Department store bike mods?

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  1. Grant

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    Who has modified a department store bike?
     
  2. Duchess

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    Probably not what you mean, but here's Interrobang, a '64 Sears Spaceliner.

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    The first build I ever did here used the front "clip" of a Walmart bought MTB and the rear half and forks from an OCC. I called it HeadBanger the build thread has a few broken photobucket links but much of it is intact. I've since repainted it into a Bears tribute bike with different seat and handlebars but the frame remains the same and is a comfy cruiser.
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    as built^ and now
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    Many moons have passed since I've had a bike shop bike, and even those were modded to some degree. [​IMG]
     
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    Less obvious, but the only parts that started together are the frame and forks.

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  7. Grant

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    Here is what I am building. I just need a brake, a shifter, and some grips. I am planning on using the shifter from an old 10 speed on the bars, a mountain bike brake setup, and some muscle bike grips.
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    That looks like a TRM convertible tank, which is based off of the spaceliner.
     
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    IMG_20181111_171546.jpg Walmart Huffy Nel Lusso, with a few changes...
     
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    Yes, it's a Spaceliner with a TRM tank and rotary dial shifter.

    If someone wants the Schrekendost design look and has the choice of base bike, I recommend Columbia's xxxBolt version as it's better built (though, it's all relative at this level).
     
  11. GuitarlCarl

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    When OP said "Department Store Bikes" I believe he meant Walmart, K-mart, Target, Big R and the like. Basic China built Schwinn, Huffy and etc. that are about as far away as you can get from the original Marques intended...

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    Woolworth's, Montgomery Wards, Sears, JC Penny.....
     
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    Well I'd build an American made Hawthorne from Monkey Wards any day, and call it a classic even though technically it came from a dept store. CURRENT dept stores like Walmart have things like China Schwinns that pretty much suck. Like I said before, not even the same level as what the original Marques were. That's a sore spot with me, Chicago Schwinns were among the best ever built. Now Schwinn is junk.

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  14. Grant

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    True!
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    This Flightliner was sold by Sears in the early 1960s. More recently, the wheels and drive train came from a department store mountain bike. Its fun to ride.
    - spyder chain guard 030319.jpg I don't know why the pic is inverted. It's right side up on my computer.
     
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    Picked up this Huffy Savoy from the recycling market. I like the 'kind of' camelback look of the top tube. And how it looks now after a parts bin thrash. Still plenty to do. Unsure of whether to go for the cafe racer or ape hanger style.[​IMG][​IMG]

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