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Bicycle Engine Review

Updated on September 4, 2011

The Bicycle Engine Review

In the days of "economic crisis" and high gas prices, why not go by bike? And for the long and hilly tours, just get an engine on your bike. But what's the difference between all the available models?

My husband did hours of research inspired by the wish to get the best bicycle engine. Now he made a bicycle engine review lens about it. -Jayasri

The Glorious Bicycle and its Assistant the Engine

The bicycle is the most common form of transportation in the world and recently won an online BBC vote for the most useful invention in the last 200 years.

The option of bicycle commuting can be extended to more people with the help of an assisting gas or electric engine.

Some features of motor assisted bicycles:

>A motorized bicycle can get up to 200 miles per gallon of gas.

>They can go up to 40 miles per hour.

>The rider can pedal at any point using the engine to assist whenever needed.

>Bicycle assist engines are legal in most states and do not require a license, registration or insurance.

>They are relatively inexpensive- $150-$1200.

In summary a bicycle assisted engine is a good transportation alternative for it offers the following benefits to users:

-Exercise

-Recreation

-Saves Money

-Saves Time

-Earth Friendly

-Visually Appealing

-Useful In Emergencies

-Compact

New Update

I got a second Golden Eagle Bicycle Engine Kit. The Tanaka Engine is great. Better than the Subaru in my opinion except that you can not fill up directly at the pump without mixing oil and gas. Also, I discovered that having a bicycle with good shocks in front and back is an essential.

the FRICTION DRIVE bicycle engine

The way a friction Drive engine works is that a roller touches the rear wheel. When the driver applies throttle the roller rolls the wheel.

Pros:

Easy Installation, Easy Maintenance, Safe (no belts or chains to break or get stuck)

Cons:

less power, affected by wet weather, best with smoothe tire

Bicycle engine on eBay - from Staton

The kits listed here are worth buying and represent a good value. Lots of others out there are crap.

the CHAIN DRIVE bicycle engine

A chain drive kit uses a chain like the one that you have on your bicycle now. It goes from the motor to another sprocket. There are REAR MOUNT chain drive kits and V FRAME MOUNTED chain drive bicycle engine kits.

Pros:

power, all weather, durable

Cons:

weighty, more complicated installation and maintenance

v frame mounted CHAIN DRIVE engine kit video

BELT DRIVE bicycle engine kit

The belt drive kit is similar to the rear mount chain drive kit. The difference is, it uses a geared belt just like Harley Davidson which is Kevlar reinforced. Instead of going around a sprocket a drive ring is securely attached to the spokes of the wheel and the belt goes around that.

Pros:

Installation is easier and it rudes quieter and is lighter than a chain drive, better in wet weather and more powerful than a friction drive, quiet

Cons:

belts break at some point, belts also slip.

available at http://www.bikeengines.com for $529 and up

Golden Eagle BELT DRIVE bicycle engine kit

bicycle engine kit SUPPLIERS

Every kit offers a little something different in terms of performance so you are the only one who can decide which is the best bicycle engine kit for you.

easiest to put on and take off= friction drive

most power for hills= chain drive

a little of both= belt drive

The bicycle to use for your motor.

In my experience I think it is important to consider the type of riding you are going to do, but realize that aside from the bike, the body will be experiencing lots of extra wear with a motor pushing it. I would only use a bicycle with front and rear shocks unless for some reason like if it were a tandem and that were not an option, and then I would want at least front shocks.

Breaking in your new bicycle engine

It is important to remember that your new bicycle engine will need to be broken in for 2,000 miles. This means you should take it especially easy (15 mph) in the beginning.

Remember not to overdo it at any time if you don't want to cause injury to your engine or yourself. These things are not indestructible but with proper care can last a long time.

bicycle engine referral/ affiliate/ ambasador programs

Some of these supliers such as Dimension's Edge and Staton offer a referral program.

When others see the kit and you show them it's capabilities and tell them it's merits and then they go out and purchase one for themselves, these suppliers will give you a money reward in appreciation for bringing them a new customer.

Update: my engine...

Golden Eagle Subaru EH035

So finally I got an engine for our Santana tandem.

It is a great Boost for us to travel in the hilly Prescott Arizona. It gets us around town in less time but we still get a decent workout. The engine carries us both on level ground and with our assistance we make it up pretty steep inclines with relative ease.

It is possible to convert this engine to ethanol by changing the carburator size. Check http://www.journeytoforever.org to find out how to do it.

Recently, I brought our bike out into the desert in the back of a pikup. When the pickup hit a bump, the bike jumped off the back and the ebngine busted.

It was only a plastic piece though and I was able to find the parts with the online parts manual at

http://www.robinamerica.com/series.aspx?sid=21.

I was able to pull the broken art out and replace it with the good part with only pliers and a screwdriver. Now the engine is working fine.

I chose Golden Eagle because of its reputation for being light weight, quiet, and easy of instal and remove.

Speak your mind. But be thoughtful. Add some treasure to this pot of golden information.

Tell me something interesting. - What could you tell me that will substantially change my state of existance.

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      apop 9 years ago

      Bicycle engine kits have come a long way in the last 2 years. There's really not much point in shopping around. I've motorized bikes for many years in many different ways. The best kit out there is from bicycle-engines.com and is the frame mounted 49cc with chain drive. The best improvement of all is the sprocket that mounts to the rear hub and NOT clipped to the spokes, which puts stress on the spokes and will throw the chain off. $329 will save you a lot of time and trouble. Forget the friction roller types. No good. You can't drive on wet roads. Should be obsolete.

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      2thetop 9 years ago

      Really interesting Christopher. I think that when the price of fuel gets high enough we are all going to be looking into these types of alternatives for short/medium range travel. I didn't realize that the engines themselves were so affordable!!

      Thanks for the info.

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      Jesse_Hall 8 years ago

      Very comprehensive way to go.

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      johnsonwarren 7 years ago

      Nice comprehensive review for those interested in adding mechanical power to biological power for bicycling. Lenrolled to www.squidoo.com/bikemichigan.

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      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      Enjoyed your bike lens. Nice job.

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Great lens, with the current prices, a bike with engine is just thing for short trips around the neighborhood!

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      GottaGreenBuzz 5 years ago

      Great lens. Imagine if no one could use their car for just one day? I imagine that every person would come across SOMETHING OR SOMEONE and have an experience that they would and will never have otherwise.

      Thank you for this lens.

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      Ken McVay 5 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      Interesting, useful stuff, with a minimum of commercial advertising - well done! Happy New Year from a chilly Vancouver Island. Blessed.

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      TerryNeal 5 years ago

      very cool bikes.

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      tslizzy 5 years ago

      Very useful information

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      steve-denenberg-33 4 years ago

      im part of a crew that's building these types of mounts and putting a 4 stroke honda 49 cc engine on beach cruisers friction type mount, and having a blast riding around, gas has hit 5.50 in the orange county and i have a v8 tundra, this has changed my ways for the better as my gas money turns into savings for more important stuff like rent and food, I get asked a lot about it and people want to buy one with no hassles and quality so i went to local bike store and owner said he would take it now to display it caused he liked the mount and kawasaki engine he used to sell m3 bikes and said they broke down and people had to mix the oil and complaints came in to frequently, mine goes around thirty and very stable going uphill as well. I would advise everyone to get one if they want relief at the pump this saved me 450.00 in gas this month. A 5.00 dollar gallon lasts me all month, do the math I drive around town at the beach and back and forth to work about 6 miles round trip 7 days a week.

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      steve-denenberg-33 4 years ago

      hekk

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      AshCreekNativit 4 years ago

      I live in Prescott, AZ and we have an avid biking community...we also have a lot of hills! Thanks for putting this together.

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