Discussion in 'GALLERY' started by Grant, Apr 1, 2019.
Who has modified a department store bike?
Probably not what you mean, but here's Interrobang, a '64 Sears Spaceliner.
The first build I ever did here used the front "clip" of a Walmart bought MTB and the rear half and forks from an OCC. I called it HeadBanger the build thread has a few broken photobucket links but much of it is intact. I've since repainted it into a Bears tribute bike with different seat and handlebars but the frame remains the same and is a comfy cruiser.
as built^ and now
Many moons have passed since I've had a bike shop bike, and even those were modded to some degree.
Less obvious, but the only parts that started together are the frame and forks.
Here is what I am building. I just need a brake, a shifter, and some grips. I am planning on using the shifter from an old 10 speed on the bars, a mountain bike brake setup, and some muscle bike grips.
That looks like a TRM convertible tank, which is based off of the spaceliner.
Walmart Huffy Nel Lusso, with a few changes...
Yes, it's a Spaceliner with a TRM tank and rotary dial shifter.
If someone wants the Schrekendost design look and has the choice of base bike, I recommend Columbia's xxxBolt version as it's better built (though, it's all relative at this level).
When OP said "Department Store Bikes" I believe he meant Walmart, K-mart, Target, Big R and the like. Basic China built Schwinn, Huffy and etc. that are about as far away as you can get from the original Marques intended...
Woolworth's, Montgomery Wards, Sears, JC Penny.....
Well I'd build an American made Hawthorne from Monkey Wards any day, and call it a classic even though technically it came from a dept store. CURRENT dept stores like Walmart have things like China Schwinns that pretty much suck. Like I said before, not even the same level as what the original Marques were. That's a sore spot with me, Chicago Schwinns were among the best ever built. Now Schwinn is junk.
This Flightliner was sold by Sears in the early 1960s. More recently, the wheels and drive train came from a department store mountain bike. Its fun to ride.
I don't know why the pic is inverted. It's right side up on my computer.
Picked up this Huffy Savoy from the recycling market. I like the 'kind of' camelback look of the top tube. And how it looks now after a parts bin thrash. Still plenty to do. Unsure of whether to go for the cafe racer or ape hanger style.
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