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Non-production fixed/ss cruiser?

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Old 10-04-06, 10:31 PM
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Non-production fixed/ss cruiser?

I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking for, but I'm thinking I need a beach cruiser/hot rod/whatever fixed gear. Something for puttering around on without feelin' like I gotta haul the mail. Lots of big companies sell cheap cruisers with crappy components, etc. Do any of the smaller frame shops make a cruiser frame for build up? I poked around at all the websites I could think of and didn't seen any.

Maybe I should order me up a Don Walker Beach Racer. Hah.

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Old 10-04-06, 11:00 PM
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why not just do a conversion?
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Don Walker?

ANT does some sick cruiser-style rides, but I don't know of really anyone who bothers with a custom cruiser since such designs are relegated to models requiring unique geometry which affects performance. I mean, there are SO many production companies out there producing cruisers anywhere from $250-$1,000, so I'm sure you'll find something fitting your budget/riding style. If you bring the cash, I'm sure somebody has a bike for you...
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Old 10-04-06, 11:09 PM
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Retrotec.
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Old 10-04-06, 11:17 PM
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My bad on the Dale/Don. Dale Walker makes motorcycle parts. I confuse easily.

I up for converting, I just haven't seen any good candidates on ebay.

I dig ANT. I don't dig the prices or the wait. If I'm gonna spend $3k on a bike, it's sure not gonna be on my cruiser.

The retrotec tip is pretty keen, thanks.

Production cruiser is "ok" - just like a langster or pista. I was hoping for something a little more flavorful. I'm thinking more like an IRO or a Surly equivilent, not a full custom.
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Old 10-04-06, 11:23 PM
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I'd say hit up your local goodwill, most cruisers, from my memory, have a 126 rear spacing, you could get an iro wheelset with fixed hubs laced to 26" rims (which is what's on most cruisers). Probably spend no more than $250...
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Old 10-05-06, 04:05 AM
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the Cook Bros. stuff is being made again. http://www.cookbros.com/Bicycles.html
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Check out Electra's online store.

I picked up a pretty sick frame from them, all aluminum with beautiful welds, a threaded bottom bracket and a threadless fork for about $100. It was the "Paperboy" frame from a few years ago. I didn't end up making it into a fixed gear but I built up a pretty nice beach cruiser. Cane Creek threadless headset, Ritchey Stubby Stem, Dotek cranks, Shimano sealed bottom bracket, Wellgo Pedals and then some aluminum coaster brake cruiser rims and bars I bought on Ebay. But I could easily sub in some fixed wheels and riser bars and it would be a great urban assult vehicle. Only problem in doing it was that the rear spacing was only 110mm so you'd have to find a hub that could be spaced down to fit.

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http://www.63xc.com/erikb/urbanfix.htm
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