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Old 08-25-07, 09:46 PM
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they make them all pretty sturdy now. I bought a dk fury 24 about 4 weeks ago and already bent the spindle on the cranks. The shop ordered a different one for me to help out. Have fun!

edit: I'm 6'1" - 197 lbs. and raced it 6 times before the bend.
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Old 08-26-07, 08:16 AM
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Nope, no more Hutch. But for a cruiser whats your price range?
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Old 08-26-07, 12:49 PM
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wow well best of luck to you
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You should try quoting stuff so it goes along with something.
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Old 08-26-07, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by minichamp31 View Post
Nope, no more Hutch. But for a cruiser whats your price range?
$1000 AUD which is about $800 USD
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Old 08-26-07, 06:06 PM
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No sense doing the conversion, for Australian prices, just double the US price. By the way, I still have half a bottle of Bundy OP - one of the best things to come out of QLD.
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Old 08-26-07, 08:18 PM
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Mmmm love the Bundy
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Bundy and Coke. That was a great night in Port Douglas, from what I remember. And cane toads under that tyres of the 'Cruiser. I miss Cairns.
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Old 08-27-07, 02:57 AM
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the poor old cane toad ive seen many things happen to cane toads over the years from having fireworks taped to their back,seen them dipped in metho and lit and smacked with Golf sticks the list goes on and on. gotta agree they do sound good under the wheels of my cruiser
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Old 08-27-07, 06:45 AM
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These are the best complete cruisers out right now. In order...

Kuwahara Pro Cruiser-$569 I really like the new Kuwaharas and you would be totally different if you got one.
Intense Pro Cruiser-$399
Redline Flight Cruuiser-$669
GT Powerseries Cruiser-$549
Redline Proline Cruiser-$409
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What's the Haro cruiser cost these days?
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Old 08-27-07, 10:38 AM
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What's the Haro cruiser cost these days?
Oh yeah, Haro. It costs $479. That's another great choice.
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Dang! My Haro cruiser was $900 in Australia.
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The Haro SX-24 is the most popular complete cruiser at our local tracks but most guys have built their own bikes from the frame up. Standard 250R, Staats and Yess seem to be the most popular frames for these builds. As for handling a guy your weight, plenty of the guys I race with are as big as you. I am 6 foot 6 and 105 kg and a few of the guys in my motos are probably 110.
I built my own on a budget using a Norco Speedmetal Pro Cruiser frame that I got really cheap as Norco stopped marketing BMX race bikes. Most of the completes come with a freewheel, I like a cassette hub as it is much easier to change cogs than a freewheel and the cassette hubs seem to produce less tight spots in the drivetrain, freewheels seem to move back and forth a bit.
The weak link on most of the completes seems to be the cranks. I am running some Redline 3 piece that are holding together OK but most of the riders with American bottom brackets seem to like Profile the best. One of my friends recently got a new Intense complete, it is a pretty nice bike but fits a little shorter than mine and it come geared as a 41 * 18 I think, that equates to 54.7 gear inches. That is too much spinning for me, I ride a 40 * 17.

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Old 08-27-07, 12:02 PM
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I found that I couldn't tell the difference between my Haro SX 24 and my Felt Sector 24 with my eyes closed. Spec and geometry seemed to be the same.
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Old 08-27-07, 12:09 PM
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Felt are not too common in Canada, I don't think there are any dealers here.
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I found that I couldn't tell the difference between my Haro SX 24 and my Felt Sector 24 with my eyes closed. Spec and geometry seemed to be the same.
Felts are soo nice. One of the kids at my local track, Buck Taylor, Is on Factory Felt. He's actually on the Trial Membership thing for NBL that hangs off the handlebars. He ujst got the 2008 Felt Sector Pro X frame. It's like a bronzish color. It's awesome.
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Old 10-30-07, 04:05 AM
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well im not as old as youse guys (13) but i think it quicker to stay on the ground or get minimal air but is also good to learn how to do the jumps that your cant really scooter/not get air over.

well thats my opinion
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Old 10-30-07, 07:51 AM
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i still consider this resorecting.
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Unfortunately Hutch is no longer in business. I am 41. (6'1" 200 lbs) I ride an Intense Pro 24" cruiser. It takes everything I give to it. Most of your Pro style 24" cruisers can handle a man your size without folding.
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i still consider this resorecting.
I agree.
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Old 10-30-07, 05:33 PM
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That is one helluva spelling for resurrecting
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Originally Posted by jonly View Post
they make them all pretty sturdy now. I bought a dk fury 24 about 4 weeks ago and already bent the spindle on the cranks. The shop ordered a different one for me to help out. Have fun!

edit: I'm 6'1" - 197 lbs. and raced it 6 times before the bend.
After you bent your spindle did you hear a rhythmic tunk, tunk, tunk sound as you pedaled hard? (i.e. torquing the cranks) I have that sound right now and suspect a bent crank spindle.
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Old 10-30-07, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by RB1-luvr View Post
i was bored last night so i rode my freebie bmx bike (dumpster dive special) to get an ice cream and then went to Falcon Field in Meriden, CT to check out the track. There was a bunch of kids hanging out. They were all real nice and gave me tips on riding and such. So I took a few laps. Wow is that fun. I think I might like to try racing a cruiser. I'm waiting for my friend's kids to be old enough to race and then he and I will probably do the cruiser thing.

One question: is it possible to be competitive in my age group (I'm 43) without getting much air? I'm not really into that. Waaaay to chicken, and can't afford injuries and missing work.
Sorry i'am late. First you can be really competitive at your age on any bike. I found this out tonight as i was at gate practice at my local track.Now just getting back in this game a month ago i thought i was never gonna make it around the first turn without dying.But i have changed my diet (alot less budweiser & chicken wings) and i go to gate practice once a week and try to hit a local on the weekend and man i feel and look a 100% better.keep it up and you'll see your not the only one at the track just like you. atleast that's what i 've run into.And on the air thing i've been hitting and clearing some small jumps with ease, just as soon as i check my health insurance i'am going for something bigger!
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