Building A Motorized Bicycle
Building A Motorized Bicycle
Do you want to save money on gas?
Well, the answer may be the Motorized Bicycle.
As far back as 1892 people put motors on bicycles.
With today's 2 stroke and 4 stroke engines you can Expect to get 150 miles per gallon after the initial break in period.
The normal bicycle fuel tank holds 1/2 gallon of gas allowing approx 75 miles per tank full.
Are these engines dependable?
You can expect to get thousands of miles of life out of your engine if you follow a few guidelines:
1. Follow the break in period guidelines - Break in period lasts for the first 4 tanks or 2 gallons of gas.
2. Keep up with routine maintenance on your motorized bike.
3. Don't ride at full throttle often.
4. Use a good quality motorcycle synthetic 2 stroke oil - Mix at a 20:1 ratio or 7oz of oil per 1 gallon of gas.
Decisions you might face.
There are many decisions you will have to make about motorized bicycling.
Do you have a bicycle? If you do, the type of drive that will best suit your current bicycle. Frame mount or rack mount.
Perhaps you do not have a bicycle. You need to decide if you want to buy a completed bicycle/engine combination or purchase a specific style of bicycle and add your own engine to it.
What follows is to help you better understand your options. The advantages and disadvantages of each system and how to get the most enjoyment out of building a motorized bicycle.
Building My Dream Motorized Bicycle
Building my Motorized Bicycle in words and pictures.
I purchased a Micargi Tahiti Bicycle for my dream ride.
You can choose a style that fits your dream.
Here is the Bicycle I chose to begin with.
Micargi Tahiti Stock Beginnings
Add Motor - Engine of Choice
After reading for a good amount of time and developing the style I was wanting, I chose the frame mounted "Chinese Motor". There are a number of sellers for this engine and you can find a lot of good information, both good and bad about dealers on the Motorized Bicycle Forums listed below in the "Best information about Motorized Bicycles" section.
I got my engine from Bob at Blue Collar Bikes. I have been extremely happy with delivery and follow up from Bob and will do business with him again.
The engine kit came with everything pictured below and everything you need for a quick, easy installation.
Engine of Choice
My Dream as a Finished Product
From the humble beginning using a Micargi Tahiti bicycle and adding the motor from Blue Collar Bikes, I have now created my own "Motorized Bicycle."
I changed a couple of the stock items that came with the micargi... Seat and handle bars
I also added a cantilever front brake to the Bicycle. This model bike does not come with a front brake, if you need to stop quickly a front break is gold.
On the engine I added some paint and replaced the mounting studs with allthread 1/4x20 for a little added strength.
Beyond this I decided not to make any changes or additions to the engine as it comes from the factory. I mainly made this decision to test the dependablity as well as get in a little riding time before the rainy season hits.
This winter I will be taking the bike back down and making changes and some customization to the bikes appearance. For now, I am thrilled with the results.
Below are three pictures of my project to date
ENGINE CLOSE UP
My Motorized Bicycle Review
I have had a huge amount of enjoyment from building a motorized bicycle. I have now ran a tank and a half of gas through the engine.
I have yet to go any place on this bike without people asking me questions and commenting on it. No only the uniqueness of the engine added but the over all look of the bicycle as well.
A half dozen of my friends have also ridden this motorized bicycle and I get the feeling that come spring I will have a good amount of companions zipping around the area with me.
Best information about Motorized Bicycles
- Motored Bikes Forum
Motorized Bicycles: Pictures, videos, articles, where to buy, technical help, legal issues, repairs, rides and more!
- Bicycle Motor Forum
Motorized bicycle discussion forum. Our topics cover everything from motorized bicycle engine kits, repairs, building and performance for your motorized bicycle. Motorized Bicycle manuals for performance and modification of gas and electric bicycle m
- Installation Instructions Bicycle Engine
How to install bicycle engine, grubee installation instructions, How to motorize your bicycle, 4-stroke install,
- Free advice on how to fix your bicycle
If you ride a Bicycle or a Motorized Bicycle, you will find some great maintenance help. This site has been a great help to me on a number of occasions.
1914 Pope Board Track Racer
Board Track Racer Build
Early stages of build on the drawing board
The summer has slipped away into memory and I am getting ready to take my motorized bicycle apart. There are a few changes that I planed from the beginning to do and this is the time of the year to do it.
Mean while I have a new project on my drawing board. I want to build a Board Track Racer Style motored bicycle.
Above is a picture of a 1914 pope board track racer and that is the look I am going for. Below there is a picture of a Workman Bicycle that I will be using for the basis of my build.
If you notice the frames are very similar in style
I will need to construct a fuel tank that will fit between the top and bottom cross bars.
I will also need to decide if I want to build another China Girl 2 stroke or go with a 4 stroke Japanese engine this time. There is still plenty of time to decide.
I know that I will not use the sandwich sprocket on this one so the rear hub sprocket is another area that I will be looking into.
That is about where I am at this point and this winter while the rain and snow fall and the wind blows. I can be found sitting by the fire dreaming of my Board Track Racer build
Workman Industrial Bicycle
Poll: do you prefer - Comparing 2 stroke and 4 Stroke Bicycle Engines
Do you prefer the 2 stroke engines or 4 stroke on your bikes and why do you prefer them?
Here is your opportunity to make your voice, your opinion and your experience heard.
Do You Prefer 2 stroke or 4 stroke engines?
Useful Video's about Motorized Bicycles
Here are some great videos from folks that have built their own Motorized Bicycles. These will be of great help if you are thinking about building your own Motor-bicycle
Completed Motorized Bicycle from Spooky Tooth
Unlimited Hobby Potential
The more I learn about Motorized Bicycles and the more of them I have seen, the more I realize this is an unlimited hobby.
Building Custom cars, restoring cars, building or restoring Motorcycles has become an extremely expensive hobby. Enter the Motorized Bicycle.
If you just want to build a simple vehicle using a bicycle you currently own - you're good to go.
If you like to do light customization - your good to go.
If you love to build from the ground up and do full customizations - you are good to go.
There are no limits to what you can do with a bicycle frame and motor combination.
For Your Viewing Enjoyment
Here is a selection of my favorite bicycle movies. So...
Grab Some Popcorn - Sit back and Relax - Watch the Wheels Spin
Motorized Bicycles by DMedley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
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