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Beach Cruisers Do you love balloon tires and fenders? Do you love riding the simplicity of a single gear and coaster brakes or a single gear cluster? Do you love the classic curves in the tubing of a cruiser that takes you back to the 1950's and 1960's, stylistically? Here's your home! Welcome to the Beach Cruisers and Cruisers forum!

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Old 06-25-13, 02:13 PM   #101
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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?
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Old 06-27-13, 04:25 PM   #102
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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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Old 07-05-13, 08:42 AM   #103
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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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Old 07-05-13, 12:18 PM   #104
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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.

Beautiful bike!! That said, I'll never get used to a derailleur on a Cruiser!!
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Old 07-05-13, 12:25 PM   #105
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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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Old 07-05-13, 06:31 PM   #106
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I figured I'd post the cruiser I rescued:
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Old 07-05-13, 06:38 PM   #107
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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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Old 07-09-13, 09:05 AM   #108
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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...
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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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Old 07-09-13, 11:19 AM   #109
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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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Old 07-09-13, 01:25 PM   #110
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Great color!


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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...
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Old 07-12-13, 02:21 PM   #111
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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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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/
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Old 07-13-13, 03:03 PM   #113
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Garbage save, 24" tires, can be found trolling the bay trail.

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Old 07-14-13, 10:25 AM   #114
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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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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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Old 07-15-13, 12:01 PM   #117
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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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Old 07-15-13, 12:09 PM   #118
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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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Mine:

My wife's (and mine in the background again):

And the cargo-cruiser for getting the kid and everything she needs around:
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