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41 Schwinn Excelsior Patina build with Union Drum hubs.

Discussion in 'BUILDS' started by sandmangts, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. carvingbike

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    WOW! That looks awesome!
     
  2. pickle

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    you're starting to look like a klunker king with those bad rides in your stable 8)
     
  3. sandmangts

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    Well, so far the bike has held up to quite a bit of abuse. Overall I am very pleased, it climbs well and I can really rail the turns on it. Downhills are a bit scary but the braking is good. The fork has a springiness to it that makes hard braking on the front coming down hills a little interesting. Here is the finished product with a longer post, different saddle and the original stem. The best thing about it is the shifting. the 5 speed rear just works flawlessly and once you get used to the thumb shifters shifting is second nature.
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    I love how your drum hubs turned out :) I think I will have to steal your idea for the paint when I do my Sturmey Archer front hub.. I don't like how shiny they are when they're new :p
     
  5. SCHWINNRAY69

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    Sweet bike :wink: That's cool that you have your little buddy helping you :wink:
     
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    what size holes did u drill in the rims between the spokes very cool . bike looks awsum good job :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
     
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    You know, I'm not normally into klunkers, but that is sooooooo incredibly nice! I especially like how you went and got it all dirty when done!!
     
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    Sweet Ride!! That down hill speed pic is priceless, that grin says it all !!!
     
  9. sandmangts

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    The rims are old pro class rims off an early Mongoose ATB. They are basically drilled Araya 7x rims. I did not drill them they came that way but only on old Mongoose bikes. They are kinda hard to find.
     
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    sweet klunker!
     
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    Great job on your bike. :) Hope you have many hours of fun.
     
  12. DesignIt

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    Very cool build! I like the fact that you preserved the original paint.
     
  13. WEAKFISH

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    AWESOME!!!!!!
     
  14. 46powerwagon

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    Excelent work-Very nice bike.
     
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    Gary, Joe, Charlie, Alan, Otis, and the rest of the pioneers would be very impressed, I'm sure. What a score on the Unions! I looked forever, but never found anything approaching a reasonable price for a pair, so I went with the S/As. Keep a lock on that thing. Ride on!
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    Your bike is stunning. Is that a flying 8 I see on the seat tube? Did Mister bonds paint that one? It looks very similar to Billy Savages bike. I really want to find a straight downtube frame to build up from scratch to see how far I can take it. I hope to find one that needs to be painted. Although I like the current fork on mine I have found myself abusing the bike a little more than I thought I would. It is just too much fun and the bike feels so dialed in and solid. Thus far it has taken these beatings in stride but I have doubts about the fork. I will probably throw a Tange fork on it and just hang on to the original. Here is my 36 Mercury
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    Klunkerbill is Bill Savage. Your klunker came out really nice.
     
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    Sweet man!!! That think looks the business!!! :D Cheers!!
     
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    I figured that had to be Billy's bike but it was a bit different. Awesome machine. I am very gratified and flattered by some of the compliments I have recieved. Truthfully this was one of the easier bikes I have built. The Mercury was a colossal pain in the butt but I ride it more than most of my other bikes. I have a new baby on the way so the bike building is on hold. I am focusing more on riding as much as I can because when the baby comes I doubt I will have the time or energy.
     
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    Dude that thing is way clean...
     

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