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Old 10-30-16, 01:21 AM   #626
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Can anyone tell me brand, model, and or manufactuerer?

I have enjoyed rescuing....restoring...and riding this unique soft tail single speed cruiser over here in the desert...I may ship it back to the states and let it retire at my dad's condo in panama city flo.....after all its a combat veteran....
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Old 10-30-16, 06:27 AM   #627
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Took a spin around the neighborhood yesterday. I'm really enjoying the simplicity and quick rides.
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Old 11-02-16, 07:44 AM   #628
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rack help needed

I am looking for a front rack like the one in post #238. Any assistance is appreciated. Here's a pic http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment...1&d=1397077412

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Old 11-15-16, 03:13 AM   #629
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Hey guys, this is my first post on here. I thought I would share the Giant Suede I have built up for my wife as a hybrid Mountain bike / cruiser... The idea was to give her something for when we go camping, that had the look and feel of her normal cruiser with better gearing for hills, a functional suspension fork, tyres that could handle fire roads and a mostly alloy build to minimise rust potential.

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Old 11-16-16, 09:15 AM   #630
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What kind of fork is that?
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Old 11-19-16, 02:43 PM   #631
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Just picked up a new Firmstrong Urban Man off of Amazon. It's a very nice cruiser, especially for the price.
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Old 11-20-16, 05:26 AM   #632
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What kind of fork is that?
It's a Rockshox Toro, a decent quality entry level mtb fork, because the Suede uses a mountain bike size 1 1/8 steerer instead of the usual 1", I was able to get the threaded steerer top cut off the factory fork and welded onto the Toro so I could keep the factory quill stem...putting a threadless stem on would have looked out of plce IMO...
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I need a cruiser now.
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I need a cruiser now.
I've been looking at the Kent LaJolla (LaHOYa) at Wallyworld.
Pros: fairly decent aluminum frame, nice welds, fairly high bottom bracket, good steering geometry, European bottom bracket, KT coaster brake hub.
Cons: crap headset, crappy bottom bracket bearings and cups, crappy steel front hub, steel cranks.

This I can work with. I'd probably ride it as is and then eventually throw a fixie crank and bottom bracket into it.
Then I would probably upgrade the front hub to something sealed bearing. I've got a White Industries front hub that would work. Upgrade the seatpost when the right size came up on the List of Craig, maybe seat too.
Headset would be a mail order item.
Eventually I'd change the bars and neck. Craigslist item.
So pretty much another hundred dollars or so to make it decent.
Kent LaJolla at Walmart
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Old 11-20-16, 08:52 PM   #635
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Just picked up a new Firmstrong Urban Man off of Amazon. It's a very nice cruiser, especially for the price.
Solid cruiser for 2 bills, had one before.
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Solid cruiser for 2 bills, had one before.
I actually got it for $135 shipped. I had in in my cart on Amazon and it kept dropping. The matte black one actually got down to $125 and change shipped. I tried to get them to price match the $10 difference that I paid a day earlier but apparently they changed their price matching policy and it had already shipped. No biggie, I'm very happy with it.
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I actually got it for $135 shipped. I had in in my cart on Amazon and it kept dropping. The matte black one actually got down to $125 and change shipped. I tried to get them to price match the $10 difference that I paid a day earlier but apparently they changed their price matching policy and it had already shipped. No biggie, I'm very happy with it.
Nice! I was thinking that 200+ was too much for what there was, but 135 is a great deal.
The colors they offer is outstanding as well
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I've been looking at the Kent LaJolla (LaHOYa) at Wallyworld.
Pros: fairly decent aluminum frame, nice welds, fairly high bottom bracket, good steering geometry, European bottom bracket, KT coaster brake hub.
Cons: crap headset, crappy bottom bracket bearings and cups, crappy steel front hub, steel cranks.

This I can work with. I'd probably ride it as is and then eventually throw a fixie crank and bottom bracket into it.
Then I would probably upgrade the front hub to something sealed bearing. I've got a White Industries front hub that would work. Upgrade the seatpost when the right size came up on the List of Craig, maybe seat too.
Headset would be a mail order item.
Eventually I'd change the bars and neck. Craigslist item.
So pretty much another hundred dollars or so to make it decent.
Kent LaJolla at Walmart

For another 20ish bucks I'd swap out that KT with a Shimano CBE110.
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Old 11-21-16, 09:50 AM   #639
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For another 20ish bucks I'd swap out that KT with a Shimano CBE110.


also if you already intend to play with it I'd grab one used. I have similar plans for mine (though at this point all I've done is add some alloy bars), but since I knew it wouldn't stay stock (and I'm a cheap skate), I waited 'til I found one at a flea market.
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Old 11-21-16, 12:01 PM   #640
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Ive been searching my next cruiser for 6 months now. I was going to get the giant single but I decided to get the firmstrong urban 3 speed. Im playing with the customize tool now lol. Im probably going to go with the Orange with Chrome fenders....Should have it for xmas lol..
Its going to be around 315.00 direct from firmstrong. Thats 15 bucks cheaper than the giant single simple....

Im glad others have purchased them with a good experience...
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Old 11-21-16, 12:10 PM   #641
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Ive been searching my next cruiser for 6 months now. I was going to get the giant single but I decided to get the firmstrong urban 3 speed. Im playing with the customize tool now lol. Im probably going to go with the Orange with Chrome fenders....Should have it for xmas lol..
Its going to be around 315.00 direct from firmstrong. Thats 15 bucks cheaper than the giant single simple....

Im glad others have purchased them with a good experience...
Check out kohls.com if you have one close to you. May find a better price.
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Old 11-21-16, 12:13 PM   #642
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Will do tks...
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I said "if you have one near you" thinking that you might get free shipping to the store. But check the site anyway, they may be running a shipping promo for the holidays. Good luck.
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There is one near me. Ill take a look... Im going to contact firmstrong to see how much freight would be. Im looking forward to it....lol...Cause I wont be riding any time soon lol

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For another 20ish bucks I'd swap out that KT with a Shimano CBE110.
Was digging through the parts bin in the garage and ran across a Sturmey Archer SC Coaster Brake ('71) That I clipped out of a ruined wheel a few years back, was considering it, but the Shimano CBE110 would be a good choice as well.
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Dr Frankenstein I presume?


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Hey guys, this is my first post on here. I thought I would share the Giant Suede I have built up for my wife as a hybrid Mountain bike / cruiser... The idea was to give her something for when we go camping, that had the look and feel of her normal cruiser with better gearing for hills, a functional suspension fork, tyres that could handle fire roads and a mostly alloy build to minimise rust potential.

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It's a Rockshox Toro, a decent quality entry level mtb fork, because the Suede uses a mountain bike size 1 1/8 steerer instead of the usual 1", I was able to get the threaded steerer top cut off the factory fork and welded onto the Toro so I could keep the factory quill stem...putting a threadless stem on would have looked out of plce IMO...
As the Brits would say "Brilliant". I have been trying to think of a clean solution for this and have been coming up empty. Simple is always the best THANK YOU. It is so obvious now that you have shown me that I feel stupid.

May I link to this over at electric bike.com. There are several Electra cruiser riders that would really welcome this.......calfee
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Dr Frankenstein I presume?
Lol while I have built a few bikes up from frames, this has been my first cruiser and my first Frankenbike (the others have been straight down the line trail bikes) and I must admit it was good fun! I did get an odd look from the owner at my LBS when I asked if a Renthal Narrow Wide chainring would work with a 7 speed chain

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As the Brits would say "Brilliant". I have been trying to think of a clean solution for this and have been coming up empty. Simple is always the best THANK YOU. It is so obvious now that you have shown me that I feel stupid.

May I link to this over at electric bike.com. There are several Electra cruiser riders that would really welcome this.......calfee
No worries mate glad I could help... I racked my brain for ages on the same question for both asthetic and practical reasons (I turn the bars on this bike sideways on the bike rack to get it as close to the back of the truck as possible and threadless stems are not as quick to adjust)...I was actually trying to find someone to tap a thread into the steerer when the shop suggested grafting... Just make sure the weld is done by a competent person, a weak weld on a steerer is a bad idea
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Lol while I have built a few bikes up from frames, this has been my first cruiser and my first Frankenbike (the others have been straight down the line trail bikes) and I must admit it was good fun! I did get an odd look from the owner at my LBS when I asked if a Renthal Narrow Wide chainring would work with a 7 speed chain
I saw some of your bikes, very nice stuff

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