Re: Strengenthing my new cruiser
I was looking at some of the new offerings at Wally world and if I had to do it all over again, I would buy another Cranbrook without hesitation. The one I bought (last year's model) had 14 gauge spokes where the one I was looking at recently now has 12 gauge spokes. I went out and purchased an 11 gauge rear wheel and 12 gauge front wheel (Husky drum brake model) soon after starting my build. IMHO, the wheels are the biggest issue. I do my fair share of keeping sidewalk panels firmly planted and with the 14 gauge spokes, even pedaling the bike, it felt loose. Heavier spokes helped a lot. IF the OP has a newer bike with the heavier spokes, he's further ahead than most of us who bought our bikes last year.
I also had a problem with the rear mount of the factory chain guard. The weld broke soon after I started riding it so I just used a loop mount like what we use on the kit chain guard. Other than that, my bike has held up quite well and I've got over 1700 miles on it this year.