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MZ_AltTransportation-Badge.gifMAKE reader Sophie sent us pics and details of a bike her boyfriend Eric converted to a motorized bike. Eric writes of the build:

The first part off this project was to restore an old Schwinn Cruiser I found. I stripped it down to the frame, took off all of the old paint, and sprayed it a nice blue. The handle bars, which I turned upside down, were the only part that were in good enough condition to reuse. I got the other parts like wheels with extra spokes and a banana seat from internet finds on eBay and various other sites. I then ordered a 66cc 2-stroke engine kit online for $120.00 from www.gasbike.net. It came with just about everything you need to convert any bicycle to a motorized bike. Before this project I didn’t have any experience with this stuff but it was pretty easy to install. It gets up to 150 mpg and cruises around 35 mph. Overall, it was a fun little project and it’s a great new way to get to work.

[Thanks, Sophie!]


Custom Motor Bicycle

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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