Slammed Schwinn Cruiser

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  1. Dig Danger

    Dig Danger

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    Hey guys


    Inspired by Tom Wilson’s ‘Trash to Treasure’ Huffy cruiser, I just finished a similar one, Dish Licker, from a Schwinn cruiser frame. I’ll get some good photos taken and added here soon.

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  2. A.S.BOLTNUT

    A.S.BOLTNUT

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    Looks good , I've been wanting to build one myself , I dig the stance , looks like you might have had to resort to a shorter crank length ?
    I dig it !

    Rafael
     
  3. bub

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    Love it! Did you custom make the rear drop brackets?
     
  4. Dig Danger

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    Long story. I looked at Tom’s build and concluded that this sort of fabrication was beyond me. I considered getting a local machine shop to water jet a pair of extensions, but the cost was prohibitive. I also decided that Tom’s work was too ‘busy’ for my eye, and that in reality all I needed was a basic triangle. So I started searching the Internet for triangles.

    I went down the rabbit hole of suspension lowering linkages for sports bikes, got nowhere in the end, then went back to this old adage: add ‘Harley Davidson’ to your search string if you want anything in chrome. And bingo, these are sissy bar backrest mounts. Cheap, and even the holes were the right size. I also thought Tom’s go-cart steering rods were too beefy, so again searching under Harley, I found these gear shift linkages for bikes running forward controls. Available in dozens of profiles, lengths and finished. Then it was just a matter of cranking on the frame to get the right bend and right height, and welding the trusses and the shift linkage mount where they fell.
     
  5. bub

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    Good deal and smart thinking! I actually just sent some bracket designs I created to a CNC company yesterday to drop my frame 2” and extend it 4”. The quote I got wasn’t bad at all but it’s just 1/8” steel plate.
     
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    That is diabolicly kool.
     
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    Looks great!

    @tjwilson builds are a good source for inspiration.
     
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  8. Dig Danger

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    Yes, I bought a 3.5” crank, but it’s comically short. I’ll get a 4.5 and a 5.5 and try them out.
     
  9. Dig Danger

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    Smoothed out welds and a decent rattle can paint job.
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    Well done, very cool. How is it riding something like this? Everytime I come back to this thread I like it more.
     
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    What kind of clear coat are you guys using with the spray paint? I feel like the rustoleum clears don’t hold up.
     
  13. Dig Danger

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    Lots of good stuff on YouTube. This is Spray Max 2K Clear that contains a catylist that needs to be punctured and mixed before you spray. It’s a very good product.
     
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  14. Dig Danger

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    Kicking the forks out this far makes it steer slow, but it carves wonderfully when rolling down a hill. The bottom bracket is is about 4” lower than normal, and that will limit your crank length. I started with a 3.5” crank, but it doesn’t need to be this short. New one on order.
     
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    Awesome bike mate ! So simple and inspiring.
     
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    Awesome! Really, *really* like the sissy bar backrest mount dropouts and thinner linkage. Bet they're considerably lighter than the route I took and they look great.
     
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  18. A.S.BOLTNUT

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    Smoove...!
     
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    How’s many cans of the spray max 2k clear is needed for a bike frame? Thanks!
     
  20. A.S.BOLTNUT

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    I usually only need one of each .
     
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