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Old 07-09-18, 04:27 PM
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Jax Rhapsody
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Bikes: Rideable; 83 Schwinn High Sierra. Two cruiser, bmx bike, one other mtb, three road frames, one citybike.

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Originally Posted by runSPOTrun View Post
I've been riding cruisers for years, and have to agree with most of the above posts. If you are looking for a "commuter" cruiser you're going to want to go higher end such as the Raleigh posted above, or else you are going to want to do some mods. Most cruisers come with an American or 1 piece crank with loose bearings in the bottom bracket, and with the weight and angle of the push, this system tends to fail after a few hundred miles. It's not too hard to convert to a sealed bearing and 3 piece crank set that will last for years and allow for easy customisation of gear ratio/chain ring size...as always when altering a drivetrain, make sure to keep a straight chainline! A conversion kit with a sealed bearing set to go with it should run you about $60-$100 and takes about an hour to install if you have a basic working knowledge of bottom brackets...hammer out the races (cups), install converter, and screw in bearing set...pretty simple. All parts should be available at your local bike shop (along with a clean used 3 piece crankset), and the local mechanix are usually happy to give you pointers and make sure your getting the proper parts. Make sure you bring in the bike your converting so the mechanic or parts specialist can help you with the right stuff the first time! All in all, with cruisers, it's all about finding a frame style you like then customising it beyond that. Good luck, and happy cruising!
In all my life, I've only destroyed one ashtabula crank, and it was on a 90s huffy mtb. Keep them greased and tightend and they'll last thousands of miles. They've existed for decades. My issue is they're ugly.
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