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Archived: Reproductions and Motorized Bicycles

REPRODUCTIONS:   Repro cruisers w/ Mercury name circa 2000/2001 posted by: Terry on 6/4/2002 at 5:49:40 PM
Spring 2001 wife bought new bike at Dicks Sporting Goods (Phila suburbs) to be used for riding with our young kids. They had a promo clearance sale on Planet Earth bikes. When we got there to look at them , they also had a line of (unadvertised) retro full dress cruisers sold under the Mercury name. Beautiful color schemes, tanks, racks, fender lights, fender skirts, white wall balloon tires, Really cool.(although my wife didn't think so). I hesitated buying one for myself, (with three kids, the garage is already filled with bikes and ride-ons) but went back a couple of weeks later only to find that they were all gone. In the year plus since, I have casually searched ebay and the internet and have not found a single reference or example to these cool repros. Can anybody shed any light?

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   cady mope head posted by: cad on 5/31/2002 at 10:02:13 PM
does anyone know anything about cady mope heads or site etc.

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Sidecar posted by: Scott on 5/28/2002 at 12:11:50 PM
I am going to an auction tomorrow (5-28) that is advertising a Schwinn Bike with sidecar. Does anybody know anything about these? Value, year made and what to look for?
Thanks for any assistance

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   WHAT ARE THEY? posted by: bike@antiquebikeparts.com on 5/25/2002 at 10:37:06 PM
Can anyone help me id these 2 antique bicycle motor units?
http://www.antiquebikeparts.com/bm/unknownmotors/bikemotor.htm please email bike@antiquebikeparts.com directly thanks

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   WHAT ARE THEY? posted by Cal on 5/29/2002 at 1:31:56 PM
The first one has a friction wheel, so it probably sat out over the front wheel.
Not sure of the brand, but I can say it IS NOT a Sears, Free Spirit or Doodlebug motor.

Second one uses a belt drive. Possible Whizzer??

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bumble Bike posted by: David on 5/23/2002 at 3:20:30 PM
A friend of mine has one in working condition (minus the suitecase) and is looking for any information available. Any sources or ideas?

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Is this modle any good posted by: Rob on 5/21/2002 at 5:38:06 PM
I have a Motobecane Moped. Its models are 50, 50,7
I was wondering were I could find some parts around the border of Canada And the US

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Is this modle any good posted by rob on 5/21/2002 at 5:43:11 PM
sorry the model num is 40,50,7

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   1930`s ? monark motorized bike posted by: Dana on 5/19/2002 at 9:00:18 PM
Is there such an animal(motorized bike) that is refered to as a Monark ? If so where can I get more info/pics ? I`am currently in possesion of one but do not know if the motor was added or what.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   1930`s ? monark motorized bike posted by Cal on 5/21/2002 at 1:41:16 PM
Yeah, the Monrak "Super Twinn".
There's one in the picture database here.

AGE / VALUE:   New Concept posted by: ryan on 5/15/2002 at 2:57:37 AM
i am looking into designing a pedal car for adults. it will be based on a new 3 wheeled recumberent with front wheel steering and rear wheel drive. i am planning to make a fibreglass flaring kit in the style of a vintage car. any feedback on the flaring and 'big boys pedal car' concept would be much apreciated

WANTED:   Velosolex posted by: geo on 5/14/2002 at 2:15:11 AM
Are there any Velosolex's out there for sale. I've been toying with the idea of picking one up. Would like something affordable. Say a beater, something ratty but running. Thanks, Geo

   RE:WANTED:   Velosolex posted by Chris on 5/15/2002 at 4:38:15 PM
Not easy to find. Just pick up a new one and enjoy!
I picked up a N.O.S. tire for a pal who acted like a jerk that day (and for the most of the time afterwards too) and so I kept it myself. Now I have it on my own Solex.

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.

Please visit my restoration project website at:


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???!!!

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@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.

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.

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@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.

MISC:   ride posted by: rickey@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