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Old 05-26-11, 11:36 AM   #1
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Does anybody ride single speed cruisers?

Just wondering,I don't see a lot of them anymore. My wife wanted a bike,she wanted a old coaster brake cruiser style.So I bought one for her for Christmas,for $30 from Wal-Mart. It was on sale and that was what she she wanted. I'd like to fix it up for her,put a basket and a bell on there for her. Nothing fancy,but I'd like to surprise her.

Post your old cruisers if you own one.
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Old 05-27-11, 07:47 AM   #2
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I rode a 50 mile ride two weeks ago with a group of Boy Scouts who were completing the final requirement for their Cycling Merit Badge. It was a long ride in term of time - almost 8 hours start to finish and we had some significant winds that day. One of the fathers who accompanied us on this ride rode his son's Schwinn single-speed bike while the boy rode a decent multi-speed comfort bike. The dad kept right up with the adult ride leader who was riding a Lightspeed bike. When we presented the boy with his Cycling Merit Badge, I gave the father a special award for completing the 50 miles on the one-speed bike. The boy's comment to his dad was that he could have done the 50 mile ride easier on that one-speed than on the road bike. The father's comment to me was, "the grass is always greener....". The bike the dad rode is a new one so I suppose that they are available from Schwinn dealers. Frankly, I wouldn't trade any of my multi-speed bikes/trikes for any one-speed but to each his own!
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Old 06-15-11, 07:26 PM   #3
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Hi! I'm new to this forum and new to riding as well. I hadn't ridden a bike for 30 years until this year. I bought my Huffy Cranbrook cruiser used from I wanted something without gears since I didn't think I needed them and don't know how to use them anyway. In the few months since I've had the bike I've learned that I do need at least some gears with all the hills around here, so I've bought a new Trek 700 wsd which I pick up tomorrow.

I posted a whole blog entry on how I accessorized my cruiser when I bought it. I had so much fun. I bought a front basket, handlebar mirror, matching helmet, and silver streamers for the handlebars. I planned to get a matching bell and water bottle holder too, but now I'll wait and get them to match my new bike instead.

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I don't own one, but when I visit my friend who lives south of Cape Canaveral on the Florida coast I'll take one out on day trips. It's a lot of fun; reminds me of the bikes I rode as a kid, and for noodling around in that environment a fat-tired single speed is really all you need. If my friend would allow it I'd build up a cruiser with a 2 speed kickback hub and leave it at his place. The low gear would be good for quick starts, headwinds, and the occasional overpass climb.
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I have an Electra 1 speed cruiser, and I absolutely love it! I'm in Southern California, and 1 speed cruisers are pretty common here, especially around the beaches. Since I live in a hilly area, I also have a Schwinn Sierra 7 speed if I want to ride around my neighborhood, but for those long, lazy rides at the beach or around the lake, nothing beats the laid-back feel of my cruiser!
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I was in Crested Butte, Colorado a couple weeks ago and saw single speed beach cruisers everywhere. It struck me as an odd choice for a mountain town. However, the town itself is pretty flat and only a few blocks square, so a cheap, simple bike to get around town must be just the ticket.
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Come to New Orleans, that's the standard bicycle here. It's flat and the pavement is in bad shape, so everyone rides puffy-tired cruiser bikes. Some people ride MTB's, but most of the gear range is excessive and never gets used. Road bikes rattle your arms something fierce on post-Katrina roads.
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