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Old 02-27-08, 06:36 PM   #1
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I want a FAST cruiser.

I know... this does not make any sense.


Still.... any ideas?
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Old 02-27-08, 06:38 PM   #2
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Pedal harder.
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Trek Soho 4.0 with cruiser bars and fenders.
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I don't know about fast, but Electra's Amsterdam Balloon 8 is a pretty kewl looking cruiser!

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I don't connect "cruising" with going fast
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I know... this does not make any sense.


Still.... any ideas?
Schwinn and others make some multi speed cruisers with aluminum frames. Not fast, but faster than the standard steel single speed. I suppose you could change out the handlebars and get a little "faster" geometry. Altering the tires from 2.125" of course is sacrilege.
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Old 02-27-08, 07:58 PM   #7
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Be more specific. Do you want a fast bike with cruiser style, or the fastest off-the-shelf cruiser, or something totally different?
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Old 02-27-08, 08:10 PM   #8
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I used to pass lycra-clad roadies all the time on my Giant Cypress, so I guess that's "fast". Now, having mostly switched to a Sport Racing bicycle (OCR1) or whatever they're called, when I ride my Cypress it feels like I'm pushing a Mac Truck with a barge pole.

The big tires do well on Seattle's cracked pavement and railroad tracks though.
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RANS has some road style crank forwards, all the way up to an 18.5lb crank forward. You could probably pull some pretty incredible speed on those "for a cruiser"

Pricey though.
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Old 02-27-08, 11:49 PM   #10
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Throw Nitto Albatross bars on a fast bike

Just add Nitto Albatross bars and fatter tires... Instant cruiser! Of course fat tires do kind of limit you to the touring and mountain biking frames, but even 700x32 tires will be way more comfy than super skinny tires.

My wife has a Rivendell Wilbury mixte that is a fast cruiser. It has a full range of gears, albatross bars, and 650B wheels. It also has the most beautiful lugs I've ever seen. You can cruise really fast on this bike. She lets me ride it, and fortunately we are about the same height :-)

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Sorry to hijack, but those bags are wonderful! Where can I find them? Please don't tell me they're vintage...
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Old 02-28-08, 08:29 AM   #12
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Sorry to hijack, but those bags are wonderful! Where can I find them? Please don't tell me they're vintage...
Maybe Frost River.
http://www.frostriver.com/bike_bags/bikebags_menu.html
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Sorry to hijack, but those bags are wonderful! Where can I find them? Please don't tell me they're vintage...
http://www.rivbike.com//


My cruiser's pretty fast, its called the Flying Machine, plus is has a number plate, which I'm sure makes it faster.

But seriously, if you want speed, a cruiser ain't for you, 2 inch tires and 40 lbs don't get you anywhere fast. If you're looking for a more upright geometry, try a dutch style bike, at least then you'll have less rolling resistance.
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Awesome!

I've been looking all over for a vintage type bag to store my six shooter in:

http://www.frostriver.com/gun_cases/pistol_rugs.html
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Sorry to hijack, but those bags are wonderful! Where can I find them? Please don't tell me they're vintage...
Thank you! The leather and canvas bags are "Baggins" bags from Rivendell Bicycle Works: http://www.rivbike.com.

We also have a huge Baggins seat bag. They are very nice and expand to hold a lot of gear. You can find similar bags made by other manufacturers like Carradice, Brooks, etc.

The yellow and black canvas bag on the bike in the background is an Arkel Utility Basket (they call it a basket, but it's a bag).

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Old 02-28-08, 10:39 AM   #16
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The Frost River bags appear to be identical to my Baggins bags. There was some bad blood between Rivendell and Frost River, but I don't know if that has since been smoothed over. The Baggins bags I have were designed by Rivendell and made by Duluth Pack by the guy who started Frost River. Rivendell had a verbal agreement with the bag makers that they would not sell the Rivendell bags under any other label. The guy who left Duluth and started Frost River broke that agreement. At first Rivendell tried to continue working with him and ordered a whole bunch of bags from Frost River, but he couldn't deliver and they went back to Duluth Pack. This upset the Frost River guy, so he started selling the Baggins bags under his own label.

It has been a couple of years and I don't know what the current relationship is. I don't know if Duluth still makes the Baggins bags or not, and I don't know if Rivendell and Frost River have reconciled. While Rivendell was waiting long periods of time to have more Baggins bags produced, their stock dwindled down to just a few models and they still don't offer as many different bags as they once did. They now carry some other brands like the Nigel & Sons bags from the UK.

The illustration at the Frost River website shows the bags hanging on a Rivendell Atlantis (identical to my bike right down to the mustache bars), so Frost River obviously wants people to associate them with Rivendell. Maybe things are better between them? Maybe not?

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Old 02-28-08, 10:56 AM   #17
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My cruiser's pretty fast, its called the Flying Machine, plus is has a number plate, which I'm sure makes it faster.

But seriously, if you want speed, a cruiser ain't for you, 2 inch tires and 40 lbs don't get you anywhere fast. If you're looking for a more upright geometry, try a dutch style bike, at least then you'll have less rolling resistance.
Yeah... most people don't associate cruisers with speed; but subtle differences can make the bike faster to ride. My wife's Rivendell Wilbury is a good example: It has the cruiser characteristics of swept back handlebars, sprung saddle, big comfy tires, and upright riding position. Unlike most cruisers the frame is fairly light and it has a full range of gears thanks to the triple chainring and the 7-speed (or is it 8?) cassette. The tires can take up to 50psi, but there is still more rolling resistance than with skinnier and higher pressure tires. The gears are what make it so much faster though. While most cruisers are limited to a single chainring, she can keep shifting into higher gears and really hammer when she wants to.

My Atlantis would also make a good cruiser if I put Albatross bars on it. The mustache bars are a little more aggressive, but if I sit up on the bar ends I feel like I'm cruising. The 700x37 tires are pretty comfy and take up to 75psi. When I just want to cruise comfortably on rough gravel roads and trails I run the tires at a lower pressure. When I want less rolling resistance, I pump them up to the max pressure.

Maybe I should add a number plate for even more speed ;-)

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a cruiser frame in and of itself will not slowyou down- its the wheels, gearing and componentry that will.

derailluer cruiser frame, alloy MTB wheels, 1.5 to 1.75 slicks and you will have a very fast bike who's look belies its abilities at speed.

Several of the current Schwinn cruisers, with a small upgrade in wheelset and tires, perhaps a nine speed mtn drivetrain, will give you a very very speedy ride.
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Also some nice bags from here:
http://velo-orange.com/bapaandba.html

Wallbike.com and Peterwhitecycles.com are other good resources for similar bags. The Berthoud bags are awfully nice. Rivendell was selling some of those for awhile I believe.

There should also be plenty of European sources for Berthoud, Carradice, Brooks, Nigel & Sons, etc.

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Old 02-28-08, 12:05 PM   #20
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fireman's cruzers

26" single speeds, not slow
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I have a 1933 CCM that runs 28 inch wheels and have stunned more than a few roadies... it's stock gearing is a 52:18 with a coaster brake that is really not up to stopping a bike that can hit speeds in the high 30's and 40's (kmh).
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Bianchi Milano?

http://www.bianchiusa.com/07_milano.html
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Old 02-28-08, 01:15 PM   #23
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Add a motor.
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I have chopper style handlebars on my Electra Townie 3, and I kept up with the road guys on the last ride.

More than 1 speed is key; after that, just try not to have a 50 lb. bike.
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The key is to get one (assuming it's single speed) that is geared for you. Some are geared too low and you have to pedal 100 rpm to go 12 mph.

Most are pretty good. I ride a beach cruiser when I visit Hilton Head every spring and always enjoy it. I know I'm going 15-16 on it, but I don't have a computer on it. Just feels like it. They're configured like a dutch bike, so aren't in as atheletic of a postition to pedal. If you get one more like a mountain bike, you'll go faster. No doubt the Milano will move pretty good--better than 20 I would think, if you really pump.

Just enjoy the ride--that's what they're for!
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