37 Schwinn Admiral - Klunker

Discussion in 'BUILD OFF 8 FINISHED TRADITIONAL BIKES' started by socal_jack, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. socal_jack

    socal_jack

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    I've had this frame for 7 or 8 years, glad to finally build it up as a Klunker like I always wanted to. It's pretty fun except in rock gardens where having the need to rotate pedals and simultaneously back pedaling for braking demand a bit of planning, the geometry is also not conducive to standing and grinding, plus the weight also made me wish there were 2-4 less teeth up front. Wanted to make a GoPro video of a single-track run but the unit either turned on in my backpack and ran down or the battery is on the way out but as soon as I tried to record I got the battery alert, maybe what happened the other day also. Reshot the step-up and skid-turn with the point and shoot.

    The trail I took it down is pretty steep and loose with some rocks, thought I was going to miss the front brake more but the bike did surprisingly well and rails corners at speed.

    Parts list

    Items from parts pile
    Frame - Likely 1937 Schwinn due to clean/uniform serial number
    Bars - Skull skates
    Rims - Sun Rhyno Lite
    Front hub - Shimano XT
    Saddle - Brooks
    Chain - KMC
    Tires - Specialized Roller
    Tubes -?
    Seatpost - Schwinn ?
    FMF BB adapter
    Crankset - Sugino Super Maxy
    Grips - ODI lock on
    Rear cog - 21t from Nexus 7
    Spoke Nipples
    Pedals - VP bear claw clones
    Stem - older bmx style unknown brand

    Items purchased for RBBO8 build
    Porkchop chainring and sealed bearing headset
    Rear Hub KT alloy HD
    Front/rear spokes - Wheelsmith
    Seatpost QR - Giant
    SE Landing Gear fork
    Shimano UN55 bottom bracket(still not correct, need a track bottom bracket, cranks way offset to one side)

    Build thread http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=75&t=72411

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    A bit of beach cruising by Swamis
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    A couple of dirt bath shots toward the end of the singletrack run
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    Video of skid-turn
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    Video of step-up
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  2. pkh1974

    pkh1974

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    I love it! Someday I want to build something very similar to this.
     
  3. old_skool

    old_skool

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    I really like this one - straighforward build and a great looking bike!
     
  4. Hooch

    Hooch

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    Looked awesome!

    Sent from my stoopid fone
     
  5. socal_jack

    socal_jack

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    Thought these threads got locked
     
  6. LukeTheJoker

    LukeTheJoker Moderator

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    Unlocked after the voting threads were done.
    Great bike by the way! Love it!

    Luke.
     

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