Purple Cruiser Commutocruiser
This is what the cruiser looked like for the first 15 years of its life:
And then something happened - an arm on our rear truck rack failed in the middle of the South Dakota badlands, and my favorite bike was dragged behind the truck at 65 mph.
For some distance. :(
We could rebuild it.
We had the retro-technology. We had more than enough parts scavenged from swap meets - and a few rolls of electrical tape. We could make it better, stronger, faster... OK, maybe not faster. ;)
Yes, it does look a bit different these days - but still comfortingly familiar.
1994 Ross 'Mt. Cruiser' Cruiser
Owned since 1995
This is my primary "around town" bike - optimized for the task of city riding, durability, and theft deterrence
Cantilever-framed cruiser type bicycle
Formerly sporting a purple and black swirl paint job
Ultra-comfortable without sacrificing efficiency - double-sprung saddle, hi-pressure 1.25" tires
Classic Suntour friction-shift drivetrain, with a vintage V-Luxe short-cage derailleur
"Re-engineered" high-brightness LED headlamp (actually, a $6 flashlight mated to an external battery pack)
Full-coverage fenders with
3M Diamond Grade reflective sheeting
on the rear
Big fabric basket in the front
Not the lightest bike, but a great ride