200mpg on your bike for $400

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by melbo, May 14, 2006.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    The Wheel is brand new patented
    technology, incorporating the engine and
    gear train entirely within the front wheel.
    It can be installed on most existing bicycles
    around the world. You simply replace your
    existing wheel!

  2. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    I'm liking this, but I weigh 250lbs. I wonder if it will actually be able to move me along :)

    From the public library computer :(
  3. abacus

    abacus Monkey+++

    Wow. Very cool.
    When they say a mixture of gasoline and oil, what kind of oil are they referring to?
  4. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Its a 2 stroke motor.
    So any 2 cycle oil like for chainsaws and weedeaters I'm guessing.
    I wonder how loud it is?
  5. Squirrel

    Squirrel Monkey+++

    That wheel looks pretty slick. I doubt I'd shell out the 400 bucks for one, but it'd be nice to give one a test ride.
  6. abacus

    abacus Monkey+++

    I wonder if you can get on the road like a motorcycle w/ this thing installed..
  7. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Cool !!!!! [applaud]
  8. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    So much for excercise on a bike :D

    Would be cool to have though [winkthumb]
  9. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Well if I wasstill in the city it would likely be worth it or if they could at least double the top speed, 20 mph as a top speed on flat terain (and probably less with a 300 lbs guy on the bike) just wouldnt work as well for running to work or errands that are generaly all 20 miles or more away and 40-50 miles isnt unusual.

    Like I say though if the top speed was better I could make that at $400 and getting 200 mpg pay for its self in a month ot 2 easily. A tank of gas is about $50 now and I generaly go through at least a tank a week or like now about 2 1/2 tanks a week. ;)
  10. Rockfish Dave

    Rockfish Dave Monkey+++

    Great thread. I am looking to upgrade my Mountain Bike soon with a new one and was thinking of what I could do with my old bike. I do not want to sell it b/c it is a good bike and I could not get enough for it to make selling it worthwhile. So I was thinking along the lines of this thread, and turning it into a fun all around erand runner, trail/camp bike, and possible bug out transportation. As light as that bike would be it I'm sure it would be a blast to ride.

    I have found several sources of motorizing the bike but most seem questionable. The product that seems to make the most sense to me is the Staton motor kit. It uses a chain drive along with a free wheel so you can use it as a motorized bike, or just as a bike with minimal weight penalties. The website claims that the bikes have been used in rental fleets and up to 40,000 miles on the drive systems with out a failure.

    Some other sources that I like, just not as much are:
    Revo Power, as previously mentioned, it's a motorized wheel, It's a great concept and very neat but I'm not too sure how it will hold up during stream crossings.

    Golden eagle kits, use the spokes on the wheel to hold the belt drive. Does not seem too durable.

    That with the Bob trailer and I'd have a fun, camping/bug out bike.
  11. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    new website with video....looks like it might be a great addition
  12. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    They've increased their price estimate to 600 dollars. Still pretty frickin cool if you ask me.

    Since it's under 50cc and 25 mph it's considered like a moped and wouldn't need to be licensed or insured in most states.

    Very economical.
  13. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    If funds alowed would be an excelent option as a backup BOV. Basicly have one of these on a bike for each person in the truck or whatever and have them tied to the roof. If the main vehicle goes down, strap on the pack (hook cart to bike if getting real fancy) and make a LOT better time with a LOT less work than hoofin it or even fully pedaling the bike and do it on a teacup of fuel. Still makes it possible to go where cars and trucks cant, like along highways that have become abandoned parking lots.
  14. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Very interesting, though very pricey IMO.
  15. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    I don't know..... considering you get a motorized vehicle for the price of your mountain bike and an extra 600. What does a moped cost these days?

    And if you actually used it a LOT.... you could save that much in a year with the price of gas the way it is.
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