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Thoughts on Jamis Earth Cruiser 5 speed? Keep OG?

Discussion in '26" BMX CRUISERS' started by buses 'n bikes, Dec 28, 2018.

  1. buses 'n bikes

    buses 'n bikes

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    Hey all, recently picked up a decently clean and complete EC 5 speed. It’s heavy as heck and I want to strandie it.

    Is that a sacrilege? I’m keeping all the original parts and paint and decals will be OG but thinking of removing chainguard tabs and cable stops.

    Thoughts? This seems like a rare bike but not exactly sought after. Nor does it seem all that high quality. Will I be kicking myself someday for modifying? Thanks for any input!
     
  2. Robertk

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    Pics would help with a recommendation. Does it have the drum brake? The first generation had them and they are more rare.
     
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  3. buses 'n bikes

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    F236483F-0C09-4C01-B9A4-D1EBA57CACD4.jpeg Ah! Good call on the pics and thanks for the reply. Here are some after I pulled some of the parts.

    Yes, drum or roller rear brake. Jamis branded, not the predecessor - whatever brand that was. B17124D3-5BC7-49DE-B130-F79FFA51762A.jpeg
     
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  4. Robertk

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    Missing chain guard so I think you're good to customize. I would try to incorporate the drum brake if possible, and make it a single speed. BUT! That's the fun of doing your own thing and having fun with it. This site is fully supportive of each individual's approach!
     
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  5. jamesdart

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    Earth cruiser are one of my fav bikes
     
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  7. buses 'n bikes

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    Thanks guys! I do have the chainguard, evertything. The original wheels are crazy heavy. I did think about trying to get a free/free hub to run a freewheel and the drum brake but I think a coaster would be lighter.

    Want to make a lightweight, fast cruiser for around town and some off road trails. Looks like I’ll strip it down and sell off the original parts.
     
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  8. Robertk

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    Sounds like a plan
     
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  9. wheelbender6

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    I rented an EC to ride all over Grand Abaco Island. Great bike. I went riding to avoid shopping with my wife.
     
  10. Davo1970

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    I think it looks killer. I love Jamis Earth Cruisers. Very solid and they make great Klunkers! Here's my budget build Earth Cruiser. Hope you dig it!! Yes thats real rust
     

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  11. RustyGold

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    That looks...meaty! Are those 27-fives?

    Great job :thumbsup:,
    Jason
     
  12. Davo1970

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    Thanks! Kenda NEVEGAL 2.50
     
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  13. buses 'n bikes

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    Got it all finished last week. Rides great! The brake is a bit weak, though.
     

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  14. G-Matt

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    Seen This bike in two six Bmx F/B
    Love it good looking tough & simple


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  15. Davo1970

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    Wow looks really nice! I want to ride it now:)
     
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  16. sandman

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    Just installed a nexus 4 speed on mine and it's a beast , but fun to ride . ec 4.jpg
     

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