A Derny is a motorized bicycle for motor-paced track cycling events such as during six-day and Keirin racing) or motor-paced road races. It is driven by a 98cc Zurcher two-stroke engine and by being pedalled through a fixed gear, typically of 70 teeth on the front chainring and 11 on the sprocket on the back wheel. The combination allows for smooth acceleration and slowing, important when the rider taking pace is centimetres from the pacer's shielded back wheel.
CCM, formerly an initialism for Canada Cycle & Motor Co. Ltd. , is a sporting goods brand. The brand is held by two separate entities both maintaining the CCM trademark, one (The Hockey Company, now a subsidiary of Reebok) manufacturing ice hockey equipment and the other manufacturing bicycles.
VéloSoleX is a moped or motorised bicycle that was originally produced by the French manufacturer Solex, based in Paris, France. Founded at the turn of the last century, the company manufactured centrifugal radiators, carburetors, and micrometers, before branching into assist motors and bicycles. Owned successively by Dassault, Renault, Motobécane/ MBK, VéloSoleX sold more than 7 million VéloSoleX worldwide before ceasing production in France in 1988.
A motorized bicycle is a bicycle with an attached motor used to power the vehicle, or to assist with pedaling. Sometimes classified as a motor vehicle, or a class of hybrid vehicle, motorized bicycles may be powered by different types of engines. Motorized bicycles are distinguished from motorcycles by being capable of being powered by pedals alone if required. The actual usage of the pedals varies widely according to the type of vehicle.
This timeline of motorized bicycle history is a summary of the major events in the development and use of motorized bicycles and tricycles, which are defined as pedal cycles with motor assistance but which can be powered by pedals alone.
Powabyke is a British importer of electric bicycles. Founded in 1999, the company was selling over 1,500 bikes per year by 2005 through a network of around 300 dealers including bike shops and motor accessory retailers. It has also branched out into golf carts. Powabyke bikes and trikes are driven by a hub-mounted electric motor in the front wheel, powered by a removable rechargeable battery. The environmental impact of the battery is minimised through offering a refurbishment scheme.
Tanaka Power Equipment is a company manufacturing small internal combustion engines and associated light machinery. During the 1960s and 1970s they built the popular Bike Bug bolt-on motor for bicycles, which was also adapted for marine use as well as being sold through Sears rebadged the Sears Free Spirit.
CCM, formerly an initialism for Canada Cycle & Motor Co. Ltd. The company would eventually split into two separate entities both maintaining the CCM trademark, one maintaining bicycle manufacturing and the other, CCM (The Hockey Company), producing hockey equipment.
Whizzer bicycle engines are a line of bicycle engines that were produced in the United States from 1939 to 1965. They were commonly sold as kits to be assembled and attached to a consumer's bicycle thus creating a motorized bicycle. Whizzer U.S.A. re-appeared in 1997 to sell an improved version, pre-assembled on an old Schwinn-style bicycle frame.
The RevoPower is a motorized wheel concept, the idea being the conversion of a pedal-powered bicycle into a motorcycle. It was invented by Denver, Colorado based RevoPower Inc. The RevoPower concept is a wheel with a two-stroke engine inside it which allows the bike to which it is attached to travel up to 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) at over 100 miles per US gallon (2.4 L/100 km; 120 mpg).
The Honda Cub F is a motorized bicycle, sometimes also categorized as a moped, introduced by Honda in 1952. It is a "clip-on" gasoline engine kit for bicycles produced by other manufacturers. This product was a formative success for the new company, establishing their first nation-wide independent dealer network. Managing director Takeo Fujisawa initiated a direct-mail campaign to the country's 50,000 bicycle dealers, generating about 30,000 replies.