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woodtickgreg

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Saw this and couldn't resist a pic, lol.
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Picked up this newer Schwinn womens cruiser for parts. Ill use the springer front end, tires, front wheel and rear rim, fenders. Maybe the seat.
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Kinda nice working on bikes in your living room in the winter, lol.
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This is the new old school Schwinn frame from the 60's or 70's. I had it sandblasted and powdercoated. I'm not going for the original restore here, just a nice rider for the neighborhood and car shows. That is an original Schwinn S-7 rear wheel with a bendix 2 speed kickback hub. I'm going to use the hub on this bike and the rim on a tandem that I'm also building.
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Had the chaingaurd powdercoated at the same time, i'll use these new handlebars.
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Got some new vinyl repro stickers for it, just had to put one on to see how they look.
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The freshly powdercoated frame is in the work stand and ready for some parts.
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This is an original old Schwinn crank assy.
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First parts on the frame, bearing cups for the crank.
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Clean and repacked bearings with crank assy in.
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All adjusted and spins nice and smooth.
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Schwinn kickstand are the most durable in my opinion. Cleaned this on up, greased, and ready for install.
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One little pin holds it in.
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Starting to look like a bike now.
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It's a good start.
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I like this work stand, makes it so easy to work on, stable, adjustable, and I can push it back out of the way when I'm not working on it.
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I think I'll work on the front fork next and then Relacing the rear wheel.
 

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You do wonderful work. Stands are totally the way to go. I rigged stands for working on our trikes out of some nice Rockwell Jawstands.

Can't wait to see how your cruiser comes out. BTW do those springer front ends make a difference? Never ridden one. Like Howlin' Wolf said, "I'm built for comfort, not speed". :)
 

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You do wonderful work. Stands are totally the way to go. I rigged stands for working on our trikes out of some nice Rockwell Jawstands.

Can't wait to see how your cruiser comes out. BTW do those springer front ends make a difference? Never ridden one. Like Howlin' Wolf said, "I'm built for comfort, not speed". :)
Thanks for the compliments. The springers along with the fat tires and a good springer seat all work together to make for a cushy ride. This build is kind of a novelty for me, a step back into my youth. It will be a nice neighborhood slow roller so you don't feel every crack in the road or sidewalks. this will be a fun one at the many car shows I go to as well. I'm not going for a totally original restore on this one, just want it to look nice, work well, and have a durable finish on it so that's why I went with powdercoat. I intend to ride and use it. I build all kinds of old Schwinns as a hobby, most I sell when they are done. I'll keep this one, I have a Schwinn tandem with a 5 speed and drum rear brake that I'll keep and my lady and I can use for fun. I mostly build up collegiates and 3 speeds, fat tires and some of the ten speeds from Schwinn. I don't really do much with the stingrays and crates and pickers, prices on those have just gone through the roof and they are very collectible now. But if one falls into my hands I won't turn it down,lol.
 

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Great hobby, and useful. There is so much going to scrap just because folks have lost their way. When I was a kid it wasn't about how many miles you could cover in a day or how expensive your bike was, it was being able to see new places and just enjoy being outside.

Around here the spandex crowd rules so while CL is full of hi end road bikes and MT bikes, beach cruisers are a minority with Schwinn's being a small sub set. Too bad what used to be pure fun has been turned into a race/competition.
 

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Yup I hear ya. But I do like the high end road bikes as well, but you'll never see me in spandex shorts unless they are under my blue jean shorts or kahkis, lol. I have bikes for different things, when I want to do long distance I use a different bike for that. This one is just for kicks!
 

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I finally got some time to work on the bike on new years day! Great way to start the new year, working on something for me and for fun.
First bearing cup is in, one to go. Set them in with a brass hammer.
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Both bearing races are in.
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I took the springer fork all apart because it needed a good cleaning, some rust removal, and polishing. Some of the cheap Chinese chrome is flaking off, if I can't keep it from rusting maybe I'll pull it back off and sandblast it and powdercoat it. Black might actually look cool.
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But for now it's all greased up and reassembled and on the bike. Used an original schwinn gooseneck and a new set of wald handlebars.
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The springer makes this bike.
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New pedals are on.
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I got a new seat post for it today. And next will be wire wheeling the rust off the bottom or inside of the fenders and polishing the top side. Those great big chrome fenders are going too look cool with this red powdercoat. It's a very bright red.
 

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Great project and work, Greg. Looking good!

I had a Schwinn cruiser that was very similar. The frame looks familiar. It had the springer front end, tank and electric horn, leather saddle and chrome fenders. At the time (late 50s) the chrome fenders were super cool.
 

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Man I wish I still had my paper boy bike. Drum brakes front and rear with custom heavy duty spokes. steel rear rack to hold the bags and a big basket in the front for papers to be thrown. One tough bike.
 

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Kids don't know anything about bike rides. We rode our bikes for miles to go fishing or play baseball . Even just to ride and show off to the girls. Riding wheelies, standing on the seat , doing jumps. We rode to school till the weather got to cold . When I was a kid I built all kinds of weird bike combinations. Doubles triples , trailers , head rests even unicycles . Never were we caught in house if we weren't sick.
The fat tire bikes really are the most comfortable kind. I owned one an amf if I remember right. And a three speed I loved for the woods to go fishing. Nice build my wife's schwins still in the shed . Old blue.
 

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Never did own a Schwinn. My first bike was a used stripped down 3sp that was waaaay to big. It was stuck in hi gear and I didn't know nuthin'. It was a bike, it was new to me and even though I couldn't sit on the seat and pedal at the same time, I loved it! It took a while to get going but was so high geared there was nobody who could keep up. It was a fixie before there was a fixie :) I think it got left behind when we moved when I was 11. Along with the old cast iron Farmall riding tractor I got when I was 4. Don't miss the bike, but I do miss the Farmall. Truly relics of a bygone era, when none of us kids would be caught dead inside if there was daylight.
 

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I sure do remember those from childhood. Even as kids we knew that Schwinn was a premium bike. I lived on a bicycle when I was a kid.

That's a neat project, and looks very nice!
 

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My second job, back in the 60s, was at my uncle’s bike shop. $1 per hour, IIRC. Schwinn and Raleigh, only. I’d come in after school, and assemble whatever had been sold off the floor. Did “tuneups,” fixed flats. (Yes, we patched the tubes. A few years later, it got to where it was cheaper to replace them than patch them.) Man, was I happy when he bought the racks! No more kneeling on the cardboard floor covers for hours!
 

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Well I scored another work stand and worked on the fenders a little. I realized the rear fender wasn't going to fit, so I searched eBay for one and found a full set instead, the front was pretty rusty underneath and had a big dent in it that now I don't have to fix. Plus the new ones have a cool little kick out on them at the bottom rear. They are not on yet as I have to make a spacer for one.
But I did find a really nice looking seat for it.

I found a great deal on this park work stand, looks like it was barely used.
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Then I found a seat i like much better! Springs front and rear.
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And a nice diamond stitch pattern. Cool rail around the back side too. The seat has full suspension under the foam as well as the cool looking chrome springs. It's getting the look I am after.
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Hopefully next pics will show the fenders on.
 

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He shoots he scores!! Nice stand! Wouldn't work for me as it doesn't work with a recumbent trike. But when I had my mtbike I wanted one so bad. Never see them for sale even though I know there has to be a bunch around. Park makes great stuff IMHO.

Nice seat too. Thanks for the update.
 

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C-bag, I know what you mean, I hardly ever see them. I thought I got lucky on the first one and it's a nice work stand, then to find a park stand! For $70 bucks too! I always have more than one bike in the works and this will help with maintenance a service on the bikes I ride let alone the ones I sell. The one in this thread is not for sale, it's for me.
 
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Hey, Greg, what is up with machinists who love bicycles and also Millrite mills. I have one, you have one, and this guy has one, though he has now switched to a Bridgeport head on it. He does some gorgeous work in the "drillium" style. I still have have a factory drillium bike from the 1970's. Here is what Jon Williams does:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/54616231@N04/sets/ Click on each picture for more pictures.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/54616231@N04/collections 17 more collections.
Many hundreds of photos total.
I had a very old set of very high flange track hubs, aluminum flanges threaded onto a chromed steel center section. They were marked in red paint with the name "Schwinn", though I believe they were made by Campagnolo. Jon sold them for me for $400, they were off of a rare old track bike, and the current owner badly wanted the original hubs.
Jon's photography is also excellent.
 

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Very cool pics Bob. Thats all high end stuff. Im a little more old school, kinda reliving my childhood in a way. I have always enjoyed tinkering with bike's, it's what got me started in mechanics and everything else. Bicycles are for me an affordable hobby. And I can make a few bucks on them too. Plus I still enjoy riding them! Oh, and I'm looking for a Bridgeport head for my powermatic/millright as well. Lol.
 

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I know Bob, the purist will cringe. But for me it's the best of both machines, I can keep the short height and stability of the millright and have what I believe is a more versatile Bridgeport head that I can easily get parts for. Height of the machine is important to me because it is in my basement. Plus I can sell the original head to someone that could use it for their millright restoration.
 

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nice score on the stand. that springer front end is so 1950-1960s.
I remember them on banana seat bikes, and cruzers.
 

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I got a chance to work on the bike again so I started to get the fenders installed. Front fender went well but then I got stalled on the rear because I didn't have the right fasteners. I also need to make a spacer out of aluminum for the rear fender. I found these on eBay and I really like the full coverage and the little kick out on the bottom of them
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I'm really having fun building this one and seeing it all come together.
 

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It's been raining for 2 days so today was a good day to stay inside and work on the bike a bit. Moved on to the rear fender and rack since they share the same mounting screws.
Heres the rear fender temporarily in place to check the fit.
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Here you can see the fender tab and the frame gusset don't line up, this is often the case when using new modern fenders on an old Schwinn frame. I just need to make a spacer.
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But that's what we have machines for right? I chucked up a piece of aluminum round bar in the ole Southend and drilled out the center hole.
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Aluminum is so fun to work with. Turned down to size.
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Voila! A nice spacer that fits perfectly and won't rust.
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This is an old school original Schwinn rat trap rack, has the Schwinn name cast into it, alluminum alloy so it won't rust and is lighter in weight. It probably came off a 10 speed.
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I'll put a red reflector on the rear of the rack as it has the tab for one.
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Not sure if the seat will stay this low, I might raise it after the tires and wheels are installed and I get it on the ground for the final adjustments.
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I also found some really nice leather looking grips to match the seat.
The flash washed out the color but they are actually very close to the seat.
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I think they look cool.
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