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Old 08-07-2016, 08:37:34 PM
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I am working on this little homemade machine for a friend who wants to see it running again but doesn't have time to work on it (He has quite a collection) I am working on the carb currently needing to dig into it to free some sticky parts from 20 years of slumber that being said I am having a dickens of a time trying to figure out what kind of tires to put on it!! As the photos show it has kind of a board track racer look so I found some Bell white walls that have that old school look then I began thinking since it will be running on gravel sand and grass maybe I should look for something old school but more rugged looking then I found these though they are for schwinn's and this is a Wards it has that look. So....thoughts? Who knew picking out tires would be this hard! Friend isn't too picky but my OCD is in gear.
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Old 08-07-2016, 09:20:50 PM
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That thing looks pretty cool... Is that a Briggs WM? Hmmmm, I've got one of those..... And it has the same little fuel tank mounted next to it..... Hmmmm.....

Not sure about the tires. Personally I like the white walls. Don't know what they might have used in schools back then. If that is a WM, I wouldn't imagine that it would do too much offroading. Think they're something like 1/2 or 3/4 hp... Would be cool for cruising around on pavement or hard pack trails though.

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It's actually a I not really much more power but at least the throttle can be used, it won't be used for any offroading as I am afraid to wipe out trying that.

Mostly gravel some sand and grass at low speeds for grounds cruising. I like your thinking though I got a few of each sitting out back that could be fun
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Old 08-08-2016, 08:12:37 AM
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Check out this site , if you haven't already , lot's of info and help there , I'm sure someone would have good advice on tire style and search the pic's . love the look of that bike .
http://thecabe.com/forum/
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From the looks of the reductions, it's not a speeder. It probably will mope along as a nice transport though. I rode a bike off road, with a REO 404, and although it ran and rode well, I couldn't keep tires on it. Grass and smooth trails OK, but gravel??? I would take turns VERY slowly on gravel! What does it use for a clutch?

Your little B&S probably turns around 1800 RPM tops, and probably will be comfortable at around 1200, so the bike will not go that fast. The reductions should make it a hill climber though! I would go for the most robust tire you can get. If the white walls are of heavy construction, go for them. If you can get a heavier tire (thicker, more robust sidewalls and good traction surface), then go for them. The better the tire, the better the chances of getting home if you happen to hit a big root or stone in your path without getting a flat.

Have fun!
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Old 08-08-2016, 12:10:42 PM
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Aah memories! When I was about 14 I put a Clinton A490 2 stroker in a 20 inch bike and zoomed around the neighborhood. Man was I cool. Wanting more speed I laced a 3 speed hub into it and it went about 35. Brakes were however pretty poor and I burned up a few sets of pads. After the cops brought me and it home in the squad a couple times, dad made me take it apart.

Speaking of brakes, does this bike have them?
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Haha I love these home made bike ideas!

As far as a clutch there is only a lever you push forward to engage the belt and I believe it has a two maybe three speed hub never got far enough into running it to figure things out and the owner has kind of spaced out the features. The foot pedal runs to the rear wheel and the lever sits right by the ahem "family jewels" not a good spot should you stop fast


As far as brakes, hope you have good soles on your shoes! I don't see any kind of indicator there was ever brakes either. My friend has a whizzer maybe we could have a little "race" when I see what it can do

need to figure out a air cleaner though as this doesn't have anything attached was thinking maybe something basic that has a set screw like a Maytag would or just some foam something to catch the dust.

I am excited to get it ripping again, me excited to get my doodlebug (a new cheaply made one) repowered with my ZZP Briggs and modify the frame to make it a putt putt car.
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That is so neat- So cool - So nifty ED
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Haha I love these home made bike ideas!

As far as a clutch there is only a lever you push forward to engage the belt and I believe it has a two maybe three speed hub never got far enough into running it to figure things out and the owner has kind of spaced out the features. The foot pedal runs to the rear wheel and the lever sits right by the ahem "family jewels" not a good spot should you stop fast


As far as brakes, hope you have good soles on your shoes! I don't see any kind of indicator there was ever brakes either. My friend has a whizzer maybe we could have a little "race" when I see what it can do

need to figure out a air cleaner though as this doesn't have anything attached was thinking maybe something basic that has a set screw like a Maytag would or just some foam something to catch the dust.

I am excited to get it ripping again, me excited to get my doodlebug (a new cheaply made one) repowered with my ZZP Briggs and modify the frame to make it a putt putt car.
Think you can climb the hill on Co 24 headed East out of town toward #3?

Jeff
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