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#1 2013-12-04 4:42pm

RyanPartridge
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1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

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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
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#2 2013-12-05 8:01am

nic968
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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Great score Ryan, and cool history there too..cool


........Kastan 24'' Strut wanted.......Anyone?
........RNC Crank arm also needed..a l/h 180...?

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#3 2013-12-05 8:19am

RyanPartridge
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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Thanks man!

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#4 2013-12-05 9:21am

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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Wow! Seriously cool cruiser right there. Great pick up Ryan!

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#5 2013-12-05 9:23am

RyanPartridge
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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Thanks Tony!

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#6 2013-12-05 9:50am

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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Gosh that thing is sweet! How ? R u going to resist hooking it up with hubs,seatpost clamp,layback,bb and cranks?. More power to ya if u don't.so hard to resist!

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#7 2013-12-05 10:00am

RyanPartridge
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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

ras_droolie_star wrote:

Gosh that thing is sweet! How ? R u going to resist hooking it up with hubs,seatpost clamp,layback,bb and cranks?. More power to ya if u don't.so hard to resist!

Haha! I've thought about making minor changes but for now...I'm not touching it. I'm just looking to have fun riding it as is...I'm learning to appreciate owning an unmolested survivor that I didn't build my own way. Especially one that has such cool history. smile

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#8 2013-12-05 10:24am

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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Wow!  I can't imagine a more perfect cruiser.........just incredible.........  Congratulations!
Great mix of parts they used, and the colour scheme is off the scale, absolute perfection

That is possibly the most beautiful bike I have ever seen

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#9 2013-12-05 1:17pm

RyanPartridge
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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Thanks for the kind words! cool

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#10 2013-12-06 8:49am

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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

So cool!
It's bikes like this that make this site a true "museum".
Congrats Ryan on a one-of-a-kind piece of ultra-cool history!

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#11 2013-12-06 9:44am

RyanPartridge
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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Thanks Rob!

It's a neat piece of history for sure.

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#12 2013-12-06 12:18pm

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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

You have pretty much just killed me with this one. So nice! ~Eric

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#13 2013-12-06 3:01pm

RyanPartridge
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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

wheelieman wrote:

You have pretty much just killed me with this one. So nice! ~Eric

I appreciate the kind words Eric. smile

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#14 2013-12-06 9:51pm

king stinger
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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Wow that cleaned up great,Awesome find!I need to hang out in the bike shops more often. lol

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#15 2013-12-07 6:30am

RyanPartridge
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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Thanks Jeff!

The funny thing is...I wasn't hanging out at the bike shop that had it. I stopped in at an oldschool BMX shop I've been going to since the early 90's and the owner told me that a newer shop a few miles up the road had recently called them asking "the value" of this old Cook Bros Cruiser they were about to service. By the time I heard about it/went into the new bike shop...it was gone...returned back to the original owner. But thankfully the shop was totally cool about calling him and asking if he'd be interested in letting it go, and he said to give me his number. smile

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#16 2013-12-07 6:43am

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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

The dirt preserved it well! It cleaned up nice. Great story cool

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#17 2013-12-07 7:01am

RyanPartridge
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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

preGTpowerlite wrote:

The dirt preserved it well! It cleaned up nice. Great story cool

When I say that the bike "sat around the warehouse for 30 years"....tongue

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#18 2013-12-09 8:47pm

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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

A great score!  Funny, I really like it with the dirt.  It gives that that true barn find look.  Excellent.

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#19 2013-12-10 8:09am

RyanPartridge
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Re: 1981 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

locort wrote:

A great score!  Funny, I really like it with the dirt.  It gives that that true barn find look.  Excellent.

Thanks Greg! Yeah the dirt really built up on it over the years. Looks like it had red Mitsoboshi Silver Stars put on at some point...

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