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Lightweight Cruisers?

Old 11-03-15, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by -=(8)=- View Post
I think this is the coolest bike Ive seen in a loooong time !!
I agree. Very cool looking, only it doesn't qualify as a cruiser IMHO. No fenders. No sprung saddle. The handle bars are only slightly swept back, and they are lower than the seatpost. Rider will not be in the classic cruiser straight up posture. Per Sheldon Brown,
"Cruisers are built for ride comfort, not efficiency." This looks very efficient.
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Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
Thanks, the KHS is a rare bike. It was built for the Japanese market. I bought this one in Canada when I worked in the industry. The distributor brought 8 of them into the country. They were never inported into the US. Oddly enough the chainstay protector says KHS USA. Only came in one size, good thing I'm the size of an average Japanese man, haha.

This one is a keeper. Latest build.

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Originally Posted by banana rat View Post
I have a Wally World Kent La Jolla. Don't know the actual weight but it's pretty lightweight.
finally got a deal on a cheap one at a flea market. actually two. i was just gonna get the ladies model for an extra guest bike, but went ahead and got the set, because (besides being cheap) i noticed how much rust was on both. i realised as light as they seem, they have a lot of steel components and could be even lighter. the bars, seat post, crank arms and sprocket, and even the front forks are all steel.

so i'm gonna play poor mans weight weenie and replace some stuff with home stash pieces and whatever i can get cheap from the local co-op. i'll post some weights along the way once i start.
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I have a 19 pound Beach Cruiser. I built it from the ground up. First I bought a Cannondale M200 off Craigslist. I looked at several until I found one with perfect paint. Stripped it and rebuilt with a Lightweight single speed crank and rear cartridge. Put on a set of Super lightweight rims and topped it off with Schwalbe Marathon tires. I used a small cutting wheel to re-form the dropouts into a diagonal shape to adjust the chain.( Before I knew about EBB). I used rim brakes to keep the weight down. With the Mountain Bike geometry I had to trim the Aluminum handlebars about three inches on each side and run the seat a little forward to keep weight forward some. Otherwise it was a wheelie machine if you took off too quick. The bike is a rocket and well worth the $850 I spent. I have over 3000 miles on this bike and it performs flawlessly.
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I have a Genesis GX7 aluminum framed 29" cruiser. Light for what it is, affordable but low end quality. I use to for rides when I want an extra workout or when I ride with slower riders.
7 speeds, bottle holder, comfy seat and high riding position make this a fun bike. I have taken it on 30 mile rides and felt great afterwards due to it's comfortable ride and seating. I think I got it for $130 on sale at the Walmart website with a discount for getting their credit card (that I cancelled the following statement).
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Looks a little more cruiserish these days.

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