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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 12-19-2016, 11:13 PM
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Built this for a friend

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Old 12-20-2016, 09:51 AM
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great job, love the simplicity and nice lines.
the only thing that bothers me is that pesky chain tensioner and no brakes !!!!
i used the manic mechanic on 1 build and the arch type on another.
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Old 12-20-2016, 01:14 PM
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The lack of brakes is worrying.
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Old 12-22-2016, 12:17 PM
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Built this for a friend
Must not be a very good friend.

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Old 12-23-2016, 02:25 AM
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It has coaster brakes, this is his 4+ motorized bicycle. I've repacked them, I trust them and him. He's not new to the coaster brake slowdown,
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Old 12-23-2016, 10:30 AM
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It has coaster brakes, this is his 4+ motorized bicycle. I've repacked them, I trust them and him.
He's not new to the coaster brake slowdown.
You don't understand but thats OK, that is what bike forums are for.

I don't think anyone would dispute that brakes are #1, and that
NO MOTORIZED BIKE IS SAFE WITH JUST A COASTER BRAKE!
It's like $20 to put a front C-brake on so you at least have something.

If it's a close friend you might want to give him 3 brakes as most motorized bicycle wrecks are caused by not enough brake to stop.

This is a Micargi Touch coaster brake with an additional pair of C-brakes going to a dual-pull brake lever mounted on the right.



Note the rear C-brake is mounted forward of the mount bar so the pads reach the rim.

The Dual Pull Sick Bike Parts $12 lever is here.
http://www.sickbikeparts.com/catalog...mluha6aaf7eae7

A pair of C-brakes is like ~$15 like these.
http://adrenalineworld.com/sunlite-b...FVaTfgodRt8FPA

In short, friends don't let friends ride with just one brake ;-}
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Old 12-24-2016, 10:39 AM
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I understand the concern for brakes, and IF and WHEN he WANTS to add them caliper brakes can be added. It was built to His specifications. I have a set of Tektro C326 ready for him, IF and WHEN he wants to add them. His budget, His bike, My work.

Tektro C326 are made with a longer reach for beach cruisers. 79-99mm
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