Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Alt Bike Culture Chopped, dropped, stretched, lifted, and otherwise cut up and put back together. The art and science of choppers, cruisers, lowriders and the vast world of mutant bicycles.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-09-09, 11:07 AM   #1
dlittledlite
Member
Thread Starter
 
dlittledlite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 35
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cruiser advice please?

I've been riding arched over for a long time, I'd like to buy a leisure bike that sits upright. A cruiser would be a nice addition to my bike collection but I don't know very much about cruiser bikes. Does anyone know where to find just the right cruiser for just the right price?

Here's some specifics:

-I don't want a heavy steel frame
-I can't afford more than 300
-I don't want a stretched frame
-I would like a 3 speed (not a derailleur setup)

Additionally, I don't know if I should stick to a certain brand (schwinn) or if other brands might be comparable. Any and all advice is appreciated.
Thanks

Last edited by dlittledlite; 05-09-09 at 04:52 PM.
dlittledlite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-09, 12:21 PM   #2
Ruthy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 50
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
http://www.beachbikes.net/

even after owning one of there bikes for a year when something went wrong they had good after sales service. Allot of there bikes are steel, but I don't know if it matters to much when it comes to cruisers.
And they have allot of really well styled bikes.
Ruthy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-09, 06:31 PM   #3
Rollfast
What happened?
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Around here somewhere
Bikes:
Posts: 3,718
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 117 Post(s)
Used or new will be fine as long as it looks and feels right to you. Nirves and Electras may be spendy for you, ditto full restorations you see on Craigslist but why not adopt an older bike?

Those are plentiful, especially women's models in my experience.

People are starting to call straight bar bikes cruisers too...generic disease. Comfort bike and beach cruiser are other terms used (have you ever seen one on a beach or tried to ride on sand)? Straight bar bikes are great of course but they aren't cruisers to me. Cruisers came from the early days when adult sales were falling and the makers turned to youth and found bikes resembling motorcycles (Harley-Davidson in particular) sold very well. You're looking at aesthetics taken to a glorious height, fun and gee whiz. The reason you went to the movies on Saturday perhaps.

I like full suspension and BMX, like most bikes in general but I want paperboys and a front basket and a coaster brake. Multi-speed bike don't use coaster brakes. full suspension and rear doesn't allow for paperboys.

Go look around at used ones first, look around here as well of course. You can find a gem now and then if you look hard enough.
Rollfast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-09, 09:45 PM   #4
StephenH
Uber Goober
 
StephenH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
Bikes:
Posts: 11,286
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
Cruisers do not necessarily sit upright- check it out before buying.

You'll notice a fair number of them with handles turned up. Problem I had with that is when your hands get sweaty and you hit the brakes, your hand can slide down the grip. Not a desirable situation.

Normally, "beach cruiser" implies no fenders, not the same as saying just "cruiser". I imagine they work fine on the beach, IF you ride on the packed sand where cars have been driving. Otherwise, it'd be like riding through peanut butter.

There have been some awfully cheap cruisers made. We bought one at Walmart for $60 or so. "Electra" seems to have a decent reputation, but keep an eye out for used ones, and you may find something well within your range.
__________________
"be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."
StephenH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-09, 03:37 PM   #5
kelvinbatista
Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 34
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
cruisers are fun, that being said im looking for one that has a decent parts list and maybe some stainless steel action to avoid any issues with rust. Any experience with the blacked out models available?
kelvinbatista is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-09, 06:52 PM   #6
geo8rge
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 2,012
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I can't afford more than 300 - Craigslist, garage sale, bikes left out with the trash, maybe ebay.

If you have or find a frame a conversion, 3sp rear wheel+handlebars+saddle, can be done for $300 I guess.
__________________
2000 Montague CX, I do not recommend it, but still ride it.
Strida 3, I recommend it for rides < 10mi wo steep hills.
2006 Rowbike 720 Sport, I recommend it as an exercise bike.
1996 Birdy, Recommend.
Wieleder CARiBIKE (folding), decent frame.
geo8rge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-09, 03:01 AM   #7
Sangetsu
Senior Member
 
Sangetsu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: 東京都
Bikes:
Posts: 544
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
If you shop around you can probably get a year-old Schwinn Alloy 3 cruiser in your price range. It is all the things you are looking for, lightweight frame, classic Schwinn cruiser styling, and a 3 speed hub. You can see pics of it at Schwinn.com.
Sangetsu is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:16 AM.