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When is a cruiser not a cruiser?

Old 11-26-12, 04:03 PM
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When is a cruiser not a cruiser?

I know that sometimes terms are just terms, but I was wondering today about how strictly or loosely the term "cruiser" can be applied to a bicycle. In the most general possible language, of course, any bike that one "cruises" on is a cruiser. in the strictest sense, however, it seems to apply to the classic steel-framed, balloon-tired, coaster-braked, single-speed beach cruiser.

On the other hand, my Simple Seven has an aluminum frame, 7 speeds and front/rear direct-pull brakes. Even the shape is a modernized, simplified version of the old curves. That just leaves the balloon tires, comfort seat and swept-back handlebars to confirm its cruiserdom.

So when, in your opinion, does a "cruiser" begin to morph into some other kind of "Missing Link" bicycle?
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Old 11-26-12, 05:00 PM
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Is this a cruiser?

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Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."
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You probably need to contact UCI, who strictly control all applications of cycling nomenclature. Also, ask them about 'hybrid' while you are at it.
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Old 11-27-12, 06:21 AM
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Here is my cruiser thatís not a cruiser. On advice from forum members I had to add a cup holder and now itís a cruiser.





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Old 11-27-12, 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
Is this a cruiser?

Damn, Chickenman! What are you? 6'8"? That's one of the longest steerer tubes I've ever seen!
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Old 11-27-12, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by bud16415 View Post
Here is my cruiser thatís not a cruiser. On advice from forum members I had to add a cup holder and now itís a cruiser.





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I KNEW my bike was missing something....
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Old 11-27-12, 03:57 PM
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The cup holder is a very nice touch. My stainless coffee mug as it turns out fits conveniently in a WB cage so I'm good to go coffee wise. I don't have a cruiser, however, but I am thinking about an SS for those Starbucks R/T runs.
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Old 11-27-12, 06:05 PM
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My Cruiser is the fat tire bike to the far right of this collection of rides.


I don't have a cup holder... I'll have to work on that.
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This is a cruiser.
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
Damn, Chickenman! What are you? 6'8"? That's one of the longest steerer tubes I've ever seen!
I'm 6'-2". This is a 25" C-T seat tube frame. And it's MR. Chickenman to you.

It's a pretty comfy ride.




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Originally Posted by genec View Post
I don't have a cup holder... I'll have to work on that.

The funny thing about the cup holder is it’s a Schwinn branded product from Wallymart. As a kid I grew up with Schwinn bikes and add on extras. I don’t think there was a cup holder back in the day. Now that Schwinn is pretty much Schwinn in name only no longer made in the USA, these cup holders are a really nice product. Well made, clamp works well and there is even a taper on the holder part to match the normal coffee cup and the inside or the taper is lined with some foam. They were so proud of the quality product they are making they put the “Schwinn Quality” badge on it. Only one small problem, I looked thru about 20 of them on the rack and they all had the badge on upside down. I kind of like it that way.



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Every bike can be a cruiser. Once you set out to ride in shorts,t-shirt, sans computer and navigation, you're cruising.
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Old 11-28-12, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by bud16415 View Post
they were so proud of the quality product they are making they put the “schwinn quality” badge on it. Only one small problem, i looked thru about 20 of them on the rack and they all had the badge on upside down.

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Old 11-28-12, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
Every bike can be a cruiser. Once you set out to ride in shorts,t-shirt, sans computer and navigation, you're cruising.
That's pretty much all of my rides.
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Let's complicate the original question by adding "Beach" cruiser.
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Let's complicate the original question by adding "Beach" cruiser.
Back at you.

This is my American Eagle. Rode down to the beach this morning. Took it on a few mountain bike trails on the way. My gardener got it from customer who had it on the side of his house in the bushes. He didn't want it, so I took it. A nice bike just to get on and ride.



And I'll post a picture of my Schwinn Jaguar. It's a modern Schwinn I bought as a frame, fork, & crank. Found a donor GT mountain bike for the rest of it. One of the few bikes I regret selling. It worked much better than it had a right to.



The Varsity cruiser. '64 Varsity frame with 26" coaster brake wheels. Another fun bike.



Love them all. And they're all at the beach.
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When is a cruiser not a cruiser?

Ok, I'll bite.

Why do we have a crusier sticky here and no one will use it??
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Old 12-03-12, 11:04 AM
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When is a cruiser not a cruiser?

Ok, I'll bite.

Why do we have a crusier sticky here and no one will use it??
Because it's too limited?
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Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
When is a cruiser not a cruiser?

Ok, I'll bite.

Why do we have a crusier sticky here and no one will use it??
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Because it's too limited?

This tread is no less , or more, than the sticky thread put up to avoid what is seen by the mods as "to much bother" to assign space for a cruiser bike forum.
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