Anyone know where I can get an Electra Townie 7D frame or something similar? Or a beach cruiser frame that will accept a 7-8 freewheel cassette & derailleur along with disk brake? I'm thinking about a BBSHD build.
The 7D is fairly basic, available at many bike shops for about $450. Since it has rim brakes and no suspension fork, an HD might be too fast. Remember that the 02 will pull 1200 watts, it's just not designed to climb steep hills all day.
I would test or rent a 7D, see how you like the ride position. How fast you might want to go on one is up to you.
This builder is running a LOT of power with a Townie, but with a heavy rear hub.
I've ridden a townie before & I don't disagree with you. Reasoning behind the BBSHD is not to optimize it's capabilities necessarily but if I'm going to invest in a build then as the saying goes "better to have it & not need it than need it & not have it". Besides 20mph is the legal limit & I'm good with that. Even at 20mph I'm going to have to be extremely lucky not to ruin my day, maybe even a week or month, if I biff. I've had a front blow out before coming down a hill in a turn. Fortunately I was young & could jump tall buildings at the time, still lost my shirt & half my shorts, lol good times.
To clarify I'm not looking for a whole bike necessarily. Just a frame as I don't need the rest, I've got that. But it does have to be some form of flat foot cruiser design that will allow the addition of rear gearing etc. as mentioned above. I checked out bikesdirect but they didn't have any geared cruisers that appealed to me. I'm trying to find out if gearing & disk brakes can be added to a single speed frame but I wouldn't think there's room. A Townie 7D is $500. plus not including tax and in my neighborhood if you can find a second hand one they're asking almost as much. I don't see the value of paying that when everything but the frame is useless to me, $2-300. maybe.
I much appreciate your time George. Unfortunately most cruiser frames are meant for single speed & caliper brakes. I don't think, could be wrong, a freewheel set up with disk brakes will fit. I also don't have the skill to weld the needed attachment points so they have to be already there. Wish bikesdirect had a geared frame I liked but I'll keep digging. If I have to I'll have one custom built but that's gonna hurt the wallet. I was hoping someone new of a supplier that supplies the frames for the pro builds such as (Link Removed - No Longer Exists) that would sell to public.