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Old 12-29-21, 04:24 PM
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My Dolomite (ALX version) has pretty much put my cruiser in storage. I raised the bars and put on a better seat and I love it.
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My Hyper. Its cheap but it looks OK. I added a 3 speed rear wheel to it myself. It was stolen the day before Christmas Eve. It was locked up with a hefty cable lock.
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Virtue Tank

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very nicely built and a great ride around town. Love this bike!
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Most recent. I wanted the old style chainring on it so found a free set in great condition. Also found a nice 70’s seatpost bolt with the “S” on it to install.

I was having trouble with the seat post slipping so cleaned the tube of grease, cranked down on the post but it still slipped on a ride. Pulled the 25.4 alloy post which was the same size as the steel original. The ID of the seat tube was 25.6 to 25.7. Found a manufacturer shim in my parts bin and put the whole thing back together. Nice and tight! No slipping. Will probably order a 25.6 if they make it.



Got the post ordered and it has arrived. Always want to get rid of shims if I can.

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All most forgot! Changed the pedals out for some new wide platform ones and love how the feel with street shoe riding! Well go units I think.
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Originally Posted by surveyor6
My Hyper. Its cheap but it looks OK. I added a 3 speed rear wheel to it myself. It was stolen the day before Christmas Eve. It was locked up with a hefty cable lock.

Cheap cable locks are fairly easy to cut. I keep all my bikes inside wherever I go. I have a few places where I lock outside for a short time within my eyesight. If you have to lock up outside at your home address and people have access to it it will be stolen. If you have to lock up in a public place at your work then it will be stolen. Unfortunately the best place to keep it is inside your home or garage. Inside your place of work with a real hard lock to cut. I have locked to pipes or architectural details. One place I worked had a lot of equipment with equipment rooms and I was able to lock to equipment inside equipment rooms out of sight of most workers and certainly no public areas. The phrase "Out of sight out of mind" is the guiding principle in parking and locking bicycles. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I've lost several bikes over the years. I haven't lost one in 35 years now because I make it hard for thieves. The last bikes I lost were in a downtown job where the bikes were locked up in areas accessible by the public. After the last bike got stolen I started roller bladeing to work and keeping the roller blades in my locker. That worked pretty well. I lived about 2-3 miles away at the time. Rain was slippery but we get no snow here so that was a good solution.
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Old 01-10-22, 09:12 PM
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I replaced the stolen Hyper with a folding bike with 20" wheels. I can keep it locked in my truck at work.
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TBM; agree with everything you report. My wife's bike, a pretty crusty, but still very functional 12 year old Santa Cruz Superlite with 20K or so miles of off road bliss, was stolen from the front of our house while locked to the bike rack during the hours of 10AM - 1PM (we were watching an NFL game after a ride). Now, no bikes are ever left outside locked or not.
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Originally Posted by surveyor6
I replaced the stolen Hyper with a folding bike with 20" wheels. I can keep it locked in my truck at work.
Which folding bike did you get? Some riders who do grocery shopping on their folders, fold them up and put them in the shopping cart while shopping.
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This is actually my daughters bike, but I have it at my house for a while. I have been riding it, and using it to see if I could get by with a single speed cruiser. Turns out I can. I ride every day for fun, exercise, and for various errands etc. At 69, and a survivor of various health issues, I am happy to be able to ride again.
Here is the Huffy Cranbrook stripped down a bit.

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Looks like a decent cruiser. Have it been regreased since leaving the factory? Very important!
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Just picked this up the other day.
A New Belgium FELT cruiser from 2010 number 270, I've wanted this model for some time. Pretty much original, missing grip ends but pretty much all there. love the huge front rack that can hold a case of beer.






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Originally Posted by birdmove
Which folding bike did you get? Some riders who do grocery shopping on their folders, fold them up and put them in the shopping cart while shopping.
I got a no-name Chinese folding bike for cheap. It was sold as second hand, but still in the original box.
Here is a pic before I adjusted everything to fit me. I had to get taller handle bars before it fit well.

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Originally Posted by birdmove
This is actually my daughters bike, but I have it at my house for a while. I have been riding it, and using it to see if I could get by with a single speed cruiser. Turns out I can. I ride every day for fun, exercise, and for various errands etc. At 69, and a survivor of various health issues, I am happy to be able to ride again.
Here is the Huffy Cranbrook stripped down a bit.

I really like the style of the Cranbrook frame. I would like to find a frame in decent shape and build a cruiser with quality components. I know it would be a stupid waste of time and money but it would also be a fun project.
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I am enjoying this bike, enough so that I might buy one for myself. I'd rather buy one put together at WM. Not because a Cranbrook is hard to fo. It's not. But, because hat way I can inspect the bike for dents, true wheels, and check the welds. The model used to be notorious for horrible ugly welds. This one is okay. I think the Cranbrook/Nel Lusso/Fairmont (and a Huffy or two I'm forgetting) frames are just fine as long as one doesn't want an aluminum one. My daughters handles well, is fun to ride, and peddalling isn't too hard for this 69 ear old geezer. I would like to install a front rim brake.
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Originally Posted by birdmove
I am enjoying this bike, enough so that I might buy one for myself. I'd rather buy one put together at WM. .
Just as an FYI if you buy one from Walmart be prepared to take it apart and redo it. From improper assy to dry bearings its best to just rebuild the bike from scratch and know it was done correctly.

My.02 from the bikes Ive purchased there.
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You are right about that! But, at least, if WM assembles them, then they are dealing with the shipping damages so the buyer doesn't have to. Dented fenders, bent wheels, etc.
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As an idea or suggestion, find a bare bones cruiser frame. Older ones in "patina'd" shape can be found very cheaply (sometimes free). Go to the local metal recyclers, find a pair of alloy rims, lace in hub of choice, put on cog of choice and fit chain. If there are tires with the rims, so much the better. This is my wifes 24 inch Schwinn that was assembled from parts found, given or purchased used. Could not find alloy rims in 24 inch here, so used steel ones I had on hand. Bike was taken to the salt mine in Hutchinson for the second "Tour de Salt." Bike was gutted, rinsed and rebuilt afterward, but the rims still began to rust. I will eventually have to replace them, but the bike in the single speed state cost less than $100. With using an older frame, at least you won't have to worry about welds being bad.
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Using this winter time to change my cruiser. First was the headset replaced with a nice Tange Levin CD unit. Ended up milling the ID to fit the 30.2 cups but kept the 27 crown race diameter.


Also have the proper fitted 25.6 seatpost in.
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Next, from V- brakes to 1983 Dia-compe 980 canti brakes. Must find some old fashion DC levers to get the right pull.
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Next, from V- brakes to 1983 Dia-compe 980 canti brakes. Must find some old fashion DC levers to get the right pull.
Will any short pull lever work?
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Will any short pull lever work?
Most DC are short pull anyway. Really hoping to find some silver ones which always came on Schwinn.
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The DC 980’s are on and the cable pull is good for the under space under the rear rack. The first plan is to drill and tap a hole for a cable adjuster through the rack.

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Originally Posted by birdmove
This is actually my daughters bike, but I have it at my house for a while. I have been riding it, and using it to see if I could get by with a single speed cruiser. Turns out I can. I ride every day for fun, exercise, and for various errands etc. At 69, and a survivor of various health issues, I am happy to be able to ride again.
Here is the Huffy Cranbrook stripped down a bit.

That's a nice clean looking Huffy
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QUOTE=jamesj;22385800]Just picked this up the other day.
A New Belgium FELT cruiser from 2010 number 270, I've wanted this model for some time. Pretty much original, missing grip ends but pretty much all there. love the huge front rack that can hold a case of beer.





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I see this one (2011) for sale near me at $375. Is that the going rate in very good condition and is the bike extra heavy? I do like the looks but I'm used to my Townie so it may not be the most comfortable ride.

2011 Felt New Belgium Beach Cruiser


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