Road Bike

Im looking for a cheap road bike ...something that i can start out with

Topic by f9150bust 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Convert A Road Bike

Is it possible to convert a road bike to make it more touring friendly/comfortable? Changing handle bars, tires etc? I'll post a photo of my bike tomorrow.

Topic by janesbigdream 12 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Road Rash

Alright, folks. It's story time. What sorts of crashes have you (or anyone else you know) been involved in while riding a bike? Has anything ever spectacularly malfunctioned with a motorcycle, scooter, or other two or three-wheeled monstrosity? Seen a big crash? Ever bought a bike that had been wrecked? I've got a couple of stories. Which one to tell first..... Oh, I know! One time our '39 Chief set the garage on fire. This was back in the '60s after my grandpa had bought it for my dad, for a hundred bucks cash. 20 year old collector's motorcycle for that kind of money? What was wrong with it, you ask? A lot of things. It needed restoring, and Gramps ran a hotel at the time, and, in his spare time, an Indian museum. Both of the Native American sort and of the American iron sort. Parts were found, damage was fixed, and the bike given a fresh coat of Indian Red before it was fired up. Ran like a dream. Happy, they shut it off and went to bed. Now at this time, that garage was heated by a gas heater. The cork float in the bike's carb swelled up and got stuck, continuing to let gas fill the float bowl, run out the intake, across the floor, and... you guessed it, over to the pilot light. It was a flash fire, but it destroyed the curtains on the door and put a solid layer of char on that brand new purdy paint. Not much else in the garage was flammable, so the fire died nice and quick. The next morning, grandpa and my dad got up bright and early to get to work on the finishing touches, like air in the tires and a test ride. The found quite a suprise, to say the least.

Topic by Rishnai 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


I have a carbon fibre road bike that has a problem...

I have a carbon fibre road bike. I accidently grabbed the waterbottle carrier on the downtube. The waterbottle assembly along with the aluminum frame anchors were ripped out. I have been riding for a week without it. With the 2 holes there in the down tube...would there be further fractures or the frame would start cracking if i didn't fill the holes. If I were to fill the holes with silicon or epoxy...would this prevent any stress cracking?

Question by cdncycler 7 years ago


Wheelchair mountain bike

Hi guys, I have an idea for a go anywhere buggy that I can use on mountain bike trails instead of my wheelchair. I have a very basic design of my idea and need advice on where to go from here. I have a very rough sketch of my idea. But I have no idea of how to use AutoCAD or do anything else with this fantastic little device. So I thought I would ask all of you guys for your input. In the attached sketch. The pink represents a rigid frame. The green is suspension. The black is bicycle tires appropriate for your needs. The blue is an adjustable net seating. And the gray is batteries and motors. However my son informs me that it is possible to put the motor in the hub of the wheel. Which sounds like an excellent idea to me! My idea is to hang the frame from the suspension above the wheels.  And balance the weight of the occupant(s) and the batteries. I think that this has potential for many other applications, but I just want to go play in the woods and the beach again!

Topic by Mmjmama 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


making a weedeater bike? Answered

The link below is a clamp that holds the engine on a weedeater bike. the good thing about this clamp is that you dont have to permanantly keep the motor fixed on the rear tire. you can cycle on flat roads and when nearing uphill, you can engage the motor with just one push of the clamp handle.    can someone with a mechanical knowledge make a video on how to make this clamp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZCfYu7e730

Question by modtrend 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


New Bike? Answered

I've been looking around for a new bike, roadster, the thin ones for road and urban travel? Almost curtain that’s the right label, but what kind, what should I look for, specs, design, weight, color? Help a fella out, I’m new to the bike scene and my old wheels just won’t cut it. Also, what kind of bike does Armstrong use in competition, mainly; tour de France (of course of course)? And if you’d be so kind, what’s YOUR favorite kind of bike? Lastly, best deals on these bikes? ( I’m on a budget people, aren’t we all?)

Question by Jumpin Jehosaphat 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


map holder for bike

Hello all, Im looking to make a map holder for my husbands mountain and road bike, I have access to a fab lab. Any help much appreciated Thanks

Topic by silvercarmel 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How much is a 1990 cannondale ST600 (touring bike) worth? Answered

This bike is in great condition with all of the original parts as I can tell and I want to know whats the most amount of money I can get from it.

Question by yankeee7 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Bike too big

Hey all, I need some DIY help. I just rescued this road bike from a woman whose father was a racer, I love it but its just too darn big. I ride it comfortably standing, biut getting on it is quite risky. Any suggestions? I lowered the seat. I don't know what else could be done, but I'm hoping!!

Topic by itsdori 9 years ago


NEW 2009 Rocky Mountain Element Team Mountain Bike $2,000

dessy.richard@yahoo.com bikeworld.world@gmail.com.Dear Customer, Rocky Mountain Eleme BilNEW 2008/2009 l Bike world Ltd is one of the leading bike distributors.We are Legitimate registered Company under licensed number(RC43315).We ship via FedEx,UPS or DHL, and your ordered items will get to your door step within 48 hrs(Two Working Day).We sell all kinds Cannondale, Cervelo, Ellsworth, Giant, Jamis, Klein, Kona, Litespeed, Rocky Mountain, Santa Cruz, Specialized, Trek, Gary Fisher bikes Here are some of our price list: NEW Cervelo P2C Ultegra Bicycle - 2008-CRV8P2CU....$2000 NEW 2009 Cannondale Road Tandem Bike....... $1,600 NEW 2009 Cannondale F4000 SL Mountain Bike..... $2,400 NEW 2009 Cannondale Gemini 900 Mountain Bike..... $1,200 NEW 2009 Cannondale Mountain Tandem Bike..... $1,200 NEW 2009 Cannondale Prophet 4000 Mountain Bike..... $2,600 NEW 2009 Cannondale R1000 Road Bike..... $1,000 NEW 2009 Cannondale Scalpel 3000 Mountain Bike.... $2,600 NEW 2009 Cannondale Six13 Team 1 Dura Ace Road Bike..... $2,400 NEW 2009 Cervelo Soloist Carbon Road Bike..... $2,800 NEW 2009 Cervelo P3 Carbon Road Bike..... $3,200 NEW 2009 Cervelo Soloist Team Road Bike..... $1,900 NEW 2009 Ellsworth Epiphany Mountain Bike..... $3,000 NEW 2009 Ellsworth Moment Mountain Bike..... $3,400 NEW 2009 Ellsworth Truth Mountain Bike..... $2,800 NEW 2009 Gary Fisher Cake 1 DLX Mountain Bike..... $1,700 NEW 2009 Giant Anthem 1 Mountain Bike..... $1,200 NEW 2008 Santa Cruz Blur LT Mountain Bike $2,200 NEW 2008 Santa Cruz Nomad Mountain Bike $2,000 NEW 2008 Santa Cruz V 10 Mountain Bike $2,200 NEW 2008 Specialized Demo 8 Mountain Bike $2,000 NEW 2008 Specialized Enduro SL Pro Carbon Mountain Bike $2,100 NEW 2008 Specialized Epic Comp Mountain Bike $1,150 NEW 2008 Specialized Epic Marathon Mountain Bike $1,700 NEW 2008 Specialized Roubaix Pro Road Bike $1,700 NEW 2008 Specialized Ruby Pro Road Bike $1,700 NEW 2008 Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper Fsr Carbon Bike $2,300 NEW 2008 Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL Sram Road Bike $2,300 NEW 2008 Specialized S-Works Roubaix Dura Ace Road Bike $2,300 NEW 2008 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Mountain Bike $1,000 NEW 2008 Specialized Tarmac Pro Double Road Bike $1,700 NEW 2008 Specialized Transition Pro Road Bike $1,700 NEW 2009 MARIN Juinper Trail Bike $900 NEW 2009 MARIN Wildcat Trail Bike $1,200 NEW 2009 MARIN Alpine Trail Bike $1,300 NEW 2009 MARIN East Peak Bikw $1,550 NEW 2009 MARIN Rock Springs Bike $1,300 NEW 2009 MARIN Rift Zone Bike $1,400 NEW 2009 MARIN Rift Zone SE Bike $ 1,300 NEW 2009 MARIN Wolf Ridge Bike $1,600 NEW 2009 MARIN Mount Vision Bike $1,800 NEW 2009 MARIN Attack Trail Bike $1,810 NEW 2009 MARIN Mount Vision Pro Bike $2,600 NEW 2009 Cannondale Road Tandem Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Cannondale F4000 SL Mountain Bike $2,300 NEW 2009 Cannondale Gemini 900 Mountain Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Cannondale Mountain Tandem Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Cannondale Prophet 4000 Mountain Bike $2,500 NEW 2009 Cannondale R1000 Road Bike $1,000 NEW 2009 Cannondale Scalpel 3000 Mountain Bike $2,500 NEW 2009 Cannondale Six13 Team 1 Dura Ace Road Bike $2,300 NEW 2009 Klein Q-Pro XV Road Bike $1,200 NEW 2009 Kona Dawg Primo Mountain Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Kona Kula Supreme Mountain Bike $1,800 NEW 2009 Kona Stinky Mountain Bike $1,000 NEW 2009 Kona Kula Lisa Mountain Bike $1,000 NEW 2009 Kona Four Lisa Mountain Bike $1000 NEW 2009 Kona Blast Deluxe - Gold - SRP $900 NEW 2009 Cervelo Soloist Carbon Road Bike $2,200 NEW 2009 Cervelo P3 Carbon Road Bike $2,200 NEW 2009 Cervelo Soloist Team Road Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Ellsworth Epiphany Mountain Bike $2,400 NEW 2009 Ellsworth Moment Mountain Bike $2,500 NEW 2009 Ellsworth Truth Mountain Bike $2,100 NEW 2009 Gary Fisher Cake 1 DLX Mountain Bike $1,400 NEW 2009 Giant Anthem 1 Mountain Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Giant Reign X0 Mountain Bike $1,700 NEW 2009 Giant Tcr Composite 1 Road Bike $1,400 NEW 2009 Giant Trance 1 Mountain Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Jamis Dakar XC Pro Mountain Bike $1,800 NEW 2009 Litespeed Bella Road Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Litespeed Ghisallo Road Bike $2,500 NEW 2009 Litespeed Niota Ti Mountain Bike $2,700 NEW 2009 Litespeed Tuscany Road Bike $1,700 NEW 2009 Rocky Mountain Element Team Mountain Bike $2,000 NEW 2009 Rocky Mountain Slayer 70 Mountain Bike $1,600 NEW 2009 Trek 5000 Road Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Trek Pilot SL 5.9 Road Bike $1,800 NEW 2009 Trek Tandem T 2000 Road Bike $1,400 NEW 2009 Trek Madone SSL 6.9 Road Bike $2,800 NEW 2009 Trek Top Fuel SL Mountain Bike $2,800 Get back to me with your full order if you are really interested in buying from us via email regards,sales manager.

Topic by dessy 10 years ago


Can someone make an instructable on how to convert a road bike to a fixed gear?

I want to convert a bike from road bike, to a fixed gear. If someone could help me out on where to start it would be great.

Question by lieks2bhugged 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


bullhorn, riser, drop, or mustache bars?

cant decide what bars to put on my fixed gear, bullhorn, riser, drop, or mustache i just can't decide, any ideas?

Topic by struckbyanarrow 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Rear and front bikelights and road safety

A good bike rider learns from good and bad experiences during the initial rides. I pedal a bike on busy roads of my city. I realized that bikelights, especially the rear ones, are crucial for safety purpose. I got a backpack with solar panels and it has got a LED light as a rear bikelight, but it’s too dim, and the tail light sounds nothing like a good indicator for motorists. Either I would need suggestion on a bikelight safety kit or something else. I could do with my self-powered backpack. Is there is any DIY idea to replace it with a more bright option?

Topic by bikelightsuk 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


I HAVE A 60'S MODEL SCWINN VARSITY THAT IM FIXING UP

I HAVE A 60'S MODEL SCWINN VARSITY THAT IM FIXING UP AND WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE COULD TELL ME IF I CAN PUT 700C TIRES AND RIMS ON IT AND WHT ACTUAL SIZE?

Question by refurbishedbikes 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Photo Collection of Crazy Bikes

Check out this collection of choppers, recumbents, tall bikes, and many more oddball ways of pedaling around. Kudos to all the folks who made these and ride them on the streets. It looks like a lot of fun. 20 of the Freakiest Custom Bikes on the Road via treehugger

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


bike light design help

Im trying to design a new light for night riding im using a 7 led array in the neighborhood of 1500lm with a 30deg wide beam of light but ive hit a bump in the road and would like some guidance in it so far my pictures are only a rough draft per say 

Topic by Pchefin 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


does anyone know how to make a carbon fiber 3-spoke road bike wheel?? im looking for a DIY project?

Ive already made a carbon fiber bike frame, but i wanted to look into makeing the tri-spoked wheel and the disk wheel, does anyone know how they are made and how to make them??

Question by 10 years ago


Will a 700x38 bike tire fit on a wheel that is currently a 700x28?

My wife and I recently started bicycle touring. She is not too comfortable on certain trails/roads with a narrower tire on her bike.

Question by Tony N ShariJ 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Any ideas on how to make a road legal electric bike in the UK????I Answered

Just wunderin to get to school ( about 10 miles away) that i can ride when im 14 t would have to have peddles on for the law, any ideas on what type of motor and battery to use???

Question by jotism 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


so what's everyone riding here?

I think I have close to eleven bikes in my garage right now (sort of unfortunately), though I only really ride three. for road/ commuting, I have a pacific voyager toys-r-us mountain bike that I converted into sort of a timetrialing singlespeed, complete with a shimano 400 crankset, profile aerobars, champion bullhorns, a look carbon fork, alex 700cs with hutchinson tires, and lots of other ridiculous things that don't belong on such a frame. I ride a diamondback venom park bike for bmx which I found at a garage sale for five bucks, not knowing just how good it actually was and my gary fisher bitter has been decommissioned due to a faulty front hub which blew out my axle and almost ruined my fork, so I'm slinging around a specialized rockhopper on the trails whose back wheel I destroyed and as a result, I've replaced it with a wheel off a peice of crap magna my friend left at my house a while back. I've got several others, but these are my ladies. they come and go quite often for me, but that's what happens. so what are you riding?!

Topic by Nkevin90 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


so what's everyone riding here?

I think I have close to eleven bikes in my garage right now (sort of unfortunately), though I only really ride three. for road/ commuting, I have a pacific voyager toys-r-us mountain bike that I converted into sort of a timetrialing singlespeed, complete with a shimano 400 crankset, profile aerobars, champion bullhorns, a look carbon fork, alex 700cs with hutchinson tires, and lots of other ridiculous things that don't belong on such a frame. I ride a diamondback venom park bike for bmx which I found at a garage sale for five bucks, not knowing just how good it actually was and my gary fisher bitter has been decommissioned due to a faulty front hub which blew out my axle and almost ruined my fork, so I'm slinging around a specialized rockhopper on the trails whose back wheel I destroyed and as a result, I've replaced it with a wheel off a peice of crap magna my friend left at my house a while back. I've got several others, but these are my ladies. they come and go quite often for me, but that's what happens. so what are you riding?!

Topic by Nkevin90 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


To all Bike riders/cyclists/commuters: What do you ride?

I ride a 2000 MGX DxR [yes, the crappy, chinese, walmart version] to work every day, road commuting. I also ride it off-road, singletrack, streams, washboards, you-name-it-I've-ridden-it, with no issues. thus far, I have put around 19,000 miles on it, all told. totally original [otherthan tubes, tires, chain, cassette, brakes, etc] parts, still weighs 38 pounds. Anybody else ride something as cheap and inappropriate as commuter? What do you ride every day? any bikes you'd LOVE to have? Any funny bike stories? Cheers,    B.E. 'Brick' Montgomery 

Topic by Hazzard2theworld911 6 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


I will ride a different bike every day for five days... Starting Monday.

I am going to ride a different bike to school every day for 5 days, starting Monday. Monday I will take Phoenix, Tuesday: Tiny, Wednesday: my automatic shifting(unnamed at the moment), Thursday: Telegraph, Friday, road bike(unnamed) So watch this topic, as I will be posting descriptions of the bikes, and I will tell how it goes. Soon,(I hope) I will fix all my bikes so I can ride a different bike every day for 12-14 days!!

Topic by extremegtafan 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I have a problem with my bicycle.?

I found a bike on the side of the road. I fixed it up patched the flats. But now the front wheel doesn't seem to work too good now. I put it on and now it clicks and wobbles. What happened? How can I fix it? It is an older bike it doesnt have quick release.

Question by CrawdadMan 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Bike conversion ideas for a semi-noob

Having just rescued my nice GT from my parents' place, my old junker bike is now surplus to requirements. (I like to have a "spare" bike, but now I have three bikes it's literally a fifth wheel. And sixth.)I've wanted to build an electric bike or a recumbent for a long time, but despite fiddling with bikes for a while I'm still just a competent novice. A competent novice with very limited tools, in fact. Therefore I'm looking for a project like this uber-simple electric-assist (incomplete) or the no-weld recumbent. If anyone knows of any other projects like these, I'd like to see them.Pictures of the bike to follow- it's a fairly generic short-frame mountain bike, probably intended for dirt jumping as it's got a short geometry, thick downtube and a low seat/short seat tube. The front fork is a "suspension" fork with about 1" of travel and too much preload to be any use on roads, everything else is standard.

Topic by PKM 10 years ago


What is the best E-bike Kit for me? Answered

I just moved to San Diego, and my primary mode of transportation is my trust P.O.S. bike. it's a rather generic mountain bike, which worked fine in the relatively flat podunk i used to live in, but now in sandiego, most of the roads i need to travel are rather hilly, in fact, my appartment complex can't be reached without riding up a redonkulous hill. I'm looking for an E-bike conversion kit, to help me manage these hills, because it is treacherous at best. Does anyone know of an electric conversion kit with enough torque to haul me up a respectable bit of hill?

Question by cyc4015 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


What kind of of the hardware shelf motor should I use for an electric bike that only needs about 25 mpr?

I'm trying to convert my street bike to electric and I'm looking for a cheap motor that I could find at almost any local hardware store. the motor needs to be able to move me and the batteries on my 27 inch bike at least at 25 mpr on flat road and sidewalk. and at least at 15 mpr up hill.... the motor needs to also be quiet as to not scare and walkers.

Question by rangerweavere 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


rebuilding a freewheel?

I have a Regina freewheel and i wanted to re-grease the bearings and make it all smooth again. im not sure on how to even start this process, i need help.

Question by 9 years ago


What is the best way to remove rust from chrome on an old bicycle. I have a vintage schwinn I'm restoring on the cheap?

This is a 70's or 80's schwinn ten speed I'm converting into a single speed road bike. The paint is still good, the frame is in good shape. But there is rust on the crank, handlebars and other area's. 

Question by upnorth777 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Who in the Denver area wants to build a bike couch?

You might've seen the CouchBike online before, a great contraption made in Canada a few years ago. Well, I would like to build something similar in the Denver area, maybe for bicycle cruise nights or parades, or just for fun.I don't have all the resources available to build something like this, but it's possible that we could get a group together at the Derailer Bicycle Collective or other bike shops around the city and build something cool.I have a lot of ideas on how we could build it, from a light-weight "road bike" to a heavy-duty off-roader. If we get a few people collaborating and contributing to this project, it should go a lot quicker.

Question by discontinuuity 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


6 V DC to 4.5 V DC for bike lights (LED)?

Have a Shimano front wheel with hub dynamo. It generates 6 V DC, voltage regulated. I want to convert some ready to use LED gadgets for illuminating the bike and the road during these dark days. Many of them use 3 button cells or AA(A) batteries. A small circuit board in the head light (have a huge motorcycle front armature ready) must convert the voltage. When I look for a 'buck puck', it seems that this lowering step is too small for what's available. true or not???

Question by BobS 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Cyclists....

Just for fun this time!We all love bycicles.Enjoy nature, loose some kilos or just having some fun with the kids.I even like to ride if I find the time and the right weather.But what about those courier riders in the city?Those fitness fanatics riding in a pack of 30 and surprising you on a winding mountain road by fully blocking it...The guy hitting you from behind on the traffic lights because he was only looking on his phone...Or maybe this drunk guy in the middle of the night not even realising that he uses the entire road...What is your worst nighmare experience with someone using just legs to get two wheels moving?And: What is your worst nightmare experience as a cyclist yourself?The guy cutting you off while turning and running over your bike?Someone "accidentally" opening their door when you ride past their car?Or maybe these parks constantly blocking the bike lanes and forcing you to go into the traffic?

Topic by Downunder35m 3 months ago  |  last reply 3 months ago


First Motorcycle, budget

Hi. I've recently been hooked on motorcycles. I'd love to get one and start riding and working on one. There are a few problems. First off, I'm only 13 years old, but I'm 5'11" and 160 lbs. I know that it's illegal for me to ride a motorcycle, and I'm not even sure if I can take a mfs course at this age. I wouldn't be riding on any big roads, and would barely even ride it, besides riding it to my best friends house (he'd help me work on it, his dad is into bikes, and he only lives a few miles away), and around a few back roads in my neighborhood. My dad has been riding motorcycles for before I was born, and has multiple types and sizes of bikes (he has a touring Harvey, I believe it's a VRSC, a ninja 600, and a dirt bike which I don't know the model of). He could teach me and show me how to properly ride a motorcycle. Also, I don't know what kind of bike to get. I've heard dual purpose bikes are good for starters, but I really have no idea where to start. I'd appreciate input. Preferably it'd be a bike that I could work on and modify/upgrade as I go along. Thirdly, is price. I don't really know my exact budget, but it'd be around $600-$700. I know it's barely anything, but I'd have to pay for the bike myself, and that's all I have. If it's even possible to purchase a bike at this price point, it doesn't even have to run, I'd love your input. Ideally I'd like to keep everything to the absolute bare minimum, as cheap as possible. My dad already has safety gear, and I could borrow it if I rode my bike.  Again, thanks for your input, and any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated. 

Topic by IvanT3 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


i need help fixing my bike, i just posted pictures

I was riding my bike doing stupid stuff, i tighted my bolts because my rim was loose i rode around and was just messin around some more and the axel and rim came part, started clanking, wobbling around alot and noticed it..pissed me off alot, was about a mile down the road and decided t ride it anyway, stuck in 6th gear, messed up wheel that makes it go slow do not work together, so i got it up as fast as i could and it was clanking, wobbling, and squeeking SO much...IM STILL PISSED OFF!!! Pictures soon.

Topic by Yerboogieman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


I found people hate this.

I found people hate it when you are passing someone and barreling down the road straight at them really fast and turn off at the last moment. oh yea, i dont have school tomorrow, lol im listening to... Sublime - Santeria sucks about bradley though

Topic by Yerboogieman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


remote control vehicle regulations (not drones, rather cars and boats) Answered

Hey everyone ! I'm designing an amphibious rc vehicle thats a wee bit bigger then most. I want to use mostly bike parts, a 500W drive motor and a 100W trolling motor.  Max out at 30kmh (18Mph)  not sure of the final weight it will not be used on a public road / highway  but will be used on public lakes. I've been trying to consult google but it's overwhelmed by drone regulations and I can't find anything useful. Any thoughts or links with some info? I live in british columbia, canada

Question by Wired_Mist 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


My bicycles are turning against me... Literally.

My bikes are acting up. For those who may ask, no, I don't know how an inanimate object can act up. But they are. I was riding along on my MTB, and it just suddenly swerved over to the right. I fell in the middle of the road. I sprained my wrist, cut my elbow, and somehow hurt the bridge of my nose. I healed up just about a week after. It's been about a month or two. Just minutes ago, I was riding a different bike, when the pedals just stopped. It swerved over to the right, I fell on the same hand, the exact same spot on my elbow, and cut myself bad. Now everything stings. Ya' think my garage is possessed or something?

Topic by extremegtafan 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


World's Heaviest Motorcycle

Monster bike is world's heaviestA giant motorbike powered by a Russian tank engine has been recognised as the heaviest in the world.It's been dubbed the Led Zeppelin by creator Tilo Nieber, 39, who said: "You don't get much more heavy metal than this."The four-and-a-half tonne machine has driven into the Guinness Book of Records as the heaviest motorbike in the world.It is 17ft 4ins long and 7ft 6ins tall and the engine alone weighs 1.8 tonnes after the armour plating tank cover has been stripped off.The bike, which took a team of welders and mechanics almost a year to build at the Harzer Bike Schmiede in Zilly, Germany, is now hoping for a licence to travel on the road.But in the meantime Guinness Book of Records spokesman Amarilis Espinoza confirmed it was the world's heaviest motorbike.

Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Did I hurt something by sitting on my bike wrong?

I went for a short ride today (20 miles - short, ha!) on my mountain bicycle to a local canal to go fish. I deplete water very quick, so I carried a half-gallon milk jug filled with ice. That, my fishing pole, and a few lures was all. The ride is close to 10 miles each way, and is completely on pavement. I rode on the road (with cars) for about 5 miles, and then there is an asphalt bike path set aside. There are hills, but most are somewhat gradual inclines. As I am still pretty out of shape, I was carrying a bit more weight than I would like. That little bike saddle is nearly hard as a rock, and it got quite uncomfortable around mile 18. Anyway, now my butt hurts really bad. It hurts a couple inches down from where my butt cra)'ck starts. Could I have injured my tailbone? Is this common for riders who aren't used to riding for so long? Is it because I sit upright? How could I prevent this? Thanks, Bran.

Topic by Bran 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Anyone know how to build a 2 way radio into your motorbike helmut?

Looking to take apart a set of 2 way radios (walkie Talkies) and put them into my helmet (and my Mates) so that we can comunicate on the road. Looking to have the "talk" button on the handle bar, the main body of the walkie talkie on the "dash" and then a wire running up to the helmet (with a disconnection piece) and then build the ear piece into the inside helmet. Any one got any ideas or has anyone done this before. I know I can buy them but here in South Africa they are very expensive. Thanks

Question by saffa 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Help! Questions about virbration absorbtion for SLR bicycle mount

Hey Guys!Firstly I just stumbled upon this site while searching for answers to my build and on 1st glance it looks great! Loads of cool stuff to try..Anyway, I'm looking at building myself a camera mount for my Canon 350D to go on the front of my bike. My main issue/worry is vibration running through the bike and the mount to the camera and damaging it. I've seen loads of instructions on how to make bike mounts on here, but am still worried about the damage that could be done to my camera (my pride and joy!) if I undertake my project without dampening any vibrations from the road.I'm going to be doing timelapse/stills photos from the front of my bike around London (not the smoothest of roads!) so want to be sure I won't be damaging my camera doing it. The front of my bike has decent suspension so should take the hit of the bigger bumps but it's the smaller, higher frequency vibrations that worry me.I've searched as well as I can at 2am but can't find any of the instructions covering the topic of vibration, so I was wondering if there are any mounts or heads out there that are designed for this purpose or if anyone has built something similar with success (or lack of camera damage anyway!)As I'm doing stills work I don't mind about it being slightly 'wobbly' it's more the vibrations that worry me.I've found websites selling anti vibration materials (http://www.farrat.com/anti_vibration_materials.html) so I wonder if that could be incorporated into a more general design.Thanks in advance for any tips or links! And sorry if this has already been covered but I've not found it!Ian.

Topic by flying_giraffe 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Oregon Lawmaker Proposes Registration Fee for Bicyclists

A conversation with Rep. Krieger about his bike registration billRepresentative Wayne Krieger (R-Gold Beach) wants everyone who owns a bicycle in the state of Oregon to pay a mandatory, $54 registration fee (and then renew it for another $54 every two years).He is the chief architect of House Bill 3008, a proposal that was met with a lot of negative responses on this site when I reported on it today.I spoke to Krieger via telephone from his Salem office on Friday morning to learn more about his reasons for proposing this bill.Krieger's main motivation seems to be one of equity. When I asked for his main impetus behind the proposal, he brought up the Vulnerable Roadway Users law that passed last session. That bill created a new class of road user, and stiffened penalties for anyone involved in a crash that seriously injured a vulnerable roadway user (includes people on foot, on bikes, on animals, skateboards, etc...).via Freakonomics.

Topic by ewilhelm 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


12VDC to 6VDC converter

Hello all, I'm new to the forum but I love the site and have been inspired by it for a while now. So, I'm working on a project to do GMRS radio communications between my wife and I between our motorcycles. The radio and headset part are pretty well taken care of but the radios don't natively accept vehicle power - only batteries. This is a bit of a bummer if you're on the road for a couple of days or more so I want to tie them into the existing 12 volt power on the bike. The radios have no plug for this but I'm assuming if I can knock the bike power down to the 6 volts normally delivered by the 4-AA batteries, I should be able to tie that in to the terminals in the radio that normally take the battery power. So, what is my best option? Hack a cellphone charger? Build from scratch? Size is a factor as it will be stored in the tiny glovebox in the tail of the bike. Any thoughts or links to appropriate stuff would be helpful! Thanks very much. -Ryan

Topic by compassrose 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Thompson Classic/Euro Classic electric bike headlamp & mainboard wiring.?

Hi Folks. I have a bit of a dilemma I hope one of you good people can help me with. Nostalgic Girl asked me to get her old electric bike back on the road for her & all is going well apart from one small problem. Someone had a go at it a couple of years ago & managed to unplug most of the wiring in the headlamp where all the clever stuff is controlled like the horn lights & most importantly the speed. Normally this wouldn't be a problem as in a sensible world if you have six things to plug in you would use six plugs & sockets to wire it up, unfortunately on this there are six plugs but they have only used two different plug & socket sets one two pin type & one three pin type. Just to add insult to injury there are two three pin with Red, Green, Black and one with Red, Green, Yellow & the Two pin ones have two Black, Red one for the horn & another for the front light & another Blue, Brown which I believe is for the brake light. I would try a bit of trial & error work but I am just a little bit worried that the error bit may end up in my having to buy a new board. Can anyone tell me where I can get a wiring diagram from? Or know which plug goes where on the board? Thanks in advance for your help you clever people. Kev.

Question by Nostalgic Guy 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How would i repair a Gilera H@K Speedometer drive? Answered

Hey there, well basically i have a Gilera H@K 50cc road bike and i have discovered that the speedometer does not work. I unscrewed the cable and with my fingers, twisted the cable as the bike would generally do while its moving. As i did this the speedo moved and was showing that the cable was not damaged. I then took the front wheel off the bike and removed the speedo drive. I removed the full cable so i could do some tests and i found that when i put the cable in the actual squared out hole that it just spun freely. the square shape has been worn down on the actual worm gear not the cable its self. so i was just wondering what would be the best way to get that square shape back, i was thinking about either taking off about 0.5cm of the hole then adding a home made piece that had a square hole cut out of the center. Would this be a good idea? or is there something else i could do like fill the hole and push the square rod through? I cannot find one of these on the internet well the only one i can find is over £40. I don't really want to buy this as i could easily just buy a digital speedometer and fit that to the bike. Thankyou in advance :D

Question by god ownz 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Kelly's controller slowing down manually

Greetings, I'm looking for a while now but no solution, so wanted to post this question in here. Got a e-bike that can do 90km/u but I need to keep it 45km/u for road legality. But on private property on my job and stuff, don't need the 45km/u so I wish without to connect the controller to my laptop and stuff to make it go faster and slower, twice a day, it would be handy I could let it go with a simple push of a button go slow/fast. It's about this controller: http://kellycontroller.com/keb72601x24v-72v280a6kw-bike-brushless-controller-regen-p-279.html There is software for to download: http://kellycontroller.com/mot/downloads/Kelly%20KBL%20and%20KEB%20User%20Program%20Release%20Setup%20v3.3.zip Manual aswell: http://kellycontroller.com/KEBhelp.php Also, there is a configurable boost switch if I wanted, so maybe through that ... Or an economy function... If only that could be programmed, so I can set my engine power to 100% and the economy to what ever makes it run legal speed. Hope I gave some info, to make things up for what I ment ...

Topic by iteck 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Suggestions requested on attaching Creative Travelsound to bicycle

Hello. As someone who's moved to a bike friendly city, sold his car, learned the intricacies of mass transit... the thing that I miss most about my car is the sound system. Mind you, it was stock, but it was still good enough for me. Well that, and not getting wet when it rains and when the road is still wet. I'm not interested in being the obnoxious jerk at the stop light forcing a 1/4 block to listen all the bass I can afford, I'd like to put together a non-headphone sound system for my bike. I have pictures below of the the three components I have at hand. Jamis coda sport, creative travelsound battery powered speakers (which eats batteries like they are going out of style), and Zen V touch mp3 player. my goal is to have a personal stereo that is quickly detachable, yet secure, and potentially offering improved FM reception by 'hardwiring' an antenna to the frame. upon initial inspection, i suspect the easiest way would be to have a granny basket off the handlebars and just throw it into there. So that's my fallback plan. But there are some geniuses that peruse this site and I'm interested in how they'd attack this. two things to note- while my handlebars are flat, i've rotated the bar that holds them to a 45 degree angle. Also, the travelsound speakers are attached at the base that hinges with the battery pack. It's not that obvious in the picture. Thanks for the help with this.

Topic by flove101 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Guess who just got a motorbike?

Me :pNo seriously, at the food pantry/ thrift store I volunteer at, someone donated a fairly good condition Whizzer Pacemaker II, Midnight Blue. I bought it. It isn't yet registered for road legal, but that's ok because I haven't got my car or bike license so I'll call it a scooter for now. Anyways IT IS AWESOME, just a few paint dings, slightly rusty chrome, broken/missing turn signals and I haven't gotten it to run yet BUT I'M WORKING ON THAT... So anyways, here's some pics:148cc engine, awesome retro looks....

Topic by KentsOkay 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


The Crucible is looking for instructors

The Crucible, a nonprofit arts education community organization is currently seeking instructors for motorcycle maintenance, properties of metals, wood working, stone carving, and kinetics. If you have experience and interest in teaching fine and industrial arts to the community, we encourage you to apply! If you're qualified to teach classes like these, we want to hear from you!Properties of Metals & Materials Entry-level class What causes work hardening in metal? Why does work hardening go away when the same metal is heated? Why does glass need to be annealed? This class explains physical occurrences that you will observe in classes at The Crucible. Examining these phenomena at the atomic level will help you better understand metals and materials. There will be no math, labs are incorporated into the class, and there are no prerequisites. Everything you need to know about demystifying the behavior and use of materials will be taught in class.Clay AnimationEntry-level class Create and build your own claymation characters. Learn quickly how to draft and organize a storyboard, then build your own scenario. During production, you'll apply colored lighting to your action scene and then learn how to shoot frame by frame to give life to your creation. You can collaborate with other students to develop a more involved group project. For this class, you must bring your own digital camera and tripod.The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance & RepairEntry-level class Learn how to repair your motorcycle and avoid paying the top dollar that motorcycle shops charge. If you have a bike that you want to learn to fix or are interested in owning a bike and don't want to rely on someone else to keep it on the road, this is the class for you. Generally motorcycles are simpler and easier to work on than cars. In this class we will cover a number of different bikes. With the consent of the instructor, you will be able to work on your own bike in class or choose to work on one of the bikes provided by the instructor. If you choose to work on your own bike, you must buy any materials needed. The Crucible faculty is comprised of Bay Area artists, tradespeople, artisans and educators who teach innovative educational programs to students of all ages, experience levels and areas of interest. The Crucible seeks a staff of broad diversity and strongly encourages women and people of color to apply. For more information, visit our website: Job Opportunities at The Crucible

Topic by plasmajan 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago