Originally Posted by NewOrleansFlyer
A couple of questions:
Also, why do so many people use the Crannie, but others think it is a POS? I've been in a few hobbies where the thinking is that money buys much more quality and sometimes it does and sometmies it doesn't. Nice project
Here's my thoughts on the ol' Crannie. It's a great looking, short and cheap frame. If you change out the wheels and do a proper inspection of all the bearings, it's a great starter bike. Only issue is the brakes. You need to find a RELIABLE form of a way to stop the thing! Coaster will fail. Mounting a side pull in the rear isn't a good idea either, as I found out the hard way when mine broke, wedged the rear tire and sent me dirt track style down the street. I am currently looking for a front fork with brake bosses to install a front V or cantilever style brake.
Another option if you're looking for a bike to motorize is to have patience and check craigslist for cruisers with brakes already installed on a steel frame.