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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 02-09-2012, 11:34 AM
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Default '68 Schwinn Frame

I just bought a 1968 Schwinn men's cruiser type frame. I found it on CL for $20 and was hoping someone here has used this kind of frame and would share their experience in motorizing it.

I guess my main question is what's the cleanest way to get the power to the back wheel through a 2 speed hub, hopefully without resorting to a jackshaft ?

I'm going to put a 4 stroke engine on it and I can figure out the mount for that. I'm also going to put my Sturmey-Archer S2C kick shift hub in the rear and would like to add an additional rear brake to suppliment the coaster brake.....rim ?...disc ? I'll be using the double pull brake lever with built in thumb throttle I got for christmas. I'd like to find a strong drum brake on the front, so any suggestions for that would be welcomed.

The fork is going to be a RockShox Ruby suspension fork designed for a 700c rim/tire. I want to put the tallest/fattest 26" tire I can fit on the back and a fat 700c tire on the front. I'm guessing I'll need at least 12 gauge or possibly 11 gauge spokes so finding a 700c rim that will work with fat spokes might be difficult.

Thanks in advance for any help/advice.

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Old 02-09-2012, 08:03 PM
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Default Re: '68 Schwinn Frame

Forum member msrfan uses these old cantilever frames for his Briggs powered builds, but he does use jack shafts.

Converting rims to fat spokes is only a drill bit away. "-)


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Old 02-10-2012, 08:33 PM
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Default Re: '68 Schwinn Frame

Hi Motorhedfred

That's a great find. Plenty of room for the motor. I have used the frames many times and they make fine builds. Nothing better than US Steel. Have fun and keep us up to date on your build.

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