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    Cruisers Come and Gone

    I've put together a lot of Beach Cruisers, in the past. Many of them are probably buried in the "Alt-Bike" section. I haven't been here for about three years. Looking around the other day, I was glad to see a Beach Cruiser section. I haven't built a bike in over two years, all my cruisers were sold, given away or parted out. This forum has inspired me to take another look at cruisers, not old ones, but NEW ones. I'll post some of the bikes I've done, the way they started and the way they ended up. Maybe you can get some ideas...maybe not. Comments are welcomed, good or bad.

    36 Monarch..Did ten years ago. First bike I ever did. If I knew then, what I knew now, I would've rebuilt the drive train and clear coated the bike...Oh well.




    36 Monark




    62 Flightliner




    62 Murray Meteor Flite. this one went through the most changes, over time. Here's a few.


    I should have left it like this. One of the best riding Cruisers I did.


    Final change


    That's just a few.

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    Nice, and you are correct about clear coating. I am working on uncovering some original paint on a 40s Hawthorne. Crazy people and spray paint.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGDCYCLES View Post
    Nice, and you are correct about clear coating. I am working on uncovering some original paint on a 40s Hawthorne. Crazy people and spray paint.........
    I did like this.


    But I think I got more money, when I sold it like this.

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    This frame went through a bunch of configurations, before it ended up like the third picture...Eventually it was parted out. When I got it you can see the paint was in pretty rough shape. Rather than paint it, I decided to do a bare metal frame. Instead of using a chemical striper, or sanding, I used a propane torch and steel wool...Other than a few blisters, it was fairly easy.






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    I have no doubt that you got more money with some kind of paint on it, most people think a ratty looking bike means a crappy bike. I like them all but like aged paint with patina the most.

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    KOTA! I really like your bikes. Which bike you sold is very nice. Your spirit is remarkable. Keep it up.KOTA! I really like your bikes. Which bike you sold is very nice. Your spirit is remarkable. Keep it up. I love bikes tours. But Iím going from boston to washington dc bus tours for fishing with my friends.

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    Hey Kota I see you work on the forks a lot , do you just add heat to them and bend them to where you want and leave them like that? do they loose any strength, you think? I want to do some that way,,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastfingaz View Post
    Hey Kota I see you work on the forks a lot , do you just add heat to them and bend them to where you want and leave them like that? do they loose any strength, you think? I want to do some that way,,,,
    It's been a while, sorry!

    I bend them with a conduit bender and plenty of patience. I usually fabricate some type of support rods, mostly for aesthetics, but they do add support....Do they NEED it? I'm not sure yet.

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