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Motorized Cruiser Bicycles The beach cruiser has always been great bicycles to motorize. They just look good with a motor. Use this section to share and discuss about motorizing this classic.

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Old 04-03-2015, 09:44 PM
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Default Re: Huffy Cranbrook. To motorize or not?

Personally I have bikes that I didnt put even $250 in and they have been good reliable bikes, but I did this by getting a used bike at a real bargain, one example is my Kulana moon dag bike, yeah not a high end bike and it has had several thing done that has it way over the $250 mark now but I paid $75 for the bike and an old 66cc CG engine and then got it running for pennies and road it that way for a while, only issue I ever hadon it was the rag joint over stressed the 14ga spokes a little and one of them broke on the rear wheel, It will be getting a wheelmaster wheel with 12ga spokes before long, I just dont like 14ga spokes with the rag joint coupler on them, it really bends than out.

The best bqng for the buck as far as an inexpensive build in my opinion is the Huffy bike, but the builder needs to plan on replacing the rear wheel in time and they should pull it apart and pack the coaster hub with good grease and get the bearing tensioned correctly, Ive got about 1200-1300 miles on my Falcon Huffy hub without a single issue because I did these steps in the beginning, the bearings and every part of the hub still look almost brand new after all these miles and I use the coaster brake as the primary brake on the bike with a C-Brake up front to help, it will get a Shimano 110 hub when its finally wore out its welcome though, the brak3s on the Huffy hubs are really weak compared to the Shimano coaster and no doubt the Shimano coaster is a far superior hub all the way around, but for the rider who just putts around every now and then at 30mph or less, the Falcon hub will usually do a good job if its kept adjusted and filled with a quality grease, this has been m6 experience on mine and I cruise rough dusty dirt roads and rarely ride under 30mph on that bike accept for slowing down to stop or make a turn.

One more suggestion is get a new and longer chain for the Huffy, and get on ebay and order a Sturmey Archer 22T rear cog/sprocket for the wheel, you'll be amazed at how much easier the bike is to pedal and bump start.

One bike I just put a 36T on the cranks and left the 18T on the wheel and its a dream to pedal now also.
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Old 04-04-2015, 12:26 AM
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Default Re: Huffy Cranbrook. To motorize or not?

The only reason that I'm on a Huffy is that I already had it (and I hadn't found this forum before I started the build). And it has been certainly adequate to tootle around the neighborhood and go to the convenience store. Now that I'm more than ankle deep in this hobby, I'm slowly upgrading parts. It's just part of the pleasure in 'wrenching' on something.

Did my finances require a Huffy? Certainly not! A local bike dealer has a Felt Deep Six that I would certainly like to have. Then I think, "would the ride be more satisfying on a $750 bike?" Probably not ---- it's kinda like when you were younger and were able to coax your old jalopy across the country. I just like the experience of making it work.

With all that being said, I'm certainly glad that I don't have to rely on my bike for daily transportation.
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Old 04-04-2015, 01:36 AM
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Do your friend a favor. Up the price a bit and add not only front but rear brakes as well.
He will thank you for it later......
If it were mine I'd swap the rear coaster for a free wheel. As I did on my wife's Huffy Santa Fee 2 .
I built it because I had the bike in my junk pile. ( was used as a comparison study against a quality frame)
After replacing every moving part on the bike , It's ok........
Thankfully I had the luxury of having all of the parts on hand from other builds.
The biggest draw back to these bikes is the lack of provision for cantilever or V brakes.
This can be expensive to remedy.
Being able to stop this thing suddenly in traffic should be a builders first concern....
Add $35 to the Cranbrook's retail value and you get V brakes.........
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Old 04-04-2015, 04:04 AM
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I'd suggest tape to those whom are in a hurry to reassemble the brakehub pictured.
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Old 04-21-2015, 12:21 PM
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Huffy Cranbrook is a good bike, I have one myself!
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Old 04-21-2015, 12:41 PM
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I have already started taking apart hubs and the cranks greasing the bearings and all the internals. I do that on every bike I buy. I will take apart the rear hub tomorrow and grease it up. Should I use any certain motor mounts for it?
I recommend a dual u-bolt front mount. About $10 on ebay.
And NEVER trust the coaster brake!!! I put hand brakes on my cranny. And REALLY, either reinforce the fender bracket with a real steel bracket or just take em off. I've seen what happens when a fender gets under a wheel. I call it a front fender SKI TRIP. I warned a customer that didn't listen and they wound up in the hospital for a week. Just HAD to have fenders. I even offered to build better brackets, NO time, Gotta RIDE. All I can do is TRY!!!
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Old 04-21-2015, 01:07 PM
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".... I warned a customer that didn't listen and they wound up in the hospital for a week. Just HAD to have fenders. I even offered to build better brackets, NO time, Gotta RIDE..........." --fatdaddy

Wow! Now that's one dense customer.

I suppose he thought that you were being overcautious. But to have the danger explained to him, yet still go charging off like the roadrunner in the cartoons is simply dumb.

Do you suppose you'll have to put your customers in a holding cell until their bike is really finished? There's gotta be a better solution than that. But I'm drawing a blank just now.
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Old 04-21-2015, 03:56 PM
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Do you suppose you'll have to put your customers in a holding cell until their bike is really finished?
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There's gotta be a better solution[/B] than that. But I'm drawing a blank just now.
There is.
Put a 10-15 day window for build time when you get payment and don't let it go until it's right.

Let 2 customers lean over our shoulders to 'hurry up' and both needed fixing.
Don't let them.
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Old 04-22-2015, 02:16 PM
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There is.
Put a 10-15 day window for build time when you get payment and don't let it go until it's right.

Let 2 customers lean over our shoulders to 'hurry up' and both needed fixing.
Don't let them.
I got a sign that says,
LABOR- $35 per hour
YOU WATCH- $45 per hour
YOU HELP- $65 per hour
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Old 04-22-2015, 02:18 PM
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You are to cheap. I get $100 if they help.....
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