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I like the style of the bike but was concerned about it being a 24 inch , the seat looks to low for me . Im 180cm and prefer not to knee myself in the face when I ride .
I was thinking of putting together a similar style bike from a 26 inch mountain bike. I have been searching for a wheel combination that looks the goods but the 24 inch seems to be the best available rim which brings the cost down .
So any suggestions for fitting a set of 24x3.0 tyre rim combo to a 26 inch frame ?.
Just looking for a fun project . I am thinking I might even have to butcher a couple of old huffy's to adapt the frame and forks to fit .
Id like to try this type of bike before I forked out $800 and up for a nice little custom urban warrior .
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If you want something that’s fun to throw around on the street like a big BMX I’d suggest buying a small framed 26inch hardtail mountain bike second hand. Give it a singlespeed conversion to simplify it and clean the lines, and get some nice fat slicks with a nice round profile (look for beach cruiser slicks not slicks for a mountain bike), and some nice fat riser bars. The pic below is one of my old bikes with some Electra Hotster whitewall slicks. It’s just a 26inch wheel and the rim is standard mountain bike width, but as you can see the tyre still has a really nice fat profile like you’re after.
If you’re set on the 24x3.0 conversion, probably the easiest way would be to look for a bike with disc brakes, and then have the wheels rebuilt with new spokes and the 24x3 rims. By the time you buy the new rims, spokes, tyres, tubes etc and then have a bike shop build the new wheels (assuming you cant do it yourself), I think its going to work out fairly expensive. Most of the 24x3 wheels you see are built for beach cruisers, so buying an existing wheel and fitting it to a mountain bike would likely be problematic, particularly in regards to sorting out the brakes.
If you’re after something more chopper/cruiser-ish I’d suggest keeping a look out for a brand name beach cruiser on ebay/gumtree etc. You can pick up a 26inch brand name cruiser for generally $200-$400ish. Look for names like Dyno, Electra, Felt etc If you choose the right bike you can ride it as is, without throwing more money at it. My fiancé has a ladies Felt we got on ebay for $400 in mint condition, it’s got drum brakes on the front, 3 speed hub on the rear, and the rims are 50mm wide so they have the same kind of profile as a 24x3 rim. I’m about 170cms and I’ve got a few Dynos and you can ride them all day and not feel cramped, because they’re designed for adults.
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The tyres havent arrived as of yet so Im still waiting to check things like the chain line and what sort of clearance issues I might have .
I like the style of your bike. I have a nice shaped Apollo Comfort mountain bike with 26inch rims that I was thinking of putting some whitewalls on . I was thinking this would look good on a red rim but would need to have disc brakes for this setup .
I was thinking of painting the Apollo matte black with red rims and whitewalls for a street cruiser old school bobber look .
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