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    Newbie to the forum Long Beach/Huntington Beach

    Hi, what's up everyone? This is my first official post on the forum. I'm not an avid cyclist but I came across this site to learn more about bikes and other people's opinions and tips on bikes.

    I purchased a beach cruiser last weekend for myself and my girlfriend for recreational use and we plan on cruising down along Huntington Beach through Long Beach at least every weekend as long as the weather is fine.

    I was just wondering if there was anyone else on this forum or in SoCal area that has a beach cruiser also. I don't see too much about them on here.

    Anyways, just wanted to say and I look forward to meeting some new people and learning a bunch of stuff.

    Thanks and have a great weekend.

    Hans

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    Quote Originally Posted by agent 10247 View Post
    I'm not an avid cyclist but I... Hans
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    Welcome anyways.

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    Welcome. Actually you can be an avid cyclist and still have a beach cruiser. I have one I use on occasion. Welcome to the sport - I think there's nothing nicer than on a sunny, spring day cruising along the beach. BTW riding between Long Beach and HB is still quite the cruise. You sound like an avid cyclist whether you want ot admit it or not.
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    thanks for the welcome guys. i appreciate it.

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    I don't have a cruiser, but I have done that ride. It could be about 30 miles round trip, depending on where in LB you are. I don't think I have the guts to do it on a cruiser!!

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    We have an Electra and a Murray.

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    The part of that route which scares me the most is where you have to ride on PCH to get between HB and Seal Beach. *shudder*
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    Quote Originally Posted by allroy71 View Post
    I don't have a cruiser, but I have done that ride. It could be about 30 miles round trip, depending on where in LB you are. I don't think I have the guts to do it on a cruiser!!
    well, i don't meat it literally. we would probably do something like seal beach to huntington beach or long beach to seal beach. and yeah i know that's a long distance. i don't think we would have the guts and patience to do it in our cruisers.....lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Condorita View Post
    The part of that route which scares me the most is where you have to ride on PCH to get between HB and Seal Beach. *shudder*
    It's not too bad - I ride PCH 3-4 times a week and often see people riding that stretch of road on beach cruisers and other leisurely bikes.
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    I don't have a beach cruiser, but I cruise the beach, usually on my old Schwinn MTB. The ride you describe is one of the best uses of a bike, bar none.

    Speaking of bars, don't worry there's plenty to choose from along your route.

    I live in Costa Mesa, right next door to HB.

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    we went bike riding yesterday and we went from Seal Beach to Newport Beach and back. it wasn't that bad, it was a great weather. it was sunny and breezy and was so relaxing. i can't wait to go and do it again next weekend.

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    Hey Welcome....

    I agree with others, there's nothing quite like riding a beach cruiser along the Pacific on a beautiful California day...

    Do you have a picture of your bike? There are so many nice looking cruisers made now.

    GP I had a Murray, too. It was from the 80's. It was pretty cool. It looked like this bike:



    I kind of regret that I gave it away when I stopped riding it in favor of my mountain bike. That was before I became fully cognizant that I will never be a one-bike person...

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    Welcome aboard!!
    I have all kinds of bikes, and love them all.
    As cyclists we ALL need to stick together.
    Here's a beach cruiser that I ride all the time.
    As for mileage, my longest ride was almost 50 miles in one day... My house to Yorba Park to the beach back home...
    I also ride to the watertower/house on pch... about 42 miles... so racking up the miles isn't just for my road bike....
    Hope to see ya out there!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alicestrong View Post
    GP I had a Murray, too. It was from the 80's. It was pretty cool. It looked like this bike:
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    Mine is not quite as nice but I don't mind parking it at the store without a lock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merckx_rider View Post
    Welcome aboard!!
    I have all kinds of bikes, and love them all.
    As cyclists we ALL need to stick together.
    Here's a beach cruiser that I ride all the time.
    As for mileage, my longest ride was almost 50 miles in one day... My house to Yorba Park to the beach back home...
    I also ride to the watertower/house on pch... about 42 miles... so racking up the miles isn't just for my road bike....
    Hope to see ya out there!!


    Wow! Who makes that bike, it's wild...

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    Quote Originally Posted by alicestrong View Post
    Wow! Who makes that bike, it's wild...
    Thanks, I get that on every ride. Its also huge with a 69 inch wheelbase, and very heavy over 60 lbs.....
    all steel frame. I was a limited run available for one year 3 years ago... made by "greenline", and called the "BIG GUY".... especially made for over 6' tall and everything is super heavy duty... of course I still broke parts.... I have over 10K miles on it. I mounted my winter light set on it (also very heavy), and ride it at night... Although since tonight is the clock adjustment I think I can loose the lights for the summer now.
    Best part is the ride, smooth.... and it handles better than one would expect. I came into the turn for the tressle bridge really hot once and did a dirt bike slide... by accident, woke me up, but it handled it.
    Only thing I'd change is to add gears, it's a single speed with freewheel and hand brakes. But the frame is so stiff I'd have to really bend it to fit a wider axle, so I just enjoy it for what it is...

    My real pride and joy: all original with over 60k miles, Merckx team 711

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    hi, here's a pic of my bike. well, i didn't take this picture but i got it from the internet but is the same bike that i just bought.


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    Yeah, there ya go!!
    Do yourself a favor and make sure the seat height is adjusted right for you. I see alot of ppl on cruisers with the seat way to low.
    Then ride the wheels off it!!

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    thanks!

    so should i raise the seat on my bike? it is a little low but i'm 5'5" and can't have it raised to high, i gotta make sure my feet can touch the ground too.....LOL!

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    Its good for your knees if the seat is the right height.
    RULE of THUMB: your leg should be extended with a slight bend in the knee when your foot is in the proper position IE: the ball of your foot is on the pedal.
    The foot 2 ground measurement doesn't count.... I know, your not comfy if you cant land both feet on the ground when you're on the saddle... so you may have to get your butt off the saddle...
    When the seat height is correct, you'll enjoy your ride even more. Just remember that you'll be pedaling more than standing....
    Hope it helps... BTW, you're pretty lucky, at 5'5" that cruiser you have is made for you!!

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    Great seat height advice, but if you've got coaster brakes make sure you can still stop OK after raising the seat.

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    If you have the seat at the right height, YOU WON'T have any problems with a coster brake...
    I have a coaster brake bike also.... Its a NON issue.
    Now go ride the wheels off that bike and report in after your rides to let us all know how much fun you're having.

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    Stylin'!!

    ..and gorgeous Merckx, too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by alicestrong View Post
    Stylin'!!

    ..and gorgeous Merckx, too...
    THANK YOU!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by merckx_rider View Post
    If you have the seat at the right height, YOU WON'T have any problems with a coster brake...
    I have a coaster brake bike also.... Its a NON issue.
    Now go ride the wheels off that bike and report in after your rides to let us all know how much fun you're having.

    thanks for the advice.

    i went to el dorado park yesterday and went around the parks. it was fun and relaxing just cruising around. this weekend i'll hit up the beaches again since it's supposed to warmer.

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