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. 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. 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. 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.