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OLD SCHOOL CRUISERS 26" (1987 and earlier)

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Poll: OLD SCHOOL CRUISERS 26" (1987 and earlier) (101 member(s) have cast votes)

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  1. 1978 Gary Littlejohn Fireroad Cruiser by RyanPartridge (14 votes [13.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.86%

  2. 1980 SE Racing OM Flyer in new condition by oldbuzzard (19 votes [18.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 18.81%

  3. 1981 Mongoose 26” Kos Cruiser by Cycle24-7 (2 votes [1.98%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.98%

  4. 1979 S.E. Racing OM Flyer by Cycle24-7 (4 votes [3.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.96%

  5. 1980 Champion 26" Cruiser by route66 (20 votes [19.80%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.80%

  6. 1979 Powerlite 26 by SoWhat. (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. Nomura 26" Race Cruiser by se666 (6 votes [5.94%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.94%

  8. 1981 Nomura 26" Cruiser by route66 (8 votes [7.92%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.92%

  9. 1981 DG 26" LOOPTAIL Race Cruiser by se666 (18 votes [17.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.82%

  10. 1981 DG vulcan by suicyco (6 votes [5.94%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.94%

  11. Early 80's Champion 26 by firemanstexascruzer (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  12. 1980 Coast Wheels 3 Bar Cruiser by Huntin4BMX (4 votes [3.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.96%

  13. 1986 GT Pacific Flyer by king stinger (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%




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1978 Gary Littlejohn Fireroad Cruiser

Built with a mix of old used parts and some NOS stuff. Since I ride my cruisers so much I like things to run smooth so the hubs, bottom bracket and headset are all NOS packed with fresh grease.

All finish is original except the frame. Decals are the real deal I got from Gary Littlejohn himself.


* 1978 mild steel Littlejohn Fireroad cruiser
* Tange fork
* Vintage Flanders flat track MX bars w/American Pro grips
* Tange MX-2 headset
* Antique Persons saddle with "Lucky 7" seatpost
* Schwinn "AS" seat clamp
* Ashtabula 7 1/2" crank (190mm)
* Tange 28tpi bottom bracket
* Three Arrows sprocket
* KKT Super MX rat trap pedals
* Steel Araya 26x2.125 rims
* Shimano MX high flange hubs with .105(12 gauge) spokes
* Nobby tires with Goodyear tubes




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1980 SE Racing OM Flyer in new condition.

I should of posted this in the survivor class.
I acquired this bike last febuary. Long story short The Original owners father bought him several bikes when he was younger. He had two OM flyers and only used one of them.
This bike was in storage and never used. It has been in this configuration since the early 80's.
I had to complete the bike with a seat bars and grips.

Original paint and decals.
Redline stem
Araya 7x rims with acs and sunshine hubs
26 x 1.75 mitsuboshi tires.
Se cruiser bars
Kashimax seat
Unitrons grips
Dia compe brakes and levers
SE seat post
Tuf neck seat clamp
Regina copper chain.
Suntour vx cranks
Shimano pedals

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This year is the year I really started to embrace the Idealogy of Survivor versus refinishing. I was a Museum drone until I found you guys. So I built this bike using as much og type parts that I could find. Except for the bars, I cant get anyone to sell me their KOS bars. So in order to enjoy this bike, I broke down, and bought these for now. ( Honestly, Al's bars are friggin beautiful, the nickel finish is off the hook! ) And, I dont know what brand the hubs are, except "NoName"...
oVerall, This bike rides really nice. My Kos is my main, 26" rider. The fork seems to be a one of a kind KOS fork, bottom tubes are cut like a Team goose fork, or a DeCoster. And they are almost 2 inches longer in the fork tubes. The extra rake they provide gives it more of a 70's feel regarding geometry, and how it steers.
Nobody has told me exactly what they are as of yet. The color scheme, of all parts, was chosen to match colors within this decal set.

1981 Mongoose 26” Kos Cruiser

Frame: 1981 Mongoose 26” Kos Cruiser
All og finish with reproduction stickers
Forks: Original finish Nickel KOS fork (one of a kind cut and length with extra rake)
Bars: Al’s Rapid transit nickel finishTribute to Kos style bars
Stem: Original finish Slimline Double clamp
Grips: Oakley 1 survivors
Headset: Beartrap Chromo og
Cranks: Takagi 175mm og finish
Chainring: Pete’s precision chainring 43 tooth og
Chain ring bolts ”Sugino”
Pedals: MKS og rat traps
Freewheel: Shimano 18T og
Chain: KMC “chrome”
Seat: Generic black suede with og Mongoose sticker on back
Seat Post: Generic aluminum fluted survivor
Seat post clamp: Mongoose NOS
Brakes: Dia Compe
Brake pads: Koolstop finned pads
Brake lever Dia Compe
Brake cable: Red Odessey
Wheels: Pro Class 26 x 1.75 rims og
Hubs: No name sealed bearings Shimano type
Spokes: Stainless spokes with red anno nipples
Front Tire: Schwinn Cruiser ---26 x 2.125
Back Tire: Mittsubishi Comp 3 --- 26 x 1.75
PAD SET: Mongoose bar og, Frame pad Radpad og

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This is my BOTY. Not saying I expect to win, as I have allready seen a few stellar bikes. But to me, in my heart, this is the nicest looking, and riding bike I have ever built. When I ride this bike, it just feels so right. Its silent and smoothe... So to me, this is my BOTY. The only thing not original finish is the frame, which had seat post tube repairs, then it was repainted. Everything else is og finish.

1979 S.E. Racing OM Flyer 26” Cruiser

Frame: 1979 S.E. Racing OM Flyer 26” Cruiser mild steel
( seat-post mast repaired, frame repainted) NOS decal set
Forks: Original finish S.E.Racing Landing Gear
Bars: Original finish S.E.Racing Cruiser bars
Stem: MCS 6 bolt NOS
Grips: Oakley 1’s NOS
Headset: Beartrap Chromo
Cranks: Redline No pinch flite cranks “400”
Chainring: Sugino Bmx 40 tooth NOS
Pedals: MKS Beartraps
Freewheel: Shimano 18T
Chain: KMC “Z” Chrome
Seat: Avocet Touring 2
Seat Post: VDC solid aluminum NOS
Seat post clamp: Helix “CBR” copy double bolt
Brakes: Dia Compe
Brake pads: Mint Mathauser finned pads
Brake lever Dia Compe
Brake cable: Black Odessey
Wheels: Gold Ukiah 7c type 26 x 2.125 rims og
Hubs: Loose ball SR hubs og
Spokes: Stainless spokes with copper nipples

Front Tire:Cheng Shin snake belly 26 x 2.125”
Back Tire: Cheng Shin snake belly 26 x 2.125”

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1980 Champion 26" Cruiser

This is one of the best riding 26" cruisers I have. I love Champions and feel blessed to have come across this near perfect condition frame and fork. After a ton of hunting I was also able to locate the matching Champion cruiser bars, seat post and original pad set. All parts on the build are original finish, some NOS prior to install. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do.

Parts breakdown:

Frame: Chrome, 26" Champion cruiser
Fork: Chrome, 26"
Champion cruiser
Bars: Chrome,
Champion cruiser (stamped)
Stem: Blue, Cook Brothers slant
Headset: Blue, Hatta MX-100 (speed line)

Saddle: Black, Cinelli unicanitor, leather
Seat Post: Chrome, Champion (stamped)

Seat clamp: Blue, Cook Brothers
Rims: Blue, Ukai box 26 x 2.125
Hubs: Blue/Silver, 2nd gen Sunshine sealed
Freewheel: Black, Suntour 17t
Chain ring: Blue, Suntour 43
Chain ring bolts: Sugino
Spider: Chrome, Sugino
Cranks: Chrome, Redline 401 flight 185mm (repop decals)
Bottom bracket: Hatta 28tpi
Pedals: Blue, Demco sealed
Tires: Black, 26" Panaracer 26 x 2.125
Grips: Black, Oury waffle
Brakes: Blue, Dia Compe MX-1000 w/Shimano DX Lever
Brake pads: Blue, Kool Stop fins w/orange pads




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1979 Powerlite 26

original finish on everything. the decals on the headset and down tube are new, the decals on the bars are original.

- powerlite f/f and bars
- redline brute stem
- dc 1000
- dc seat clamp
- brooks saddle
- campagnolo cable guides, nos
- omas cranks (170)
- the rat traps were nos before being installed
- araya 7x rims, suzue sealed hubs
- cheng shin rubber













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Nomura 26" Race Cruiser

I found this frame as a complete bike that had been raced in Livermore California during the early 80's. Apparently, it must have broken a few times as there were gusset repairs everywhere. I sent the frame to the frame DOC and got it repaired. I then ball burnished it as well as annoed it a special color that was once offered by Nomura at the time. This is my dream Nomura cruiser so its just special to me even though its not OG finish. It deserves a rest as it served someone well as a race bike BITD!

Parts breakdown:
Frame: 26" Nomura Frame #31 1981 Repaired and Refinished
Fork: Bottema Modified headtube,repaired and refinished
Bars: Chrome NOS Prodyne
Stem: Black NOS REAL Pro Neck Inverted found in bike shop (NICK B)
Headset: Hatta
Saddle: NOS Elina
Seat Post: Chrome Pro Neck
Seat clamp: Suntour
Rims: Ambrosio NOS 26x1.75
Hubs: Omas
Freewheel: Black, Suntour 17t
Chain ring: Suntour 41
Chain ring bolts: Sugino
Chain: HKK Nickle
Spider: OG Profile
Cranks: Refinished Profile 2nd gen (Your old set Hector)
Bottom bracket: Profile
Pedals: Titron
Tires: Black, 26" NOS Blue/yellow/green label Comp III 26 x 1.75
Grips: Black, Oakley .5 NOS
Brakes: Dia Compe MX-1000 w/Shimano DX Lever
Brake pads: Black 1st gen. Kool Stop fins




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1981 Nomura 26" Cruiser

I call this one "Darth Vader". This is the 10th 26" cruiser frame Nomura built out of the 45 total produced. The frame was fabricated on 3/31/1981, and it is 1 of only 7 frames that came in black anodized finish. Of the 7 black frames currently only 3 are accounted for including this one (all 3 are refinished). This Nomura has special meaning for me as I grow up in Santa Barbara where Nomuras were designed and built. I remember seeing the 20" frames around town as a kid. The purple and green anodized frames will always be ingrained in my memory. This particular frame has always been in Santa Barbara, I am the 4th owner. The frame was originally purchased from Wade Nomura by Bill Carson a local avid BMX racer and local cycling legend. Bill was one of the first group of individuals that started the Santa Barbara Fiesta Cruiser ride over 30 years ago. Today this ride draws well over a thousand riders each year. I hope you guys like it. All parts on the build are original finish with the exception of the frame and Araya 7c rims.

Parts breakdown:
Frame: Black, 26" Nomura cruiser (repop decals)
Fork: Chrome, 26" Johnny Chopper Bottema replica
Bars: Chrome, 1st gen GT cruiser bars (repro decals)
Stem: Black, Tuf Neck square corner invert cruiser stem
Headset: Red, Hatta MX-100
Saddle: Black, Elina Super Pro
Seat clamp: Red Suntour
Rims: Black, Araya 7c 26 x 1.75 w/red nipples
Hubs: Red/Black, Bullseye
Freewheel: Chrome, Shimano 17t
Chain ring: Black, Pro Neck 43t
Spider: Silver, 1st gen Bullseye spider
Cranks: Black, 1st gen Bullseye cranks 178mm
Bottom bracket: Silver, 1st gen Bullseye
Pedals: Red/Black, 1st gen Bullseye
Tires: Black, 26" IRC Racer X-1 Fat/Skinny combo
Grips: Black, Oakley .5
Brakes: Red, Dia Compe MX-1000 w/Shimano DX Lever
Brake pads: Silver, 1st gen Scott Mathauser




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1981 DG 26" LOOPTAIL Race Cruiser

I got this ff set from Greyboy after he found it in a terrible state of repair. He cleaned it up and then I really worked on polishing up what was left. I saved the OG decals and acquired an original headtube decal off another collector via ebay. I built it with pride and kept the og patina and enjoyed riding it on the subway cruise the night before the Whittier show. This bike is great to ride.

Frame: 26" DG Looptail Frame #8 1981 Original finish
Fork: 26" DG 1981 Original finish
Bars: Chrome OG finish GT 1981 cruiser
Stem: Mint Cook Bros slant with red clamps
Headset: Tange
Saddle: Elina Super
Seat Post: 1981 Boss
Seat clamp: Suntour
Rims: Araya 7X NOS 26x1.75
Hubs: Rare Phil Wood First Gen Experimental hubs (as per Phil Wood Tech guys)
Freewheel: Black, Suntour 17t
Chain ring: Redline Flight 40t
Chain: DID
Cranks: Original finish Redline Pinch-less Flights
Bottom bracket: Schwinn
Pedals: KKT Rat Traps OG
Tires: Black, 26" NOS yellow label Comp III 26 x 1.75 front/ snakebelly rear
Grips: Black, Oakley .5 NOS
Brakes: Shimano Tourney w/Shimano DX Lever
Brake pads: Finned Scott Matthauser
Pads: OG DG Vinyl with plain OG frame pad

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1981 DG Vulcan Frame
Bottema skate park fork
Webco motorcycle bars
Cook Bros. stem
Ukai gold hoops with Sunshine hubs
Shimano pedals
Tourney cranks with Takagi chain ring
Cinelli Unicator seat
first gen Dk seat clamp
SR post
Cheng Shin tires
gold Dia Compe 1020 brakes
Oury grips


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OK so here is my Champion 26. I bought this nice frameset from a Society member earlier this year. This is not a perfect beauty, but it is in good shape, and is one of the smoothest bikes I have ever ridden. Some highlights includes the powerlite bars I scored at a local BMX show we do here in Austin for $10. Also has Diamond Back Turbo cranks. These were on my first KOS i bought in the 90's. Ugly, cracked, and re-welded, these cranks are the smoothest I have ever had on any bike! 45-20T drive train for easy, smooth spinning over any terrain. Just a nice mix of old and new including some old beat up tech 77 levers, and a Mavic/Suzue wheelset that has been and will be around forever. Build matches frame condition, and came out exactly as I had hoped.

Frame: Early 80's Champion 26-orig chrome and stix w/added electrical tape for enhanced appearance.
Fork: Champion
Stem: Profile
Bars: Powerlite
Wheels: Mavic w/DT spokes, Suzue Hubs
Cranks: Diamond Back Turbo w/built in spider
Chainring: Tuf Neck
Pedal: Redline DX style
Seat: Redline
Seat Clamp: Profile Slim Jim
Seat Post: RL
Headset: Bear Trap Tioga
Brakes: Dia Compe Bulldog w/Tech 77
Tires: Cheng Shin
Chain: Shimano
Grips: Ame Tri






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Here's a unique one that I've been looking for, for a long time. I was literally "FREAKING OUT" when Joe Buffardi texted me a picture of this frame and fork and was asking if I knew anything about it. I called him immediately and we discussed it's history and the fact that this was the only one to surface so far. I sent him a picture of an ad that I had saved on my phone for verification and needless to say, he held true to his word when I asked that if he ever sold it, to please contact me first. THANK YOU JOE!!!

1980 Coast Wheels 3 Bar Cruiser

Original Paint on Frame and Fork
Araya 7X Rims With Sunshine Front Hub and Bendix 76 Rear Coaster
Original Early 80's Cheng Shin 2.125 Snakebelly Style Tires
(Tires and chain came from an early 80's Murray cruiser that was heading for the scrap yard in the back of a scrap metal truck!)
Original Finish Black Takagi Cranks With Three Arrows Sprocket
NOS Chair Pedals (Thanks Joe!) With Original Tange BB, D.I.D. Chain
Well Used Cinelli Unicanitor Saddle, Aluminum Post, Custom JB-1 Clamp
Tange 125 Headset With Tange Headlock, Tuf Neck 2000
70's Harley Sprint Handlebars With New Oury Grips

No Parts Were Refinished.


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This is my 1986 GT Pacific Flyer, I did this one custom with oldschool 80'S parts, the only original parts are the frame and fork and Suntour rear coaster brake hub, let me tell you it came out awesome and is very light weight now. Rides great!

1986 GT Pacific Flyer Frame and fork repainted flat black
80's Robinson Cruiser bars unknurled with original chrome and decals
Tuf Neck tiger stamped Pro stem[polished]
Araya 26x1.75 hoops re annodized
Bullseye 80's front hub with 1/4 allen head bolts
Suntour 80's Coaster brake rear hub[og to the bike]
DT S.S spokes
Kenda skinwall knobby tire 26x1.75 on rear
Matrix Single Track AT NOS 26x2.125 knobby on the front
Takagi Cr-Mo 175 one piece cranks
Takagi style unstamped spider
Shimano 40 t sprocket
Suntour sealed bmx pedals with re annodized cages
Unstamped tuf neck style seat clamp
GT seat post
Persons 80's Diamond Seat
GT reproduction pad set BMXNW 2007 [licensed]
KMC Chain


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