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    source for cruiser wheels

    so it's not exactly mtbing but it is single speeding and fat tires. who has a good source for inexpensive but good quality cruiser wheels with a coaster brake? i'm getting an old, 40's-50's firestone super cruiser frame and springer fork soon and want to make it nice without breaking the bank.

    there are still a couple places to check around here but just gathering info.

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    Heres one...

    link to try.

    http://www.imagebikes.com/29076/29103.html

    http://www.oldroads.com/index.html

    I'm pretty sure most LBS's can order what ever you want pretty cheaply. I bought my new cruiser rear wheel off eBay for $20.

    There is a shop here in Ohio that sells every part you need to totally rebuild the 50's style cruisers. If I can find the link I'll PM it to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moschika
    so it's not exactly mtbing but it is single speeding and fat tires. who has a good source for inexpensive but good quality cruiser wheels with a coaster brake? i'm getting an old, 40's-50's firestone super cruiser frame and springer fork soon and want to make it nice without breaking the bank.

    there are still a couple places to check around here but just gathering info.
    Last edited by MellowCat; 10-09-2004 at 11:49 AM. Reason: add another link

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    thanks for the links. hadn't seen image bikes before. looks like i might be able to put this together cheaper then i thought. that's always good news.

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    Sounds like a cool project!

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    couple three

    Memory Lane in OH has parts & OEM decals.

    http://www.memorylane-classics.com/

    also try Gary at Team Bicycles in Huntington Beach, CA (SoCal) He has a vintage bike shop next door to the "regular" shop. He has since taken over running day to day Ops at Phat Cycles, so he's only around on weekends. TONS of cool old parts and rumor has it he will closing the shop to spend more time at home. Call him at either place.

    http://www.phatcycles.com/class.html?id=wheelsets

    also watch for bike swap meets. I don't know if you have them up north but they're about once a month down here, with a mix of bike & moto parts.

    http://www.toppingevents.com/NewSite...s/LBCycle1.htm


    good luck - sounds fun!
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    good hubs are key

    The worst part about new cruiser wheels is crappy hub selection. Shitmano coaster brake hubs are a joke (can have nasty delay in actuation) compared to the old New Departure Model 70, or Bendix Redband (single and kickback). I like buying old hubs on eBay, restoring them and then lacing them onto new manufacture steel 36h cruiser rims that I get for $15 a pop at http://www.mapleislandsales.com It's relatively inexpensive and works well even for a clyde like me who likes to stand on the pedals whatever I'm riding.

    If the eBay hassle is too much, hit yard sales because you never know what you'll find on a POS frame. A restored 2speed kickback hub can get a little spendy on eBay, but attached to that $5 yard sale special, it can be a great find. READ THOSE BRAKE ARMS.

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    Hey J.D.

    Know anybody that wants a 2 speed kickback hub unrestored? I might have one available...

    MC

    Quote Originally Posted by J.D.
    The worst part about new cruiser wheels is crappy hub selection. Shitmano coaster brake hubs are a joke (can have nasty delay in actuation) compared to the old New Departure Model 70, or Bendix Redband (single and kickback). I like buying old hubs on eBay, restoring them and then lacing them onto new manufacture steel 36h cruiser rims that I get for $15 a pop at http://www.mapleislandsales.com It's relatively inexpensive and works well even for a clyde like me who likes to stand on the pedals whatever I'm riding.

    If the eBay hassle is too much, hit yard sales because you never know what you'll find on a POS frame. A restored 2speed kickback hub can get a little spendy on eBay, but attached to that $5 yard sale special, it can be a great find. READ THOSE BRAKE ARMS.

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    I would check with LBS, eBay, and/or local thrift stores etc. Look for New Departure or Bendix for sure. You can always buy one laced up in a wheel and cut it out. Just make sure you get one with compatible number of spokes. Rebuilding the hubs are simple (aka repacking) - internals rarely wear out, except for the bearings. I would use an aluminum rim - WTB or Mavic or ? and stainless straight gauge spokes - you'll have a good selection of tires that way and the rims and spokes won't rust. Watch out for the Schwinn S-2 rims, as they take a different size tire. Another cool alternative is old steel rims (if you can find straight ones), sandblasted and powdercoated to match the frame.

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