Warren in Illinois
There’s sixteen inches of snow on the ground and the Golden Eagle is hanging in the Garage for the winter (or until everything melts and the temperature rises significantly above 6 degrees). I picked up the Schwinn at Walmart for $150 because I wanted a solid framed steel bike for my Tanaka 40cc. I built it on a folding table in my basement the night after the engine arrived. Had to file one of the forks because the nylon wheel didn’t quite clear and I didn’t want (or need) to jack the forks as mentioned elsewhere. The whole thing took about 4 hours. I put about 250 miles on it over the summer and it does at least 38 mph on the straight away (I weigh 200lbs and am 6 feet tall). In fact, I put away my bicycle helmet and bought a motorcycle helmet instead. I also installed the brake light horn combo and it works like a charm.
The looks I get from everyone when I zoom by are priceless. The engine takes the speed just fine and my speedometer says I average about 20 mph per ride. I do make sure I tighten everything after each ride and check my air pressure before each ride.
The second week I had this rig, my business partner took it for a spin and immediately wanted one. I ordered our second Golden Eagle Tanaka 40cc and he went out and bought the last Rolling Rock (painted green and decals after the now defunct beer) bicycle in Illinois – a five speed – and we put his together in our private office one Tuesday afternoon between patients. This one took about an hour and a half and that included figuring out the work around for the funky dérailleur location.
Thanks for the fun both in the build and the ride