1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26  RSS Feed

#1 2011-04-16 1:38am

martimagico
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1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26

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1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26

California Cruiser BMX Style.
Sears J.C. Higgins Middleweight.
Date code WC57= Columbia built 1957
Only remaining original parts are frame and seat post.

Tioga BT 2 HS, Square taper BB w/ survivor Sugino maxy cross 170's with 48t Addicks C/R, suntour XCII survivor pedals, tange tx1200's, matthew's motocross stem, KHS cruiser bars, fake f-1 grips, araya 7x hoops laced w/ faded red suzue fully sealed bearings, suntour maeda freewheel, nirve "badass" cruiser whitewalls, dia compe mx 2 pc spc, cycle pro shotgun II seat, stock seatpost.


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#2 2011-04-16 11:04am

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Re: 1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26

Sweet Cruzer!
I almost have mine done, we need more Cali-Cruzers posted!!!
NICE RIDE.


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#3 2011-04-16 11:23am

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Re: 1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26

good stuff! makes me wanna pull out my '30s strightbar frame n build it up! cool


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#4 2011-04-16 2:16pm

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Re: 1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26

Took it camping today is day 2 and I have a crack on the seatstay at the mast. Oh well crazy brazed frames.  Time for some metal work lol


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#5 2011-04-16 9:37pm

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Re: 1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26

psh braze is strong! maybe not 50 years of over tightening-strong but hey. roll


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#6 2011-04-19 10:13pm

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Re: 1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26

brazing is strong? it looks weak, and ive had3-4 different 26ers from 30s-50s all cracked on some part of the mast at a brazing point.

why did brazing ever go away?


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#7 2011-04-20 6:43am

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Re: 1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26

well it depends on who made em. monarks are notorious for seperating/cracking at the seat tube at the BB shell and seat mast. and ive owned lots of brazed frames, never a problem. maybe you got all the defective ones? lol

brazing went away eventually because it was a hand done job and the finishing(filing/sanding) was done by hand. its a mix of welded/brazed frames out there. some used brazing here and there on the frame(brake bridge, kickstand mount etc.) but solid brazing on a frame went away with welding and lugged frames.

and schwinn filleted frames are a whole nother ball of wax. they used stamped parts, like the headtube, bb shell, and dropouts. they start as a flat piece of steel, and through a series of stamps and rollers, they form into headtubes, bb shells, dropouts, and the chainstays.they are flash-welded ("electro-forged") together. thats why if you look inside a schwinn frame where the two pieces meet theres a lot of slag and extra metal from the forging and flash welding process. even the main tubes are electro-forged onto the pre-stamped peices. flash welding is where they put the two pieces together and run an excessive amount of electric current through them and heats them to near melting as they are pressed together, forming a strong bond.


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#8 2011-04-20 8:45am

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Re: 1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26

Cool! Thanks for the info.


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#9 2011-06-30 9:22pm

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Re: 1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26

Too cool right there


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#10 2011-06-30 9:38pm

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Re: 1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26

dude that cruiser is totally gangster!


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#11 2011-10-28 2:29pm

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Re: 1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26

love it!


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#12 2012-04-22 3:50am

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Re: 1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26

this bike resides in europe now with Jcarp.


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#13 2012-07-23 4:13pm

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Re: 1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26

wow! that is stunning!!!
thanks for the tip on the purple pacific cruiser 26"
!!! good work1!!


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#14 2013-01-29 4:27pm

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Re: 1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26

cool bike. i want to do something like this with my flying merkel

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#15 2014-01-27 5:28am

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Re: 1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26

very nice

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#16 2015-08-09 11:00pm

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Re: 1957 JC Higgins California Cruiser 26

These cranks would be perfect for that build.

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