Question does the rideable rule = must be able to pedal ? Please help.

May 2, 2011
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Hello, I want to enter a bike in the build off I have all the proper photos ect. The bike will have pedals & is 90% bicycle parts .It will be ride able as the rules state but you will not be able to pedal the bike even though it will have bike pedals any help/ clairification to the ride able rule would be appericiated . Thanks
 
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Hey, I've seen a ratty rust rod low rider on here before, but I suspect this is about a motor build. There is no rule that states that entries must meet anyone's definition of a "rat rod". I tend to agree with the "must be able to ride under pedal power" view.
 
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Hey, I've seen a ratty rust rod low rider on here before, but I suspect this is about a motor build. There is no rule that states that entries must meet anyone's definition of a "rat rod". I tend to agree with the "must be able to ride under pedal power" view.
Oh I've seen some nice burritos and lowriders here too. but if you can't pedal it, what's the point? As far as a motorized build, in Illinois a motorized bike can be street legal without plates, but it has to be able to be pedaled, and under a certain cc... If you can't pedal it, it's not a bike and has to be plated as a motorcycle.

Carl.

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Here's my delema. This is my starting point two years ago.

All I did was strip & paint the frame .I also trial & error gathered parts .



The bike then sat painted until two weeks ago well after the build off start date


Paint was only thing done before the build off .


This is yesterdays mock up. In can make this pedal but it was never intended to do so. With that being said Id like to be able to pedal it so it can be a bicycle. And be considered a motorized bicycle to keep it street legal with out any doubt .Even though almost the entire bike will be bicycle parts . I appriciate any help . I think I'm going to order a belt drive clutch with a whizzer belt holder for the rear wheel & ditch the jack shaft or use the jack shaft for a crank pedal set up. (I hope the rear whizzer belt loop/holder its large enough to get around the rear disk brake so I can use the brake still . )


Thanks for any help.
 
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Here's the result for the google search 'bicycle definition':
bi·cy·cle
ˈbīsək(ə)l/

noun
  1. 1.
    a vehicle composed of two wheels held in a frame one behind the other, propelled by pedals and steered with handlebars attached to the front wheel.
If it is not propelled by pedals it is a motorcycle. Here's 'motorcycle definition':
mo·tor·cy·cle
ˈmōdərˌsīk(ə)l/

noun
  1. a two-wheeled vehicle that is powered by a motor and has no pedals.
Even if your foot pegs look like pedals, unless they propel the bike, they are still foot pegs.
Now get busy and make it functional as both and your in!:thumbsup:


BTW, that's a cool looking bike!
 
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Apr 18, 2015
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Is that a simplex frame?

I'd say if you can figure out how to do a removable bottom bracket, or a three piece crank that's easy to remove that'd be cool. I'd hate to see that frame messed up.

That said, I think for this site and build it should have pedals.

Please figure out a way to get a working BB on this thing, I'd hate to see this relegated to the other talk or motorized category.

Nothing against those forums, I follow them both. But I'd like to see this in the build off.
 
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Id like to see the bike pedal just for the sole purpose of being a street legal motorized bicycle. I plan on making the bottom bracket a bolt on of some kind so it can be removed . The bike is a Spiegel Air Man . I think I have a plan for the pedaling issue. Thanks for the support .
 

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