1986 Schwinn Cruiser 5

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  1. horsefarmer

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    Bought this bike 2 years ago at police auction.
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    Fun bike, but the deteriorated tires have a noisy tread on pavement and they had a lot of rolling resistance due to their 35 psi limit. Bike came with crappy exercise bike seat, broken front pivot fixed with duct tape! Fitted with better used seat and dumped rotten foam covering the bars. Hard plastic grips were missing padding and cracked plastic so I replaced them with used rubber grips.
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    Usually bikes from the auction fall in two categories, basket case rebuild or parts bikes, or just barely operational bikes, left in the elements, that need thorough service and parts replacement to use. This Giant built Schwinn is a solid rider that needs updating.
     
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    IMG_1877.JPG New tires installed after tidying the wheels. Chrome was rough but came back nice. Bearings were dry and needing adjustment.
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    Rear cluster (SunTour "Perfect" Freewheel) was kinda wiggly and it turned out the retaining ring was hand tight! I took it off accidentally (left hand thread) and somehow got it lubed and back together without dropping the loose ball bearings! :eek:
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    With the bearings tight and greased and the blue skinwall 26 x 2.125" EVO Easy Glide street tread tires, this rig is going to ride so much better. :thumbsup:
     
  3. MattiThundrrr

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    Now you'll need blue grips to match the rubber.
     
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