Many many moons ago ( at least 60, I think ), I built out Molly, a single speed free-wheeled track bike for hauling around town on. I’ve been pretty bored with it lately.
Molly and her flipped and chopped drop bars:
Not anymore! I threw some cruiser bars on her, dropped the seat a smidge, and she’s a whole different bike! I love riding it again:
An unforseen summer-time bonus is that sitting much more upright tends to limit my top speed – in the old config, I think I topped it out at ~32mph on level ground. Not so much now. I still have much higher efficiency than a standard cruiser, so 15mph now doesn’t even come close to breaking a sweat. It didn’t make me sweat on the old setup at that speed, but I tended to just plain ride faster – I couldn’t help it. 15mph or faster on a cruiser takes much more effort.
That’s not nearly as ugly as I thought it would be when I saw your tweet. The reasons listed above are the exact reasons I love my Electra cruiser when I’m not in a hurry to be anywhere in particular. The over-sized tires and general cruiserness of the bike also help keep the pace relaxed.
Am I having deja vu or has that green guy lasted over six years strapped to your bike?
The very same. Amazing that with all the time it’s spent locked up outside bars, nobody has messed with him.