Cherry Bomb

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  1. ponytailmike

    ponytailmike

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    Hey All… Hope everyone is well…
    Some of you may remember this Schwinn frame from the fresh finds…

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    Well…
    I can proudly say this 35 year old Schwinn frame…
    Is now an actual Bicycle…
    I dug out some of the parts that I had been saving for “just the right bike”…

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    Got the bike as just the frame and kickstand…
    At the same swap meet I picked up a black Schwinn fork…
    So I striped the fork to bare metal…
    Used green etching primer…

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    Then a coat of red primer…

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    Now a coat of silver…

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    And last but certainly not least…
    Red Metal Cast for chrome…

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    Not a perfect match but… Close enough…
    I had picked up this Nexus 7 speed Coaster Brake up at a sale almost 2 years ago…
    It was still wrapped in plastic and had all the hardware…
    Just had not found the project till now…

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    I also used from my stash this 1995 phantom reproduction chain wheel…
    With a crank and bearings from a 1974 Schwinn continental…

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    Lastly I traded out the white with black letters head badge…
    With this black with red letters head badge from an old exerciser…

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    All right you all have waited long enough…
    Here’s the rest of the photos…

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    The Cherry Bomb was assembled July 3 2009…
    And ridden for the first time July 4 2009…
    35 years and 3 months after the serial # build date…

    ponytailmike
    mike
     
  2. deorman

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    Ridiculously nice! My all time favorite "someone else's" bicycle! 8) 8) 8) 8)
     
  3. greg66

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    glad to see it get to be a real bike on the street. :lol:
     
  4. loudboys

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    Having seen it in person, and even been privileged to ride it, all I have to say is...get a good bike lock. :mrgreen:
     
  5. ratina

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    Very simple and clean, I love it!
     
  6. cman

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    Nice paint on the fork.
     
  7. SimpleMan

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    Really curious as to how you like the Nexus 7. I'm planning on spoking one into one of my bike builds. Great looking bike :mrgreen:
     
  8. RZ94

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    That is one sweet Schwinn.
     
  9. The Heron

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    That sprocket is like a mirror! How'd you do that?
    Great color match!
     
  10. maddogrider

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    Nice ride man, i think i like everything about it 8)
     
  11. Fireproof

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    Nice work Mike!
    And what a blessing . . . how many of us will ever be able to take a 35 year-old bike for its first ever ride? :D
     
  12. ponytailmike

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    Thanks Everyone for the good reviews…
    She’s been real fun to ride…
    And a real head turner…
    The chainring and nexus 7 were both new…
    She’s geared 52/19…
    But first is great for climbing hills… :D
    And seventh is perfect for going down them really fast… 8)
    Then there’s still five other gears… :shock:
    The coaster brake works good… :)
    And the shifts are nice and crisp… :D
    This nexus 7 is incredible!!!(So far... "Expect the worst" and "Hope for the best")
    I’m wishing I had another one or two...
    Oh well…Gotta go…
    Everyone!!! Keep Up the Good Work!!!

    ponytailmike
    mike
     
  13. cman

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    I bet that gearing is fast. Can you use "7" on the flat land? My nexus 7 is geared 44x 22. It works great for around town and the bigger hills
     
  14. ponytailmike

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    cman...
    For comparison here's Sheldon Browns gear inch chart...
    Made some assumptions (like tire size and crank length)

    Yours
    Gear chart using Gear Inches
    For 26 X 2.125 / 54-559 / MTB tire with 170 mm cranks and 22 tooth sprocket
    44 / 22
    7th 1.545 80.2
    6th 1.335 69.3
    5th 1.145 59.4
    4th 0.989 51.3
    3rd 0.843 43.7
    2nd 0.741 38.4
    1st 0.632 32.8
    With Shimano Nexus 7-speed Hub

    Mine
    Gear chart using Gear Inches
    For 26 X 2.125 / 54-559 / MTB tire with 170 mm cranks and 19 tooth sprocket
    52 / 19
    7th 1.545 109.7
    6th 1.335 94.8
    5th 1.145 81.3
    4th 0.989 70.2
    3rd 0.843 59.8
    2nd 0.741 52.6
    1st 0.632 44.9
    With Shimano Nexus 7-speed Hub

    Looks like my 1st thru 5th would equal your 3rd thru 7th
    My 7th is doable on flat ground...
    Once you’re moving...

    ponytailmike
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