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Old 06-18-18, 05:29 AM
Don W
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Cruiser history

Originally Posted by Jax Rhapsody View Post
You mean cantilevered frames? It's just a design. Much like the straight bar frame(see the blue one) are simply classic designs of original designs.
From what I've been told by someone who used to make a cruiser in Jacksonville, FL, the cantilevered frame was initially designed back in 1930s when many families couldn't afford bikes for each member. The cantilevered frame together with a long seat post allowed riders of significantly different heights to ride the same bike.
Wikipedia has a cruiser bicycle history page that indicates the design was meant to evoke a motorcycle, which seems consistent with the fake gas tank on may early cruisers. Remember the Western Flyers? From the Wikipedia article, " Schwinn adapted features from the Henderson and Excelsior motorcycles that his (formerly purchased) bankrupt company had built during the 1920s, including a heavy "cantilevered" frame with two top tubes and 2.125-inch-wide (54.0 mm) "balloon" tires".
It's possible that the one-size-fits-all aspect of the bike was a lucky coincidence of the design that led to the cruiser's popularity.

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