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Old 10-01-13, 08:02 AM   #1
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Schwinn Industrial Heavy Duti

http://www.industrialbikes.com/detail.aspx?ID=3564 . Would someone be so kind as to educate me on thses bikes, I had no idea they were still sold new. Is the frame still built in America? Am I correct in assuming from the info on the Industrial Bikes website that it is a 1932 deasign built in 2014. I think this would make the perfect base for a Klunker.
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Best of my knowledge no. Probably Taiwan, possibly at the Giant factory.

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I got a frame. Chinese. These have NOTHING in common with any 1932 design, although that is the oft-repeated neo-Schwinn ad copy. These are tig-welded, oversized tubing (including 3/4" seat stays), 1.125" headset--- they prolly do make a nice klunker foundation, but Schwinn stopped making frames in the US a loooong time ago. FWIW, there are a decent number of Heay Duti-based klunkers on the internet....

(fwiw, the original Heavy Duti was a cantilever framed middleweight that had the s7 rims laced up to extra beefy hubs with 11g spokes....)

Now, in my opinion, the best current-production klunker frame is the Worksman INB. These have all the true old-school touches: 1" threaded headsets with the old-spec extra-wide headtube, 110mm-spaced track ends, brazed construction with super-plain&primitive lugs, skinny seatposts, etc. Moreover, they haven't changed the frame's details in DECADES, and they still braze 'em in NY, USA. I have one with a bunch of bmx components and f/r drum brakes that I ride trails with; it's a lot of fun. I bought my heavy-duti frame to build a disc-front/coaster-rear neo-klunk, but my heart just ain't in it. Not sure what it's fate will be, although my buddy Harry has expressed some interest in it....
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Thanks, this is exactly the info I was looking for.
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Here is a crappy picture of an original Chicago built Schwinn Heavy Duty. I had one back in the early 70's, sold it when I gave up my paper route... If I knew then what I know now I never would have sold it.

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Nice bike, Aaron!
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Nice bike, Aaron!
Not mine... I wish! I had a yellow one just like that back in the 70's when I had my paper route. Manage to break one of the frame welds. Schwinn replaced the frame under warranty. Mine had the big Wald front basket and the largest saddle baskets that Wald made at the time. Eventually I may find another one. Currently I use my old Raleigh Sports as my utility bike/cruiser. It even goes to the beach with me as my back up bike.

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Sorta off-topic (sorry), but can you post up a pic of how you mounted your light to your basket?
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Personally, when I think "beach cruiser" I always visualize a bike with a Schwinn cantilever frame like the Heavy Duti. Classic, timeless, and often copied (but never duplicated) after the 1939 patent expired in the late fifties.







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Sorta off-topic (sorry), but can you post up a pic of how you mounted your light to your basket?
When I get a chance. IIRC I used an angle bracket and a hose clamp with a scrap of tubing to fill in the hollow on the inside of the basket leg. The light is a B&M Retro halogen rather than LED but gives plenty of light for city riding. It was one I had laying around from an earlier project.

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http://www.industrialbikes.com/detail.aspx?ID=3564 . Would someone be so kind as to educate me on thses bikes, I had no idea they were still sold new. Is the frame still built in America? Am I correct in assuming from the info on the Industrial Bikes website that it is a 1932 deasign built in 2014. I think this would make the perfect base for a Klunker.
Since its from the future we know nothing about it...yet!
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here's mine.

Here's my heavy duty. I still have the stock bars. It has original tires that are about to blow apart someday but I like them. One of the best bikes I own and I have a bunch!!!!!
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Here's mine . I bought it about five years ago from the original owner . Kirby
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We have a customer still riding his yellow Heavy Duti that he bought new, he keeps it in good shape. I have the Spit Fire 5 which is the Heavy Duti with a 5spd freewheel and rear drum brake, I want to replace the steel rims with alloy double wall rims but I need to have the spokes custom cut for it, if I could find 11ga SS blank spokes we can do it at our shop but no luck so far.

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The recent Heavy Duty frames afaik were made by Giant. They are well made and the bikes ride great after all the bearings are properly lubed and adjusted.
Pulling the kickstand and adding some grease is a good idea: makes it easier to use and decreases wear.
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We have a customer still riding his yellow Heavy Duti that he bought new, he keeps it in good shape. I have the Spit Fire 5 which is the Heavy Duti with a 5spd freewheel and rear drum brake, I want to replace the steel rims with alloy double wall rims but I need to have the spokes custom cut for it, if I could find 11ga SS blank spokes we can do it at our shop but no luck so far.

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You can get them in 194mm length here http://holmeshobbies.com/Sapim-Stain...om-Spokes.html and cut/roll them from there?

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We have a customer still riding his yellow Heavy Duti that he bought new, he keeps it in good shape. I have the Spit Fire 5 which is the Heavy Duti with a 5spd freewheel and rear drum brake, I want to replace the steel rims with alloy double wall rims but I need to have the spokes custom cut for it, if I could find 11ga SS blank spokes we can do it at our shop but no luck so far.

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How about a new wheelset? IMO Cartridge Sturmey drums with cartridge bearings and some MTB rims would make that bike ride worlds better.
Owner could mothball the original wheels.
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Heres mine: Straight downtube,Threaded headset sized BMX , near I can guess its mid 80s. Frame found by curb, spare parts rounded it out. I love it even though its a bit small for me.
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Heres mine: Straight downtube,Threaded headset sized BMX , near I can guess its mid 80s. Frame found by curb, spare parts rounded it out. I love it even though its a bit small for me.
Think this one is >1994.
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Nice to know.
Did they carry the 1" BMX stem size (21.1) that long?
Thats an DK XL inverted stem on there from way back.

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Current SHDs take 1.125" threaded...
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Sorta off-topic (sorry), but can you post up a pic of how you mounted your light to your basket?
Finally got to where I could grab a picture, crappy cellphone one at that. I mounted the light using a cushioned P-clamp, then used a nylon spacer with a longer bolt and nut. Next time it isn't raining and I have some daylight I will see if I can get a better picture. Need to haul the bike out anyway so I can put the new generator on it.

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Finally got to where I could grab a picture, crappy cellphone one at that. I mounted the light using a cushioned P-clamp, then used a nylon spacer with a longer bolt and nut. Next time it isn't raining and I have some daylight I will see if I can get a better picture. Need to haul the bike out anyway so I can put the new generator on it.
Thanks so much! this is a big help. My wife's bike has a dynamo hub, but we never hooked up a headlight b/c she just hasta have her Wald front basket, and there's no usable real estate on the bars (which she doesn't wanna switch), and the eyelets on the fork are the wrong size for the axle-height adaptors, etc... That is a Wald basket you got, too, right? Did the p-clamp crush the brace, or did you bolster it with a dowel or something?
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