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Post by R42Pilot on Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:34 am

The great thing about the Cruzbike conversion kit is it let's you try lots of different frames. Defjack has had his on at least four frames I know of. This is my second frame I've had the kit on. The great thing is, you do no damage to the bike that can't be reversed.

This is a Trek Moutaintrack 220, a kids 24" mountain bike. I put 650c wheels on it and they work great. I still have to resolve a back brake, but the front was easy. This thing screams! We're talking about a really cheap recumbent that gets up and goes!



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Post by Admin on Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:53 am

I have a Question, I've seen two or three of these conversions here and on there forum and something that bugs me is the front fork. Is there a reason it has to be backwards cause it really makes the whole bike look weird.

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Post by Racer46 on Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:03 am

Front fork spacing is usually 110 mm as opposed to rear fork spacing of 135 mm. In order to get the rear wheel to fit on the front a spacer has to be used and this moves the axle forward. Turning the fork around removes some of the trail that is induced by having the spacer in front of the original fork. Too much trail and you wind up with "wheel flop".
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Post by R42Pilot on Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:19 am

Racer46 wrote:Front fork spacing is usually 110 mm as opposed to rear fork spacing of 135 mm. In order to get the rear wheel to fit on the front a spacer has to be used and this moves the axle forward. Turning the fork around removes some of the trail that is induced by having the spacer in front of the original fork. Too much trail and you wind up with "wheel flop".

Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner! Been doing your homework, I see.

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Post by R42Pilot on Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:31 am

Despite the backwards fork, you gotta admit...... That's one rockin' bike! Cheap, too and your imagination is your limit.

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Well Written:

Post by Red381 on Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:38 pm

Racer46 wrote:Front fork spacing is usually 110 mm as opposed to rear fork spacing of 135 mm. In order to get the rear wheel to fit on the front a spacer has to be used and this moves the axle forward. Turning the fork around removes some of the trail that is induced by having the spacer in front of the original fork. Too much trail and you wind up with "wheel flop".

Pete that was a great response. Pointing out what should be obvious but at least to me wasn't, was really cool!..... I'm talking about that 110 mm versus 135 mm......... Mark, I told you last night I thought that was one cool looking bike, funny today it looks even better.......

Now advice time.... How do I get one of these and still stay married and celebrate our 37th anniversary?......

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Post by R42Pilot on Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:44 pm

Red381 wrote:Now advice time.... How do I get one of these and still stay married and celebrate our 37th anniversary?......

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The kit is only something like $400 and comes in a pretty small box. You can stash it and break it out a little at a time.

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Post by Admin on Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:56 pm

R42Pilot wrote:
Red381 wrote:Now advice time.... How do I get one of these and still stay married and celebrate our 37th anniversary?......

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The kit is only something like $400 and comes in a pretty small box. You can stash it and break it out a little at a time.

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Hey that's a neat idea, but it wont work for me. The wife works for the Post Office and she knows everything that comes to the house affraid

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Post by R42Pilot on Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:05 pm

Man, you can't get away with anything, then, huh?

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Post by Racer46 on Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:55 pm

Admin wrote:
R42Pilot wrote:
Red381 wrote:Now advice time.... How do I get one of these and still stay married and celebrate our 37th anniversary?......

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The kit is only something like $400 and comes in a pretty small box. You can stash it and break it out a little at a time.

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Hey that's a neat idea, but it wont work for me. The wife works for the Post Office and she knows everything that comes to the house affraid

If possible have it shipped to where you work.
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Post by Admin on Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:24 pm

Racer46 wrote:
Admin wrote:
R42Pilot wrote:
Red381 wrote:Now advice time.... How do I get one of these and still stay married and celebrate our 37th anniversary?......

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The kit is only something like $400 and comes in a pretty small box. You can stash it and break it out a little at a time.

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Hey that's a neat idea, but it wont work for me. The wife works for the Post Office and she knows everything that comes to the house affraid

If possible have it shipped to where you work.

Another good idea, but No I'm Retired. Hey if I want something I'll just buy it and suffer the consequences. It wouldn't be the first time.

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Post by Red381 on Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:01 pm

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Another good idea, but No I'm Retired. Hey if I want something I'll just buy it and suffer the consequences. It wouldn't be the first time.[/quote]

Yeah this is a case where being retired doesn't help..... And I'd say the same thing about suffering the consequences........., as long as my wife wasn't in the same room..... She's little but she's mighty..... I realize I gotta sleep sometime! Thanks for all the ideas.......... Very Happy
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Post by Admin on Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:10 pm

The wife's not at home and I know what you mean about little but she's mighty Smile

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Re: Cruzbike Conversion Kits

Post by defjack on Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:19 pm

So far I have had my kit on a Gary Fisher Joshua,Downtube folder and 2 hard tails and they have all worked well.If you stick with 26 in. wheels its easy to swap the frames and you can use the same cables, handlebars. its just a lot of fairly cheap fun. Jack
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Post by R42Pilot on Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:30 pm

I mentioned this in the classified section, sorry for the crosspost, but there is a smokin' deal on a lightly used conversion kit on the Cruzbike site

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an idea

Post by teacherbill on Fri Feb 20, 2009 2:02 am

A few days, weeks ago at the bike shop in Inverness on Pine Street they had a complete set-up. I think Regis said 450.00 for the whole thing...Very Happy

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Post by Racer46 on Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:47 am

teacherbill wrote:A few days, weeks ago at the bike shop in Inverness on Pine Street they had a complete set-up. I think Regis said 400.00 for the whole thing...Very Happy

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Do you mean a complete kit or a bike with a kit installed?
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Post by R42Pilot on Fri Feb 20, 2009 2:19 pm

Racer46 wrote:
teacherbill wrote:A few days, weeks ago at the bike shop in Inverness on Pine Street they had a complete set-up. I think Regis said 400.00 for the whole thing...Very Happy

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Do you mean a complete kit or a bike with a kit installed?

I'd assume bike with kit at that price.

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Post by Racer46 on Fri Feb 20, 2009 2:36 pm

That's what I thought too but the retail price of a new kit is about $400.
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Post by R42Pilot on Fri Feb 20, 2009 3:22 pm

Racer46 wrote:That's what I thought too but the retail price of a new kit is about $400.

Yup and used will discount it greatly... Throw in a wally mart bike and..... about four bills.

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Post by BluesCat on Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:00 pm

Red381 wrote:

Now advice time.... How do I get one of these and still stay married and celebrate our 37th anniversary?......

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R42Pilot wrote:

The kit is only something like $400 and comes in a pretty small box. You can stash it and break it out a little at a time.

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Hey that's a neat idea, but it wont work for me. The wife works for the Post Office and she knows everything that comes to the house affraid

R42Pilot wrote:Man, you can't get away with anything, then, huh?

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If possible have it shipped to where you work.

BWAHAHAHA! You guys all crack me up! Trying to figure out a way to get around the little woman so you can get that budget SWB!

Ha, ha, ha ... hee, hee ... heh ... huh ... uh ... ... ...

Okay, okay, so I have the parts shipped to the office, build it there, bring it home hidden in the back of the SUV, sneak it around the back and put it in the shed ... so, what's the plan on when I get to RIDE it? scratch

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Post by R42Pilot on Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:20 pm

Man, do I have to do all the thinking around here? You don't sneak it home at all. You jump for joy and exclaim that you just bought a can't pass it up deal on e-bay for 36 bucks, then you drive over to your office, pick it up and bring it home!

Wait, did I really just type that out loud?

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Post by Red381 on Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:30 pm

R42Pilot wrote:Man, do I have to do all the thinking around here? You don't sneak it home at all. You jump for joy and exclaim that you just bought a can't pass it up deal on e-bay for 36 bucks, then you drive over to your office, pick it up and bring it home!

Wait, did I really just type that out loud?

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Yeah you did!.........
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Post by BluesCat on Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:18 pm

R42Pilot wrote:Man, do I have to do all the thinking around here? You don't sneak it home at all. You jump for joy and exclaim that you just bought a can't pass it up deal on e-bay for 36 bucks, then you drive over to your office, pick it up and bring it home!

Wait, did I really just type that out loud?

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Holy Moly! Where WOULD we be without you, R42Pilot?

BUT! In order for this to work, we're going to have to enlist the aid of Admin to sanitize this thread; remove all traces of The Plan! Otherwise, when I try to get my sweetheart to take a look at this board to see how much fun we have ... the jig will definitely be up! Wink

I'll let ya know, Admin, when I'm ready to implement Phase 2 of The Plan (the "jumping for joy" part).

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Post by R42Pilot on Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:23 pm

First of all, I really did score the Infinity for $36... That was no ploy. But, I have used this ploy succesfully before with brewing equipment, so I know it can work. And if you're thinking about feeling guilty if you do use this tactic, just know that women use it on us all the time. Do the words, "But.... It was ON SALE!!" sound familiar? Uh-huh.... So you stretch the "on sale" a little bit, you're probably due after all these years.

Stick around me, fellas, I'll learn ya!

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