Early 80’s schwinn 20” beach cruiser ?’s

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Sunset~ave_schwinn

Look Ma, No Hands!
So I’ve been referencing to everyone’s threads over the years and this is my first time starting one. lets see how it goes.
I recently have been wanting to get my 8yt old son a 20” beach cruiser since I’ve gotten “bit by the bike bug” again but every time I see one I hesitant due to the price haha, so I bought him a 20” 77’ typhoon instead, we seen my friends mini cruiser and it looks legit except the fork looks like a reg. Sting-Ray fork. All the minis I’ve seen look like they have longer forks off of a 24” bike or a 78’ scrambler because the bigger gap between the tire and the forks also look like they have a less pronounced curve. I have an extra 24” 63’ schwinn that I was thinking of use The sprocket, fork, and I 24” cruiser haddle bars s2 rims and a spring seat the fork is what’s confusing me to make the 77” into a replica, i feel that’s what schwinn did to make there’s? Here’s pics to look at to better under stand want I’m looking at...The blue 20” is what I’m going for..
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The red is my son’s, also would the chain guard still work with a 24”/26” sprocket or do the minis have a special guard?
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The blue 82’ 24” is mine. To see if the fork looks the same as the blue mini...thanks in advance to whoever nails my questions haha

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koolbikes

Finally riding a big boys bike
Man you are all over with this question. First off the Typhoon is a Junior 20" Frame, smaller and shorter by 1 1/2" nothing is the same as a 20" Cruiser Frame or Fork it's a Balloon Frame and Fork. And your welcome.
 

Robert Troub

Finally riding a big boys bike
Man you are all over with this question. First off the Typhoon is a Junior 20" Frame, smaller and shorter by 1 1/2" nothing is the same as a 20" Cruiser Frame or Fork it's a Balloon Frame and Fork. And your welcome.
Plus 3 posts with the same question?
 

WillWork4Parts

'Lil Knee Scuffer

I've not sat a 20" Cruiser next to a typhoon to actually compare all of the differences, but as far as the fork, it should just be the difference of a handbrake mount being taller vs a coaster brake being shorter. Now you've got me thinking about trying to trade a buddy of mine out of his 20" cruiser frame/fork set just so I can detail the differences.
As far as the sprocket goes, you're stuck with a lucky 7 on the 20" typhoon, the chainstay notch is too short for the small mag or 4 leaf clover sprocket. Like said previously, they are a "junior" frame, are shorter and narrower in the rear. They won't accept a handbrake without an adapter and won't accept fat fenders especially with a fat tire. Might be able to squeeze a 2.125" tire in there that has a more round tread, but I don't think the Cruiser knobby tire will fit in there. I'd have to put them side by side to compare, but I believe the Hurricane is the same frame as a 20" Cruiser, they do fit a 2.125" gripper slick, have a hand brake bracket, and take the larger mag sprockets.

Good luck with your build!
 

Sunset~ave_schwinn

Look Ma, No Hands!
Yea I realized the difference in frames so I bought a 1980 string ray frame because I like the cat eye rear reflector bracket instead f the brake brace bracket, but the hurricane frame is more accurate, and I found out the forks are from a scrambler so I got those and I got larger chain guard like you stayed..soo the hunt is over, now for me n my son to mock it up before full restoration..since it a replica ima thinking of putting 79’ spitfire decals for more of a eye catcher haha
 
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