Terry McKean's "Wackercycle"

Whilst travelling south on the Pacific Coast Highway (CA 1) in November of 2006, I happened to stop at the restaurant/deli/convenience store in fabulous Gorda, CA. Up rode this chap on his home-built "moped" and I snapped these photos. Sadly, I neglected to get a photo of Terry, the maker.

Terry McKean's "Wackercycle", Gorda, CA

The right brake lever (on the handlebar) is used to pull the friction drive on the weed wacker into the rear tire, hence acting as a clutch. I think he's using the front derailleur mechanism as part of the "clutch". The friction drive appears to be a spark plug socket.

close-up of the drive of the "Wackercycle"