Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    gjg
    gjg is offline
    Newbie gjg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Neenah WI
    Posts
    3
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    High-End Cruiser??

    Oh No, another Newbie question...

    Folks, what I'm wondering about is if anyone builds a higher-end, lightweight cruiser? Don't want to pedal around 40 pounds to bomb around town. My wife has had back surgery, and it's onto a city bike for her, so I want something to ride with her, yet something that I can still do 20 miles on without dying. Internal hub, single speed, or derailleur, doesn't matter. Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance,

    Greg
    Last edited by gjg; 02-10-03 at 09:57 PM.

  2. #2
    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    St. Petersburg, FL
    My Bikes
    2003 Specialized Rockhopper FSR Comp, 1999 Specialized Hardrock Comp FS, 1971 Schwinn Varsity
    Posts
    15,071
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That's kind of a broad question. What kind of features are you looking for? Have you done any research yourself? Give us a little more to work with please.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    England
    Posts
    12,195
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Cruisers dont come any better than the Bianchi Milano.
    The 7 speed version is good, but avoid the automatic shifting version (the auto-milano),

    http://www.bianchiusa.com/site/bikes/44_Milano.html

  4. #4
    Senior Member joeprim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    Northern Neck Tidewater Va.
    Posts
    1,688
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Tell us why you can't just use what you have now. That may give a clue as to what you are looking for.

    Joe

  5. #5
    Senior Member Bobatin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Newnan, GA
    Posts
    402
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    He needs an excuse to add to his stable?
    So, if you're in the car, waiting impatiently. . . get over it - you're not that special.
    "Its not what you take when you leave, Its what you leave when you go."
    Some country and western song

  6. #6
    Bike Happy DanFromDetroit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Detroit, MI USA
    Posts
    695
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I just bought a VanDessel "Straight Up X 7" as a commuter. So far I am very pleased with it.

    This would be alot like the Bianchi Milano except it has 700c wheels instead of 26" wheels and the VanDessel has an aluminum frame with a steel fork.

    It comes from the factory at 24#, before the addition of a rack and fenders and such.

    regards
    Dan

    See www.vandesselsports.com for more detailed information
    There is nothing homlier than the face on your last dime.
    --John Wildcat, Greenback Friend

  7. #7
    Senior Member KnightWhoSaysNi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Yalding, Kent, England
    Posts
    127
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You want a cruiser?

    http://bikerodnkustom.com


  8. #8
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    24
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    electrabikes.com, they have some cool ones.

  9. #9
    gjg
    gjg is offline
    Newbie gjg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Neenah WI
    Posts
    3
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks, folks for all your replies. I have basically not ridden 4+ years My only bike right now is a nearly new 4- 5 year old Voodoo Bizango hardtail. Sweet bike, but doesn't fill the city bike niche. I'll keep it for trail riding up north. Looking for a road bike too, have had Paramounts, Klein's and an ugly orange Viner in the past. Need a solid bike (6'3", 250 l bs) for centuries and fast 20 milers. I don't wnt to get Beat up. Anyone reccommend 5200? Cannondale 2000? another Klein? Any other suggestions?

    I think I remember Joe Breeze making a bike like this a few years ago. Frame, wheels, single speed no fenders. I think someone made a Ti cruiser, too, The closest I can find is the Vandessel Buzz Bomb, looks sweet.

    Thanks,


    Greg

  10. #10
    LET
    LET is offline
    Senior Member LET's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Sacramento, CA
    Posts
    103
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've never seen the Bianchi before. Looks like a really comfortable ride for city crusing. I just called my local dealer and have an appointment to go see one. . . Now to sell it to the wife
    My judgment is impeccable, I married my wife. Her judgement, on the other hand, is highly suspect. . .

  11. #11
    WallaWalla! Rotifer's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Walla Walla, WA
    Posts
    823
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Let's see, high end cruiser .... Merlin Newsboy?
    Jeff

  12. #12
    Packfodding 3 caloso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Sacramento, California, USA
    My Bikes
    Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
    Posts
    29,473
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I was thinking about the Bianchi Milano as a bike for my wife. I like the look of that Straight Up X7 but I think she might think it's weird. I'll be interested to see what you decide on so let us know.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    6,127
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    >>>>>I want something to ride with her, yet something that I can still do 20 miles on without dying. Internal hub, single speed, or derailleur, doesn't matter. Any ideas?<<<<

    Do not buy a single speed even though it will save you money. The minute she hits a hill the single speed will really show its weakness. I hurt my knees riding a single speed one summer and it took nearly 6 months before the pain went away. If your wife injures her knees, I doubt she will ever get back on that bike again.

    I'm an advocate of hub gear bikes. I commute on a three speed folding bike during the winter and wouldn't do it on anything else. I also have the 7 speed Bianchi Milano and love that one too. The ease of a hub gear bike and the durability makes an internal hub system a perfect bike for first time buyers. Show your wife to use the gears often and how to spin up hills.

    I'm not aware of any 5 speed hub gear bikes in production so you'll have to do with either a 3 or 7 speed which is fine for casual weekend riding. If you going to get a 3 speed, make sure the bike does not weight more than 30lbs.

    I'm also an advacate of suspension seat posts with a Brooks saddle. Since your wife is not going to do technical riding, a suspension seat post makes a lot of sense as she will be able to ride longer without pain. The Brooks saddle with the springs on the bottom with further cushion the potholes and ruts.

    Try to see if you can get an alluminum cruiser instead of one made of steel. The cost may be 30% more but your wife will appreciate it in the long run. Whenever I buy a new cruiser, I ask the LBS to install the following

    1. Suspension seat post
    2. Brooks saddle (or something similar)
    3. Mr. Tuffy tire liners.

  14. #14
    NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS! a2psyklnut's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2000
    Location
    From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
    My Bikes
    Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
    Posts
    7,965
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Check out these Cruisers!

    Texas Fireman's

    L8R
    "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
    "Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •