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Old 06-13-16, 08:50 PM
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HI! I'm new to the forum and new to cycling. I am curious about gears though. I deliver pizzas and would like to try a bicycle on clear weather days. I also would like to add an engine for steep hills and highways. I'm hoping I find some answers here and learn what I need to learn about it. An electric bike is just as good if it can do the 50 - 55 mph I'll need to be efficient. Please respond with any suggestions. Thanks!


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In my opinion, you're better off with an old car than an e-bike for delivering goods. You would be hard pressed to go more than 25 mph, and the range would be 20 miles. Maybe a gas powered scooter might work, but a car is safer and it will be easier to keep the food hot.

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50-55mph? That's a moped or a motorcycle, not an ebike.
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I literally just started looking into E bikes because I asked on a thread about gears and got directed to Ebikes. Is there a forum on here for gas powered bikes? That was my original interest because I saw it advertised and thought I could make it work.
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My son bought one at a garage sale. I don't think it ever ran. I thought about taking it home and getting it started, but it's a headache I don't need.

The engine drives a sprocket on the left side of the wheel. The right side has your regular pedal driven sprocket. There's added lever on the handlbar. You sueeze that and it engages the clutch in the motor to drive the sprocket.

The whole thing looks like a noisy and unsafe mess to me. It uses a coaster brake. In a panic stop, if you don't let go of the clutch, kaboom. And I know from my own motorcycle days, you're gonna burn your left leg in that hot exhaust pipe.

Oh yeah, and I think you start it by pedalling up to speed, dropping the clutch and bumping the engine.

Use a car instead. This conversion is a bad idea.




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That's pretty much what had me interested is exactly one of those.
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Look online or ebay; there are places that sell the whole kit. However, AFAIK, you need license and insurance (although some places allow those less than 50cc to be "used" as bikes).
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Ya, I saw the kit and I'd like a folding bike. I just wasn't sure if the gearing needs to be a certain way. I was thinking of like a gear ratio on a truck versus a sports car and how wildly different the speed is. Still aiming for 55 all the while. 65 would be great but I haven't seen that advertised.
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It's still a bad idea.

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May I ask how? I can imagine typical unawareness being a struggle but not much more than that.
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You cannot ride on a bicycle at highway speeds. Frames and tires are not made for that. The add-on engines do not have enough horsepower to sustain much more than 30-35. Your idea requires a motorcycle or scooter, not a bicycle.

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Ya, I saw the kit and I'd like a folding bike. I just wasn't sure if the gearing needs to be a certain way. I was thinking of like a gear ratio on a truck versus a sports car and how wildly different the speed is. Still aiming for 55 all the while. 65 would be great but I haven't seen that advertised.
Put a gas powered engine on a folder and you're asking for a catastrophic failure. A folder isn't structurally designed for that kind of usage. I hope you reconsider your decision to attempt this.
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I did. I started looking into motorcycles
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I did. I started looking into motorcycles
Good choice. A decent motorcycle is the same price as a decent ebike, and is significantly more capable.
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