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Best Frame to build a beach cruiser?

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PD Monkey

Look Ma, No Hands!
I want to build a cool beach cruiser. I was thinking S-2 wheels, block tires, 3-speed w/coaster brakes, stingray bars and a comfy seat. For cruising San Diego boardwalks. What are the best frames to start with? I have seen them built with Typhoons, Corvettes, Racers, Etc. I really don't know the differences in all the models. I like bikes with some personality to them as compared to a standard store bought bike. And I think it would be a fun project to build it.

I just bought a '62 Fleet but I am starting to like it kind of as it is. It is nothing special but I get comments on it every time I ride it.

Thanks!
 

PD Monkey

Look Ma, No Hands!
Will S-2s fit the fenders too? I am not a fan of straight bars on a cruiser. My hands get tired, I prefer taller bars. That is why I was thinking Stingray bars. I have been riding my Fleet that last few weeks and my hands/wrists get tired/sore after 10+ miles. I clearly need have more beer stops :)
 

Lonestar

I live for the CABE
Will S-2s fit the fenders too? I am not a fan of straight bars on a cruiser. My hands get tired, I prefer taller bars. That is why I was thinking Stingray bars. I have been riding my Fleet that last few weeks and my hands/wrists get tired/sore after 10+ miles. I clearly need have more beer stops :)
I think @phantom meant Straight Bar frames...like an old Panther...
 

Porkchop & Applesauce

Wore out three sets of tires already!
I think a early post war 1946-1950 with a springer front end, long spring seat, lucky 7 seat post turned backwards and set low, rolling on s2’s with a 26x2.35 tire are the smoothest rides out there! The early post war frames are a bit wider allowing for the larger tire.

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49autocycledeluxe

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
when I got back into the hobby I wanted to build a fenderless bike from a frame and fork. so I looked for a cool frame and fork with paint and condition I liked, not a specific year or frame style. found a 48 DX with original paint and scallops and added all my extra Schwinn parts and a Brooks seat. then I was corrupted by the CABE and added all the parts it came with originally, even put a New Departure skiptooth hub in a perfectly good already built wheel with a Musselman hub .
 
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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Will S-2s fit the fenders too? I am not a fan of straight bars on a cruiser. My hands get tired, I prefer taller bars. That is why I was thinking Stingray bars. I have been riding my Fleet that last few weeks and my hands/wrists get tired/sore after 10+ miles. I clearly need have more beer stops :)
Phantom was referring to a straightbar frame, not handlebars!
 
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