Classic & Vintage - Schwinn Sprint Rebuild
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12-01-05, 11:51 AM
Im fairly new to road biking, and this is my first rebuild. I found a blue Schwinn Sprint that i decided to give some life to. I'm not looking to rebuild this thing to complete beauty, just something that will get me around the city. I'm looking to see if anyone has or knows where I can get 22 inch rims (preferably a complete wheelset) nothing amazing, im not trying to win any races. I just need something that works. All I really find is $200 plus rims. Anyone know where I could get some cheap parts?
Schwinn Sprint from 1952.
Sorry for the newbie questions.
wow. 22" rims? can you post us a picture of the bike? I'm not familiar with that size...
12-01-05, 06:17 PM
I don't have a camera or I would for sure, ill have a friend next time one is here. This bike is tiny, smallest road bike ive ever seen. If you are 5'8+ you couldnt ride this thing. Looks almost like a childrens bike.
12-01-05, 06:29 PM
Dylan posted on the Schwinn forum too. He has a 24" wheeled '85 Sprint:
12-01-05, 06:29 PM
What part of the bike measures at 22 inches? I've never measured the "top of the bare rim to the ground" size of the rims that use 24 inch tires. Is it the rim that measures 22 inches? What is the size marked on the tires?
The Sprint models I've seen in 1970's Schwinn catalogs seem to have a frame identical/similar to the Varsity, but with lower level one speed and three speed components. The 1985 Sprint catalog photo Bob Hufford provided shows a nicer bike than the Chicago-made Sprints of the 1970's. But, it is still very much an entry-level model...and it will still be a "basic" bike even after a thorough and careful restoration.
In my experience, fixing up bikes worth $20 and fixing up bikes worth $300 can end up costing a similar amount (replacing inner tubes, replacing tires, regreasing the wheel bearings, bottom bracket, and headset, truing the wheels, and tuning and adjusting the shifting and brakes). That is a lesson I've learned the hard way.
So, if you intend to ride this bike, ask a good LBS to check it over and give you a written estimate of the cost of getting it into good, safe riding condition. If you can not get this bike on the road without spending a hundred bucks, perhaps you should consider saving those dollars for a different bike project.
The '70's sprint frames that I'm familiar with were varsities with a curved seat tube and very short chainstays. A bike that would make a *****in' fixie...but they have adult-sized wheels.
12-01-05, 09:25 PM
The '70's sprint frames that I'm familiar with were varsities with a curved seat tube
They were more of a Continental with a curved seat tube ... ('74 and '75 only):
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