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    Questions on Installing 26" bent springer fork on a beach cruiser

    Hi, I have a 26" beach cruiser and really wanted to turn it into a lowrider that an adult could ride.

    At the moment im in the process of assessing it for a bent springer fork and was wondering if anyone knew how much of a drop the bent twisted springer fork impacts on the bike(if any) as at the moment i have 4 inches of clearance with my pedals and wanted to make sure.

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    Hoping to turn this into a lowrider with 15" - 19" ape bars, 34"- 42" sissy bar, 144 spoke wheels, bent springer twisted forks , banana seat, mirrors, twisted accessories ect
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    Has anyone converted a 26" beach cruiser into an adult size lowrider and what hurdles did you come across in your conversion?

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    I really have no advice for you on your project but I just wanted to let you know that the fact that the front fender on your beach cruiser being mounted backwards is making my OCD twitch like mad. I wouldn't be able to ride the bike knowing that the fender is on backwards. LOL

    The chrome fender stays are supposed to be behind the bike's fork and the curled lip of the fender is supposed to be at the rear bottom of the wheel, not at the top front.

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    yeah, unless that's some new style trend your front fender is backward.

    do you know anyone with a bent springer on their bike? i'd borrow it for a quick ride to see if you really want one. i prefer a regular springer myself.

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    Yeah the fender is backwards , just bought it off eBay off a noob builder and gunna rebuild, so gotta move it

    So now in all seriousness, say I purchased these "bent twisted front springer forks" and installed them correctly(lol) does anyone know the angles of these forks and if they drop the bike lower and by how much.

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    image.jpg There your OCD has been controlled. Still have to retube the rear tyre as you can barely see the valve, and sounds like there's a washer or something somewhere inside the frame .. But that can be resolved when I'm rebuilding it

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    I'm doing this very same thing. I went with 24" wheels but haven't found a good set of bent springer forks as of yet. I'm thinking I'll also need to go with a smaller crank to minimize petal strikes.
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    Its not worth it. No matter what you do the bike will be so uncomfortable to ride you will start to hate it right away, if you're lucky it will become nothing more than a show bike. Oh, and you will never...EVER! get back what you put into it. So my advice is don't do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikebikes View Post
    Its not worth it. No matter what you do the bike will be so uncomfortable to ride you will start to hate it right away, if you're lucky it will become nothing more than a show bike. Oh, and you will never...EVER! get back what you put into it. So my advice is don't do it.
    You sound like you have seen it first hand. What happens when you try riding a bike that has a fork like that? What does it do to the ride? I'm curious. I personally would never do such a thing (low rider show bikes) but always wondered about the ride after the massively altered geometry.
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    I've built a few and regretted building them, its like trying to ride your 7 year old sisters bike.
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    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikebikes View Post
    Its not worth it. No matter what you do the bike will be so uncomfortable to ride you will start to hate it right away, if you're lucky it will become nothing more than a show bike. Oh, and you will never...EVER! get back what you put into it. So my advice is don't do it.
    pretty much how i feel about them. that's why i said try to find someone with one on their bike you can try. i know they're popular with people who want to try for some kind of custom look, but i really do think for a practical bike you'll want a regular springer.

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    Thanks for the info guys. I have a springer front end on the bike right now, but was looking for a way to lower it for my grandson to ride. I did put 24" wheels on but it sounds like I should just leave it alone and just let him grow into it.
    Life is good O^o

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    Update, I put the bent twisted springer forks on the front and it HAS dropped the height of the bike, as going around corners my pedals now scrape. my current cranks are 7" so im looking to go smaller on those by an inch or two.

    To iLikeBikes this build is a childhood recreation, so i dont see myself regretting bringing back my early childhood of riding the neighbourhood on bicycles with ape hanger handlebars, banana seats and sissy bars, with basketball cards stuck to the rear frame with clothes pegs to give the feeling it had an engine.

    in conclusion its actually a cool ride besides the strong head winds i incur, so a change in the gearing ratios is also in order. cranks require changing to prevent pedals scraping on road when turning corners.






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