Let's see who can build the coolest rat!
I know I'm late to the show, but, my latest schwinn build is gonna fit right in with the rest of the rats here.
I have a 3 speed coaster breeze that I love to ride, but, I'd really rather have a mens frame. So I bought a speedster off of ebay. It's going to be a mixture old schwinn parts I have and ride on 26" aluminum mountain bike rims with balloon tires.
Some parts, sturmey archer 3 speed coaster, large flange schwinn front hub, spokes, troxel seat, bars from a 40's schwinn world.
And of course a cool shifter.
we don't see or have the chance to get a lot of
Schwinn Frames in Western Canada.
That frame is killer..I like the geometry of the top tube!
welcome to the build..
Only 23 more sleeps until the build deadline..
I do hope you make it ,
because I would love to see it finished,
That's a sharp looking frame, the subtle curve in the top tube sets it apart from the more conventional 'diamond' frame. Nice selection of parts too (even the crate they're in is cool)
Colours? Or will it stay au natural' with the existing patina?
Regardless of wether or not you make the deadline, I'm sure there's more than a few of us here who want to see this one when it's done.
BTW - Clothespin "N" is right, Schwinns are rather hard to come by in Western Canada
I'm going to leave the frame as is for now and make up for it by having highly polished bits and pieces.
Like the Ed Big Daddy Roth song sez, 'Iffen it don't go, chrome it'.
Speaking of polished, the front hub
Behind the rest of schwinns in my garage there's a nether region where cameras refuse to focus. That's where my donor schwinn is
Crank with bearing cups, headset, seatpost, clamp, and the kickstand. All right there.
I bought myself a few tools I've wanted for a while now.
Here's the my bike roughed out, less wheels on my new park tool stand.
I also bought myself a truing stand, no more truing in the drop outs! I also treated myself to the dishing tool, spoke tension gauge and the schwinn kickstand tool
Props to Alfred E Bike, they are cheap! The truing stand was 50 dollars cheaper than my LBS, I paid very little for shipping and I got it really quick.
Time to build some wheels!
The speedster chain guard I got with this frame was the wrong one. This rusty old Racer guard fits.
Polishing rusty old parts takes forever!
I like the Speedster Frames. This should be a great bike to build and ride. The build should go nicely with the new tools. I am Jealous of the workstand. Can't talk my self into buying an expensive one. Prolly try to build one with some gigantic vice grips and a little welding.
I cant think of anything better than resurecting a scwhinn , I always liked the speedsters but they were pretty rare in my neiborhood and still are today...looking forward to the finished product.
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