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Archived: Reproductions and Motorized Bicycles

WANTED:   Speedometer posted by: Larry Wlos on 7/20/2003 at 1:20:35 PM
Wanted Monark Supertwin speedometer

   RE:WANTED:   Speedometer posted by Roy Aubol on 2/5/2004 at 1:35:39 AM
Good luck om the monark Super twin speedo...I only know of one guy that has one...and he won't sell ..Its a whizzer speedo with monark supertwin on the face plate..you could perhaps print this out on a computer and apply it to a whizzer speedo...cheers Roy

MISC:   Across America... posted by: Rif on 7/14/2003 at 8:43:35 PM
Made it home alive.
Bike broke in half at the New York State line.
I'm spending the next few days doing R&R/decompressing.
Some updates and pic.s can be seen at the new Wyman website:
Be fore-warned of the few pop ups, but it's worth it considering it's a free server with no bandwidth limits.
I'll add the rest of the trip pic.s and the tales of the adventure very soon.
Thanks to all who stayed interested and supported us along the way.

   RE:MISC:   Across America... posted by Mike Schneider on 7/28/2003 at 2:27:47 PM

Allot of us followed your adventure on the yahoo motorbicycle chat site.

What an adventure. I enjoy a quick trip to the store or a ride in the park but across the USA - What an adventure.

Wyman's story was very interesting - Those days the words had to paint the picture. The emails the guys pasted along did a very good job of relating some of your interesting times. Interesting technology change. Following was more blow by blow.

Glad to have you back - Trip to the Moon next?



   RE:not to the moon but... posted by Rif on 7/28/2003 at 9:45:22 PM
Well thank you for the support. I'm working on the details for our site and for Whizzer Motorbikes website.
They became a sponsor partway through the trip!

Anyway, I have been (tenatively) approached about riding a goped (you know those motorized foot scooters...) across the U.S.A. with possible factory support.
I would do it, but it would depend on where I'm at financially as I have a lot of debt incured by this last adventure. Plus the job that was supposed to be waiting for me when I reture=ned was no longer available, so I'm trying to locate work right now...
So it goes.
Anyway, I'm totally up for another off the wall adventure.
Pop told me I'm on my own with anymore adventures! *LOL*

   RE:MISC: Across America... posted by Brian on 9/23/2003 at 3:28:09 AM
Anybody in your team ever heard about the Sachs G4 moped?
I just bought one! It is a 1981 model with pedals that CANNOT be used to pedal as a bike . . . just to start it (but it's easier to push-start! And BIG? Lemme tell you, this sucker is BIG! More like a motorcycle!

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bikebug posted by: Larry on 7/10/2003 at 1:37:27 PM
Attention bikebug owners:
Due to the extinction of drive rollers, I am trying to fabricate a new better roller. I don't have an original so any information would be useful. I need this info: inner diameter of hub, exact width left to right, how wide is the inner piece that mounts to the engine and how far left to right the mating surface is from the edge of the roller. If I put it too far left it'll rub, too far right and it won't hit the tire correctly. the exact diameter of the center hole, The highth, width and length of the key area. Any Ideas for grip pattern and how to inmplement them would be great. I'm not going to use any rubber or any other surface. I want to use steel but this might be too heavy(input?) It might be hard to get an evenly patterned drive surfaceon steel as well.(Ideas?) I also would like input on outer diameter circum. because this directly affects power to speed ratio, what would be perfect?(any engineers out there? What size tire should I use to make this combo perfect. If that doesn't make your brain hurt, How fast might it go. This also brings me to the most exciting part of this entire project. Think of a multipack with interchangable rollers used for different riding conditions! Has anybody ever thought of this? This might be really expensive to have done but will be a perm. fix for a chronic problem.

If the finished product works I will sell them for whatever it costs to build them. I'm not doing this for profit.
If I had some close-up pictures of Rollers I could give them to the guy I'm going to have build these things. the more pics I have, the better.

Please submit written info on post board.
because I have limited e-mail space please send pics only to my e-mail(would really help)


   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bikebug posted by tony on 7/12/2003 at 6:28:27 AM
i,d buy one of those as i,m currently looking for a motor to attach to my bike as i,m disdabled i,m in canada and i bet i could help sell a bunch of those in a minute

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bikebug posted by Mike Schneider on 7/14/2003 at 9:28:55 PM

I am taking a Drive Hub to a machine shop to have the cost qouted to build it. Will give you an update after I have the price.



   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bikebug posted by MikeSchneider on 7/17/2003 at 7:24:17 PM

Update on Roller Hub. I have visited with a couple of machine shops in my area - TOO HIGH. Oil field business is too good right now. $50 to 100 hr to look at - if I supplied drawings with measurements. Ouch! They weren't interested basically.

So pretty bummed out about that. But I remember how I much I wanted a drive hub when I found my first Bike Bug. I met with the owner of my local ACE hardware store - showed him the drive hub - explained how it worked - let him ride my bug.

So the answer came, you should have seen that old man grin -drove the Bike Bug around his parking lot - buzzed customers - they waved, laughed and chlamped.

After we went in the store - layed out various ideas - some of his customers grouped in - we had a blast - Thanks for needing the drive hub.

A little work for me to do at the house but I know we have a winner.

I will get it finished up and test it on one of my motors.

Making new parts for these little jewels is almost as much fun as the ride.



   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bikebug posted by Doug on 7/18/2003 at 6:08:52 AM
Is the BikeBug the same as the .8 HP Sears Free Spirit?
If so, I need to see what the gas tank bracket looks like,
and how the gas lines connect to the original tank. I
have the unit running other wise.

A suggestion. My unit has an "OK" friction wheel however, I
plan to find a roller that is about the same size as the
hub and fit it. Another option would be to get a rubber
caster tire, bore a hole to fit the hub and trim the outside
true and to size with on a machine lathe.

   RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bikebug posted by Mike Schneider on 7/18/2003 at 2:01:37 PM

Just emailed you some information about the Sears Free Spirit bike engines. The Bike Bug, Tas Spitz, Red Devil and Sears Free Spirit were all made by Tanaka in the 70 & 80s.

The gas lines and flow pattern are described in the literature in this package.

One item of interest to you is reemoval of the governor to increase your 0.8 HP to 1.2 HP or bike speed 17 to 24 MPH. Also I have a 62 mm drive wheel larger than the original 41 mm - Helps put a little more Wind In Your Face and less wear on the engine.

Riff Addams aricle in Jim Wilson's http://bikerodnkustom.com
"Tanaka Tales - A History of the USA's Favorite Modern Bike Engine" is something you might enjoy on the net.



   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bikebug posted by Mike Schneider on 7/18/2003 at 2:46:14 PM

After getting parts from the hardware store. I went home and worked on the idea.

I fitted, filed, cut and prayed and have built a New Drive Hub that fits on the drive shaft bolt and drive shaft key way. I used a junk motor I had for my fitting pattern, then I removed the original drive hub and replaced it with the New Drive Hub with a 62 mm Drive Wheel on one of my Bike Bug Bikes.

The New Drive Hub took right off - engine started. I drove about 10 minutes - checked the Hub - Everything looked good. Drove it to Whataburger for a Congradulation Dinner - put about 20 miles on it so far.

I will test it some more over the weekend. I plan to keep the New Drive Hub on my crusier.



   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bikebug posted by Mike Schneider on 7/21/2003 at 2:55:17 PM
Drive Hub - Works GREAT. Used it all weekend - up & down hills - No difference between it and the original so far as working.



   RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bikebug posted by Sam on 7/28/2003 at 1:59:00 PM
Great work, Mike!

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES: Bikebug posted by noel weaver on 7/28/2003 at 10:10:59 PM
Hi all,I have a Motorized bike, It was made in Holand, It has a SOLEX 49cc Engine which mounts above the front wheel.Im try to identify exactly what Make it is.other names on the bike are HEME and B.R.Beilge.There are also chassis numbers :253143 , CH/NUB :B7014?, AND Frame Guard :344818. That is all the infomation wrightin on the bike,It is in mint condition. Can anybody Help me with this, i need NAME and How much is it worth,Thankyou for your time,Regards Noel.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES: Bikebug posted by noel weaver on 7/28/2003 at 10:17:58 PM
Hi all,I have a Motorized bike, It was made in Holand,1930 I THINK, It has a SOLEX 49cc Engine which mounts above the front wheel.Im try to identify exactly what Make it is.other names on the bike are HEME and B.R.Beilge.There are also chassis numbers :253143 , CH/NUB :B7014?, AND Frame Guard :344818. That is all the infomation wrightin on the bike,It is in mint condition. Can anybody Help me with this, i need NAME and How much is it worth,Thankyou for your time,Regards Noel.

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   1962 solex posted by: greg on 7/9/2003 at 9:30:11 AM
i need any information on a 1962 solex bike, such as value, origin, etc. any info would help

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   1962 solex posted by Ian on 7/24/2003 at 9:37:21 AM
Try www.buzzing.org which is the website of the National Autocycle club in England. Search their archives for all the articles they have printed on VeloSolex. I am sure I have seen one on the idendification of models etc. Hope this helps, regards, Ian.

AGE / VALUE:   ELECTRIC PEDAL POWER TRICYCLE posted by: DENNIS KRACHT on 7/6/2003 at 11:08:20 PM

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   ELECTRIC PEDAL POWER TRICYCLE posted by JimW. on 7/13/2003 at 3:11:26 AM
An electric motor circuit is so simple that there are very few ways to hook up everything. Anybody who does electric motor repairs could take care of it for you. A golf cart or wheelchair service guy could easily handle it. Unless it has an electronic speed control circuit worked in, it's about as complicated as a flashlight.

AGE / VALUE:   schwinn motorized bike posted by: jason bachmeier on 6/16/2003 at 4:23:55 AM
I just got a schwinn bike that has a K&s bike machine on it the vin is hr557505 schwinn cruiser i think has a generator headlight and rear light so wondering the value of it and year

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   schwinn motorized bike posted by tony on 7/12/2003 at 6:41:21 AM
if it,s motorized and runs i,ll buy it perhaps....

REPRODUCTIONS:   Huffy Ocala? posted by: Nancy S. on 6/15/2003 at 12:51:43 AM
Hi All -- I just picked up a cute lady's bike (I think 26") at a yard sale. It's got a "Made in China" sticker on it so I'm thinking it's a reproduction, but can anyone tell me for sure if it is?

I looked on Google to see if I could get any hits with no luck, using "Huffy Ocala."

It's pretty rusted everywhere but the frame, but I live by the ocean so that's no real clue.

It's black, tan and red and has "Ocala" written in script on the chain cover thingie (yeah, I'm really up on all this bike stuff, aren't I?)

Thanks for any info. I want to know if it's worth replacing all the gears, brakes tire tubes, etc. Or if I should just sell it at my next garage sale?

   RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Huffy Ocala? posted by JimW. on 6/19/2003 at 5:25:53 PM
I doubt that Huffy has made anything in the last 50 years that anyone would want to do a reproduction of. It's probably just a Huffy lady's bike which happens to have been made in China. If you like the way it looks and rides, then fix it up for your own use. If not sell it at the garage sale. Huffys have almost no collector base, and it wouldn't bring much more with new tires, etc, than it would without.

   RE:RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Huffy Ocala? posted by Jack on 6/25/2003 at 1:56:09 AM
In the Houston Chronicle ads of Sunday, 6/22/03, Target advertised 26" women's or men's Ocala bike for $79. The ad said also at Target.com, but I couldn't find any Ocala bike listed. I wanted more info because the ad's picture showed fenders, which are hard to find on new bike's these days.

I could find nothing on Google about Ocala bikes except this Oldroads discussion group.

   RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Huffy Ocala? posted by Drew on 6/30/2003 at 8:28:58 PM
I saw the 26" Womens Huffy Ocala (baby blue) in the same Target ad. My girlfriend is really wanting that style/color bike. Neither Target.com or the actual store carry the bike. Any info on purchasing this model would be appreciated.

   RE:RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Huffy Ocala? posted by Bob on 7/21/2003 at 11:59:55 PM
If you didn't find one at Target yet - keep looking. Target has a lot of them in their Ohio stores - although the current price is $ 99.99

   RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Huffy Ocala? posted by Josh on 9/19/2003 at 8:44:13 PM
i saw this bike at target about two years ago. I did not have the money to buy the mens version at the time. And wouldn't ya know they sold the thing just before i saved enough money. If anyone has a mens version in cream. i would like to buy it. I live in eau claire wi and would be willing to drive up to three hours to buy a brand new one. S if theres a cream/black one at your local target let me know. thanks

FOR SALE:   Motorized bikes and motor kits for sale posted by: Jeremy on 6/13/2003 at 8:50:04 PM
Check out CaliCruzer.com for some cool custom motorized bikes. 48cc gas 2-stroke 2 horsepower, chain driven with a manual clutch for a real motorcycle feel. 30+ mph. Complete bikes and motor kits available. Cali Cruzer offer many option such as sport tuned motors, hand crafted frames and gas tanks. CaliCruzer.com

AGE / VALUE:   Jack and Heintz posted by: Bill on 6/9/2003 at 11:23:26 AM
I am looking for a Jack and Heintz or Marman motorbike. I Don't need the bicycle if only the motor, clutch and gas tank are available.

AGE / VALUE:   Abita posted by: sam on 6/6/2003 at 1:55:12 AM
Anyone going to Abita?The next Louisiana Bicycle Festival will take place at the UCM Museum in
Abita Springs La. on Father's Day, Sunday June 15, 2003.

Come see, exhibit, and ride homebuilt, vintage and custom bicycles. All
bicycles types were welcome - yes you can bring your new mountain bike,
your old racing bike, or the bicycle your grandfather has in is garage -
we'd like to see it. BMX guys - just do it!

Sponsors included the Abita Springs Business Association, Abita Brewery,
Walmart, BikeRod&Kustom, and the UCM Museum

Over six hundred bike enthusiasts attended last years festival. The
number of participants was dampen by wet weather conditions in the area.
The event was well publicized by print, radio, and tv. Hopefully we
will have another good turn out.

John Preble

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Abita posted by Joel on 6/10/2003 at 8:57:22 PM
I'm going again this year. It was a real blast last year. Customs were the main attraction with everything from Marti Gras floats to motorized tandems to a pedal powered blender. THere were also ballooners, musclebikes, lightweights, ... Don't miss it if you are in the area !

MISC:   sites posted by: Larry on 6/4/2003 at 5:10:44 PM
Does anyone know of another site that deals with the bikebug or other motorized bikes? Forums or anything would be helpful.
Also looking for a kill switch and a roller for my own unit... Will pay any reasonable price for original or homemade reproduction roller.

   RE:MISC:   sites posted by samclingo@hotmail.com on 6/8/2003 at 4:58:31 AM
Might try http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bicyclemotorkits/

   RE:MISC:   sites posted by Kiel on 8/20/2003 at 5:47:02 AM
Contact me for the e-mail address of Mike Shnieder. He collects bike bugs, and should be able to help

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Whizzer Kickstart parts posted by: Roy Aubol on 5/31/2003 at 11:17:39 PM
Looking for Whizzer Kickstart parts and also a Monark super Twin clutch! Let me know if you have other parts for
Whizzer, Monark, Marman Twin and Evans PowerCycle !
Thanks Roy

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Whizzer Kickstart parts posted by FRANK MORMINO on 6/6/2003 at 9:18:37 PM

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Whizzer Kickstart parts posted by FRANK MORMINO on 6/6/2003 at 9:18:45 PM

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Whizzer Kickstart parts posted by Larry Wlos on 6/6/2003 at 11:27:21 PM
Roy I have NOS pistons for Monark engine.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Whizzer Kickstart parts posted by Fritz on 6/11/2003 at 8:40:17 PM
Hi Roy, I'm a lucky owner of an Evans Power Cycle, the only one I know in Germany.. - sorry, don't have any parts, only a copy of a little booklet (written in dutch) about the Evans - Do you need a copy? Can You describe as exactly as possible,where i can found the serial number of the frame? a pre-owner seems to have painted the frame to much, so I Can't find any mark... Thanks for help, Fritz

   RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Whizzer Kickstart parts posted by Paul Bauman on 8/6/2003 at 9:30:29 PM
I need pictures of all motor bikes

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug posted by: Renia on 5/19/2003 at 4:00:33 PM
I am searching for information on the gas motorized "Bike Bug". Can anyone assist me with info on its history, etc.

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Machine posted by: Raymond on 5/17/2003 at 8:18:20 AM
A friend of mine has a bike engine called,"Bike machine",inverted engine,plastic fuel tank.The old machine needs a new fuel tank.Can anyone help on this?This guy used to ride an Indian,then a "74"Harley,now he is on the motorized bicycle.Sure would like to keep this guy in the wind.Thanks,Raymond.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Machine posted by Mike Schneider on 5/19/2003 at 3:12:39 PM
I think the Bike Machine was made by K&S. I don't think they are in business any longer. You do see one of these type engines show up on ebay every so often.

You can try lawn mower shops or sporting goods stores - I have used a $5.00 plastic canteen as a gas tank on TAS Sptiz bike motors. It works well but mounting can be a problem.

Best of Luck


MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Three-Wheeled Motorized Bicycle posted by: lind on 5/16/2003 at 4:46:34 AM
I have a vintage AMF motorized three-wheeler bicycle that I would like more info on. Looks to be from 1970's maybe and appears to have been originally made with a motor, not later added.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Three-Wheeled Motorized Bicycle posted by Dum Dum on 6/1/2003 at 6:50:05 AM
How about a picture? Don't know how? New at computers?

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Three-Wheeled Motorized Bicycle posted by lind on 6/1/2003 at 5:38:59 PM
Bicycle is an AMF Roadmaster/Courier, burgundy with front wheel and two large back wheels with large metal basket between the two wheels. Has an Electric Motor System, "Pedal Power", by General Engineering Co, Sewell, NJ, Patent#3,905,442. Any info appreciated. Image to follow.