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I like brompton and mini velo bikes. My 20Ē has the front 46t for an adult size bc. I have room to go bigger. Maybe 49 50ish max. I just found a spider adapter for with 19mm bore. Iím going to do it.
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Originally Posted by AtNjineer
this company has the worst welders.

but thatís not important to everyone


https://www.walmart.com/ip/Huffy-26-...rame/209950755
I have a feeling their welding machines don't care. Insult away.
Those are not human welded you do understand, right?
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Originally Posted by AtNjineer
track bikes on the street
beach cruisers in the city

were are same same
Lol, yes, canít wait for mine to arrive. Could be tomorrow!
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I mostly ride beach cruiser or klunker style bike around town.

Friend of mine wants to be a roadie but just uses an old MTB to get around. I tried explaining that our neighborhood was not at all conducive to skinny tires at hi psi, but heís not at all mechanically minded and I think he has to figure it out for himself.
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My main cruiser is a 1965 schwinn, it was my dad's bike. Single speed coaster brake.

The biggest improvement you can make is wheels and tires. low mass wheels are easier to accelerate

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Originally Posted by Schweinhund
I have a feeling their welding machines don't care. Insult away.
Those are not human welded you do understand, right?
do you understand that your assumptions that I have first hand knowledge of the types of welders they use. Make you seem like a bit of a dullard.
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Originally Posted by AtNjineer
do you understand that your assumptions that I have first hand knowledge of the types of welders they use. Make you seem like a bit of a dullard.
He was being facetious, and Huffy is mass produced, imported (as almost all bikes we purchase), and of the lowest quality in most instances. The welding on the WallyWorld bikes has improved in the past few years, but it's a bit of a crapshoot. Still, KevCentral on YouTube seems to like em, and I fully respect his reviews/opinions. They need work, but they do the job IMO.

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Originally Posted by Schweinhund
My main cruiser is a 1965 schwinn, it was my dad's bike. Single speed coaster brake.

The biggest improvement you can make is wheels and tires. low mass wheels are easier to accelerate
Do all of the Chicago Schwinns have enough meat on the headstock to ream out for 1 1/8 threadless forks?
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Originally Posted by SkinGriz
Do all of the Chicago Schwinns have enough meat on the headstock to ream out for 1 1/8 threadless forks?
yes, it's just a few thousandths old bmx too.
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Iíve wondered the same.

when it comes to welding all my bikes have ďrolls of dimesĒ
my $250 phat cycles 29Ē
made in the us I think
The $50 2010 20Ē trek drift has dimes
the $60 Electra super deluxe has dimes.

if anything those electras are still available for cheap and they are aluminum.
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Originally Posted by AtNjineer
Iíve wondered the same.

when it comes to welding all my bikes have ďrolls of dimesĒ
my $250 phat cycles 29Ē
made in the us I think
The $50 2010 20Ē trek drift has dimes
the $60 Electra super deluxe has dimes.

if anything those electras are still available for cheap and they are aluminum.
The roll of dimes looks god but it doesnít have much to do with what makes a good weld. Penetration, heat affected zone, washing in the corners without undercut, temperature control, etc.

An EF welded Schwinn has a weld thatís basically invisible, but itís still a quality weld.

Maybe 7 years ago someone left behind a roll of E85 T-1 in .045 in our department. Iím just a naturally curious person so I put it in the machine to run it. Nobody at our company ever ran T-1 wire and I was having a rough time figuring it out. Called Lincoln and got put through to their engineers.

Basically I was running it way to cold. Itís designed to be turned up so much that it seems to rival .072 NR232 in deposition rate.

AnywaysÖ it made beautiful and strong welds but they donít look like a roll of dimes. They look like glass. Similar to 7024 turned up.
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Originally Posted by AtNjineer
Iíve wondered the same.

when it comes to welding all my bikes have ďrolls of dimesĒ
my $250 phat cycles 29Ē
made in the us I think
The $50 2010 20Ē trek drift has dimes
the $60 Electra super deluxe has dimes.

if anything those electras are still available for cheap and they are aluminum.
Stack of dimes is actually "pushing the puddle" "you can pull the puddle as well, but that is different
A machine doesn't need to make the cupping motion required for a human to keep everything even.
nothing wrong with the strength of a machine weld, they're just unsightly.
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I don't have a beach cruiser. But I do have an Electra loft 1 that is a coaster brake. I'm just getting back to riding after foot issues and 2 surgeries. I enjoy the simplicity of it. I've rode it quite a bit before my feet issues and have had it out a couple of times since getting back to riding this year. Not a good picture. But some days simple is good
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Originally Posted by plumberroy
I don't have a beach cruiser. But I do have an Electra loft 1 that is a coaster brake. I'm just getting back to riding after foot issues and 2 surgeries. I enjoy the simplicity of it. I've rode it quite a bit before my feet issues and have had it out a couple of times since getting back to riding this year. Not a good picture. But some days simple is good
This is a cool bike.
Is it 4130?
How much tire clearance?

ETA, OK looked it up.
Not chromo.
Still a nice bike. Well thought out. Tires big enough to take out some of the sting and not get so easily pinched.
Gearing not stupid tall.

Nice bike.

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Originally Posted by SkinGriz
This is a cool bike.
Is it 4130?
How much tire clearance?

ETA, OK looked it up.
Not chromo.
Still a nice bike. Well thought out. Tires big enough to take out some of the sting and not get so easily pinched.
Gearing not stupid tall.

Nice bike.
Thanks.
When they came out a local park got several of them for rentals. I loved the nickel plated and black finish. Told myself I wouldn't like it too simple. So I decided to rent one to prove to myself it wasn't for me 🤣 That worked well , I rode it around the 8 mile loop in the park. I bought one that weekend
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Originally Posted by SkinGriz
The roll of dimes looks god but it doesnít have much to do with what makes a good weld. Penetration, heat affected zone, washing in the corners without undercut, temperature control, etc.

An EF welded Schwinn has a weld thatís basically invisible, but itís still a quality weld.

Maybe 7 years ago someone left behind a roll of E85 T-1 in .045 in our department. Iím just a naturally curious person so I put it in the machine to run it. Nobody at our company ever ran T-1 wire and I was having a rough time figuring it out. Called Lincoln and got put through to their engineers.

Basically I was running it way to cold. Itís designed to be turned up so much that it seems to rival .072 NR232 in deposition rate.

AnywaysÖ it made beautiful and strong welds but they donít look like a roll of dimes. They look like glass. Similar to 7024 turned up.
yeeeeeeess you know a lot lol and we live in a world of infinite possibilities lol weíre all aware

yes rolls of dimes is good welding

yes you know a lot about welding

lol

yes your still going to continue to validate yourself

this is how people on forums are

we knooooooow

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Thanks.
When they came out a local park got several of them for rentals. I loved the nickel plated and black finish. Told myself I wouldn't like it too simple. So I decided to rent one to prove to myself it wasn't for me 🤣 That worked well , I rode it around the 8 mile loop in the park. I bought one that weekend
After years of anti coaster brake snobbery I decided to revisit my thoughts on the matter. I rebuilt a coaster brake. Then I acquired a La Jolla to turn it into a low end klunker.

Riding it around the neighborhood I realized I really enjoyed the simplicity.
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Originally Posted by SkinGriz
After years of anti coaster brake snobbery I decided to revisit my thoughts on the matter. I rebuilt a coaster brake. Then I acquired a La Jolla to turn it into a low end klunker.

Riding it around the neighborhood I realized I really enjoyed the simplicity.
yes agreed you have that

but I like the peace of mind knowing when I park next to other bikes that my klunker is the least desirable in the group therefore least likely to be stolen haha
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Originally Posted by SkinGriz
After years of anti coaster brake snobbery I decided to revisit my thoughts on the matter. I rebuilt a coaster brake. Then I acquired a La Jolla to turn it into a low end klunker.

Riding it around the neighborhood I realized I really enjoyed the simplicity.
Great!

I bought a Sun cruiser yesterday (pics coming), with the Nexus 3-sp with coaster brake. I hadn't used a coaster brake in 50+ years, but it felt natural. It seems to have more nuance than the coaster brakes I used back in the 1950's and 60's. I seem to remember those old ones from the Schwinns and Raleighs being more like ON or OFF. This Nexus allows for some degrees of slowing..... I may be mis-remembering.

The air is pretty bad here in NYC, but I'm going out for a ride now....
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Originally Posted by SkinGriz
After years of anti coaster brake snobbery I decided to revisit my thoughts on the matter. I rebuilt a coaster brake. Then I acquired a La Jolla to turn it into a low end klunker.

Riding it around the neighborhood I realized I really enjoyed the simplicity.
I got mine out today I rode 5.1 miles before it started thundering . Simplicity and clean lines are nice
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Originally Posted by plumberroy
Thanks.
When they came out a local park got several of them for rentals. I loved the nickel plated and black finish. Told myself I wouldn't like it too simple. So I decided to rent one to prove to myself it wasn't for me 🤣 That worked well , I rode it around the 8 mile loop in the park. I bought one that weekend
That's definitely a solid ride.
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I bought a Sun 3-speed yesterday. Today it was just adjusting stuff. Short test-ride but got caught in the rain. Longer ride tomorrow, weather permitting. Here it is in its 99% retail state. I'll be adding some ape-hangers, pedals, maybe a Brooks. More pics as I go....


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Nice klunker not beach cruiser lol
after sifting through peoples ideas opinions and snobbery. I came to the conclusion that a beach cruiser has split tube where you have a single straight tube in the frame.
your frames design is stronger than the other. With your new seat itís going to be real nice. Get some kenda Kwest tires and get your psi into the 60s. Youíll roll a lot better. Three piece cranks lol dont get me started I like building up bikes

and you got the three speed thatís like Vtec for you bike lol

I know the ratios you got in that three speed by heart already. From my first hand experience a 24 tooth on the three speed is a little too much but a 23 tooth is good try it. They are cheap too like $7

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When it comes to cranks I have a formula that has worked well for my knees, slight range-of-motion issues. Have done it on uprights and recumbents. Short crank-length 155 or so, oval chainring(s) from Rotor in Spain, with a lower tooth count to make up for the shorter cranks. Knees are happy. My LBS said they didnít think a three-piece crankset would work on the BB shell of this bike.
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When it comes to cranks I have a formula that has worked well for my knees, slight range-of-motion issues. Have done it on uprights and recumbents. Short crank-length 155 or so, oval chainring(s) from Rotor in Spain, with a lower tooth count to make up for the shorter cranks. Knees are happy. My LBS said they didnít think a three-piece crankset would work on the BB shell of this bike.
thats good you have a direction you want to go. I have 155mm cranks on that 20Ē klunker I share a pic of. A three piece crank wonít work on your frame as is. It will work if you purchase the products that others have designed specifically to make it work.

American to mid bb adapter cups

profile racing sprocket adapter ring

and a price friendly Sunday 155mm crank set

thatís all you need to teach your lbs something they didnít know
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