Malthus’ nightscape is nigh-
Frugal survivalism as if prepping is time sensitive
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
guest article- article 1 of 2 today
Article 1 of 2 today
apocalypse motorized bicycle project- An update
update on the motorized bicycle project. I had it going for a few
weeks, and had a decent amount of time to try it out. At first
everything went fairly well, but I began to notice that what appeared
to be the clutch, was making noise, as in it was randomly engaging. I
tried adjusting it, and it all went down hill from there. I could
never again get it adjusted to the point where it either wouldn’t
lock up solid, or wouldn’t grab well enough to engage the wheel for
bump starting. I figured that a simple, maintenance free patch, to
get around this problem, would have been to get one of those
centrifugal clutch kits that they sell for these motors, along with a
pull start (Total cost of about $75). I seriously considered it, but
at this point, I already had concerns about the long term reliability
and maintenance of these Chinese 2 stroke frame mount motors, and
decided not to divert anymore funds into this particular drive/motor
system. That, and after learning more about the friction drives, and
reading various reviews, I knew that was the way to go.
short, I ordered the Staton Inc friction drive ( A shout out and
thanks to Stevelo). I ordered the kit with the .930” roller.
Apparently with the friction drives, the smaller rollers act the same
as a large sprocket gear in a chain drive. The .930” being the
smallest, will be the same as gearing it low for hill climbing, and
for pulling heavier loads. They made them all the way up 1.5”, but
I wasn’t as concerned about speed as I was pulling power, and hill
climbing. And if I decide that I should have went with a larger
roller for whatever reason, a replacement roller only costs about
it was $360 for the kit, and I had to pay an additional $24 for the
kit to convert it to fit my 29” bike (Another reason to avoid
non-standard sized bicycles if at all possible. Common accessories do
not fit them, including these engine kits) and the shipping was $40.
So it set me back $425. I have now spent $900 of the $1k that I had
originally set aside for my motorcycle fund, between the new motor,
the first motor, and a few other accessories that I got for the bike,
so I did manage to stay below my alloted budget. But I’ll never
have to buy another one again. It’s a Honda engine (Say what you
will about the Japs, but there’s a reason those little suckers
kamikaze’d our auto industry :D ) and it will last the rest of my
life, barring that the bike never gets stolen (knock on wood. And
apparently, quite a common occurrence with these motorized bikes.
Fortunately, I live in a rural, low crime area).
you’re Joe mechanic, or Rube Goldberg, and enjoy tinkering, learn
from my mistakes. Get the easy to install, low maintenance, friction
drive. Yes, you can get them for about $125 cheaper than what I paid
(less if you have the standard 26” size bike). But for the savings
of about $100, you get Chinese quality vs Honda Japanese quality. And
a $100 isn’t enough to justify the savings. I looked around, and it
appears that Staton produces the best unit in the industry.
as a heads up. Apparently, the friction drives do not do as well in
wet weather conditions. They’re still usable on some level, but at
a reduced rate of speed. For me, this is a non-issue, as I don’t
ride in wet weather. But it’s something to consider, if you do.
I’d like to sand blast and paint the bike olive drab, and go for a
military scheme. I will provide a brief performance update, after I
receive the kit and install it. I’m really looking forward to my
low cost, and reliable transportation alternative to the automobile.