Speedster 26" BMX Cruiser

Sep 13, 2006
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This is where the build took me, and it's pretty much exactly what I envisioned.
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Maybe I'm just getting old, but the more I try to ride 20" muscle bikes with my group of bike nerd friends, the more I've been getting into the idea of 26" BMX cruisers. I have a few that have been put together mostly from cantilever frames and castoff MTB parts, but for this build-off I wanted to try to do something a little better engineered, maybe even spend a few bucks on legit parts. (Most of that ended up going on the wheels, as you'll see.)

I've also seen lots of cool Schwinn camelback Speedster builds, and figured the clean lines and lighter weight would make it perfect for what I wanted. So I dismantled the clapped-out Speedster that got me started on camelback frames a few years ago and got to work. Here's the build thread.

Started with this, as found on Craigslist several years ago.
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The wheels were from something British, I still have them somewhere. The rear is a 40-spoke with a Perry coaster hub.

For a while it looked like this, with a drivetrain scavenged off a 26" Ross, till I found a couple of proper camelback Collegiates to feed my habit.
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And this is where we are now.
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These were shot a little earlier in development, but I love these angles.
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Mar 26, 2012
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Nice! I like the dual brakes, and how you added just enough 'newness' with the parts mix to that very kool old patina frame.
 

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Love those camelback frames. Nice platform for your cool build!
CONGRATS!