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deeth82 06-25-13 02:13 PM

Iron Horse, love the collection! Agreed with ilikebikes, that's a LOT of projects to work on, but never too many! Do you have any working cruisers that you favor riding over any else?

Iron Horse 06-27-13 04:25 PM

Ilikebikes, naw, I have actually started slowing down my collecting from whatever is available and cheap to higher end coasters: tanks, horns, racks, etc. And the odd and unusual: Nirve Cannibal, Mongoose Beast, Electra Indy 3i. Only have 75 bikes now.......I think.

Deeth82, Thanks! I enjoy all my old bikes, However for ease of riding I have had two that have stood out thus far, the black bike with the chrome fenders and the flashlight sitting in my dining room is a Gambles middleweight and was my daily rider this winter until I sold it at the last swap meet. The other bike is a red Gambles Hiawatha middleweight with oversized (1.95) tires, although a newer model. You can see it in one of the shed pictures. I have taken that one on several 10 mile rides with no side effects. However on a 20 mile ride, my knees and rear were not very happy with me! I have also had good success in simply reducing the gearing on my heavyweight Flying Otasco to make rideability easier. I took it to Salina with me and put 14 miles on it two weeks ago with nary a problem. Hope this answered your question. Gearing and a good seat can make all the difference on some of those old bikes.

stanman13 07-05-13 08:42 AM

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Schwinn Cruiser 6. 100th Anniversary edition. This is my wife's bike and she loves it. It is comfy and fun to ride.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=327391

Nightshade 07-05-13 12:18 PM

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Originally Posted by stanman13 (Post 15817094)
Schwinn Cruiser 6. 100th Anniversary edition. This is my wife's bike and she loves it. It is comfy and fun to ride.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=327391

Beautiful bike!! That said, I'll never get used to a derailleur on a Cruiser!!

stanman13 07-05-13 12:25 PM

Thanks, Nightshade. The derailleur is a Shimano SIS, grip shift. It's a little strange to me, too, but it does the job in our rolling hills. Even stranger to me for a cruiser are the cantis front & rear.

thenomad 07-05-13 06:31 PM

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I figured I'd post the cruiser I rescued:

thenomad 07-05-13 06:38 PM

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Nota traditional "beach" cruiser but a cruiser nonetheless. This was a wreck given to me for free that I refurbished for a lady at my church. Came out nicely with new wheels, tires, single speed, brakes, saddle, strip and paint and a whole lot of rust work.

denvermomma 07-09-13 09:05 AM

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Hi there! Brand new to cruisin' and to this forum, but thought I'd intro myself and my bike:
1970 (-ish?) Sears with Shimano 3-speed. My husband has a late-60s Austrian made (Steyr) Sears with SA 3-speed. Not *technically* beach cruisers but given that we live 1500 from the closest beach and we have lots of hills...
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=328188mine
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=328189hubby's
Happy to meet all of you and excited to share the fun of these awesome old-school rides!

Millerad1651 07-09-13 11:19 AM

Just noticed this section. I did this conversion for my wife last winter. She uses this to cruise around the neighborhood and downtown every once in a while.

Started as a 1989 Nishiki Blazer MTB I found on craigslist. Got it for $75 and it was in excellent shape.

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/...ps6804bbe8.jpg

Hopped on Amazon and started ordering parts. About $150 later, she had her updated cruiser.

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/...ps300a5635.jpg
http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/...psd33199d6.jpg
http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/...ps18e37a69.jpg
http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7f731cd6.jpg
http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/...ps09d3ee95.jpg

I ended up adding:
Tires
Seat
Basket
Bell
Bars
Grips
Brake levers
Brake Pads
Pedals

thenomad 07-09-13 01:25 PM

Great color!


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Originally Posted by denvermomma (Post 15830464)
Hi there! Brand new to cruisin' and to this forum, but thought I'd intro myself and my bike:
1970 (-ish?) Sears with Shimano 3-speed. My husband has a late-60s Austrian made (Steyr) Sears with SA 3-speed. Not *technically* beach cruisers but given that we live 1500 from the closest beach and we have lots of hills...
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=328188mine
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=328189hubby's
Happy to meet all of you and excited to share the fun of these awesome old-school rides!


michael k 07-12-13 02:21 PM

Millerrad, would you have a link to that seat? I like.

Edit; wrong seat..the white one:crash:

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Originally Posted by Millerad1651 (Post 15830986)


Nightshade 07-13-13 10:39 AM

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Originally Posted by michael k (Post 15844395)
Millerrad, would you have a link to that seat? I like.

Edit; wrong seat..the white one:crash:

Seats like the white cruiser seat can be found here........ http://www.bikeworldusa.com/

curbtender 07-13-13 03:03 PM

Garbage save, 24" tires, can be found trolling the bay trail.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...r/DSC00403.jpg

Millerad1651 07-14-13 10:25 AM

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Originally Posted by michael k (Post 15844395)
Millerrad, would you have a link to that seat? I like.

Edit; wrong seat..the white one:crash:

Sure do...it's on Amazon. Wife loves it, says its very comfortable.

http://www.amazon.com/Avenir-Classic...hite+bike+seat

stanman13 07-14-13 05:53 PM

That Nishiki looks great! I have an old hard tail mtb I'm thinking about doing. Yours turned out well. I like all the white accents with the red frame.

Millerad1651 07-15-13 08:05 AM

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Originally Posted by stanman13 (Post 15850727)
That Nishiki looks great! I have an old hard tail mtb I'm thinking about doing. Yours turned out well. I like all the white accents with the red frame.

Thanks. For the most part my wife picked everything out...I just gave her a few suggestions. The MTBs seem to work well for retroing, as they have plenty of room for bigger tires and the seating position is pretty upright.

Fatn40 07-15-13 12:01 PM

Bought this one new in 1995 or 1996, put lots of time on it and since this photo in 2011 I have replaced the stock crank with a Black Ops 175mm crank, FSA R-Way sprocket and KMC SS chain. The Hank's are really showing their age and when I have time I will order a pair of Maxxis Holy Roller 2.4's.

There is a slim chance I will replace the seat with a Brooks B67 but only if the Brooks does not work well on my Fisher Aquila.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7147/6...05620311_b.jpg


I picked up this Trek for cheap, brazed in some track ends and started a single speed conversion. I planned to fab some disc brake mounts and use some Rhino Lite disc wheels I have in the parts bin and decided the money would be better spent upgrading my Classic Cruiser so I am parting it out.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7164/6...810c9572_b.jpg



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Fatn40 07-15-13 12:09 PM

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Very nice!

woody2926 07-18-13 09:20 AM

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http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=329795

bought before my freshman year of college, added ape hangers since this pic

Fastfingaz 07-19-13 02:59 PM

That one with the banana seat reminds me of one I put together when I was a kid when I finlly got all the pieces and built it, it was all different colors so I saved some money to buy a can of spray paint ,so I went to the hardware store to buy it went in bought it , when I can out the bike was gone!!man ,, turned around and went back inside told the man I didn't need it anymore and he gave me my money back!!!been tramatized ever since hahaha,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

michael k 07-21-13 08:58 PM

Here's my latest. JC Higgins colorflow

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/c...ps5d349a56.jpg

curbtender 07-23-13 05:37 PM

Schwinn 'Spitfire 5' An old garbage save...

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...psdf24bcda.jpg

Ictoanta 07-25-13 01:28 AM

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Mine:
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=330967
My wife's (and mine in the background again):
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=330969
And the cargo-cruiser for getting the kid and everything she needs around:
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=330970

Saddle Up 07-29-13 05:14 PM

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5326/9...1737e63a_b.jpg
KHS Manhattan CM26 by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr

surreal 07-30-13 12:15 AM

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Whoomp..


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