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Old February 7th, 2010, 11:38 PM   #1
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I am in the market for a bike. Mind you, I have only owned mountain and road bikes in my time, and do NOT want another. I only ride on the street, and with my size, being hunched over on a mountain or especially a road chassis just kills my back. I am looking for a cruiser, and more specifically, one with "attitude."

My problem is, the cruiser modification trend is still rather new (or at least new to the interior states) and the manufacturers are just starting to realize that cruisers are no longer only being desired by seniors. I wouldnt mind buying an old cruiser and customizing it to my liking....except I dont have the proper tools to work/ weld tube steel. I would need to do that to fit the 3" tires I want, and possibly a stretch frame.

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Does anyone know of any other quality companies that make bikes similar to this?


Trek Classic Cruiser, single speed, coaster brake. Aluminum frame, three inch street tires, painted flat black with gloss black ghost flames along the frame, and has stitched leather handles and a suspended saddle. I love the looks and quality, but the price is a bit much for me ($365).





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I have also come across these cool looking stretched cruisers. IMO they look bad ass, especially in flat black, but am concerned with riding position. Id hate to spend a bunch of money on one, only to find its uncomfortable as hell to ride.




I am planning to do some long rides with this thing (Mackinaw Island for one), so comfort is key. Being Im a flatlander, multiple speeds are not needed, and since I stopped trail riding bikes when I was in high school, agility is not necessary. I also like having something different than anyone else. Quality is an issue for me, Id rather not own a chinese rattle trap POS. This is something Id like to hang on to. I am also 6'5" 250 lbs. I need a BIG bike, and a nice wide saddle to keep my tailbone from crying.

Budget is $300 or less. If it comes down to it, I may spend more, but Id really rather not.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 06:25 AM   #2
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Look at Electra. If you are actually planning on riding the bike, I'd go for the Trek over the second one.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 06:33 AM   #3
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Look at Electra. If you are actually planning on riding the bike, I'd go for the Trek over the second one.
x2. More expensive than you want, but really high quality and comfortable. They mount the crank more forward than average, so you can stay sitting with your feet on the ground at a stop, and still have full leg extension when pedaling.
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buy a 20"
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That trek is available in a 21", and after doing some more research I think Im just going to go for the trek anyway. I have had other treks, and they were all of superb quality. Those mass produced stretch frames are all made by some chinese company, and their quality is compared to the crap walmart sells.


The trek dealer in my area is locally owned too, and has been in business for 75 years. So it is also nice knowing my $350 is going into the hands of local people. Not to mention the trek is aluminum, with painted ghost graphics instead of steel with stickers.
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That trek is available in a 21", and after doing some more research I think Im just going to go for the trek anyway. I have had other treks, and they were all of superb quality. Those mass produced stretch frames are all made by some chinese company, and their quality is compared to the crap walmart sells.


The trek dealer in my area is locally owned too, and has been in business for 75 years. So it is also nice knowing my $350 is going into the hands of local people. Not to mention the trek is aluminum, with painted ghost graphics instead of steel with stickers.
He meant 20" as in a BMX bike, which have that size wheel compared to a 26" wheel on a standard MTB or the bikes you're looking at.

Trek makes a good bike. You'll be happy. I think I just saw that black one parked outside a restaurant.
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He meant 20" as in a BMX bike, which have that size wheel compared to a 26" wheel on a standard MTB or the bikes you're looking at.

Trek makes a good bike. You'll be happy. I think I just saw that black one parked outside a restaurant.
Thought he was talking frame size. In which case that trek is available in 19" or 21".


I'll probably pick it up once temps get above 40.
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Thought he was talking frame size. In which case that trek is available in 19" or 21".


I'll probably pick it up once temps get above 40.
Y'know, the proper way to break those in is to hit a dirt jump or two and post the pictures in this thread.
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Y'know, the proper way to break those in is to hit a dirt jump or two and post the pictures in this thread.
Im sure those wide street tires and double sprung saddle aught to really get me some air.
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