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Old 04-27-06, 10:29 PM   #1
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building an urban assault bike, out of a beach cruiser

Hi guys,
Ive been lurking this board for a while, and Im starting a beach cruiser project.
I've got the bike, an old huffy, and I have some new parts to get it rolling but I want to continue past that.

I was wondering what your thoughts on putting a rigid mtb fork with front bmx brake and going freewheel in the rear, or keeping the coaster and just servicing that.

Ive built a fixie that I later turned into a s/s, so Im not totally lost, but Im really confused with what parts I can use on this bike and the size's... like this
http://bikepartsusa.com/product_info.phtml?p=01-103982
I think I can use it but I dont know if there is a place I can look up the sizing I need to know and also if it'll fit my beach cruiser front wheel... and if it cant fit the cruiser tire, what I should be looking for...

and If I decide to go free wheel, can I reuse my coaster hub and slap a freewheel on it?

I dont know where to look for that sort of info and searching google isnt really helping so much.
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Problem is, beach cruisers often have very lax geometry and thus won't make a very agile bike.

I think you'd be better off starting from a better frame, it would be much more fulfilling.
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I'd keep the coaster brake, ftw.
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Problem is, beach cruisers often have very lax geometry and thus won't make a very agile bike.

I think you'd be better off starting from a better frame, it would be much more fulfilling.
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I had a cruiser, and I found it to be one helluva urban assault bike as it was. The thing was like a giant bmx bike, it could do stairs, bunny hop, and for its size, it was suprisingly agile. I think it sounds like a good project, but what are you thinking of modifying?
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So far Ive put on a new bmx stem and bars, and serviced a few parts. I was thinking about that fork^ , a BMX front brake and a freewheel on the rear, some skinny-ish cruiser tires. a basket... I think Im going to stick with the 1pc cranks because I have them and they are ok.

Im ganking whatever I need/can use from my s/s conversion bike, was thinking about just taking the hub from that if I cant fit a freewheel on mine. Either way Im going to be riding the coaster for a while, and I might fall in love and not care about it anymore...

I dont know what sizes are common for a Beach Cruiser... when I picked my stem I just sorta picked the 21.1 because there were more 21.1's... so I figured it was more common.

What size fork would fit? I cant find a beach cruiser specific fork that has actual measurements on the page... I was thinking that running a slightly more aggressive fork will help the geometry, and make it a little more snappy
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I would like to suggest what you've just did: BMX stem and handlebar, from V-brales, rear coaster brake, tires 26X1.9 and you can ride everywere, even jumping sidewalks. About the fork, take any rigid mountain bike fork with V-brake bosses.
some pictures whould help us on the parts you need.
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What exactly is 'urban assault'?
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Are you trying to build something like Derek Young's urban cruiser?
http://www.queuebert.com/other/bicycle/
(Awesome CNC action with the disc brake mount and stem)

I'm sure he can give you good tips/advice/measurements if you contact him.
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What exactly is 'urban assault'?
Just some term I heard thrown around, but I thought it illustrated my goal well enough. Somthing I'd feel comfortable enough bombing my neighborhood with...

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Are you trying to build something like Derek Young's urban cruiser?
http://www.queuebert.com/other/bicycle/
(Awesome CNC action with the disc brake mount and stem)

I'm sure he can give you good tips/advice/measurements if you contact him.
no I havent see that, thats REALLY cool looking. amazing ammount of work in that! I'll try asking him a few questions to.

this is the bike that started this,
http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2006...nRadcliffe.htm
but I want some slightly fatter tires

but here is a little gallery I compiled for this project, most I think are from fgg.
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some are ideas for my other bike to, I just kinda slapped them all in one gallery.

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