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Powered Bike 1939

Powered Bike 1939

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Published by: Jim on Apr 14, 2008
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Build this simple, practical littlemotorbike and learn what eco-nomical transportation means.
SING an ordinary bicycle framewhich can be picked up second-hand almost anywhere for very little,this sturdy powered bike is easy tobuild and assemble, and will giveexceptionally satisfactory results.The bicycle frame should be cut asshown below in Fig. 1. As it will have small,thick wheels of the size indicated, the forksof the frame must be spread to accommodatethem, Fig. 2, page 92. Assembly details at thefront forks are given in Fig. 3.The motor base consists of strap iron about12 to 14 inches long by 4 to 5 inches wide. Thesize of this piece varies according to the motorused. Details are in Fig. 4. Two old motor-cycle foot rests serve the same purpose on the
formerly Modern Mechanix
bike. They are supported by a brace of 1/4 x 1inch strap iron to one side of which the brakepedal is attached.Fig. 5 shows progressive assembly up to
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81]this point and pivoted fork brace of strap ironor tubing. This fastens to the fork cross bar witha bolt and a spring of about 1 to 1-1/2 inches long.The other end extends to the foot rest brace.Figs. 6 and 7 show front and rear axle assem-blies. Rear wheel sprocket is a 1/8 x 1/2inch pitchbicycle sprocket and old motorcycle brake drumattachment uses spacing sleeve made of pipe. Anordinary bolt holds it in place. Front and rearaxles themselves can be made from an old3/4-inch diameter steering post turned down atthe ends to 1/2 inch to allow passage throughforks, or standard axles may be purchased.
Mechanix Illustrated—August, 1939

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