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You're right cyclodan, it was only dormant! I'm planning on keeping it fairly simple, setup as a singlespeed, but like you suggest, with quality wheels. I've seen some decent cruisers setup with Mavic rims and yep, BMX hubs...thinks that's the way to go. It's the Elgin with 26"s. Never built up wheels before, but would be willing to try...worse comes to worse I could get the parts and have the LBS finish it. Any particular hubs of better quality? Any advice on the front end? Standard forks or rigid chromoly? Can a threadless headset be used with mtb bars instead of quill type/threaded forks? I'm a learning alot with all these threads....it maybe an obsession or addiction now, because I just got another frame to build, a Gamble's Hiawatha in really great shape.Geez, thanks for the input:)
 

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Schwinn Spitfire 1955, Marzocchi Shocks, V-brakes, 180mm 1-piece BMX cranks, BMX sealed bottom bracket.

oh, yeah ...

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Crestline, CA
 

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Here's a thread with some classic cruisers

I posted some with classic cruisers restored by a guy I know.
I've got my own '58 AMF Luxury Liner, but no good pics right now.
https://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=145945&highlight=neveride

Just a couple from that thread:
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I lOVE the cruisers

At my house, this is what you get when you mention a cruiser...

An old 'pre-war' skip-tooth Schwinn Excelsior. This thing looks pretty rugged. I think it was painted with a brush sometime before 1950 :rolleyes:
I plan to keep it just like it is. I've gone through the bearings and hubs 'n such. I had to replace the chain (with NOS) as the side plates were cracked and would break on occassion. I also replaced the tires as they ended up splitting. I recovered the seat myself. Now it is completely ridable and such a blast to cruise down town for a cup of coffee.

<img src="https://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c374/63woods/Cruisers/Excelsior2.jpg" alt="Image hosted by Photobucket.com">

Next, I have this 70's - 80s Schwinn cruiser that I've 'pimped'. It started out looking like this:
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I know, some would probably left well enough alone. However, I wanted to pimp 'er out. So, I threw on a springer front end, bigger bars, leather grips, a Brooks springy saddle (the old seat was broken) and replaced the cracked tires with some blackwalls.

Here's how it looked until last week when I tore it down to send to the powder coater. (The existing paint was a home spray job by the previous owner).

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I'll post a pic again after she comes back from the powder shop. She'll be a dark metal flake green. Should be fun. :cool:

Cheers~
Joe
 

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i dig the excelsior! i wouldn't mind picking that up from you if you ever decided to sell. :D
 

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mwr said:
What happened to veloculture?
whoops. i logged onto the wrong account. it's early for me. thats my excuse. :rolleyes:
 

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Primitive leading link type fork. Probably began life as something like this. Murray or Wester Flyer X-53 or maybe a Murray Fliteline
 

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I'm waaay late on this and reviving a dead thread, as it were.
Here's my frankenbike coffee cruiser build;

Project "RatRod;"





Here's the URL for the write, details of the progress and more pics;

https://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=308628

It's somewhat confusing as to where one would post bikes like this. I've seen cruisers in the 29er and 96er/69er forums. {Where I posted my thread on this bike??!??!?!?!??!?}}

As you will see in the other thread, I've still some work to do on 'er, but I'll keep those interested up to date.
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This is my complete Cook Bros. Cruiser. It has Cook Frame and Uni-Clamp Forks,Bars,Cook Laid Back Seat Post,Dog Bone Cranks with a Cook Spyder,Bottom Bracket,Cook Pedals and also Hubs. No, it is not an optical illusion, it also uses a 26" front and a 24" rear wheel.
 

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This is my complete Cook Bros. Cruiser. It has Cook Frame and Uni-Clamp Forks,Bars,Cook Laid Back Seat Post,Dog Bone Cranks with a Cook Spyder,Bottom Bracket,Cook Pedals and also Hubs. No, it is not an optical illusion, it also uses a 26" front and a 24" rear wheel.
Some cool rides in here!
Dude! where can I obtain that seatpost?
G.
 
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