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what is the best, regular upright handle bar, "cruiser" bike(9 posts)

what is the best, regular upright handle bar, "cruiser" bikeAndy Mack
Aug 16, 2001 8:55 AM
I'm looking for the "best" regular style, old fashion upright handle bars, cruiser/touring bike. Cost is not the consideration here. I would like the most comfortable seat; and to ride in an upright position, not leaning over. I just want to use it for down the shore and bike paths.
KHS Fleetwood!mr_spin
Aug 16, 2001 9:18 AM
It looks great, it rides great--a classic cruiser. Comes with 7-speed Nexus, Brooks saddle, cool retro look and parts. Check it out--I don't think they make them anymore.

Coincidentally, I've got one to sell!
Trek Clyde>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Aug 16, 2001 9:29 AM
The KHS is a tank...
I got rid of mine ...Humma Hah
Aug 16, 2001 9:33 AM
... my cruiser originally came with a narrow handlebar on which the handles came straight back, a classic Schwinn feature at the time. This make the bike more compact when docked to a bike rack with other cycles. The wider "cruiser bars" favored today really stick out.

I scrapped my bars for a set of unknown origin, probably from a French commuter bike, the straight type you see on many lightweights of the era. I'd developed the strength to destroy the stock bars in about a month. The replacements are polyester-filled and cut down to 20 inches, both changes for strength.

I love these bars. I do lean a little forward, but ride plenty upright, and can do so all day.
re: what is the best, regular upright handle bar, cruiser bikeHaiku d'état
Aug 16, 2001 9:39 AM
once i get new pedals, decent lights, new tires for the 2nd road bike, and scrape together enough dough to get that surly steamroller, my next purchase will be (the one that hangs on my cube wall)...

make sure to pickup some skull valve covers.
that's the Clyde!Hey!
Aug 16, 2001 9:59 AM
only cheaper (and probably cheaper)
Schwinn Sierra 700 (if you can find one)CRM
Aug 16, 2001 10:29 AM
My Dad has become something of an afficionado for rail-trail, upright cruisers and the love of his life is a 2001 Schwinn Sierra 700. I don't remember the exact model designation, but it's aluminum framed with grip shifters, 700c wheels with 38mm (I think) wide tires, suspension seatpost and a saddle more comfortable than a lazy boy. It also has riser bars and an adjustable stem and he has it set up so upright he's practically leaning backwards. Rolls nicely and more comfortable than sitting on the couch. Ran him about $450, I think.

I also think these models are becoming difficult to find this late in the model year and with Schwinn's status, etc.
Schwinn Sierra 700 (if you can find one)mr tornado head
Aug 16, 2001 5:45 PM
My wife got a 2000 model, and we had the LBS swap handlebars for the wider, slightly sweptback "harley-style" bars. She also got the slighltly suspended adjustable stem.

It's a great cruiser style, and relatively inexpensive, rides ssssssmmmmmmmmoooooooooooooooooooottttttttttthhhhhhhh.

She needs a bike she can sit up on due to back injury, and she likes this one. I, however, don't feel I can go fast enough on it but that's more a function of the rider than the ride.
Look at www.electrabike.comLeroy L
Aug 16, 2001 10:50 AM
Check out Electra. I have a 'Sunny 7' (named after a surf - pro). Cro-mo regular old cruiser frame with a killer paint job, upright seating, old fasnioned style cruiser with a 7-speed shimano nexus hub [a lot of these type bikes will have nexus transmissions]. I really like it. They may have just what you're after. Good luck