General Engines "Electroped" circa 1979

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dnaj11   1 µW

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General Engines "Electroped" circa 1979

Post by dnaj11 » Sep 22 2019 10:22am

Hello

Just picked up the General Engines "pedal power" electroped electric bicycle. These were sold out of New Jersey in the late 70s generally as kits but this is a production model built on a West German folding bicycle. I'm looking for information. I currently have it running on a 12V lawn mower battery but it slips a lot and is pretty gutless on any kind of a grade. The front tire is dry rotted with a bad flat spot - which may explain some of the slipping. Do they make a flat treaded bicycle tire for use with the friction drive? Can the system be upgraded and anyone have a brochure, owners manual or instructions for the unit? Thanks

Pix here . . .
http://photos.app.goo.gl/PciqsVr62veKGpTG6

http://photos.app.goo.gl/Lkznr5FQqNoMjdwu8

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Re: General Engines "Electroped" circa 1979

Post by RunForTheHills » Sep 22 2019 11:02am

Are you wanting to restore this as a collector? Otherwise, I think you would get a more functional e-bike by buying a hub motor kit from eBay and a used mountain bike from Craigslist than putting time and money into this project.

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Re: General Engines "Electroped" circa 1979

Post by dnaj11 » Sep 22 2019 11:10am

No. I don't plan on keeping it at all. So my hope was to get it going best as possible, get some information about it and move it along to its new owner.

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Re: General Engines "Electroped" circa 1979

Post by RunForTheHills » Sep 22 2019 11:17am

You could improve it by installing a lithium battery instead of lead acid. That would cost more money than I would spend on this bike. I am not sure about the tires. Are those 16" rims?

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