Re: Reliable long distance cruiser kit?
I've played with friction drive and Stxxxn rear chain driive. FD tends to drive any screw it picks up thru the rear tire casing. Rear chain drive systems make it hard to do any rear wheel maintenance. They also throw off the front/rear weight bias greatly. My commuter bike is Scooterguy center-frame mounted w/shift kit. My new build will be midframe mounted. Weight bias is more balanced, and access to both wheels is normal.
JMO, one of the biggest issues in commuting and long distance cruising is flat tires. Many riders use slime or tube liners and swear by it. I'm trying to use motorcycle tires w/26.6" diameter. Forks and frame stays need to be modified for 3" wide m/c tires. Downside besides frame issues is the extra weight of the tires, rims, m/c brakes (if used). The bike's weight will also increase, but dependability will increase dramatically.
Just my opinion.