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04-06-15, 10:27 PM
Replies: 35
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Posted By 1FJEF

All of my Schwalbe big Apple & Big Ben tires have...

All of my Schwalbe big Apple & Big Ben tires have that zzzzzz zzzzz hum, mostly from the rear. No big deal.
On the same bike, a rear 2.15" feels faster than the 2.35" (to me).
I don't think the...
09-03-14, 03:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,313
Posted By 1FJEF

Yes, but you call it a step thru (through)...

Yes, but you call it a step thru (through) frame:)
How much does he weigh?
Does he need more than one speed? If he's weak it will help. Also reduces effort when accelerating from a dead stop.
You...
09-03-14, 02:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 24,378
Posted By 1FJEF

2" doesn't look small to me. Front basket, lock &...

2" doesn't look small to me. Front basket, lock & lights removed for clarity.

Big Ben 2" front- Big Apple 2.15" rear
...
09-03-14, 12:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 24,378
Posted By 1FJEF

At your weight you would use a 26 x 2.0 (47mm...

At your weight you would use a 26 x 2.0 (47mm actual) on the front, NO larger. It's what I have on mine & it looks "right". If I were you and wanted speed I would put the same on the rear, perhaps a...
08-29-14, 11:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,514
Posted By 1FJEF

I think a Fuji Cape May...

I think a Fuji Cape May (http://www.fujibikes.com/bike/details/cape-may5) has 25mm wide rims. How much do you weigh? Perhaps look here...
08-29-14, 10:57 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 24,378
Posted By 1FJEF

I ride a 43lb steel 7 speed cruiser 2500 - 3500...

I ride a 43lb steel 7 speed cruiser 2500 - 3500 miles/year, and have done so for years. I weigh about 70lbs more than you. Hand built 36spoke, 32mm wide, double wall wheels, 13ga single butted spokes...
08-20-14, 04:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,155
Posted By 1FJEF

I disagree on internal versus external gears on a...

I disagree on internal versus external gears on a new bike. I prefer external. The entire drive train can be completely replaced very easily, and cheaply, even by a rookie.
If the gearing isn't...
07-18-14, 02:47 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 13,998
Posted By 1FJEF

I have a chart with measurements here...

I have a chart with measurements here (http://www.bikeforums.net/beach-cruisers/925289-cruiser-handlebar-dimensions.html) so you can get some perspective.
...
07-18-14, 02:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,554
Posted By 1FJEF

You are going to have rear wheel failures. I'm...

You are going to have rear wheel failures. I'm almost 300 lbs and I have to use hand built rear wheels. I ride a Sun Retro-7 cruiser. The other thing you may find is that you bend the rear...
07-04-14, 01:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,550
Posted By 1FJEF

Electra has a "tall" size, here's a 7 speed...

Electra has a "tall" size, here's a 7 speed (http://www.electrabike.com/bikes/cruiser/cruiser-7d?g=mens) the one in khaki. Here's a SS (http://www.electrabike.com/bikes/cruiser/cruiser-1?g=mens).
04-06-14, 04:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,915
Posted By 1FJEF

I like it, but would replace tires & seat. I...

I like it, but would replace tires & seat. I think the clear will come off, particularly over the decals, but it looks great. I hope it lasts.
03-14-14, 11:58 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,551
Posted By 1FJEF

I'm a huge guy, I use my Sun Retro-7 (7 speed) to...

I'm a huge guy, I use my Sun Retro-7 (7 speed) to haul groceries & get some exercise doin' it.

So, to make it a little quicker, after some trial & error (I listed below, in case you're bored) I...
02-17-14, 06:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,881
Posted By 1FJEF

They both look like great...

They both look like great city/commuter/utility/fun bikes.
02-11-14, 06:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,238
Posted By 1FJEF

200lbs and above is considered heavy, but if you...

200lbs and above is considered heavy, but if you don't put many miles on it'll last forever. I ride 3200miles+/year.
Single speed coaster brake? I don't think weight is a problem with a handbuilt...
02-10-14, 04:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,238
Posted By 1FJEF

If you're heavy he can do 13ga single butted for...

If you're heavy he can do 13ga single butted for the rear. If you love your old hubs & rims he'll redo them with new spokes too.
02-07-14, 10:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,238
Posted By 1FJEF

Good luck. I like his bolted hubs (non-QR). I...

Good luck. I like his bolted hubs (non-QR). I took his 7 speed cassette hub apart to service the bearings at 1500 miles & they were pristine. The bike in question is a cruiser (all the weight on the...
02-05-14, 08:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,238
Posted By 1FJEF

I like this guy, Mr.Rabbit...

I like this guy, Mr.Rabbit (http://www.mrrabbit.net/oscommerce-2.3.3/catalog/index.php). He'll make you a coaster brake wheel set with machined brake tracks. Contact him, don't just order from his...
12-17-13, 02:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,417
Posted By 1FJEF

Then get Wald rear baskets. Non-folding. Wald's...

Then get Wald rear baskets. Non-folding. Wald's basket page no longer works but it would be a 520, 535 or 570. Beware of the 535, it can come too far forward & hit your heels when you pedal. I think...
12-17-13, 03:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,417
Posted By 1FJEF

It makes the bike a bit wide sometimes, and they...

It makes the bike a bit wide sometimes, and they can rattle, but the Wald double baskets are super convenient & hold a ton of stuff. I took them off & went to a rack with a front basket. I can carry...
12-16-13, 01:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,417
Posted By 1FJEF

Here is the Wald fender page...

Here is the Wald fender page (http://waldsports.qbsoft.com/index.cfm/fenders.html).
Well, it's probably heresy, but I use Topeak Explorer racks...
12-09-13, 11:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,551
Posted By 1FJEF

You have a good eye. They are 13/14 single butted...

You have a good eye. They are 13/14 single butted Stainless Steel. The entire spoke looks thick due to the lighting. Chain guard removed for clarity. The chain stay guard was pried off by some idiot.
12-09-13, 09:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,771
Posted By 1FJEF

Yeah, it's nice to know, isn't it? I also think...

Yeah, it's nice to know, isn't it? I also think that these bars are surely made on more than one jig, so there may be some variation.
I have a square area, but you can use a strong cardboard box,...
12-09-13, 08:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,551
Posted By 1FJEF

Rear O.L.D is 135mm on that bike when new. The...

Rear O.L.D is 135mm on that bike when new.
The single wall 25mm wide no-name factory rims are very light, if my memory serves, the last one I checked off an old parts bike was well under 400g.
The...
12-07-13, 11:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,771
Posted By 1FJEF

Cruiser Handlebar Dimensions

I saw the post "Cheap alternative to Nitto Bosco bar?" and it reminded me of when I was trying to figure out which bar to go with when I was about to Cruiserfy an old MTB/Comfort bike.
I don't know...
12-02-13, 09:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,239
Posted By 1FJEF

You're right. A chain tensioner or RD wouldn't...

You're right. A chain tensioner or RD wouldn't look as clean, would it?
11-27-13, 02:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,140
Posted By 1FJEF

How about a Gold Electra...

How about a Gold Electra (http://www.electrabike.com/bikes/cruiser/coaster-3i?g=ladies), at the bottom of the page. These two (http://www.electrabike.com/bikes/cruiser/coaster-3i?g=ladies) are sorta'...
11-27-13, 02:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,140
Posted By 1FJEF

77 years old, you want to check that the sense of...

77 years old, you want to check that the sense of balance is Ok, if not, get a 3 speed, coaster brake trike.
Walmart bikes are generally made with really cruddy components (in spite of the brand...
11-25-13, 07:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,597
Posted By 1FJEF

I'm a fat guy, with short arms, so cruiser bars...

I'm a fat guy, with short arms, so cruiser bars just don't come quite far enough back and have nowhere near rise enough rise. I haven't tried a Torker, I think they claim 4 1/2" or so.
By the way, I...
11-25-13, 04:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,597
Posted By 1FJEF

Thanks, I can't imagine their reasoning. There...

Thanks, I can't imagine their reasoning. There again, I can't understand why they don't make the 898 (28"wide) with 2 1/2" more "up", lol. Ever notice how most cruiser riders have the bars angled in...
11-24-13, 11:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,597
Posted By 1FJEF

That's good to know, but without the excellent...

That's good to know, but without the excellent details they used to have on the site, how are you supposed to know if an 896 comes straight back, or an 828 fits a different stem etc...etc...
It's a...
11-24-13, 07:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,597
Posted By 1FJEF

It seems like about a year ago that Wald got out...

It seems like about a year ago that Wald got out of the handlebar biz. I checked the website & they're still not listed. Tons for sale out there though.
They've cut back on some of the old basket...
11-23-13, 08:38 PM
Replies: 1,022
Views: 280,469
Posted By 1FJEF

I wish you were closer. I like the Calypso, they...

I wish you were closer. I like the Calypso, they go for around $200 or less in my area (a few hundred miles north of you).
11-20-13, 07:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,239
Posted By 1FJEF

Nice. You could even put the middle chain ring...

Nice. You could even put the middle chain ring and FD back on & make it a 2 speed.
11-20-13, 05:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,852
Posted By 1FJEF

Your rim is 19mm internal width? You should...

Your rim is 19mm internal width? You should easily be able to use 40mm (actual) tires. The Schwalbe "little Big Ben" is available in 40-622.
The Fat Frank in 622 (700c, 29er etc..) is a claimed...
11-20-13, 05:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,740
Posted By 1FJEF

I use removable front basket, Wald 3133GB...

I use removable front basket, Wald 3133GB (http://waldsports.com/waldsports/cache/file/B61963D1-3AB1-4D50-B14F66EE765A4971.jpg) & have brackets for 3 bikes, switching as needed. Your 25 lb capacity...
11-20-13, 04:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 13,176
Posted By 1FJEF

That looks good. Nice bike.

That looks good. Nice bike.
11-19-13, 06:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 13,176
Posted By 1FJEF

Post a link to your photos & I'll post them

Post a link to your photos & I'll post them
11-18-13, 09:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 13,176
Posted By 1FJEF

That's great that you got what you wanted. Can...

That's great that you got what you wanted. Can you post some pictures?
11-18-13, 09:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 13,176
Posted By 1FJEF

I don't see the issue with the Electra rack, but...

I don't see the issue with the Electra rack, but clearance is tight for a trunk bag due to the bottom of the rear seat.
Seat tube clamps that act as a front anchor point for the rack, (rather than...
11-15-13, 02:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 13,176
Posted By 1FJEF

Why not post a picture?

Why not post a picture?
11-15-13, 02:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,626
Posted By 1FJEF

That's a heavy bike, about 38lbs, not really any...

That's a heavy bike, about 38lbs, not really any lighter than non-aluminum. The three piece crank is a nice feature, it looks to be identical to the one used on Next brand cruisers (walmart).
It's...
11-15-13, 01:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,660
Posted By 1FJEF

I rode my Sun Retro-7 cruiser about 1400 miles in...

I rode my Sun Retro-7 cruiser about 1400 miles in the first 6 months of the year. It's outfitted with good lights, rack, baskets & tires.
03-11-13, 07:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 743
Posted By 1FJEF

Agreed, not a light to see with, just to be seen....

Agreed, not a light to see with, just to be seen. Good as a helmet light for illuminating the computer & fixing flats.
03-02-13, 05:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 743
Posted By 1FJEF

It's an OK safety light, I actually use mine on...

It's an OK safety light, I actually use mine on the helmet to illuminate my Cateye computer. I wouldn't use it as a headlight, but it's great used so people can see you.
I can't believe they gave...
03-02-13, 05:31 AM
Replies: 897
Views: 269,630
Posted By 1FJEF

I use the TerraLux 300...

I use the TerraLux 300 (http://www.amazon.com/TerraLUX-TLF-3002AA-BK-LightStar300-Aluminum-Flashlight/dp/B004VMWAKQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362221772&sr=8-1&keywords=terralux+lightstar+300) (lifetime...
03-02-13, 04:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 474
Posted By 1FJEF

I'm not sure how coat hangers would be strong...

I'm not sure how coat hangers would be strong enough, but to get a tighter fit you form around something smaller than the 31.8mm bar.
I assume you're trying to save$$ so the quick releases I'm...
10-22-12, 02:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 627
Posted By 1FJEF

Thank you for the reply. By the way, I have just...

Thank you for the reply. By the way, I have just found the Hookworm model flat prone when used as a commuter tire.
10-21-12, 07:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 627
Posted By 1FJEF

Tire Liner Issue, Mr.Tuffy Ultralight Brown

I have 2 Mr.Tuffy Ultralight Brown liners (for big 26" tires). I can't return them.
Here we go:

1) The ribbed side faces out to contact the tire, the smooth rubber side towards the tube? That's...
08-18-12, 09:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,220
Posted By 1FJEF

UN-55s have a shoulder on the "adjustable cup"...

UN-55s have a shoulder on the "adjustable cup" which limits it's travel when it contacts the frames BB opening, unlike the Tange which will go all the way into the frame....
08-18-12, 06:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,220
Posted By 1FJEF

Crank has no markings other than "FORGED 1 175 1"...

Crank has no markings other than "FORGED 1 175 1" and a Specialized logo. It's a Specialized Expedition Elite from about 2001-2003 I think. Three chainrings retained by four fasteners on the arm....
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