Bicycle Brands

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by DanTheDIYGuy, Jul 26, 2016.

  1. DanTheDIYGuy

    DanTheDIYGuy Member

    I am trying to find a good quality beach cruiser, single speed. My Walmart bike that I used for my build fell apart after about 200 miles of use. Needless to say, I'm disappointed. The repairs are too costly for the value of the bike at this point, and I've had many issues in building it up to the point of it being usable.

    All this to say, I need advice on what brand to choose. I am not going to buy any more department store bike brands: Huffy, Roadmaster, Schwinn, etc. I am looking for a midrange bicycle brand such as Raleigh, or even something as expensive as a Specialized if I decide the price is worth it. I am heavily considering buying a bike from a bike shop, so that I can make sure it is the correct dimensions and quality for my purpose before purchasing.

    Thanks in advance for the help! :D
     

  2. FurryOnTheInside

    FurryOnTheInside Active Member

    Do those brands even make beach cruisers? Maybe we just don't get them here. I saw a beach cruiser last week, I don't remember the brand, and that makes two in my whole life, even though I live at the beach. I have seen the same number of motorised bikes in real life, lol.
    Oh I forgot my point.. Oh yeah. Specialized is the same as Trek and Giant, and some others too that I don't know, I'm sure Google does. All made by Giant at the biggest bike factory in the world.
     
  3. bakaneko

    bakaneko Active Member

    jeez just 200 miles... what happened?!
     
  4. Speedy G

    Speedy G New Member

    Yes, I'm curious too. I've built a Huffy beach cruiser and it seemed to hold up good. I did sell it after about 300 miles but I know the guy and haven't heard a complaint yet.
    My most recent and favorite build so far is on a Specialized mountain hybrid bike. It's doing good so far with about 200 miles. Just needs a new rear wheel, the stock one is on the lightweight side and was warped when I bought it and has kept coming out of round. It's the only thing that's got me uncomfortable. FYI, I bought the bike used with wheel already bent.
    I have been eyeballing another Wally bike for my next build.
    Between my buddy and I we have built 4 Wally motorized and to our knowledge no probs.
    Let us know what you bought and what happened so we can learn together.

    Search your local bike shops for good used bikes, they also give receipts and keep records. You never know when buying through ads whether the bike was stolen and such. My Specialized cost me $150 and just needed the rear wheel.
     
  5. DanTheDIYGuy

    DanTheDIYGuy Member

    Multiple accounts of the chain derailing and locking the wheel up at speed. Bike frame and rear tire bent out of shape to an unrepairable state. Would cost more than the original value to repair.
     
  6. Purple Haze

    Purple Haze Active Member

    If you insist on a beach cruiser, search for a good used bike from the 70s-80s. They were of much higher quality and tough as nails. The triangle-shaped frame mountain bikes are easier to adapt to motorized use, and have better brakes and multiple speeds. Some have suspension forks. Most of the bike shop people I have met don't like us motered people and don't have a clue about our needs. The higher-end bikes are very expensive due to extremely light-weight components, which we don't need. The Wally bikes are ok if you are willing to completely disassemble them and upgrade where necessary. The bearings are cheap, brakes need attention, spokes need tightening, etc.
     
  7. FurryOnTheInside

    FurryOnTheInside Active Member

    Ouch that could be reallyy dangerous on the road! :O I hope you find something stiff enough to keep the chain on. But then when i say stiff, I am _presuming_ that frame flex from curvy hi-tensile steel tubes could be a problem.. Although many people seem to be riding similar bikes.
    I just picked up a new Carrera Gryphon "road hybrid" today, £100 its alloy with 700c wheels and cable actuated disc brakes.. Tyres are too narrow for motoring but the frame has little flex despite its large size. I can put the wheels off my Dawes Galaxy Cross tourer on there, 36 spoke, deep rims, 32mm tyres. :)
    I have a Specialized Sirrus "hybrid" too, came with a taco'd rear rim. Nothing can be done to permanently/reliably fix that taco shape.. New DT Swiss rim, better DT Swiss spokes was the only solution.
    I have too many bikes. :(
     
  8. Steve Best

    Steve Best Active Member

    Wow, I have a very old used cheap skinny 10spd bike with a GT2A motor bolted on that does more than 200 miles a week.
    It does 30mph+ and only has 2.10 tires. It survives!

    My first bike was an overbuilt Mtn bike and I POUND it.
    Trails at speed, gravel roads, rail beds, you name it. Up to 40mph. No break so far.
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    This bike is seriously over strong and was difficult to drop the motor in due to the frame tube sizes.
    Buy a standard frame bike and you will have the motor in and running in 3 hours.
    Make sure everything is tight and straight and that bike will run a long time.

    Steve
     
  9. Ahmad Darwish

    Ahmad Darwish New Member

    Buy a quality Schwinn, or an Electra beach cruiser
     
  10. Ahmad Darwish

    Ahmad Darwish New Member

    Nice bike man, but i dont recommend that head if it is the Chinese 1 I used to have that and I grenaded my motor, I think because it warped, that thing get seriously hot because of its cheap aluminum and lack of surface area
     
  11. Frankfort MB's

    Frankfort MB's Well-Known Member

    Buy a Schwinn PRE-1980ish..... A true Chicago Schwinn have had nothing but good things to say about them!

    Most of those bikes either had Bendix coasters or shimano hubs which are quality:)
     
  12. Steve Best

    Steve Best Active Member

    It is not Chinese, not warped, not made of cheap aluminium, and has a huge amount of surface area, evident from looking at it.
    "Better to stay quiet and have people think you ignorant, than to open your mouth and confirm it".
     
  13. JunkyardDog

    JunkyardDog Active Member

    Walmart frames (other than roadmaster) are fairly strong. Everything else is junk, especially the wheels. The Electra Townie is a good bike to motorize, and so is the Worksman. Both are fairly expensive. I've bought my bikes off Craigslist. Yes there is a possibility you might wind up with a stolen bike, and that would be unfortunate. But, unlike cars and motorcycles, bicycles do not have VIN numbers, and since they do not have to be registered (at least here) there is really no chance the cops are going to show up at your door. I would not buy a bike if I had any reason to believe it might be stolen. A cheap price on an expensive bike in great condition is a tip off. Steve, I would definitely replace that Chinese chain tensioner with something better.
     
  14. Steve Best

    Steve Best Active Member

    Are you kidding? I've added a second one on the top since!
    These do have a single bearing in them but I have worn one out already and getting them tight on the stay is a problem.
    I did add one to the top because I was getting an occasional top chain oscillation. It barely touches the top chain to dampen vibes.
    Ideally I'd like to have a lightweight brace between both stays with a 50mm diameter double bearing roller. Until then...

    Steve
     
  15. Dmar

    Dmar Member

    Man I wish I could make it at least 3 miles. The huffy cranbrook that I have built twice now, the came with a motor on it I took it apart clean the engine and everything. But I still couldn't make it far at all the coaster brake setup just can't hold up. I got a new huffy something and I was able to make it work. Until I took a turn leaving work and the coaster brake literally just fell to piece in the middle of the roaf. I push the bike two miles to my house in 28% humidity at 101℉. Not a good time cause I just finished building it. It's been pretty crappy.
     
  16. gary55

    gary55 Active Member

    I have two nirve cruisers. One is a nirve B1 the other is a nirve 53. Both super strong bikes. Also like Kustom Cruisers Moto glides, but they don't make them anymore so you have to find them used. Ol grey is the B1, and has been a motorized bike working flawlessly since aug. 2012.
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  17. Dmar

    Dmar Member

    Damn I like that is awesome!!!!
     
  18. Dmar

    Dmar Member

    IMAG0121.jpg this the first one I ever built. I replaced the coaster twice on it. It's getting real old
     
  19. Frankfort MB's

    Frankfort MB's Well-Known Member

    How many miles you putting on your bikes???
     
  20. gary55

    gary55 Active Member

    Its hard to tell cause I'm constantly changing things around. Ol grey has been resting a while. It's still in great form I'm just kinda partial to the Kustom Cruiser cause of the j shaft to the 4 speed hub with a little over 1000 miles in about a year and a half on it. Around 500 on the stretch frame cruiser. I generally have around 5 or 6 bikes complete so I'm not always ridding my keepers. this is my front porch right now with two more new builds complete in the tool shed.
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