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Archived: Reproductions and Motorized Bicycles

WANTED:   Cox Bronco muffler posted by: Larry Wlos on 3/20/2003 at 4:06:47 PM
Need a muffler for a Cox Bronco bike engine

   RE:WANTED:   Cox Bronco muffler posted by Martin Hepperle on 3/27/2003 at 1:35:26 PM

I am interested in finding a complete Cox Bronco engine for
my "virtual Cox museum" at
Also some giood pictures of a Bronco and other printed material (copies) would be of interest.

Thanks, Martin

   RE:RE:WANTED:   Cox Bronco muffler posted by Larry Wlos on 3/28/2003 at 1:13:37 AM
Martin, sorry engine not for sale at this time,its really in good condition,also I cannot help you with any printed material.Memory Lane bike shop has a bike and scooter book that has a couple advertisements from the 60's

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   1979 Columbia Imperial posted by: Betty on 3/19/2003 at 12:24:22 AM
I have one that I can't get to run. I think it has something to do with the wiring but I don't have a manual. Does anyone know where I can get a repair manual?

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   1979 Columbia Imperial posted by JimW. on 3/20/2003 at 11:34:17 PM
Betty, the first thing you need to know is what make engine the bike has on it. Very few bicycle or motorbike makers manufacture their own engines. If you can establish the make of engine, you can probably get tech literature from the factory. If you're really lucky, there'll be a decal on the flywheel shroud. You could also take the bike to a small-engine repair shop and have them take a look at it. Even without decals, most engines are very recognizable to people who deal with them regularly.

WANTED:   Stingray chain guards posted by: Harry on 3/15/2003 at 5:51:03 AM
hi, I was wondering if anybody knows of a place that sells reprduction krate chain guards, like they used a few years back, but just the guards. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug by Aqua Bug Motor posted by: Kilroy on 3/9/2003 at 5:05:33 PM
I recently bought a bike bug motor from e-bay. 81.00.But I know very little about them.I am looking for any info on parts or just general info on them,such as oil & gas ratio mixture and so forth. I am planning to use it to ride 2 miles to work.Is this practical with this motor.I have seen other motor kits around 200.00 to 500.00.on E-Bay.Would it be worthwhile to repair and restore the bike bug if it broke.If nessesary?It hasn't been run in about a year, or so the seller said.Also I found out from Austin Tx. The law was revised in Tx. Sep 1, 2002.If it is below a 39cc engine no ins,inspection or registration is needed.Only general bicycle rules apply..Headlight,Tail light, helmet..etc.Hope this info helps someone..Any info will be greatly appreciated.Drop me a line..In East Tx. (75633)Thanx you all have a good day.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug by Aqua Bug Motor posted by JimW. on 3/10/2003 at 9:13:10 PM
You're in luck, Kilroy, not only do you have a nice little bike motor, but the world's leading authority on them, Mike Schneider, is also in Texas. He can answer any of your questions. Our article on him, and Bike Bugs in general, may be found at: http://bikerodnkustom3.homestead.com/tanaka.html

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Chicken Power Motors posted by: Zach W. on 3/1/2003 at 8:39:51 PM
Does anyone know a good source to find information about Chicken Power motors? My Grandfather recently picked up and restored two of them for me because I work at a bike shop. I don't know anything about thing and would kind of like to know the history/value of them since I've had a lot of questions about the one I have mounted on my old Schwinn. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Chicken Power Motors posted by JimW. on 3/3/2003 at 7:54:56 AM
They were made by Ohlsson and Rice (Orline). I got a nice old one on eBay for $80.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Chicken Power Motors posted by Mike Lyon on 4/13/2003 at 6:38:33 AM
I have a new one in the orginal box with papers if anyone is interested. Never mounted or started,includes all accessories except for the screw-on muffler can. Interested? mikielyon@cox.net

WANTED:   Travis bike motor parts posted by: Larry Wlos on 2/28/2003 at 2:21:09 AM
Wanted parts for a Travis bike motor or any motors for parts

   RE:WANTED:   Travis bike motor parts posted by John Herron on 7/26/2003 at 11:40:25 AM
Have two original and complete travis motors for sale. Let me know if you are interested.

WANTED:   Travis bike motor parts posted by: Larry Wlos on 2/28/2003 at 2:21:09 AM
Wanted parts for a Travis bike motor or any motors for parts

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Velosolex Engine Diagrams posted by: Richard on 2/27/2003 at 6:33:38 AM
I am looking for a exploded veiw or any other diagrams for a velosolex motorized bicycle engine...

WANTED:   Velosolex Engine Diagrams posted by: Richard on 2/27/2003 at 6:33:38 AM
I am looking for a exploded veiw or any other diagrams for a velosolex motorized bicycle engine...

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Any Information posted by: Richard Schanlaub on 2/24/2003 at 11:14:45 PM
I just bought a moped that was made in 1979 by Columbia. On the side it say Imperial. On the engine it says Sachs.
I can't seem to find any information on this. Is it a Colubia Moped or ???. It has 38 miles on it. looks great and runs great.Always been stored inside. I will try to put a picture on this site but would be glad to send a few if you think you would be interested.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Any Information posted by JimW. on 2/25/2003 at 6:25:05 AM
Your moped is a rebadged import from Austria. Sachs is one of the great names in moped history. They still make bike engines, and may still be making mopeds.

   RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Mopeds posted by Chris on 2/25/2003 at 9:42:39 PM
The pedals that came with mine were really lousy. I was surprised at that.
The folks in the service department were stupid and trying and the prices for work very high.
The original reflective lined tires wore out and all they had were replacement tires that ommitted this feature and the thought of ordering up a couple of sets from Germany for a good customer was an idea they couldn't handle.
It was a nice machine but I would rather have had a Honda.
Or a Vespa that goes to 50 MPH.
Actually a Solex would do and those were/are a bit cheaper!
I like the idea of removing the engine and carrying that in for service when it needs it,and not the whole thing.
Preston Tucker had the same idea with his car. Engine removed in twenty minutes he was saying.
Less hassle, and no risk of getting the bike dented up in their truck or mine with a Solex.
The Solex is so much more user friendly and anything that puts more control over the thing back into my hands is a good thing.
The Solex is lighter and easier to handle and deal with.

REPRODUCTIONS:   Roadmaster question posted by: larry on 2/24/2003 at 3:05:09 AM

i just bought one of those 1998 repro Roadmaster LL. I'd like to know 2 things . . .
1. my SN is 42xx - how many were made?
2. is this a repro og a 1948 Roadmaster or a replica of "the bike" in general?


   RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Roadmaster question posted by Skip on 2/25/2003 at 3:14:50 PM
I think they did a run of 10 or 12 thousand of them.
The original 1948 Roadmaster Luxury Liner was made in the USA. This repro is all Taiwan, but you're still riding one of the most unique bikes on the bike path!

   RE:REPRODUCTIONS: Roadmaster question posted by bikemike on 3/17/2003 at 3:54:14 AM
The Roadmaster Luxury Liner was made in a run of 6200 pieces. They claim only 5000 were made but the actual production was 6200.I sold Roadmaster an original mint 1948 Luxury Liner that they used to retool off of for this bike. The wheels and pedals and a few of the parts were stamped in Taiwan but the frames and painting miscellaneous parts and assembly was done in the USA by Brunswick in Illinois and Wisconsin. Brunswick purchased the Cleveland Welding Company rights to this model. These should never be confused with the low quality Schwinn importPhantom look alike bikes as this bicycle is substantial, solid and rides better than any other reproduction bicycle manufactured to date. In fact it would be more accurate to call this bicycle a Continuing production. Any questions call me toll free 1-877-731-BIKE (2453) I still have some of these new in the box from when I was a consultant to Brunswick on this project in 1996-1998.


   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   BUY SELL TRADE posted by Larry Wlos on 3/26/2003 at 5:10:55 PM
I have original Monark supertwin seat , good condition

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   BUY SELL TRADE posted by Alan Fitton on 4/7/2003 at 8:51:30 PM
I have 2 vintage CycleMaster bicycle motor/wheel combos. One has compression - The other is seized with a few spokes missing. Both are in fair shape but complete.

I also have a vintage "Mosquito" bike motor.

Just wondering how much they might be worth to you.

Thanks -

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   BUY SELL TRADE posted by terry garbig on 4/12/2003 at 11:56:42 AM
i am in need of 1 or 2 spark lugs for my monarch super twin,the plugs in it are;champion TJ-8J--they are a unique spark plug,rather stubby in length,with a flat top. on top is a wire about the diameter of a #2 pencil lead sticking straight up.--the plug cap is built into the plug wire and it has a female opening just large enough for the "wire" to fit into.then the rest of the cap fits snugly over the ceramic portion of the plug

AGE / VALUE:   Whizzer posted by: Brent Urgan on 2/15/2003 at 12:37:27 AM
We have a whizzer engine, on a whizzer frame. I know that they only made their own frame for a little while. What is an estimated value?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Whizzer posted by john martin on 2/17/2003 at 11:20:25 PM
Value is very dependent on several things, like motor model, frame model, condition, etc.
If you tell me a litte about the following, I can tell you:
The the s/n of the motor should be on the left side of it by the drain plug.
For the frame type, what does the "head badge" say? It is "badge" on the front of the frame.
What condition is it in? Running? origainal? restored?
And is the tire size 20" - 24" - or 26".

AGE / VALUE:   Fair Market Value? posted by: Marc Rubin on 2/6/2003 at 10:25:19 PM
I am trying to research the fair market value of what I believe to be a late '40s era Velo Solex moped? Any guidance is sincerely appreciated. M

AGE / VALUE:   Future BikeRod&Kustom posted by: JimW. on 2/4/2003 at 7:47:07 AM
The May issue of BR&K will be devoted to motos again, if anyone's interested in contributing to it. Kustoms only, of course for the gallery, but all moto topics will be considered for articles.