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Old 11-27-2011, 04:56 PM   #1
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The sin guy and I are looking for cruiser bikes to ride on the beach and the flats. We have very nice 21 speeds in storage, heh, and just want something simple and inexpensive to ride on the beach and be left out exposed to the elements (salt, sand, sea, rain, snow). Any recommendations? I have been reading craigslist like crazy and all of the good ones seem to go in 30 minutes or less. What's left are Walmart specials for $10-20 less than new.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:06 PM   #2
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We use touring bikes for serious transportation in a 20+ square mile area and I would never consider abusing any mechanical equipment in the manner you've described.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:15 PM   #3
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We use touring bikes for serious transportation in a 20+ square mile area and I would never consider abusing any mechanical equipment in the manner you've described.
Well the problem is we are living in a camper on the ocean for the next 6 months at least. This is one reason why our "good" bikes are in storage.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:50 PM   #4
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Well the problem is we are living in a camper on the ocean for the next 6 months at least. This is one reason why our "good" bikes are in storage.
I wonder if folding bikes might work for you. Maybe you could make them small enough to be stored in a case?? Probably not.

Even inside our steel bikes rusted. That's why we have aluminum now.

I think some used clunkers are in order. Garage sales are good for these.
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:14 AM   #5
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I wonder if folding bikes might work for you. Maybe you could make them small enough to be stored in a case?? Probably not.

Even inside our steel bikes rusted. That's why we have aluminum now.

I think some used clunkers are in order. Garage sales are good for these.
Thanks for the suggestion Al. Garage sales and pawn shops are my next shopping venue.
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:37 PM   #6
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I ride a Chicago Schwinn made in 1963. It's all original except for the seat which I replaced a few years ago. I don't ride too far, just around the neighborhood. I think this is the original cruising bike.

Schwinns have been made in China for several years. You can buy a close copy of the one I have in many big box store box stores for less than $150.

If you happen to find a Chicago Schwinn in riding condition at a garage sale, expect to pay considerably more than you would for a Chinese Schwinn.
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:40 PM   #7
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I have three bikes... a $100 huffy beach cursor, a 21 speed hybird with 700cc wheels, and a Yuba Mundo cargo bike...so I think it's OK to ride different bikes, based on your situation.

This last holiday weekend we were at a casino/RV park, so I had my $100 huffy to get back and forth from casino/RV park. Don't be a bike snob, just buy a walmart one speed...on sale for $90 bucks! Or get one off of cragslist for $24....


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What's left are Walmart specials for $10-20 less than new.
Contact the owners who's ads have been up the longest and make an offer.
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:08 AM   #9
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Well garage sales and pawn shops netted zip. The pawn shops wanted as much for their ok used bikes as I could buy the same bike new

Went to walmart and tried a couple of their cruisers, but they made my hip hurt a lot (arthritis). Then the singuy hauled me off to a bike store and made me try a Sun Drifter......I am in lovvvvvvvvvve with this bike. I can put both my feet on the ground, it's incredibly smooth riding off road and on and it doesn't make my hip hurt. He says he will hose it off after we ride on the beach and cover it with a tarp when it rains. What to do, what to do.
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:10 AM   #10
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Hey trex, love the airstream. We are living in our 28ft Ocean Breeze at Myrtle Beach this winter.
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:08 AM   #11
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sinjin, enjoy the beach rides! We have a (1976) 28 foot Airstream Argosy parked next to the house down here in Charleston. I was going to tell you that my "go-to" beach bike has and will always be my Jamis Earth Cruiser, purchased for my High School graduation lo those many years ago. It is still in decent shape, despite being under water for Hurricane Hugo and living its entire life on various islands!
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:17 PM   #12
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Just to update you, we bought the Sun Drifter bikes. We have been riding at least twice a day and totally enjoying it. We will probably sell our hybrid bikes that are in storage when we move to a house. The singuy has made a tarp to cover the bikes when we are not riding and is spraying them off after beach rides. He has also ordered corrosion-x if things start to go bad. We got a two year warranty from a small-town local bike guy. I think we will have a lot of fun.

I can't explain how easy and pain free this bike is for me. I have not been able to walk thru a mall for the past 5 years because of hip pain. And yet I can ride this bike for miles. While I smile!
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