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    Dirty Schwinn-Lover deeth82's Avatar
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    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?
    Ride what you like, how you like.

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    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.
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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.

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

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    Beautiful bike!! That said, I'll never get used to a derailleur on a Cruiser!!
    My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
    I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

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    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.

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    I figured I'd post the cruiser I rescued:
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    My blog about rides, bikes and builds: ridesgoneby.blogspot.com

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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.
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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...
    600514_4996375871463_1893510942_n.jpgmine
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    Happy to meet all of you and excited to share the fun of these awesome old-school rides!
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    SAHM, PT blogger at ColoradoMoms.com, and new to cruisin!

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    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.



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







    I ended up adding:
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    Riding like its 1990 thenomad's Avatar
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    Great color!


    Quote Originally Posted by denvermomma View Post
    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...
    600514_4996375871463_1893510942_n.jpgmine
    946551_4983068498787_419495678_n.jpghubby's
    Happy to meet all of you and excited to share the fun of these awesome old-school rides!
    My blog about rides, bikes and builds: ridesgoneby.blogspot.com

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

    Edit; wrong seat..the white one

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

    Edit; wrong seat..the white one
    Seats like the white cruiser seat can be found here........ http://www.bikeworldusa.com/
    My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
    I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

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    Senior Member curbtender's Avatar
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    Garbage save, 24" tires, can be found trolling the bay trail.


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

    Edit; wrong seat..the white one
    Sure do...it's on Amazon. Wife loves it, says its very comfortable.

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

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stanman13 View Post
    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.

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    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.




    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.





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    Quote Originally Posted by SirMike1983 View Post


    1950 Columbia 3 Star DeLuxe




    Very nice!

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

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    Here's my latest. JC Higgins colorflow


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


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    Mine:
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    My wife's (and mine in the background again):
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    And the cargo-cruiser for getting the kid and everything she needs around:
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    It's none of my business what other people think of me.

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    http://images5a.snapfish.com/2323232...3A534%3Anu0mrj
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