The reason I commuted on it for 8 years, not "commuting", is because it was nicked from the local shop where I worked. Alas, for the majority of the years I rode it as a fixed gear. Never locked it up and had the pleasure once of watching a guy try and ride away on it while taking a serious beating to his lower extremities due to the constantly rotating pedals...he dumped it and ran off
It was liberated from me shortly after brazing on canti bosses and adding the freewheel
I picked up this latest bike, another '62, to recreate my project...I loved it that much
. It will be my next project, hope to get it completed for the summer months. I'd be glad to share a progress thread, if there's interest, once I get going on it.
These old cruisers make great commuters; beefy frames, easily modified with simple tools, and can be beat on and ignored with nothing but smiles in return. You can usually pick them up fairly cheap, like 40 - 60 US if you are patient.
keep it groovy!