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  • Living Retro: The Schwinn Riverside 7-Speed Cruiser Bike

    Posted on April 20th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 9 comments

    Knock me your lobes, hip kats and swingin’ kittens…’cuz I’m droppin’ you a line on a keen new set of wheels – The Schwinn Riverside 7-Speed Beach Cruiser!

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    Now this rig isn’t your ordinary coaster. It’s got the kickin’ retro styling of the famous 1950s Schwinn cruisers with a mod-setup 7-speed gear box and a bunch more goodies, can you dig it?

    This is bike is in the groove with old-school fenders, rear rack, deco decals and paint job…but it gets hip to new tech with linear caliper brakes, aluminum wheels, padded grips, a spring-action seat and of course that rockin’ & rollin’ 7-gear tranny! With all that going on this cruiser is stellar, Daddy-O!

    I’d been spending a lot of time riding my old man’s original late 40s-early 50s Roadmaster Luxury Liner around. That bike is the boss, but it weighs about 400 pounds. You don’t just pedal it, you drive it. And that takes a lot of wind out of this kat, so I decided to go with something that had a few more gears than just one. I wanted to get a bike that looked like the old style jobs, and after a few years of waiting and watching finally found this Schwinn Riverside at the local K-Mart.

    My old man's ’53 Roadmaster Luxury Liner

    My old man's ’53 Roadmaster Luxury Liner

    Apparently they only sell them at K & Sears, so if you want one you’ll have to trudge over to your nearest store – or order one online, for an extra delivery charge. (Ain’t that crazy? They charge you to deliver it – and it gets delivered to the nearest store, not your house. Kookie.)

    The only thing missing off this bike is a real, retro-matic kool-o-rama tank with a built-in horn, like the Roadmaster. Who knows, maybe some kat will fabricate one and sell it on Ebay…they’re already selling kits to add a gas engine to this baby!

    -Tiki Chris for Tiki Lounge Talk, the Tiki Culture Blog for people who are hip to this swingin’ scene.

     

    9 responses to “Living Retro: The Schwinn Riverside 7-Speed Cruiser Bike” RSS icon

    • Sorry to say this. Since Schwinn moved production to China their quality has nosedived to the bottom of the garbage can. The first one of these I bought my wife convinced me to buy the $17 insurance and boy was she right. Within 3 months the right brake handle broke. shortly after the fender braces began breaking then I had to tighten up the cables regularly !! I,m on the 3d and last of these craprockets. The frame and a few other parts are ok. The only reason I have the 3d one is the first 2 were stolen . One off the front of a bus and the other from my yard !!! I,m doing a total american or euro made parts rebuild and THEN I,ll feel safe. Including Disc breaks !! I will stick with a Shimano derailer system as Japan makes good stuff also ( ask Detroit !! ). I,m a disabled C.G. Vet and this bike is my #1 means of transportation due to TBI Epeilepsi and narcolepsiy and one thing I DON’T need is another head injury because cheap Chinese made pot aluminum break handles breaking. I,m having a set made from billet aluminum with stainless cable tension adjuster inserts and THEN I,ll feel safe !!!!

    • Nice looking ride right off the shelf! I love the multiple gear cruisers, although I still think my arse needs the workout a one speed offers. LOL.

      Also.. your old mans cruiser rocks! I’d LOVE to own a vintage Roadmaster.

    • Nice BIKE. I just bought the same one 🙂 Its a real looker. Im not putting mine together till the springer, mud flaps, and bullet headlamp get here from

      http://www.streetlowrider.com

      (great prices, Ill send some pics when the parts get here and are installed)

      The plan is to move the front fender forward a bit using the mud flap extender to help with the gap. Then mount the bullet headlamp on that fender. I got a rear flap as well, cuz I could. Oh yea it just aint a retro without a front chrome springer right? Ebay does have a new tank for sale that fits but its like 95.00 (OUCH) we need someone to repop that baby on the cheap ya know.

      • That is a FANTASTIC site for vintage-style bike parts! Very kool. Prices aren’t bad either. I’d like to see your ride with the goodies on it…if you get a chance can you please post pix at The Retro Tiki Lounge on Facebook? http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Retro-Tiki-Lounge/129084784244?ref=nf

      • [IMG]http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u216/partmangr/P5240001.jpg[/IMG]
        How I got it. Kmart let me know they would assy it for me for free. I stated, step away from the Schwinn!!
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        What it looked like outa the box, looks like modern art!
        [IMG]http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u216/partmangr/P5240005.jpg[/IMG]
        All done I love it !!! After I get the springer on I share pics. It rides great!

    • Nothing like a classic bike, eh Mack? I’ve already told you this, but I just recently traded in my mountain bike for a classic cruiser. I had the mountain bike for about 2 years, and it just hung in my garage. I had good intentions, but about 3 days after I bought it, I had a severe sports injury (tore my ACL, LCL, & popletius). Ouch! After that, I was real hesitant on getting out on the trails for fear that I would end up crashing or planting my foot down and tearing everything again. And really, all I wanted to do was cruise.

      So I sold it & took a small hit. But it the long run not really, since it was doing me no good just hanging around, literally. I was able to buy my cruiser and still had some scratch left over.

      So now I’m cruising again. No gears, no hand brakes, just a simple, retro-looking cruiser that I affectionately dubbed “Elroy”.

      But I’ll tell ya, it ain’t as easy as it was when I was a kid. The combination of age and lack of physical exercise has gotten the best of me. I’m huffin’ & puffin’ trying to get up some of these slight inclines around here. I need to be by the beach.

      • That’s what I’m talkin’ about! That Roadmaster is one speed, and it ain’t an easy one. Even in flat south Florida it gets difficult to move that sucker!

        I haven’t named this Schwinn yet. When I was in high school I had a 1940’s Schwinn (a beat up one, not a Phantom) that I called The Destroyer. It got its name because it weighed a ton and demolished anything in its path. I’m considering “Destroyer II” for this one but so far it hasn’t lived up to its predecessor’s reputation for punishment.


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