The Cruiser Thread

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  • 02-24-2015
    rev106
    Some of my friends got really messed up from those things, they bend out so just keep your eye on them. I know a guy who has some 4130 forks....wink wink.
  • 03-15-2015
    twister1969
    I just got my Kona Humuhumu, very nice riding bike. The only problem is, one gear just isn't enough. What would be the best way to add some gears to this bike? Thanks for your help with this, Dave.
  • 03-15-2015
    rev106
    A two speed kick back hub would leave you sans cables, otherwise a 3-8 speed internal geared hub would do the trick.
  • 03-15-2015
    squareback
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rev106 View Post
    Watch out for those sunlite forks, in our group we call them "The death fork". About 50% of them fail pretty bad...

    A bit of threadjack, but then again, many people reading this thread will have a frame with no fork....

    What readily available fork could you recommend?
  • 03-15-2015
    fishcreek
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by twister1969 View Post
    I just got my Kona Humuhumu, very nice riding bike. The only problem is, one gear just isn't enough. What would be the best way to add some gears to this bike? Thanks for your help with this, Dave.

    One gear is enough :)

  • 03-15-2015
    jeff
    What's your gear combo? What type of terrain would you like to ride? Try SS for awhile. Hang out in the SS forum. Go out and hammer it.
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by twister1969 View Post
    I just got my Kona Humuhumu, very nice riding bike. The only problem is, one gear just isn't enough. What would be the best way to add some gears to this bike? Thanks for your help with this, Dave.

  • 03-15-2015
    twister1969
    Would I be able to keep the disc brake?
  • 03-15-2015
    propguy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by twister1969 View Post
    Would I be able to keep the disc brake?

    Probably. Some Shimano Alfine internal geared hubs are disk brake compatible.
  • 03-15-2015
    rev106
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    Sturmey archer is worth looking into, not sure if they make a disc brake two speed though.

    Something else..

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  • 03-16-2015
    twister1969
    Propguy, thanks for the info. Rev106, nice looking bike.
  • 04-02-2015
    rev106
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    Stock Red Menace for starters. Re-laced rims and re-shod them with bullseye hubs. White industries Freewheel out back. Redline Flight cranks, welgo pedals, Porkchop chain ring and v-brake bolt-on canti-bosses. Evil Ed stem and Crooks seat post clamp, SE racing seat, Oury grips. Stay Rad!
  • 04-02-2015
    fat tire trader
    I had never heard of Red Menace before, so I googled and found this thread.
    2015 Genuine Bicycle Products Red Menace 26 - BMXmuseum.com Forums
    If you ride hard on it, please let us know how it holds up.
  • 04-02-2015
    PiasRoller
    Same cool stuff and clergy.
    Ya...they need to come up to do the Biketoberfest Repack ride with us! www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrK0oOQ9PLg
  • 04-02-2015
    rev106
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by fat tire trader View Post
    I had never heard of Red Menace before, so I googled and found this thread.
    2015 Genuine Bicycle Products Red Menace 26 - BMXmuseum.com Forums
    If you ride hard on it, please let us know how it holds up.

    Attachment 977843

    Here's me railing it with a chest cold in cbc 10. Yes, they hold up to being ridden hard for sure. :)
  • 04-10-2015
    HAGASAN
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    Just picked this up. '83 Cycle Pro Custom 5.

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  • 04-10-2015
    HAGASAN
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    I should go pick up the single speed one too.
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  • 04-28-2015
    rev106
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  • 06-03-2015
    rev106
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    Here's the latest from the lab.
  • 06-03-2015
    rev106
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    got a batch back from the anodizer.
  • 06-04-2015
    Saddle Up
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rev106 View Post
    Stock Red Menace for starters. Re-laced rims and re-shod them with bullseye hubs. White industries Freewheel out back. Redline Flight cranks, welgo pedals, Porkchop chain ring and v-brake bolt-on canti-bosses. Evil Ed stem and Crooks seat post clamp, SE racing seat, Oury grips. Stay Rad!

    awesome
  • 06-27-2015
    Jak0zilla
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    Can anyone identify this cruiser frame? It came into our shop (non-profit bike recycler) as a donation. I don't think it's actually a GT, despite the decals. There are no other markings on the frame.

    It had some silly parts, which I replaced with other silly parts. The rear hub is a Spot Brand, and there's a scrap of a Bianchi sticker on the headtube that could just be stuck on for flair.

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  • 06-27-2015
    WolfgangBock
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    Breezer Ignaz
  • 06-28-2015
    peter.thedrake
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Jak0zilla View Post
    Can anyone identify this cruiser frame? It came into our shop (non-profit bike recycler) as a donation. I don't think it's actually a GT, despite the decals. There are no other markings on the frame.

    It had some silly parts, which I replaced with other silly parts. The rear hub is a Spot Brand, and there's a scrap of a Bianchi sticker on the headtube that could just be stuck on for flair.

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    Looks like a Bianchi SASS with BMX risers.

  • 06-28-2015
    Jak0zilla
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by peter.thedrake View Post
    Looks like a Bianchi SASS with BMX risers.

    Yep, that's it - thanks! You should have seen the before pics. It had tiny little messenger style risers that would have not been out of place on a toddlers bike. We try to turn bikes around with what's on hand in the parts bins, so the makeover was not quite as in-depth as I'd like. :blush:
  • 07-12-2015
    fishcreek



  • 07-12-2015
    peter.thedrake
    So cool.
  • 07-12-2015
    chefmiguel
    Definitely, still kicking myself for not getting the one at the shop BITD.
  • 07-16-2015
    gsy971
    The Cruiser Thread


    just bought off CL for really good price on Ti cruiser old school newsboy type frame
  • 08-10-2015
    Sizzler
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    Please help with ID
    I went to look at an old Cannondale, which turned out to be garbage, but saw this sitting in a pile of frames, I dig the looks and thought it might be a fun project so I picked it up $60. Maybe it's obvious but I don't know much about these old cruisers so I'm trying to figure out what it is.

    It has a Morrow skip tooth hub that dates to 1939, which may or may not be original. It's stamped E.P.D. on the bottom, but I think that might just be from the local police department.

    The seat binder bolt is stamped "AS" and it has a Mesinger saddle, which again may or may not be original. No other markings as far as I can tell.

    Any info/ideas appreciated. Thanks!
  • 08-10-2015
    rev106
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    Attachment 1007673Attachment 1007672looks a lot like my monarch.
  • 08-10-2015
    fire_strom
    Columbia. That's my guess.
    -G
  • 08-10-2015
    jeff
    The AS bolt is Arnold Schwinn. The bike isn't.
    Glad I could help. :D
  • 08-11-2015
    Sizzler
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rev106 View Post
    looks a lot like my monarch.

    Cool bike! They do share a lot of similarities but the dropouts appear to be slightly different. Your wheel slides directly back while mine goes up then back. Also, there's an arc on the inside corner of my dropout.
  • 08-11-2015
    Hurricane Jeff
    The bike is difinately not a Schwinn, but the AS on the seat binder stands for "Arnold Schwinn"
    I don't know what it is, but it's pretty cool
  • 08-11-2015
    rev106
    Yeah there are so many out there that look very close to one another for sure. Well we all know it's a bike. :)
  • 08-11-2015
    Sizzler
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rev106 View Post
    Well we all know it's a bike. :)

    Couldn't ask for a better answer than that!
  • 08-13-2015
    Sizzler
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    Progress pic.
  • 08-13-2015
    fire_strom
    Very nice. Here are some pics of a Columbia. It is the 80's repop of the classic five-star. The old Columbia I had had similar features but not the cross mounted kick stand. The seat collar on both sucked and I can see why there's a Schwinn one on there instead. I'll probably keep an eye out for one to replace the original.



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  • 08-22-2015
    rev106
    Did you try posting pics on the CABE? That's more likely to yield a result.
  • 08-27-2015
    kalubi
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    My Trek Custom Cruiser
  • 08-27-2015
    rev106
    Sweet!
  • 08-27-2015
    fishcreek
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kalubi View Post
    My Trek Custom Cruiser

    Nice! Would like to see that rear v-brake mount.
  • 08-27-2015
    gsy971
    is that a negative rise stem to help negate the headtube angle?
  • 08-27-2015
    gsy971
    I was looking at this frame too but wanted the double tubing that runs the middle like a proper old school cruiser
  • 08-28-2015
    kalubi
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by fishcreek View Post
    Nice! Would like to see that rear v-brake mount.

    fishcreek here you go. These mounts are normally used on BMX.
  • 08-28-2015
    kalubi
    The bar in the middle of the frame works great as a handle when huffing up steep inclines.
  • 08-28-2015
    kalubi
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by gsy971 View Post
    is that a negative rise stem to help negate the headtube angle?

    It is, and for my preferred riding position.
  • 09-06-2015
    ghglenn
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  • 09-09-2015
    rev106
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    Just got this from old time racer Aaron Cox, a modded Schwinn.
  • 09-10-2015
    chefmiguel
    Suntour stem? That bike is cool.
  • 09-10-2015
    rev106
    Redline Brute stem :)
  • 09-12-2015
    PiasRoller
    Retro Old Paint
  • 10-15-2015
    rev106
    Here you go some tips...

    https://vimeo.com/130496585
  • 02-11-2016
    rev106
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    keep the cruiser thread alive....
  • 02-13-2016
    HAGASAN
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    1983 Cycle Pro 5 Cruiser
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    Keeping the Cruiser Thread alive!
  • 02-19-2016
    azimiut
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    my nieghbor has these just rotting away. worth doing a cruiser build? he has maybe 4 more similar bikes. I know the front one is a Goodrich bike.
  • 02-19-2016
    rev106
    That's a no brainer man, it's never too late to shred! Build!
  • 03-03-2016
    Magnuts
    Finished putting this together tonight. For commuting and bar hoping. Simple and fun!




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  • 03-03-2016
    rev106
    looking good!!
  • 03-12-2016
    HAGASAN
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    Installed Mr. Tick Bars, Dia Compe brakes and double goose neck. Rides smooth as a cruiser should.

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  • 05-26-2016
    rev106
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  • 06-02-2016
    rev106
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    Made this for the next Coaster Brake Challenge from two very large road bikes.
  • 07-08-2016
    hegstad1
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    Garage sale find. Actually my father picked this up from a friend of his who was going to put it on the garage sale but I told him I'd take it. It's a one owner 1946 Schwinn. The guy saved up during the war to buy a bike for his paper route and as soon as they became available again this is what he got. This thing is completely original including the tires and tubes which are still soft, hold air, and ride great. The patina is perfect to me. Just a bit of fading and some chippy paint here and there. Although a klunker build would be fun, I won't be touching this one.

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  • 07-09-2016
    rev106
    WoW! That's a great one.
  • 07-14-2016
    Johnny Rhubarb
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    not as beautiful as the 'proper' ones, but i love it:

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  • 07-24-2016
    FLYINW
    Some cool scoots. Here's my effort, a 94 Specialized Rockhopper that's a work in progress.
    BEFORE

    SO FAR
  • 08-02-2016
    JMARTIN
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    Just posting an old frame I built up for cruising.
  • 08-02-2016
    rev106
    Nice, a KOS cruiser? Looking good.
  • 08-02-2016
    JMARTIN
    [QUOTE=rev106;12760495]Nice, a KOS cruiser? Looking good.[/QUOTE
    Don't know.I picked it up without wheels.Its a 26 inch.I probably change out the bars.
  • 08-17-2016
    PhxBuckeye
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    This frame was handled by Emory in the late 70s early 80s. No one is quite sure who truly produced the frame. I had it chromed.

    Some of the parts in the build are:

    Sun MTX rims.
    DT Swiss Spokes
    2-speed Sturmey Archer kickback rear hub with matching front hub.
    base of stem is from a vintage Huffy. Clamps are True Torch.
    Oakley grips
    snakebelly tires
    Gusset Prosecutor pedals
    Landing Gear fork
    Brooks saddle
    Soma headset
    Redline Device cranks
  • 08-18-2016
    Bokchoicowboy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Johnny Rhubarb View Post
    not as beautiful as the 'proper' ones, but i love it:

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    Yo, Johnny...what are those handlebars and where can I get a set?
  • 08-18-2016
    Johnny Rhubarb
    I just picked the cheapest MX handlebars from the german ebay page: KR Universal Lenker motocross 810 mm x 180 mm Dirt Bike,Pit Bike, ATV, Handlebar | eBay
    I think they ship worldwide.
    I love these bars and their weight gives good balance to the heavy rear hub...
    Klunk on!
  • 03-02-2017
    shinerider
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    Picked up a basic Schwinn Cruiser from Craigslist wanting to build into a MTB runner. Bought some awesome bullhorns for it at a local swapmeet - just to find out about the whole 21.1mm quill stem vs. 22.2. Don't want to get an adapter, so back to the swapmeet, but with a set of calipers.

    Also looking at getting a chainguide for the front so I don't drop the chain!

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  • 03-02-2017
    rev106
    most likely 22.2 if that is a tubular fork I spy there.... looks to be a later non-Chicago era Schwinn?
  • 03-02-2017
    shinerider
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rev106 View Post
    most likely 22.2 if that is a tubular fork I spy there.... looks to be a later non-Chicago era Schwinn?

    Yeah, the stem it came with is 21.15 and the bullhorns I bought are 22.2. I WISH it was the other way around and I could shim it. Will have to check for serial# when I get home to figure out it's origin.
  • 03-03-2017
    OperatorBo
    The Cruiser Thread
    Picked this up yesterday. First klunker. Going to build my next one. So much fun to cruise around on! 1960 schwinn frame




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  • 03-03-2017
    rev106
    nice!
  • 04-06-2017
    Johnny Rhubarb
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  • 04-06-2017
    FLYINW
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  • 04-26-2017
    gsy971
    starting to build this frame up. removed the fork in picture and installed a mountain specific rigid fork from exotic carbon.
    I think the "correct" fork length for the frame is about 425mm or 42.5cm. From the manufacturer, the BB should be about 12 inches.
    When I installed my new exotic carbon 425mm fork with wheels, the bike seemed a little "stretched" out. Realistically the frame may be a tad too big for me but not by much.
    Although the top tube length is pretty spot on for my size, the TT is curved so I don't have as much stand over.
    I would like to swap the the 425mm fork and get a rigid 390mm fork or a 405mm.
    My question is if this will make a huge difference in riding or greatly disturb my bikes integrity. I am only using this for long road rides and general goofing around.

    By the way the bike is a cruiser type Merlin Newsboy frame imported as a custom and sold by Spicer bicycles. It was bought used and I really just eyeballed it that it would fit me. When I put the frame up against my '95 Trek 8700 bike the frame seemed comparable in size.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sorry no pictures right now
  • 04-27-2017
    rev106
    I don't think it will matter much. I have a lot of bikes and when I roll out on one I have not ridden in a while it feels weird, however by the time I get to the end of my street it feel normal. So one can get used to just about anything is what I'm getting at.
  • 05-20-2017
    HAGASAN
    Old 1983 Jamis I found in the trash at work and restored.








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  • 05-22-2017
    WolfgangBock
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    Yeti Cruiser
    Anybody owns one of the Yeti Zephyr or knows where one is located?
    Thx
  • 06-21-2017
    one incredible donkey
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    My Firemans Texas Cruzer. Fun bike :)

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