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Offline Beep!Beep!

Beach Cruisers
« on: June 02, 2006, 11:28:23 am »
This is why a Scotsman is on an American website. You may cringe but are replacing my long lost Raleigh Bomber with a replica beach cruiser as the Bomber was a type of beach cruiser. Have a 'Y' frame mountain bike with rear coil suspension, strangley it has traditional forks with traditional size 26 ins [590] wheels with a single speed rear hub with an Alice band cardboard drum brake at the rear! The seat has been replaced with a cruiser style sprung saddle and the handlebars have been changed to a BMX style bar, the only differance is the reinforcing bar in the middle is bolted on. The tyres have been replaced with Greentyre Marathon which is closer to a 40-45C in width than the normal 35C though have no idea what the proper size is. I'm hoping you guys can help me with advice on how to perfect the look and would love to get the proper handlebars, well guys what do you think? If interested can send colour photies for you to assess the bike. There is no beach cruisers this side of the pond so would like to own at least a replica. Also own a genuine 26ins BMX Cruiser too! A rare beastie which again are doing my best to restore as authentically as possible. Do you still use beach cruisers or are they all gone now with the modern mountain bikes??? :quest:


Offline wanderingwheel

Beach Cruisers
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2006, 12:44:45 pm »
Beach cruisers are still very popular around the beach, at least here in Southern California.   Felt and Nirve both have extensive lines, so check them out for styling ideas.  Stretch cruisers are also popular, such as this one: http://www.chucksbikes.com/store/cb006.htm

Handlebars can vary, but you are generally looking for a wide bar that is gradually swept back.  If you can't find one locally, try bending a piece of pipe of the appropriate size.  If you still can't get it, let me know and I can pick one up for you.

Sean


Offline wanderingwheel

Beach Cruisers
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2006, 02:26:37 pm »
A few more thoughts.  To complete your beach cruiser you need a surfboard or body board carrier.  When riding, you must never exceed 15 mph, and should generally stay below 10 mph.  You must never ride your cruiser while wearing either long pants or shoes (sandals are ok). :)

Sean


Offline Beep!Beep!

Beach Cruisers
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2006, 12:18:11 pm »
Must say a big thanks!!! Are pleased to see the pedals are right on mine and the bars are not too far out plus it has a chaingaurd, pretty close in style as well plus it has fat street tyres though not the mountain bike size even the saddle is right too. apart from the frame the bike is pretty much right apart from the bolt on handlebar crossrod, I want to leave that as it adds a certain amount of style. If it's not too cheeky of me, would you like me to send you some photies and you can judge for yourself? All I need is your postal address and you can e-mail me at tyredocter@hotmail.co.uk Noticed too my 'fenders' are the right style too and no need to worry as the bike is geared to cruise at the speed you said and as for the clothes well the Scottish weather and me being diabetic [burn too easily] means the bikes cool, I'm not. Must say again Sean a huge thanks and you really have made my day  :)


Offline Beep!Beep!

Beach Cruisers
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2006, 11:42:26 am »
Sean thanks to you have found a UK website that does the correct handlebars so will be ordering them real soon.


Offline wanderingwheel

Beach Cruisers
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2006, 05:11:06 pm »
Glad you found everything.  Beach cruisers are such fun, simple bikes.  Enjoy yours!

Sean