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Beach Cruisers Do you love balloon tires and fenders? Do you love riding the simplicity of a single gear and coaster brakes or a single gear cluster? Do you love the classic curves in the tubing of a cruiser that takes you back to the 1950's and 1960's, stylistically? Here's your home! Welcome to the Beach Cruisers and Cruisers forum!

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Old 10-12-17, 08:54 AM   #751
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ride and enjoy. Preserve. find a tank. I've had it a couple years. just the right amount of patina

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Nirve Beach 7. Changed some parts to make it lighter, almost 6 lbs lighter than stock. next some drivetrain mods to make climbing moderate hills easier. Need to clean up the cables after changing the handlebars to riser style MTB.

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Here's my old klunker.
Its so rusty, I had to clear coat it to keep metal from flaking off. Real safe.
Unknown frame with Schwinn forks and cranks. Generic wheels. SR BMX neck
Need to ride this bad boy again


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Bildabike and 3G



Cruising down the beach today I came across this fort someone built. The 3G is the cruiser I plucked from a junk pile and found this site to learn how to fix it. Many thanks for the instructions and tips. Both hubs, headset, and bb are rebuilt. All the rattle parts removed thanks to SP. This cruiser rolls thru many beach miles and rarely complains.

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The 3G is the cruiser I plucked from a junk pile and found this site to learn how to fix it. Many thanks for the instructions and tips. Both hubs, headset, and bb are rebuilt. All the rattle parts removed thanks to SP. This cruiser rolls thru many beach miles and rarely complains.
NIce work on this. It looks great.
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Old 10-14-17, 10:58 PM   #759
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NIce work on this. It looks great.
Thanks, Jimmie. The Bildabike was my first cruiser. I enjoy having the 3G with more classic cruiser geometry to mix things up.
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Nirve Beach 7. Changed some parts to make it lighter, almost 6 lbs lighter than stock. next some drivetrain mods to make climbing moderate hills easier. Need to clean up the cables after changing the handlebars to riser style MTB.

Maxxis tires never fail to accent bikes perfectly. They almost got me more than the Thickslick logo does but not quite.
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Here's my old klunker.
Its so rusty, I had to clear coat it to keep metal from flaking off. Real safe.
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20171012_090519 by Norcal Mike, on Flickr
What type of clear coat you use? I might do the same on my bike to keep it in good shape lol

Love bikes like this that are like a functional time capsule!
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What type of clear coat you use? I might do the same on my bike to keep it in good shape lol

Love bikes like this that are like a functional time capsule!
standard issue Krylon rattle can from my local hardware store. took about 4 coats but one can did the job. I think I used gloss buy flat would have been fine too for this. Depends on how shiney you want it.
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Here's my old klunker.
Its so rusty, I had to clear coat it to keep metal from flaking off. Real safe.
Unknown frame with Schwinn forks and cranks. Generic wheels. SR BMX neck
Need to ride this bad boy again


20171012_090519 by Norcal Mike, on Flickr

That bike is crying inside. It's very very sad. It wants you to take those damn reflectors of it's wheels so it can look like a real Klunker.
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Nirve Beach 7. Changed some parts to make it lighter, almost 6 lbs lighter than stock. next some drivetrain mods to make climbing moderate hills easier. Need to clean up the cables after changing the handlebars to riser style MTB.

I love the frame design and look.
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That bike is crying inside. It's very very sad. It wants you to take those damn reflectors of it's wheels so it can look like a real Klunker.
I'll get out the hammer today so I can remove them properly
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I love the frame design and look.
yes, I choose the Nirve cruiser for its frame design. Sort of looks likes a modernized Schwinn DX style prewar cruiser. Looking to build a cruiser that has an older look but with newer parts. Was really hoping to find a second hand Gary Fisher Klunker or Breezer Ignaz X, but no such luck. Both bikes were made 20 years ago and probably not in great numbers, and for whatever reason don't seem to come for sale all that often.
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My 1963 Chicago Schwinn.

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My 1963 Chicago Schwinn.

Whoa, that's a beaut. Original color?
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My 1963 Chicago Schwinn.



FIVE STARS all day long man. Rubber block pedals, Stock stem, hub polishers, and Schwinn grips. Pure class.

Did you have some of the parts re-chromed? Because they sure are shiny. Are those axles chromed? Where did you get those?


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FIVE STARS all day long man. Rubber block pedals, Stock stem, hub polishers, and Schwinn grips. Pure class.

Did you have some of the parts re-chromed? Because they sure are shiny. Are those axles chromed? Where did you get those?


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Yes, many (most) parts are re-chromed, no easy task in this day and age. I live an hour north of San Diego so my best guess is the polishing is done around here, and it's sent over the border for actual plating.
I haven't asked....I just pay what they quote and it's not cheap.
The leather hub polishers were NOS...when I put them on and darn they really work!

Since you asked, I will post a couple of my other builds this evening when I get home...

I've done several and gifted/donated them all but the green one which hangs in my garage now since it doesnt get ridden post hip-replacement surgery.
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Yes, many (most) parts are re-chromed, no easy task in this day and age. I live an hour north of San Diego so my best guess is the polishing is done around here, and it's sent over the border for actual plating.
I haven't asked....I just pay what they quote and it's not cheap.
The leather hub polishers were NOS...when I put them on and darn they really work!

Since you asked, I will post a couple of my other builds this evening when I get home...

I've done several and gifted/donated them all but the green one which hangs in my garage now since it doesnt get ridden post hip-replacement surgery.

Thanks. And please let me know about the axles. Is the rear hub a Bendix?
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Nightrain: thats NOT an original color, but very, very close. (Its powder-coat which wasnt even invented when that bike was originally built).
Squidpuppet:The axle is stamped Schwinn.
Here’s another of my cruisers I restored/built. If memory serves it’s a 1978. It’s an Electro-forged Schwinn which refers to the way they later produced the trademark Schwinn smooth headtube joints more cost effectively.


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This one got more compliments than any of my others....in the California sunshine the color (also powdercoated) was a delight to the eye.

Those pedals were a tough find and super heavy.

This frame was in atrocious shape when I found it....any earlier frame, but the vintage was right. Built before the more modern Electro-forged technology.


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Last one Im going to post....(save some bandwidth for someone else) but I built this for my little sister who is 5’1”tall. This is actually an “Arnold Schwinn” bicycle, and the headbadge reflected that. “Arnold Schwinn” bikes came before the formation of “Schwinn” as we once knew it as such.

IIRC this bike had an early 1940’s original build date.

This was a tough build, powdercoated frame, but painted to match fenders (which couldnt hold up to the heat involved with powdercoat process for the body-filler they required to be made presentable).

The rims, chain guard and fender stays are also PC’ed.

I built this about 14 years ago for her, and while she now prefers her lighter Townie she still gets lots of compliments when she DOES take it out on the town. Yes, theres a chain on it now....it works better that way.



I hope I havent bored anyone....I built others but, well you get the gist of my previous bicycling life.

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The paint color and finish on your cruisers makes me weak in the knees. Beautiful bikes. A Brooks saddle on the blue Schwinn would make it a bonafide show stopper.
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