Cruiser bikes have been making a comeback in recent years. They are known for their wide tires, simple mechanics and cool style. These one-speed bikes with a coaster brake are fun to customise to your style. To turn your one-speed bike into a cushy cruiser, all you need are some simple modifications.
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Things you need
- One-speed bike
- Custom wide Springer seat
- Wide handlebars
- White walled cruiser tires
- Shop rags
Consider your budget before you start shopping. You don't have to go as far as stripping the paint and changing every part to make it your own. You can start customising your bike into a cruiser with pieces that cost anywhere from £13 to £195, depending on the parts you choose.
Shop around for a custom wide Springer seat, a set of wide handlebars and some fat, white-walled cruiser tires. You can shop online or check out your local bike shop. Compare prices and styles so you can customise your cruiser to reflect your personal style. Get creative because the parts you add help your cruiser make a statement about you.
Start with mounting the handlebars into the stem .The stem sits on the top of the front fork. They are typically secured with hex bolt clamps. Use a wrench to loosen the clamps. Whenever you are loosening or tightening bolts, use the "X" pattern. This is done by lightly tightening the top bolt first, followed by the opposite bolt on the opposite side, and repeating with the other two bolts, creating an "X." Once you have taken out the old handlebars, add your new custom bars and adjust them to your comfort level. Then slide the grips on each end. Re-tighten bolts, using the above described "X" pattern.
Next add the big, cushy seat. Remove the old seat by loosening the seat post clamp bolt and sliding out the seat post, using an Allen or crescent wrench, whichever is necessary for your bike. The seat post will then simply slide out from the down tube in the middle of the frame. Attach the new seat to the post and reinsert into the tube. Adjust the bolts accordingly and tighten until the seat is secure.
Take the old wheels off the bike by loosening the bolts with a crescent wrench. Replace your tires with your new customised ones. Be sure and put new rim liners on the inside of the rims to protect the tube from possible spoke punctures. Once the new tires are on your rims, replace the wheels and re-tighten the bolts.
Test out your newly modified cruiser with a ride around the block. Make any adjustments as needed. Then take off for a ride around to show all your friends your cool new cruiser.
Tips and warnings
- Cheaper one-speed bikes will be heavier and harder to peddle. Choose a lightweight bike to modify if this is important to you.
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