There Came a Tweed Rider


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Howdy, Kansas City recently had a "Tweed Ride" which sounded interesting.
I did not make it this year, and none of my current bikes really fit their early Safety bicycle theme.
http://bikewalkkc.org/tweed/
Got to thinking about building a road bike without cables and such, but too hilly for a fixed gear for me.
Leaning towards a '74-'75 Schwinn Sprint with the bent seat post like this.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-197...764365?hash=item2ee81dd34d:g:4psAAOSwYHxWPRpn
Lengthening the seat post between the bottom bracket and the bend, re-clocking the front up tube to include a forward "S" bend, and using the taller fork off a similar Schwinn ladies bike, with a camelback or truss top tube.
Considering using 700C rims with the widest tires that will fit the rear, to be more like the 28" wheels of that era. A Sturmey Archer XL-FDD Dyno front drum brake hub(activated by a rod brake lever). With some sort of LED equipped brass fixtures.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sturmey-Arc...271640?hash=item19fddc8b58:g:Dc0AAOSwrklVF~h2
For the rear a Sturmey Archer Duomatic Kick back 2-speed coaster with a 22 tooth sprocket. Adjust the front for ride-ability.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sturmey-Arc...072367?hash=item1c4e51ddef:g:GKoAAOSw~gRVjcab
Perhaps dull the hubs and rims, paint the frame a flat light green with fenders, and rear rack for a quasi WW1 military theme.
Already have some surplus khaki gaiters and a black bowler hat.
Looking for comments on these components, and suggestions on improvements.
What say you?
 
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Sorry no one has responded to this thread yet, seems like a fun ride and an interesting project. Have you followed through on anything yet?

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I have two of these Hercules Camel Back framed bikes. This one has a coaster brake and 44x 22 gearing. It is light enough to go up some steep hills. I have put a set of 1940s Phillips brakes on the front and a lucky 7 seat post since this picture was taken. I wanted it to look like a 1910 sidewalk racer. Schwinn and several others had camel back frames, easier than making one. They appear on this site and on eBay once in awhile.
 
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