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    The latest klunker I've been playing with. 1939 Schwinn Admiral with Shimano Nexus hubs front and rear with roller brakes. 7-speed internal gears.
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    Joe that is awesome. I wish gearing could be done without so much clutter on the bars.

    and...are those ti CPQs? What cranks are those?

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    Cool bike Joe,
    Nice mix of old and new.
    What type of cruiser bars are those?
    Still looking for the right set to put on the Champion...
    Enjoy the ride,
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    Good to see you around Joe

    That first photo might qualify as artistic if the reflectors weren't lit up
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boy named SSue
    Joe that is awesome. I wish gearing could be done without so much clutter on the bars.

    and...are those ti CPQs? What cranks are those?
    Thanks! Yeah -- it looks a little cluttered but I have some hoopty junk up there too -- like the homemade bar mounted bottle holder (for coffee) and the Niterider LED light. I take the pup out for morning and evening rides so that's the reason for the added clutter.

    Those are steel CQP cranks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer
    Cool bike Joe,
    Nice mix of old and new.
    What type of cruiser bars are those?
    Still looking for the right set to put on the Champion...
    Enjoy the ride,
    T
    Thanks! The bars are some old motorcycle mx bars I picked up off ebay. They're painted and rusty where the paint is flaking. They're super wide though and kinda fun. If I ever replace them, I'll probably look pretty hard at these: http://www.becomefitted.com/SPD/lega...7872858369.jsp

    I wanna ditch that stem someday too -- trade it for something a little more "industrial" looking.


    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob
    Good to see you around Joe

    That first photo might qualify as artistic if the reflectors weren't lit up
    Bob! Good to see you too!

    Yeah -- the reflection kinda hoses that shot. Maybe I'll pop the reflectors (and ditch a bunch of the junk on the bars) and try that shot again some day.

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    Just finished up my hybrid Bomber!

    See here for the build blog: http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=61972

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    Frame: 1936-38 Fleet (Schwinn) C-Model

    Fork: 1950's NOS Schwinn Forged w/ 1938 Schwinn Motorbike truss rods (rechromed)

    Headset: NOS Tioga MX-2
    Stem: Astabula 1976
    Handlebar: Answer Alumilite 6061
    Grips: AME Tri grips

    Cranks: TA Pro 5 Vis (60th Anniversary)
    Chain: KMC BMX Z410 Silver
    Bottom Bracket: TruVativ American-to-Euro Conversion kit + Shimano UN-71 68x115
    Pedals: Odyssey Triple Trap (NOS)

    Rims: Ukai 26x2.125 NOS blue anodized
    Hubs: Rear: NOS 1980's Suntour coaster (came laced to the Ukai),
    ..........Front: NOS Shimano 333
    Tires: Cheng Shin C693

    Saddle: Brooks B-72 (1985)
    Seatpost: Custom turned 6061 Anodized
    Seatpost Binder: Campy

    Weight: 33 lb























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    Not new, but improved










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    Here`s one of mine...I bought this to make into a Klunker, but haven`t been able to locate a drum front brake yet...


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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy
    Just finished up my hybrid Bomber!

    See here for the build blog: http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=61972

    I'll repost some better pics once I get some good afternoon sun.

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    Frame: 1936-38 Fleet (Schwinn) C-Model

    Fork: 1950's NOS Schwinn Forged w/ 1938 Schwinn Motorbike truss rods (rechromed)

    Headset: Tioga MX-2
    Stem: Astabula 1976
    Handlebar: Answer Alumilite 6061
    Grips: AME

    Cranks: TA Pro 5 Vis (60th Anniversary)
    Bottom Bracket: TruVativ American-to-Euro Conversion kit + Shimano UN-71 68x115
    Pedals: Odyssey Triple Trap (NOS)

    Rims: Ukai 26x2.125 NOS blue anodized
    Hubs: Rear: NOS 1980's Suntour coaster, Front: NOS Shimano 333
    Tires: Cheng Shin C693

    Saddle: Brooks B-72 (1985)
    Seatpost: Custom turned 6061 Anodized
    Seatpost Binder: Campy

    Weight: 33 lb










    Of course I like this one a bunch - looks a lot like my '40/41 DX racer. Now you're ready for some DH race action!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scooderdude
    Of course I like this one a bunch - looks a lot like my '40/41 DX racer. Now you're ready for some DH race action!
    Thanks! Honestly, that's high praise from the man with the bike that was my inspiration

    But, I don't think there's any DH action in this bike's future with 36/18 gear ratio and a coaster brake . I'm aiming for Michigan single track with my kids.

    If you have a sec, please update your DX thread with the outcome of your race season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MERK26
    Here`s one of mine...I bought this to make into a Klunker, but haven`t been able to locate a drum front brake yet...

    Colson?
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff
    Colson?

    It`s a Mead "Crusader"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldschoolcolo
    Nice cruiser! Did you ever figure out what it is?

    Is there a thread where you list the build spec?

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    still don't know who made it...

    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy
    Nice cruiser! Did you ever figure out what it is?

    Is there a thread where you list the build spec?
    Araya rims on sturmey archer drum hubs
    Sugino cranks
    SR pedals
    Knight C-dub bars
    comp III copies
    Suntour seatpost clamp
    generic chrome seat post and forks
    SR stem

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    clyde with spins, bonty satellite bars are comfy, ancient magura hydro rear brake gives tons of power, k-rad rear/ edge front tires give it a bit of versatility and ease of pedalling with mild compromise in the traction department.

    gonna miss her.
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    Love this thread! Here's my 1976 Western Flyer pub bike.

    "I don't suffer from insanity!I rather enjoy it."

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    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2 or 3. Cunningham Racer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer

    Yes they are.......

    in case folks arent into clicking the link here are the pics of my entry.......currently in the lead for BOTY (bike of the year) in the 26" cruiser class but quickly getting the squeeze from the Cooks cruiser which is an incredible build btw.


    here is the write up:

    1980/1981 SE Racing "531 Reynolds" OM FLYER (unable to verify exact year)

    These 531 frames started production in late 1980, I am leaning towards it being a 1981 model though. (600 or so produced before switching to 4130)

    I Acquired the frame and fork in 2008

    Been working on this build since then, I think I am finally happy with it. I think I have gone through 7 or 8 versions of this build before settling on the way it sits today. Components changed, color combos changed etc. etc...

    I built it period correct for 1981

    Please overlook 3 details of the build

    1. I have already replaced the SE bubble font seattube decal that says 4130 on it with one that I cut off the 4130 portion, since this is a 531 frame.

    2. I have a temporary black lever sleeve on the team products lever, to be swapped once I get the smooth rubber one I need in black.

    3. White industries freewheel - this is my daily rider so I had to run the best.

    All parts are original finish except for the frame and fork and cranks.

    all stickers are vintage except for the toptube decal the headtube decal the rim decals and the team products decal

    Bars are suspected to be reproduction, sold to me as originals


    Frame - SE 531 OM Flyer serial number 000364 repaired by SAL no tubes replaced
    Fork - SE Landing gear
    Stem - Square corner Tuf Neck (pat Pending)
    Headset - NOS Tange MX-5 with NOS Dirt Skirt and NOS Suntour headlock
    Bars - SE Powerwing cruiser bars (more than likely repro)
    Grips - NOS Oakley 1's with crud plugs
    Wheels - NOS Ukai 2.125 rims laced 4 cross to Sealed Sunshine hubs (laced BITD)
    Freewheel - White Industries 17 T
    Tires - NOS Panaracer 2.125
    Rear Brake Caliper - NOS Dia-Compe MX 1000
    Brake Lever - NOS Team Products
    Brake Pads - NOS Kool Stop finned
    Cranks - Profile 2nd gen cranks (These are vintage not repro)
    Bottom Bracket - Profile current gen BB with repro bolts
    Chain Ring - NOS Shimano 39 T
    Chain - NOS Izumi
    Pedals - NOS KKT LMX magnesium
    Seat - NOS Cinelli Unicanitor padded
    Seat Post - SE
    Seat Post Clamp - NOS Diacompe
    Pads - SE Vinyl Rad Pads
    Brake cable - Vintage ribbed tandem housing and cable


    I just cant stand not thanking a few people here that contributed

    Sexnbmx (Scot) , Blikum (Tony),Carbizguy (Lionel), CW (Calvin), "G" (Georg) and of course Sal.

    and all the guys that contributed knowledge too many to list you know who you are.



    and of course the pics:


























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    I can appreciate the amount of work that most have gone into sourcing all of that!

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    Thanks Scant

    It has been my obsession for over 1.5 years......

    You guys may have noticed that I dont hang around here much anymore.....its because I have been spending all my time and $$$ on BMX cruisers.

    This Build took alot of patience and hunting and yes ultimately $$.

    But I poured my soul into it.

    I sold all my MTB's and put Half that money from the sales into this bike. the other half went to paying bills etc....

    I am not sure what I will do next.....im sure I will catch the bug to build something up again.....just have to save up some $$.

    I am kinda liking the idea of building up a 24" cruiser next. NOt sure which one but am partial to Floval flyers, Race incs and Redline PL-24's


    BTW if anyone knows where I can find a vintage headtube decal for my OM Flyer please let me know. I have been looking for 6 months at least and sofar nada.

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    Been doing a little resto/update on my old bomber:


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    From a late afternoon cruise along SF bay on my '39 DX Excelsior "office bike". Yep - had to work on CE. Bor-RING!

    http://i609.photobucket.com/albums/t...Everest006.jpg

    http://i609.photobucket.com/albums/t...Everest001.jpg

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    Potts, Potts, Potts

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooderdude
    From a late afternoon cruise along SF bay on my '39 DX Excelsior "office bike".
    Great office bike!

    Are those the original Ukai/Morrow wheels from your 40/41? Look great!

    Also, pretty manly chainring up front for SF!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy
    Great office bike!

    Are those the original Ukai/Morrow wheels from your 40/41? Look great!

    Also, pretty manly chainring up front for SF!

    Good eye! They are the same NOS Morrow/Suzue/Ukai wheels I built originally for the '40/41 DX klunker. Of course, one DH race on those convinced me of the need for better brakes. Like - duh!

    And that 67 g.i. set up is just fine on the flat (east) side of the bay.
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    wow, thats a sick OM....nicely done!

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    Sweet old Burton board you have on the wall

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyMTB
    Just built up this rider so I figured I would post it since somebody revived the cruiser thread. Powerlite 3 bar 24.
    Redline cranks
    Ukai speedline wheels
    Pro Neck
    Powerbend bars

    And my man cave I am working on.

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    BEAUTIFUL O.M. Flyer, Williwoods.

    ...If only S.E. would listen to what people are asking for, and do the modern repro in steel...

    but I guess, even then, they wouldn't make it in Reynolds/ other high-end tubing... or do the double loop (BB and dropout loop) read end.

    I guess the newer style rear end of the retro re-issues permits a shorter rear triangle and better chainring clearance. etc. (??). But the original design looks so great. A real classic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Welsh Dave
    BEAUTIFUL O.M. Flyer, Williwoods.

    ...If only S.E. would listen to what people are asking for, and do the modern repro in steel...

    but I guess, even then, they wouldn't make it in Reynolds/ other high-end tubing... or do the double loop (BB and dropout loop) read end.

    I guess the newer style rear end of the retro re-issues permits a shorter rear triangle and better chainring clearance. etc. (??). But the original design looks so great. A real classic.

    Thanks for the props! I appreciate it.

    as far as the current issue SE OM Flyer being made in steel........

    Over on the Vintage BMX sites this has been a regular discussion/request......Folks want SE to do the OM Flyer in Steel and for them to make a retro Loop tail Floval Flyer.

    Funny enough Todd Lyons the brand manager created threads for requests for 2011 and says that the OM Flyer more than likely will be steel in 2011.

    SE has been making huge leaps forward/back (lol depends on how you look at it) in the retro dept...they finally went back and redesigned their bars to be wider and taller like the original powerwing bars. They came up with some really cool Oakley-esque 2 piece grips. of course they have some retro plastic seats then they redesigned their stems for a more retro look, also for a few years now they have had the skinwall tires available in 20,24 and 26" sizes in colors and black tread, and on and on.

    2011 is looking like it will be the year for me to buy a retro SE.

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    Wow, there are a lot of pretty bikes in this thread.
    I especially like the bicycles that have the beach cruiser like frames. I think one of you called it a Mclung. I could be wrong.
    I'm really intrested in building one of these beauty's up. How would I go about finding one of these prehistoric beach cruiser like "Mclungs"? I would really like to make it s 69er with drop bars, bar end brake levers, and a 5 speed drive train

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    Not sure if I posted this here or not but the OM has me wanting to post my bmx cruiser
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    Quote Originally Posted by elvez
    Not sure if I posted this here or not but the OM has me wanting to post my bmx cruiser

    Wow


    love that!!! Panda Pro-Am cruiser right?

    I would love to find one of these!!

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    Good eye. I lucked in to it in the mid 80's. I have put at least 15,000 miles on it since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Williwoods
    Thanks for the props! I appreciate it.
    Much deserved.

    Quote Originally Posted by Williwoods
    as far as the current issue SE OM Flyer being made in steel........

    2011 is looking like it will be the year for me to buy a retro SE.
    I hope you're right.
    And yes, lots of the details on the retro S.E. bikes HAVE been getting better over the last few years.

    ...but don't get me started on the B&W 26-inch P.K. Ripper made for a hipster brand;
    nor the track-style P.K.... presumably intended for the non-existent vapor-culture that is "fixed gear freestyle". Oh, the irony of S.E., the original BMX company, falling for the hype that says what those people do on fixies qualifies as "freestyle"

    Back to the cruiser pictures!

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    Uploaded some pics from my xmas ride.



    EXCELSIOR!


    Cooks Bros fork, Mafac brakes...with modern pads and tires to keep my old body on the trail ;-)


    The Lever Of Action


    Driveline - Bendix 2-speed coaster, TA cranks and rings.


    Speaking of tires, downsized from the 2.35 Nevegals to a 2.1 BlueGroove in front and 2.1 SB8 in back - now 32 pounds as ridden and a bit easier to get UP the hill.


    Head on shot.


    More beauty.

    ...strictly downhill...

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    Cruisers

    Man, some really nice bikes here!

    Williwoods -- I can't stop looking at that OM Flyer!

    Here's a couple of mine:

    2008 SE Racing OM Flyer:

    Got it as a frame/fork/headset; did my own thing with it. Love this bike!!

    Red ano Sun Rhyno Lites, Bullseye hubs, DT stainless spokes, gold nipples, Comp 3 style gumwalls
    Profile 185mm cranks, Knight retro spider, 80's SR Sakae chainring, Odyssey Shark Bites
    Shimano DX brake, red ano Avid lever, gold Jagwire cables
    ODI Ruffian MX grips w/ gold collars, 90's GT bars, JP stem, 80's Cal Lite pad set (have whole set including jumbo frame pad)
    Aero seat, SE red ano fluted seatpost, gold Profile clamp







    1997 KHS Fleetwood:

    Aluminum frame, 1-1/8" threadless headset, euro BB; chrome SE Landing Gear forks.
    1980's 26" cruiser wheels: Araya 7X in gold, Suzue front hub, Shimano coaster brake rear hub ; Kenda K-52 skinwalls
    SR Sakae 170mm cranks; SR Sakae BMX chain ring
    Snap stem; GT Cruiser bars; brown ODI Rogue grips w gold collars; brown Animal bar ends
    brown SDG Bel-Air RL saddle; Redline laid-back seat post; Hope seat post clamp

    Not finished yet. Might change some things. Probably going to use the original Nexus 7-speed hub with a drum brake front hub.



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    Quote Originally Posted by oldschoolcolo
    Araya rims on sturmey archer drum hubs
    Sugino cranks
    SR pedals
    Knight C-dub bars
    comp III copies
    Suntour seatpost clamp
    generic chrome seat post and forks
    SR stem
    A newbie guess from me would be Torker? Really nice looking either way!

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    winter project

    workin on it

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    Here is a couple of my cruisers I took out today. I will be klunking (is this right?) this Schwinn prewar frame starting this spring.
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    1971 Schwinn Panther

    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulsmountain
    Here is a couple of my cruisers I took out today. I will be klunking (is this right?) this Schwinn prewar frame starting this spring.
    wow, that is some awesome paint on the prewar.....Original?
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    Aemmer, it's a repaint. Looks great from 10 feet but as you get closer you are able to see chips, scratches, and paint flaws (frame was described as flawless ). BTW, I followed your DX klunker build and J Westy's as well. Very nice klunkers and very helpful threads.
    Eric has provided valuable information and pictures. I have been visiting Alan's website often .

    Aemmer, could you please give me your opinion of the Sun rhyno lite rims and the Sturmey Archer hub set-up. I noticed Alan Bonds used these rims and hubs on two of his bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulsmountain
    Aemmer, it's a repaint. Looks great from 10 feet but as you get closer you are able to see chips, scratches, and paint flaws (frame was described as flawless ). BTW, I followed your DX klunker build and J Westy's as well. Very nice klunkers and very helpful threads.
    Eric has provided valuable information and pictures. I have been visiting Alan's website often .

    Aemmer, could you please give me your opinion of the Sun rhyno lite rims and the Sturmey Archer hub set-up. I noticed Alan Bonds used these rims and hubs on two of his bikes.







    My original goal was to keep everything pre 1981. When I broke down and got the newer hubs and wheels it was a death sentence to start another build (the "C") and keep it to era. You can interpet that as good or bad...

    Two thing have kept me from riding the DX hard. 1. the SE seatpost although era correct, was way too expensive and is way too wimpy to handle my big butt. 2. I am 6'3" so the DX is fun to cruise the neighborhood on but would never cut it for me on a longer ride where fit actually mattered. My once old girlfriend, and as of last weekend now my new Fiancee (SP? heck after 5 years It is time) took over most of the saddle time on the DX. That said, although not era correct, after peeling off the stickers, I think the rims look the part for an older style wheel (a quality set of old Araya or some Ukai's may play the part better). In my eyes, the SA hubs just look cool. I have never had to readjust the gears after initial fiddling. N idea how they would hold up under more abusive riding. Using the rear coaster brake is not a natural feeling if you ar a MTB'r. Like you I used AB, Eric and a few others as inspiration. If you want a nice cruiser build, the hubs and wheels look and ride great. If you want to stay true to the era seek out an old Ross MTB with some decent Ukai's.

    Look forward to seeing you build progress,
    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by ericb49
    Uploaded some pics from my xmas ride.


    i know it's an old post, but i haven't checked out this thread in a while....i especially like the 'era correct' digital watch strapped to the top tube. i think i sold those at radio shack while i was going to college......

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    Here are a couple that I have built...a prewar Elgin and a 52 Schwinn Panther.































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    ratrodbikes... on mtbr!? I think the internet may collapse!

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    Update on my Prewar Elgin

    Forgot to add this to the cruiser thread. Swapped out the aluminum riser bars for these unknown powder coated cruiser bars (CW maybe?). Also pictured is my ever changing Breezer Iggy with recently added CBR cranks.
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    Cruiser Spring Clean Up Day
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    Almost done. Not sure if I will go with truss rods?
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    Truss rods or Tange/Cook bros type bmx forks I say. Very cool looking frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyMTB
    Forgot to add this to the cruiser thread. Swapped out the aluminum riser bars for these unknown powder coated cruiser bars (CW maybe?). Also pictured is my ever changing Breezer Iggy with recently added CBR cranks.
    Where can I get a set of those landing gear forks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts
    Where can I get a set of those landing gear forks?
    SE Bikes sells the threadless 1 and 1/8 and they are going to start selling 1 inch threaded ones later this year. Otherwise, you gotta watch Ebay and have your wallet ready.
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    Here's one I put together yesterday for my best friend. I'd had this repainted 70's vintage cruiser frame in my garage a couple of years, and wanted it out of the way. It's one I saved from the dumpster at a shop that was going out of business.

    I recycled parts I had hanging around the garage, but opted for a new set of prebuilt Alex cruiser wheels with Nexus 3-speed and alloy rims to save weight (Y303 alloy rims) and add versatility. The tires are from Cheng Shin (CST); they look pretty cool and were dirt cheap (retail ~ $9/ea.). Also picked up a new set of Wald cruiser bars and roving eyeball bell. The grips are kinda bleh... but it's what I had laying around.
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    Beauty!

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    Nirve single-speed coaster brake cruiser... picked it up for $180 from Performance Bike, LOVE IT!
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    By far the most comfortable bike I own. Wish I could've kept the forged fork and the truss rods but the steerer was bent. Oh well, I will find a replacement eventually.





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    here is what i currently have for cruisers:

    madwagon:

    bullseye hubs laced to salsa gordo's
    magura 500 hydro rim brakes
    syncros stem

    63 western auto western flyer (i have the tank and original fork still) it now has a different saddle and bars


    63 sears spaceliner (soon to be for sale)


    old ross i repainted

    yes that is a car horn on the front

    58 schwinn (model unknown)

    i want to build it into a klunker

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    1980cooks bros. ta cranks, atom drum brakes, b-72.

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    cooks now. cunningham hubs, type two fork, ti seat post, b-17, cooks cruiser bars. with 1999 female border collie.


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    Quote Originally Posted by den haag
    cooks now. cunningham hubs, type two fork, ti seat post, b-17, cooks cruiser bars. with 1999 female border collie.
    I love it!... More pics / detail of "now" version please.

    It's too bad your before/after pics got split up with that repost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by den haag
    cooks now. cunningham hubs, type two fork, ti seat post, b-17, cooks cruiser bars. with 1999 female border collie.


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    yeah, great bike and dog! Love that old vintage shot and the new version looks to be super cool!

    Let's see more vintage and new pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by den haag
    cooks now. cunningham hubs, type two fork, ti seat post, b-17, cooks cruiser bars. with 1999 female border collie.
    That is some pretty country.

    Cunningham BMX hubs? You must be a Marin local!

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    Damn, an origional CBR running a type II and Cunningham BMX hubs. Best bike that we've seen in a while.

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    my cook bros now,

    sorry about the split pics. i NEED schoolin'. the hubs are some extras from the '80s. Hi-E hi-lo rear- both hubs have rivets. ceramic sup rims w/dt spokes and alloy nips, pauls rear brake and levers, charlie rollercam up front, chris king headset, willits stem (he made the ti seatpost for a hex tube aluminum Monarch which self destructed), cooks e-cranks w/paragon ti ring and guard. the only original parts are the frame and bb bearing cups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by den haag
    sorry about the split pics. i NEED schoolin'. the hubs are some extras from the '80s. Hi-E hi-lo rear- both hubs have rivets. ceramic sup rims w/dt spokes and alloy nips, pauls rear brake and levers, charlie rollercam up front, chris king headset, willits stem (he made the ti seatpost for a hex tube aluminum Monarch which self destructed), cooks e-cranks w/paragon ti ring and guard. the only original parts are the frame and bb bearing cups.
    Wholly smokes,
    Designer Cruiser. I give up. Awesome- ride, history, and friends.......
    Thanks for posting. I am curious about the ti seatpost. Always thought it would be fun to order a solid length from Titanium Joe to put on a Klunker. Right when you think you are onto something new, you realize it was done already. Sure would like to see more photo's of your bike.
    Thanks for sharing,
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    i bought this bike used, from neil murdoch, in 1980. at 35lbs it was one of the coolest bikes in crested butte. i sold it in '82 for partial downpayment for my cunningham. #7. i was able to buy it back in (maybe) '89. it had been converted to cants with a noname unicrown fork. i HAD to put the type two on it. the only thing i regret is not knowing that i could buy a bmx chris king headset. i had inserts made for a one inch headset, and pressed them in. really no problem. the places i've been, and the things i've seen on this bike, you can only imagine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by den haag
    i bought this bike used, from neil murdoch, in 1980. at 35lbs it was one of the coolest bikes in crested butte. i sold it in '82 for partial downpayment for my cunningham. #7. i was able to buy it back in (maybe) '89. it had been converted to cants with a noname unicrown fork. i HAD to put the type two on it. the only thing i regret is not knowing that i could buy a bmx chris king headset. i had inserts made for a one inch headset, and pressed them in. really no problem. the places i've been, and the things i've seen on this bike, you can only imagine.
    Newbs take note (can we get a sticky on this?). This - right here - is why I tune in, folks!

    A Cooks Bros. cruiser formerly owned by Murdoch/Bannister, customized up the ying-yang with - amongst a bunch of cool stuff - Cunningham modified hubs /roller-cam and a Potts fork... Did OHO build the wheels?

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    charlie welded the fork. i built the wheels. the first wheel i ever laced was the rear wheel on my #7. again, dt spokes, alloy nips a starahl rims. the stem is ti tubing, with a(n) SR head milled to press in.

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    den haag - word's can't express...so wow!

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    Cool. More pics please?
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    i love this thread! i've found a second home. the old rear loading schwinns are KNOCKING ME OUT!

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    1939 Dx

    Finished the build today. Very happy with the results
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    Frame: 1939 Schwinn DX "Schwinn Ace", S/N: B21178
    Fork: NOS 1981 Tange TX-1200
    Headset: NOS Tange MX-2
    Stem: Ashtabula (1978)
    Handlebar: 90's BMX cruiser Answer Alumilite 7075
    Grips: Ritchey True Grips (contemporary)
    Brake Levers: NOS/NIB 1987 Dia Compe AD 290 4-finger levers in grey
    Chain: KMC BMX Z-chain in silver
    Cranks: 175mm TA ProVis 5 anniversary edition with retro stickers
    Chainring: TA 30T
    Bottom Bracket: Tange 68x122.5 with TruVativ bottom bracket adapter (both contemporary)
    Pedals: NOS MKS BMX-7
    Rims: Araya 7C 26x1.75. NOS silver, stripped and re-anodized red
    Hubs: Sturmey Archer X-RD8(W) rear; X-FD front
    Tires: Cheng Shin C693 26x2.125
    Saddle: Brooks B-72 w/ chrome rails
    Seatpost: Custom turned solid 6061, clear anodized
    Seatpost Binder: Campy

    Weight: 38 lbs of klunker fun

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    That's a purdy piece right there. The repaint is tasty, and the details match the bits very well.

    What are you using for the front brake torque arm clamp? I like the way it seems to fit the fork diameter, and is mechanically solid; I need one for my DX's TX-1200.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scooderdude
    That's a purdy piece right there. The repaint is tasty, and the details match the bits very well.

    What are you using for the front brake torque arm clamp? I like the way it seems to fit the fork diameter, and is mechanically solid; I need one for my DX's TX-1200.
    Thank you sir. Your bike was the inspiration for both of mine.

    It's a MX 1" hinged BMX seatpost clamp (pretty cheap on ebay). I made a spacer out of some stainless tubing and used a longer bolt. I also ground down the OD of a stainless lock washer to drop in the counterbore on the clamp -- the bottom of that bore was chamfered and I wanted to firm up the spot where the tube sits. I obviously also had to drill a hole in the arm on the brake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy
    Finished the build today and managed to grab a few shots before the rain started again -- better pics to follow.
    Wow. Nice work!

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    i hope my next bike looks as good as yours. i even love the zipties. the rearloading schwinns are knocking me out!

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    Step one.

    Bosses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy
    Thank you sir. Your bike was the inspiration for both of mine.

    It's a MX 1" hinged BMX seatpost clamp (pretty cheap on ebay). I made a spacer out of some stainless tubing and used a longer bolt. I also ground down the OD of a stainless lock washer to drop in the counterbore on the clamp -- the bottom of that bore was chamfered and I wanted to firm up the spot where the tube sits. I obviously also had to drill a hole in the arm on the brake.

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    That is a killer idea. Never liked the small amount of play you get with the standard clamps. I think you got lucky getting it cheap though. Cheapest one I have seen is 50 bucks.
    Here is my next project, a 41 Elgin.

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    My coaster brake "clunker". A conversation starter AND a blast to ride!

    Eagle Rider frame - 1970's (?)
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    Anyone heard of Crown Cycle Co.? They have a really cool bike called Hell on Wheels. I am looking for someone that owns one. Any opinions??

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    I won a raffle at our local short track series a couple of weeks ago and went home with this 2010 New Belgium cruiser, complete with beetle kill pine front rack that holds a case of Fat Tire.

    This old Schwinn was purchased from the original owner at a garage sale over 25 years ago. Nice ride like this, but many of the klunkers here are tempting me to take on a similar project.

    A friend picked up this GT craigslist find a couple of weeks ago. Uses it to pull the kid trailer.
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    more shots (hopefully) of my cooks. " width="549">" width="549">" width="549">" width="549">" width="549">

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    Quote Originally Posted by den haag
    more shots (hopefully) of my cooks. " width="549">" width="549">" width="549">" width="549">" width="549">
    Can't see them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyMTB
    Can't see them.
    Same here and I very much want to. Coolest bike in one of my favorite threads.

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/17534977@N00/4975420763/" title="1952 Schwinn Klunker by Paul de Valera, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4149/4975420763_2616c9a24c.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="1952 Schwinn Klunker" /></a>


    1952 Schwinn klunker. 26 ukai rims with an atom rear drum and Worksman front drum. Motorcross bars, dia compe brakes etc. Ritchey tires.

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    78' Cooks Brothers
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    really nice. what brake levers? state of the art for 1980!

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    Quote Originally Posted by den haag
    really nice. what brake levers? state of the art for 1980!

    Thanks- I look forward to seeing more photos of your CB cruiser...that is a gem! The levers are just old motorcycle levers. The bike actually spent a lot of it's time in Crested Butte from what I was told. The Cooks lived most of it's life in Durango.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stan lee
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    Great bike.
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    Thanks- It's been a fun one to ride!

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    I must say that would be my ultimate klunker right there. Very nice. What kind of cranks are on that CB? Did you put those on later?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyMTB
    I must say that would be my ultimate klunker right there. Very nice. What kind of cranks are on that CB? Did you put those on later?

    I'm not sure about the cranks. Kind of a cool story behind the bike...the guy I purchased it from was going to school in 1981 in Durango, CO and he said he went into a shop to buy a Ritchey MTB. When he got in the shop he realized he didn't have the money for a Ritchey but the owner or an employee said he would sell him this CB which he set up in 78' as an MTB for a good deal. I was told it was only ridden for a couple of years before he bought his Ritchey so it hasn't seen a ton of use. The only thing I changed on it were the tires and he said everything was original from when he got it in 81'? Here are a few more photos....

    http://socketsetcycles.blogspot.com/...uiser-314.html

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    A work in progress...

    Currently working on the wheelset...


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    Cool pics and cool story too. I wasn't into mountain bikes back then, just bmx, and I think that is why I like the CBRs so much. They are a bit of a crossover for me. I am redoing my Kos into a mountain bike to satisfy my need for a klunker with bmx roots.
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    Kos Transformed

    Here is my Kos transformed into a mountain bike. Now I have all my bases covered.
    CBR Stem
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    my homemade cruier.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/17534977@N00/4941332843/" title="Atomic Flyer handmade BMX cruiser by Paul de Valera, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4941332843_e00d79792e.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Atomic Flyer handmade BMX cruiser" /></a>

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    Quote Originally Posted by rev106
    my homemade cruier.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/17534977@N00/4941332843/" title="Atomic Flyer handmade BMX cruiser by Paul de Valera, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4941332843_e00d79792e.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Atomic Flyer handmade BMX cruiser" /></a>
    SWEET!! I want the bike and the A-100 in the back ground!

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    I don't know if you're qualified to handle that much metal flake!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy
    Currently working on the wheelset...

    That's looking really nice. Can you tell me the color (I'm color-blind)? It sort of looks like the Desert Turquoise (YETI) color with creme accents that I was considering for one of my clunkers.

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