Prairie Cracker

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  1. Klunkruiser

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    Big boy 20" BMX econo build with a ratty attitude and no real concern of winning, just a fun rider, is the plan.

    Started life as a classic Japanese Tange lugged frame and fork MTB known as the Shogun Prairie Breaker II (shown with Schwinn Sierra front wheel). 20190616_202155.jpg 20190810_185456.jpg Rusty nuts and bolts. Rotten tires. Worn and corroded deraileurs.
    Thoughts of an SS cruiser.

    Here shown with moto bars and Nexus-4 wheelset, single chainring, and Typhoon Cord tires. 20190811_102919.jpg But I couldn't get past the way high bottom bracket.

    It now sits as just a frame.

    So... 20" coaster brake wheelset. 20191001_095558.jpg

    155 or so mm crankset....I think I can. 20191001_095619.jpg

    Seat, stem, bars, grips, pedals, chainring, and fork, TBD.
     
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    Shogun made some pretty sweet road bikes in that era. I'm sure there are some decent bones there. I love the name too. Picture the Japanese executive that came up with it. "We will engineer a bike strong enough to break the prairies!!" I wonder how many actually made it out to the plains, and I'm glad Charlie and Gary's name caught on instead. Otherwise we'd all be prairie breakers instead of mountain bikers.
     
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  3. Klunkruiser

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    Yeah, I'd never heard of it before I bought it. But lugged Tange fork and frame, cool slingshot stem, 7x rims with sealed Suzue hubs, and pedals worth more than I gave for the bike. I didn't even try to haggle.

    The name has really grown on me though.
     
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    Didn't even notice the slingshot! In blaaaaaaaaack! I don't think I've seen them in black!
    *Updates Xmas list
     
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    Shogun was a brand that was smaller production than Fisher or Specialized or Ross or other major players in the late '80s. They were well-made in Japan bikes and had a pro team as well on the circuit.

    Your idea is very intriguing! This is gonna be fun!
    RaT oN~!
     
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  6. Klunkruiser

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    I really think it'd make a sweet 24" BMX cruiser, but I have plenty of 20" wheels. And this is the 20 and under class:D
     
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    Cool mini-velo ish build.
     
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    Thanks!...I think:grin:
     
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    Definitely meant as a compliment. I like mini velo bikes. I used to have this Dahon Hammerhead years ago.

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    Ah yeah. I guess so. I googled it. Maybe something like this? 14590245_541576422701608_4563712318893551696_n-1476702116.jpg
    But with a long fork.
     
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    Another Dahon Smooth Hound 20” non-folder.
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  12. Klunkruiser

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    Mocked the bike up with 700c fork this morning.

    This oldschool frame has a lot of rake built in for a nice long wheelbase.

    Looks like there might not be enough thread on the steerer. But this is the tallest 1" fork I have, for pedal clearance.
    I have steel 3-piece crank in 150? I think. Which would give roughly 3/4" more clearance.

    The seat is adjusted pretty close for height. Just need to flatten out the plane. 20191005_084739.jpg
    With the forks in wallyworld fashion:bandit::nod:, gets the front end up a little higher for more pedal clearance. Also would get the bars up a little closer to where I would want them. 20191005_083757.jpg
    Also have the AMF forks that are the same length, and roughly the same offset. They look pretty sturdy, but I think would need the dropout opened up a bit. They'd add a little oldschool flare. 20191005_085307.jpg
    There's a parts bike at a local pawn shop I looked at a few weeks ago with some extra tall 10" or so BMX bars that might be close to where I want to be on this bike. Also had some nice C-Star? caliper brakes for a different project. They wanted 20 but I only wanted to give ten. Maybe now they'd take 15 if it's still there.
     
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    20191001_095619.jpg I don't have this parts bike here at the moment, and don't know how the sprockets are attached on this crank. But I'm hoping I can separate the big wheel and flip it backwards to get close on chain alignment.
     
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