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  1. #401
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    My latest offer to the cruiser/mtb world. Made from a Genuine Bicycle Products BMX cruiser frame and old mountain bike bits.
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    I have seemed to have lost my source for the bottom bracket change over shafts
    for the old bikes to the newer crank sets , where are you guys getting your shafts???

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    Quote Originally Posted by weebob View Post
    I have seemed to have lost my source for the bottom bracket change over shafts
    for the old bikes to the newer crank sets , where are you guys getting your shafts???
    I've gotten this Truvative one before... I think you can find it cheaper if you search around.

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    Weebob might be thinking of these: Pyramid M x 3 Piece Bottom Bracket Set Conversion Kit: Amazon.com: Sports & Outdoors.

    I think the truvative option is much better. You can get them for around $18 plus shipping.

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    [QUOTE=Oldfatbaldguy;9502414]Weebob might be thinking of these:


    We used to be able to buy just the shaft, and use our bearings, cups and right and left handed threaded races,guess you have to buy the whole kit now??

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    A couple of my bikes

    These are from the very early eighties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingcloud View Post
    These are from the very early eighties.
    I really like the brown '62 Typhoon.
    Do you still have these bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    I really like the brown '62 Typhoon.
    Do you still have these bikes?
    No, these bikes are looooong gone!

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    AMF Texas Ranger - Unknown year... I'm guessing 70'ish...

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    A friend of mine bought it for his sister and asked me get her back running again (the bike).

    Was able to fit in tires, chain, pedals, freewheel, brake pads, cables and housing for about $85. Not exactly a vintage restoration. But, I think it's a nice looking bike.

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    Wow, my Mom and Dad had the his and hers version of the AMF. They looked just like that. We had lots of family bike rides around the neighborhood on those.
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    That bash guard looks trials ready.....
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    1982 SoCal Klunker / Cruiser

    Thanks for taking a moment to check out my bike!

    Finally done!!! This has been by far the slowest build ever in my 25+ years of turning out bikes!

    This is a 5th anniversary special edition 1982 Diamond Back California Klunker; I found it wasted, rusted, and in need of rescuing.

    Once I tore it down and tossed out everything except the frame, fork, original handlebars, original Dia-Compe levers, and original grips it was ready for sandblasting and powder coating. The powder coat color is Wet Black, I really wanted it to shine like it did back on '82. Originally I was sticking to a purist build with only period correct parts but I started to realize that I was very limited on part options from a performance standpoint. That bothered me because I fully intend to use this bike and I want it to perform well on the trail. So, I had to get creative and blend new with old. . . I definitely did not want it to look like any of the garbage from China that I see everywhere today!

    1982
    Diamond Back 5th Anniversary Special Edition California Klunker
    FRAME -- Tange CrMo
    FORK -- Tange CrMo
    HEADSET -- NOS Tioga Bear Trap
    REAR DERAILLEUR -- NOS Shimano 7 speed drop out mount
    HUBS - Shimano Deore DX
    RIMS -- Ritchey Vantage Comp
    TIRES -- 2.1 Kenda Nevagel (unhappy, going to change)
    BRAKES -- Suntour Roller Cam with Tektro center plate mount
    BRAKE LEVERS -- Original stock -- Dia-Compe MotoX
    CRANK -- GT one-piece 180mm
    PEDALS -- Primo magnesium platforms
    SHIFTER - Shimano Deore XT thumb shifter
    HANDLEBAR -- Original stock
    FREEWHEEL - AJ-AM 7 cassette (11-30)
    STEM -- NOS GT BMX 4 bolt
    SEAT POST -- Diamond Back Tange CrMo (Tioga made, Japan) with Odyssey Pozi-Stop
    SEAT - SDG USA "Big Boy"
    GRIPS -- Original stock - A'ME BMX
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    I like the roller cams. maybe thats an optical illusion, but the forks look bent backwards?

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    Eyes playin' tricks!

    Hey Scant,

    Thanks for the reply! The forks are deceiving, I thought the same when I saw that photo for the first time. It almost made me sick after I'd just had the fork powder coated! I went so far as to have the mechanic at my LBS measure the rake and angle to the head tube and thankfully there is nothing bent or out of whack! +2 point for noticing and pointing it out, thanks!

    I love roller cam brakes! I think they are the best looking design and since I was originally trying for a classic Klunker build, I really wanted to make them work. Especially from a performance standpoint, the original lousy side pull BMX caliper setup was never going to work for me. I wanted stopping power but I didn't want to go the drum brake route. The Tektro mounting plate with the brake bosses for roller cams was the best discovery... I was so stoked!!! I think they were $10.00 each and totally saved the day, my roller cams were going to see life again after the pair had been dead in the parts bin for years!

    Thanks again!
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    Not worth a new thread, but...

    I ran into Alan Bonds this morning. He was doing a shakedown ride on his latest build, a klunker with 650B wheels. I'm showing my 29er wheel with his for comparison.

    Original right-hand-only thumbhifter from about 1979.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    Not worth a new thread, but...

    I ran into Alan Bonds this morning. He was doing a shakedown ride on his latest build, a klunker with 650B wheels. I'm showing my 29er wheel with his for comparison.

    Original right-hand-only thumbhifter from about 1979.
    Nice pics CK, here's a page we have started for the build - would be great if you could send me copies of those shots you took to add to the site.
    ...strictly downhill...

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    that is thinking outside the box. the reason these guys are the rock stars they are!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neo_pop_71 View Post
    The Tektro mounting plate with the brake bosses for roller cams was the best discovery...
    Thanks again!
    That's a pretty cool braking option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veloculture View Post
    it's un-restored and far more mtn bike than cruiser but here is my 1985 Cook.

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    love that bike!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Steel View Post
    That's a pretty cool braking option.
    Thanks Joe!

    I sure thought it was a great find! Beats the heck outta' those old school side pull BMX brakes and gives the option of a Roller Cam brake, a U-brake, or and Odyssey 1st generation Pit Bull brake. All options are certainly a usable option for a trail worthy klunker.

    I have to say this given Tektro/Origin8 product history, if you like what you see, even if you think you might have a need in the future, buy them as soon as possible. They have a bad pay of disco'ing product and that's it... too bad, so sad!

    Anyway, thanks for the good word!

    -D-

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    Quote Originally Posted by neo_pop_71 View Post
    I have to say this given Tektro/Origin8 product history, if you like what you see, even if you think you might have a need in the future, buy them as soon as possible. They have a bad pay of disco'ing product and that's it... too bad, so sad!

    -D-
    Too late.

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    DAMN ! ! !

    You're breaking my heart Boy Named SSue... I can't believe that, already?!!! I'd better start combing the various sites to see if anyone has some backstock available. Thanks for the heads up, I had no idea, it hasn't been that long since I ordered the pair I used on my klunker!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neo_pop_71 View Post
    DAMN ! ! !

    You're breaking my heart Boy Named SSue... I can't believe that, already?!!! I'd better start combing the various sites to see if anyone has some backstock available. Thanks for the heads up, I had no idea, it hasn't been that long since I ordered the pair I used on my klunker!
    I just checked about ten sites and struck out myself. Let me know if you find them.

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    Found some!!!

    Good morning Boy named SSue,

    Man, what an ordeal trying to find these! Thankfully I was able to find some, I had to call my old buddy who is a BMX guru. "Oh, just hit up Dan's Comp, they'll have 'em for sure." I did and they do! Here's the link:

    990 Brake Plate at Danscomp

    Best regards,

    -DON-
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    Hmmmm
    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    Hmm is right. What's going on out back?
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Does this count?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    Hmm is right. What's going on out back?
    Dogs are wanting to go into the house where is 25* warmer
    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banks View Post
    Dogs are wanting to go into the house where is 25* warmer
    LOL I meant on the bike. Brakes?
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    There are some sweet cruisers showcased in this tread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    I picked up a couple NOS Schwinn/Ashtabula stems for my klunkers above. Interestingly, they came with silver bolts instead of black, but the seller threw in some black handlebar clamp bolts he happened to have.

    I think I'll just shoot some paint on the long wedge bolts...

    They say this version is supposed to be stronger than the regular Ashtabula ones because of the gusset.



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    Need to find one of those stems for my ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by propguy View Post
    Need to find one of those stems for my ride!
    Nice! Original paint too?
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    Here's my 29er-ized Dyno Moto Glide cruiser, coaster brake plus front disc.




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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    Nice! Original paint too?
    Yes, original Meade Brown & Ivory. Has the original "Louisville Cycle & Supply Co." decal, just no headbadge Will have to get a prewar Excelsior badge one of these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by propguy View Post
    Yes, original Meade Brown & Ivory. Has the original "Louisville Cycle & Supply Co." decal, just no headbadge Will have to get a prewar Excelsior badge one of these days.
    So that's probably an American Flyer -- no?

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    Yes...
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    Trek

    It may not be VRC but it is Classic, Trek Cruiser Classic







    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishcreek View Post
    It may not be VRC but it is Classic, Trek Cruiser Classic







    That's a fine lookin bicycle right there. I dig it.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Thanks Jeff, the bike is still undergoing few changes. I plan on running front brakes. I am split between Shimano roller brake or SA drum brake. I need some input from few members on which is better.
    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    This is all i have


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    My La Salle-badged Schwinn with a Shimano Nexus 7-speed coaster-brake hub.



    Schwinn La Salle-badged frame/truss rod fork. Frame modded with cable guides TIG welded under bottom tube.
    Schwinn late-60's stem
    Wald cruiser bars
    Schwinn late 60's headset
    Oury lock-on grips
    Brooks Flyer Special saddle
    Modded Schwinn late 70-s seat post
    Repop Schwinn Westwind tires
    Shimano Nexus 7-speed internal gear hub, coaster brake and trigger shift
    Aluminum singlewall rims, painted to match the frameset colors
    Tied/soldered spokes
    Azonic downhill cranks/BB
    Shimano DX new generation pedals
    Aluminum kickstand

    About 38-40 pounds of smoothness.

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    Nice mix of the old and new!

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    Went for a ride on my cruiser today. I've been riding this frame (my favorite bike) since about 1990 when my previous Schwinn Bomber frame was used-up, bent and annealed beyond recognition.
    To answer the question...
    "If you ride a single speed and nobody sees, is it still cool?"
    The answer would be ...YES! Definitely.
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    This is a cruiser my buddy built around 30 years ago. It is as he built it except the tires were changed some years ago. From time to time i am tempted to break it down to use some of the parts on other projects but have resisted so far.
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    i love the atom brakes!

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    A contribution to my favorite thread. Finally got myself a...Camera. Just had this one redone over the summer with a fresh powder coat to replace the crappy one on it when I bought it. I've actually have had this frame for ten years or so. I wasn't really sure what I was going to do with it but I found a cheap wheel set at a swap and decided to get her built up. I chose the color to go with the hubs and built it with a bunch of parts I had around. I only had to buy the bars, wheel set, and chain. I've been enjoying the hell out of it.

    I've talked to Paul about the frame and he knew it immediately. He says it was built around '91 or '92 for a shop rat (his words) who then sold it to the guy who I bought it from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boy named SSue View Post
    A contribution to my favorite thread. Finally got myself a...Camera. Just had this one redone over the summer with a fresh powder coat to replace the crappy one on it when I bought it. I've actually have had this frame for ten years or so. I wasn't really sure what I was going to do with it but I found a cheap wheel set at a swap and decided to get her built up. I chose the color to go with the hubs and built it with a bunch of parts I had around. I only had to buy the bars, wheel set, and chain. I've been enjoying the hell out of it.

    I've talked to Paul about the frame and he knew it immediately. He says it was built around '91 or '92 for a shop rat (his words) who then sold it to the guy who I bought it from.
    That is a fun lookin bike
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister View Post
    That is a fun lookin bike
    Thanks, I've been enjoying it a lot. Much better photos here.

    P1010627 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    And yes, I need to fix the cranks, the spider wasn't bolted from the back and rotated.

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