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    We the people ... The Cruiser Thread

    Hi All
    I did a search on cruisers & unless I missed it there doesnt appear to be another thread? (not with all cruisers in 1 place at least?)
    So folks post up pics of your pride & joy cruisers, theres just something cool about them ... pre yeti yetis, yeti sherpas, merlin newsboys, modern day retrotecs, the classic merlin newsboys, cook bros, lets see em folks

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    someone in this forum has a b!tchin Cook Bros Klunker. i'd love to see that again.

    he's what i can share:

    my Motocruiser #1

    <img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/sweetheart/M1.jpg">

    this Powerlite was going to be a Klunker but i sold it to a buddy recently

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    here is my 24" dual slolom Parkpre raced by Kiyomi Waller

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    one day i'd like to get a King Sting

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    I'm loving that parkpre

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    Speaking of Cook Bros.

    They have some nice galleries of cruisers.

    Old cruisers: http://www.cookbros.com/Old-cruiser-gallery.html
    New: http://www.cookbros.com/New-cruiser-gallery.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by tl1
    it's un-restored and far more mtn bike than cruiser but here is my 1985 Cook.

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    Click here for pics of mine

    1978-1982 Cook Bros Cruiser Racer Version Frame and fork
    CBR cruiser handlebars 1 of 2 known made
    CBR hubs
    Tange 125 lp headset
    tuf-nek stem
    dia-comp hinged seat clamp
    dia-comp 901 f+r brakes
    dia-comp tech 5 levers
    redline 400 crankset (till I find some silver dogbones to go with my cbr bottombracket)
    shimano original bmx dx pedals
    These parts I had to go modern. I wan to ride this bike not display it
    Primo 22.2 chrome seatpost with integrated guts.
    Campagnolo contax rims
    dt db spokes
    avocet mens o2 ti seat

    1996 Kona toolongaicantrememberita apu or somthing like that frame,fork,bars,stem
    suntour xc pro gg headset
    kona light beam seatpost
    avener double sprung gel cushy seat
    campy cenatur brake levers
    campy record or cantilerss with euclid cable cariers
    nexus 7sp internal hub db lased to campy contax rim
    nukeproof carbon mini hub db laced to campy contax rim
    avocet city kevlar 1.95 slicks
    oe crank (I have a profile 175 chrome crank to put on but need the euro cups)
    1st get deore xt fat pedals
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    1920`s Colson Flyer clunker.Mine
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    Both from the 29er forum
    This is what I think when you say cruiser.
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    '78 Schwinn Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by scant
    Hi All
    I did a search on cruisers & unless I missed it there doesnt appear to be another thread? (not with all cruisers in 1 place at least?)
    So folks post up pics of your pride & joy cruisers, theres just something cool about them ... pre yeti yetis, yeti sherpas, merlin newsboys, modern day retrotecs, the classic merlin newsboys, cook bros, lets see em folks
    My cruiser "evolved" from a 5 speed cruiser to single speed retro MTB that I've raced a couple of times last year. Built mainly with old parts around the garage and scavenging parts of my other bikes, this has become my primary ride over my Blur and Cannondale 1FG. Even though it's lost about 15 lbs from its original form by swapping out practically everything but the frame, it's still heavy and slow but sooo much fun to ride.
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    Here is one from my garage

    If I get around to it I'll try to pull some more out and shoot photos of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1FG rider
    My cruiser "evolved" from a 5 speed cruiser to single speed retro MTB that I've raced a couple of times last year. Built mainly with old parts around the garage and scavenging parts of my other bikes, this has become my primary ride over my Blur and Cannondale 1FG. Even though it's lost about 15 lbs from its original form by swapping out practically everything but the frame, it's still heavy and slow but sooo much fun to ride.
    That looks great, I love it. Would you by chance be interested in selling the old rear wheel? Ive got a project desperately awaiting something like that. PM me if so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob M.
    If I get around to it I'll try to pull some more out and shoot photos of them.
    Rob

    Another beauty. I need to get crackin on my cruiser project.

    Heres a similar thread:

    Lets see some "Clunkers".
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    Cook Bros Cruiser

    Yea I really wanted to pull this one off the rack to take some fresh new pics but with all this rain I may have to pull down the canoe instead
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    Quote Originally Posted by crconsulting
    Yea I really wanted to pull this one off the rack to take some fresh new pics but with all this rain I may have to pull down the canoe instead
    i'm so jelous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veloculture
    i'm so jelous!
    You want a canoe?

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    my bad, I didnt see the clunker thread.

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    you've all seen mine,but here you go.................


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    Quote Originally Posted by Veloculture
    i'm so jelous!

    That's because you havent tried to ride this thing up the hills around here

    I've had this beast for 26 years!!!

    Bought it from the Koski's at the Cove. Now theres a blast from the past

    It had a Stronglight-Galli headset originally, I'll have to post some pictures of that thing.

    It basically used tapered roller bearings back in the 60's I think, I've never seen another one like it.

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    Ooooh, cruisers AND Klunkers, I love it. Particularly enjoy all the "twinbar" variations.
    I'll post my mid 40s cruiser/klunker as soon as I can get some pics.
    Anyone know anything about this ti bike from Howley's recent treasure trove?....

    http://www.cycleidaho.com/download/p...TiPaperBoy.jpg

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    Cool-blue Rhythm Great cruisers guys...

    makes me want to finish my retro cruiser...guess I'm considered a newbie once again after being away from bikes for a number of years;now the bug has caught me again. While I'm saving up my dinero for a new SS 29er (any suggestions?), I've got a '35 Elgin frame that's being powdercoated, and I want to convert into a moutain cruiser. Any suggestion on the build? What forks, headset,crank,wheelset to use? Not top of line stuff,but quality rebuild parts; can't spend all my money. Ebay route? Thanks for the advice, glad I'm back biking again.

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    Hey there CJ, the "Bike Bug" may lie dormant but I don't think it can ever be cured.
    What kind of frame is your Elgin, 26" wheel or 28" (like th Colson pictured in the thread).
    Can you build your own wheels? If so that would allow you to use quality BMX hubs with MTB rims if you wanted to do a modern build "resto-rod" without messing with the rear spacing. Do you plan to go single-speed or geared? Really the interpretation of a cruiser or klunker is wide open as you can see from the variety of stuff in this thread. Just have fun with it and if it makes you smile others will probably dig on it too.

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    You're right cyclodan, it was only dormant! I'm planning on keeping it fairly simple, setup as a singlespeed, but like you suggest, with quality wheels. I've seen some decent cruisers setup with Mavic rims and yep, BMX hubs...thinks that's the way to go. It's the Elgin with 26"s. Never built up wheels before, but would be willing to try...worse comes to worse I could get the parts and have the LBS finish it. Any particular hubs of better quality? Any advice on the front end? Standard forks or rigid chromoly? Can a threadless headset be used with mtb bars instead of quill type/threaded forks? I'm a learning alot with all these threads....it maybe an obsession or addiction now, because I just got another frame to build, a Gamble's Hiawatha in really great shape.Geez, thanks for the input

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    Cruiser

    Here is my MCS Magna Cruise. Sorry about the lighting. This is my wanna be Cook Bros.
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    Here are mine:

    1952 Schwinn Resto project
    1962 Schwinn

    I ride the '62 a ton. The rack on the back is for the one wheeled Burley tandem trailer thing I haul my son on.
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    Schwinn Spitfire 1955, Marzocchi Shocks, V-brakes, 180mm 1-piece BMX cranks, BMX sealed bottom bracket.

    oh, yeah ...

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    Here's a thread with some classic cruisers

    I posted some with classic cruisers restored by a guy I know.
    I've got my own '58 AMF Luxury Liner, but no good pics right now.
    Lots of pic of lots of bikes

    Just a couple from that thread:
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    I lOVE the cruisers

    At my house, this is what you get when you mention a cruiser...

    An old 'pre-war' skip-tooth Schwinn Excelsior. This thing looks pretty rugged. I think it was painted with a brush sometime before 1950
    I plan to keep it just like it is. I've gone through the bearings and hubs 'n such. I had to replace the chain (with NOS) as the side plates were cracked and would break on occassion. I also replaced the tires as they ended up splitting. I recovered the seat myself. Now it is completely ridable and such a blast to cruise down town for a cup of coffee.

    <img src="http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c374/63woods/Cruisers/Excelsior2.jpg" alt="Image hosted by Photobucket.com">

    Next, I have this 70's - 80s Schwinn cruiser that I've 'pimped'. It started out looking like this:
    <img src="http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c374/63woods/Cruisers/Sch_CruiserBF3.jpg" alt="Image hosted by Photobucket.com">

    I know, some would probably left well enough alone. However, I wanted to pimp 'er out. So, I threw on a springer front end, bigger bars, leather grips, a Brooks springy saddle (the old seat was broken) and replaced the cracked tires with some blackwalls.

    Here's how it looked until last week when I tore it down to send to the powder coater. (The existing paint was a home spray job by the previous owner).

    <img src="http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c374/63woods/Cruisers/Sch_Cruiser_Aft_4.jpg" alt="Image hosted by Photobucket.com">

    I'll post a pic again after she comes back from the powder shop. She'll be a dark metal flake green. Should be fun.

    Cheers~
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    Cruisers

    They look like good clunker candidates to me.

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    i dig the excelsior! i wouldn't mind picking that up from you if you ever decided to sell.
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    http://www.ssfta.com/vintage-race.html

    Anybody selling a Cook Bros. mtn stem? How about a blue Chris King Theaded headset?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vdubbusrider
    i dig the excelsior! i wouldn't mind picking that up from you if you ever decided to sell.
    What happened to veloculture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwr
    What happened to veloculture?
    whoops. i logged onto the wrong account. it's early for me. thats my excuse.
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    Anybody selling a Cook Bros. mtn stem? How about a blue Chris King Theaded headset?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vdubbusrider
    whoops. i logged onto the wrong account. it's early for me. thats my excuse.
    there we go. i'm back.

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    Late to the party, but here's my krusty kruzer...




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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclodan
    Late to the party, but here's my krusty kruzer...

    That is a damn cool fork. What the hell is it? Could we get a couple of detail shots?

    Thanks

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    Primitive leading link type fork. Probably began life as something like this. Murray or Wester Flyer X-53 or maybe a Murray Fliteline

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    I'm waaay late on this and reviving a dead thread, as it were.
    Here's my frankenbike coffee cruiser build;

    Project "RatRod;"





    Here's the URL for the write, details of the progress and more pics;

    Proflex project RATROD in progress!

    It's somewhat confusing as to where one would post bikes like this. I've seen cruisers in the 29er and 96er/69er forums. {Where I posted my thread on this bike??!??!?!?!??!?}}

    As you will see in the other thread, I've still some work to do on 'er, but I'll keep those interested up to date.
    G.

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    Cruiser?

    How's this for a Cruiser?

    It's a 6 Speeder...

    FATMIKEYNYC

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    This is my complete Cook Bros. Cruiser. It has Cook Frame and Uni-Clamp Forks,Bars,Cook Laid Back Seat Post,Dog Bone Cranks with a Cook Spyder,Bottom Bracket,Cook Pedals and also Hubs. No, it is not an optical illusion, it also uses a 26" front and a 24" rear wheel.

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    Black Sheep Dream Bike Design
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    No f'n way! Didn't you have a spacing problem? That is cool.
    Wanted:Nothing. I have too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moosegoosenick


    This is my complete Cook Bros. Cruiser. It has Cook Frame and Uni-Clamp Forks,Bars,Cook Laid Back Seat Post,Dog Bone Cranks with a Cook Spyder,Bottom Bracket,Cook Pedals and also Hubs. No, it is not an optical illusion, it also uses a 26" front and a 24" rear wheel.
    Some cool rides in here!
    Dude! where can I obtain that seatpost?
    G.

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    G,
    those posts are going for anywhere between $150-$300 on evilbay.

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    Nashbar Flashback...


    Joe Breeze...


    Diamondback Voyager III...

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    Old 70's/80's DBS 12-speed race/touring-bike converted to a single speed coaster brake coffee-shop racer. Rides like a dream
    "When I quit my 'real' job and went to work at Mountain Bike, my old boss told me I'd just ruined my career. I can't think of a better way to destroy oneself than on a mountain bike." -Dan Koeppel

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    heres my 59 Columbia. King HS, Ti-Dye front spokes, Bullseye cranks, XC Compe pedals, the best bar bike ever..
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    my rather un-stock giant simple 7
    chromed shivers
    powder coated hayes
    carbon race face post
    7 speed road bike suicide shifter




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    Well here are my contributions...top is a pre-war Schwinn DX with Monarch (I think) dual spring fork, Sturmey Archer front drum brake and red band two speed kickback. I may bechanging out the two speed for a Sturmey 3-speed w/drum...


    Bottom is a 81 BCA BMX inspired MTB w/26" drum brakes front and rear and 3-speed.
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    raceface turbine crankset just sneaking in there I like the old & new mix

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott_in_Jersey
    Diamondback Voyager III...
    I missed this first time around. was that a production frame? I like it

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    heres mine. I've been told its around 1955 schwinn fleet. currently still in vancouver, due on UK shores sometime this summer (if we ever have a UK summer?!)


    I acquired it shortly after seeing the "coffee cruiser" thread. really impressed by that build intionally I was going to do the full restore. now I'm going to see what condition its really in, clean it up, maybe fit a few modern parts depending on what, if anything needs replacing. I've been told its still rideable

    curious to see the forks.. they kinda scare me

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    eeeneey (1936 Schwinn C model bomber)



    meeneey (1997 Breezer Iggy)



    mineey (1938 Schwinn with some mods)



    hey MOE (1986 Mongoose AT Pro)

    ...strictly downhill...

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