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1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Custom built by Gary Cook for the founder of Vision Street Wear.

This bike is a complete survivor aside from the tires and brake pads. It was built by Gary Cook himself for Brad Dorfman, owner/founder of Vision Skateboards & Vision Street Wear. The bike had been sitting at the Vision warehouse for years covered in dirt. Brad had brought the bike to get tuned up at a bike shop so he could start riding it to lunch and I got tipped off about the bike when it hit the shop. I was put in touch with Brad and we made a deal for this and another Laguna cruiser he had(now owned by Larock). 


Originally I believed this bike to be the Cook Bros/Shimano Land Cruiser from the June 1980 article from BMX Action magazine but it's not. This bike has a few differences that set it apart, mainly the small BB shell, 3 piece cranks, & no front brake. The Land Cruiser from the magazine had blue front/rear Shimano brakes, CBR seat clamp, & American BB with 1 piece cranks. I inquired with both Jack Witmer & Jim Watson(Cook Bros production manager) as to how many of these Land Cruisers were made with the Shimano Front Freewheel System and they both said "a couple". So I don't really know for sure...I just know this isn't the bike from the magazine. 

I brought the bike home, cleaned it up and the rest is history. All finish is original/unrestored.

Parts:
  • CBR Cruiser frame #387 with "euro" threaded BB shell
  • CBR undrilled fork
  • CBR Slant stem
  • CBR Longhorn Cruiser bars w/early A'me Rounds grip
  • VDC seat post
  • Mesinger HDD-10 saddle
  • Shimano Front Freewheel System 5-speed
  • Shimano Tourney brakes, lever, & cables
  • KKT K-MX pedals
  • Araya 7x hoops with Shimano high flange hubs








Submitted by RyanPartridge