Extended Cruise - Added to Finished Build Thread

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This Traveler has never been a tourist. Obviously adventures have been sought that led to the kind of places the majority of locals avoid. Tired and worn, maybe it's time to leave the back-roads and paths less traveled to those more willing and able. Time to appropriate the tourist's laid back pace and approach. Swap the dusty whisky for a mudslide beside the pool. Maybe even head out to sea where I hear the buffet is never ending. That would probably do quite well. A nice long vacation. You could even call it an Extended Cruise.

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That's a pretty tall one! I have two. Redbird isn't as tall and I think my Blues Traveler might be taller. Sweet platforms though. Sentiment keeps me from cutting mine up, they make nice chop parts too. Extended Cruiser?

Carl.
Extended / stretch cruiser, something like that. Not low or patina'd enough to be considered a burrito. But I guess it will have elements of one, like the taller and thin road wheels.

I picked this out of the garbage and it's in pretty rough shape so I don't feel too bad about chopping it up. Definitely understand a sentimental attachment though. I have a Traveler III that I've had since new and that's in pretty close to as new condition. I remember riding it to my then girlfriend's, now wife's, mother's house back when we were in high school... like thirty five plus years ago! Yea, wouldn't cut-up or part with that one.
 

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Great intro story! Like Carl said ^, hope you're tall! That head tube has to be like 12" long!

Looking forward to seeing how you 'civilize' her...
Thanks. If I left the frame like that I'd need platform shoes to ride it!
 

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Cool start! What are the plans?
Here's a couple drawings and rough 3D model images showing where I'm headed. I'm kinda best guessing the seat-crank-handlebar positions. There will probably be adjustments along the way. I also plan to smooth and paint it too... if time allows!

Figuring out how the donor frame will be chopped and reassembled.

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Side view dimensioned to establish seat-crank-bar approximate locations and head tube angle.

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A couple rough 3D model images to get an overall feel.

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Design looks good! the distance from the seat to the cranks may be a little short though, depends on your riding style and the condition of your knees!
Thanks. My knees feel young but I want to keep them that way! Took a closer look as I started to mock-up the actual frame. I think I can gain some room by moving the bottom bracket forward and down a little. Should still be able to clear the front tire with my toes. Pedal scraping I think just comes with the territory. I also revised the mid-bar to a more gentle curve. This let me leave the seat post longer so I'll be able to move the seat up and back further for even more room.
 
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Trimming, Fitting and Welding

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Before and After Weld-up of Seat Post, Mid and Bottom Bars

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Chain Stay Details

I used an old fork for the legs. The "wishbone" came from the seat stay of a 20" BMX. I slit the bottom of the "wishbone", insert the fork legs into the ends and filled the seam with weld bead.

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Chain Stay, Mid and Bottom Bar Intersection

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Bottom Bar Front Curve

I used the section I cut from the Traveler frame seat post for this curved section. The roller dies I have are for a larger diameter tube. This got a little squished even though I filled it with sand and capped the ends. I think it will still work though.

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Seat Post Details

I used a couple seat posts from other donors. These were combined to extend the post back from the top tube and provide a way to clamp the seat post. Not sure yet if I'll make some type of gusset or just bend the seat stays parallel to the top bar at the ends.

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