shows, and yours sounds like a good example for one type of a particular class.

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:TAS SPITZ DECALS posted by: Mike Schneider on 1/30/2002 at 10:47:20 PM
TAS SPITZ Replacement Decals

Replacement decals can be obtained for $12.00 per set (Ignition Cover, Gas Tank and Air Filter Decals). These are not available form the manufacturer. These have been scanned from an old new in box TAS Spitz, printed on non-smudgeable label paper and laminated for protection and high gloss appearance.

If you are interested in these Decals please send $12.00 for copy and shipping expense to:

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

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:TAS SPITZ DECALS posted by Rif Addams on 2/1/2002 at 2:11:25 AM
RIGHT ON Mike!!! Keep up the good work!
BTW- I recived your telephone mssg. today. Thanks for the support. The writing is coming along well; slow, but well. I'm going back up on Thursday to get a few more details from Randy and to check the timeline.
I'll keep ya' posted...I'll E-mail you sometime this weekend when I find a spare moment.
Thanks again for all your help,

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Rif - Excellent Job posted by: Mike on 1/26/2002 at 9:53:11 PM
Thyanks for being of service on these caculations.

Have repainted the TAS Spitzs - Scanned decals and printed on sticker paper - They look sweet.

Thanks again for the help.

Brothers in the Wind


   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Rif - Excellent Job posted by Rif on 1/27/2002 at 12:09:20 AM
Thanks Mike.
I just tested these calculations against a known.
My bike bug was mounted on a '66 Schwinn Typhoon Deluxe. With me riding (I weigh in at 120 Lbs.), a full tank of fuel, on the flat with no headwind. I achieved 20 M.P.H. consistently, I was clocked by a co-worker in his newer model truck.
I ran the calculations using the spec.s from the Bike-Bug owners manual. I used a flat 26" for the driven (the front wheel of my Schwinn.
According to the formula I posted, I came up with 25 M.P.H. Only 5 M.P.H. off! Not bad for not using any variables in the formula.
Like I said, this is just to help get you in the neighborhood when gearing your moto-bike.