A 'New World' Order- Updated 11/20/09

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  1. kram

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    While I'm waiting to finish collecting parts for a couple other builds I thought it would be nice to build something that I don't have to paint. Though I might knock of some of the big rust and clear coat it so the rust doesn't come off on your clothes. I posted this bike in the fresh finds a couple of months ago after I got it off craigslist for a whopping $10. It was pretty ratty and missing most of the original parts, but it was straight and rode ok. I stole the grips and used them on my build off bike. Here's how it look when I first got it. It was made in September of '48.
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    The wheels were a 26" in back and a 24" in front. They are kind of cool but I've had a pretty nice pair of chrome s-7's with the two speed kickback that I've been dying to put on a bike. Those s-7 tires were a huge pain to get to seat right (you can see in the pics that the aren't setting right). I finally just overinflated them and rode around for a bit, and it seemed to do the job. These frames are also really narrow and the 26x1 3/4" tires barely clear in the front and back. Also sorry for the crappy cell phone pictures, I didn't have any batteries for my camera.
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    I don't know if these are actually schwinn bars or not but I love the shape. They are almost flat without hardly any rise. The one side is bent in just a bit but should straighten out pretty easily.
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    I stopped by Rivendell Bicycle works the other day and picked up a couple cool accessories. The make really nice bikes but they are out of my price range, http://www.rivbike.com/ . I got a set of the cork grips and a nice brass bell.
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    Nice update. Cool old frame with some new breathed into it.

    It must be nice stopping by Rivendell to pick up a few parts. That would be like going to Harris Cyclery or College Cyclery.
     
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    Ok its a Schwinn...hummm send it over here ...I''ll add about 6 inches of stretch and another curved bar under the top one and .... :wink:
    Looks good and the price was right. wonder what year it is....Ought to be fast with those small tires....carbon fiber stem and bars..throw away the kick stand . lookout roadbikes.
     
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    bars are schwinn.....
    the one thing ill warn you about is those forks..if youre planning on ridding that swap them! theyll bend if you look at them wrong :wink:
     
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    ?, if this bike is from 1948 and the forks are still ok now, why would they bend now if ya look at em the wrong way? just a ?. i don't understand. thanks

    Outlaw
     
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    every light weight schwinn from that area(+ or - about 5 years) that ive seen except 2(this one included)
    has the forks bent beyond recognition........i go by what i see is all
    and yes i know they werent really making these from 41-46 but i didnt want to have lop-sided years :wink:
     
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    Cman- Rivendell has some cool stuff but their shop isn't what you would expect. It's basically two shop bays with garage doors. One is the showroom and the other is where they stock everything.

    Sensor- I can see what you mean, just by looking at them they are pretty skinny. I wonder if adding a set of truss rods would help any. Anybody got a set that would work?
     
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    I haven't had much time lately to work on bikes, but I had a couple hours free today to get some work done. A while ago I powerwashed the frame, knocked off all the loose rust and paint, took all the oil off with some lacquer thinner, and then clear coated it. I really like the effect though it might have looked better with satin, but I already had a couple cans of gloss. One of my favorite parts is that you can now see the decal clearly on the down tube. It was kind of hard to photograph though.
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    I had a super beat up fender that I think came off of an old racer. The entire back section was mangled but there was enough to make a bobbed fender. I stripped the paint off and clear coated the bare metal, and painted the under side red.
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    When I painted the frame I also noticed that there are two different serial numbers on the bottom bracket. One of them is partly welded under the chain stays. I wonder if it was a mistake or something.
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    Ok you got the cool cork grips and the bell....Where are they. Dont be saving parts. Stick them on there. :lol:
     
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    cool bike! I have an early 50s World traveler setting around and now you have enticed me to do something with it!
     
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    Patience Uncle Stretch, I'm getting there :lol: . Last night I got the grips glued on and coated with a couple layers of amber shellac. I stopped by the flea market this morning and for the first time I actually found something that I wanted. I got this old spot light for $2 and thought it would make a good headlight. It was already missing the hand grip part so I just shortened the tube. It's only temporarily mounted for now, but you get the idea.

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    Mark,

    That's looking awesome! I love the cleared frame and the headlight is awesome!
     
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    love the spotlight! your going to hook it up right?
     
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    Say, that's a nice bike.

    ....I'm jealous. Keep them coming, look forward how it turn out afterwhile.
     
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    That thing is just begging for full racks w/pump and seatbag! :wink:
     
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    Holy snap dragons that light is amazing! Ive been looking for something just like that. Your build gives me a great idea of what I could do with a road bike I was going to turn Fixie and flip in the city. Maybe I'll keep it though... Great build so far. Watching for sure...
     
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    "Holy snap dragons that light is amazing! Ive been looking for something just like that. Your build gives me a great idea of what I could do with a road bike..."

    I second that!!!
     
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    Score on the spotlight...Ive seen them for sale here and there but usually $30 and up looks good ....real good
     
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    Finally the I was able to get the seat today. It's one of the cheap ones from http://www.hiwheel.com. I went and picked it up today and they have some really cool bikes there, and Greg is a really nice guy. The seat is basically what should be expected from a $20 seat. I'm going to take a page out of stepper's book and sand off the paint and lace it up viewtopic.php?f=6&t=11209 . The finish on the seat looks to be paint and not dye and it really needs the laces to stiffen it up some. With a bit of work it should be a pretty nice seat, and once I coat it in shellac it will match the grips nicely. Also a few people have asked what the make is on the spotlight, it says Appleton Series s-451. I googled it and it looks like it is from the approximate time of the bike, which is cool. I still need to clear coat the chainguard but it is getting close to being done.

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    Seat looks good on there. You need a set of those teardrop pedals in white to finish it off. Killer look. :lol:
     

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