Well, I just found a Schwinn 10 speed at the Salvation Army Saturday Auction. Please don't tell Rainbabe. She sent me with bags of stuff to GET RID of, not to bring home.
Kind of rough shape, but everthing seems to work. A little hop in the rear wheel that should be a matter of judicious spoke adjustments. Looks neglected more than abused. Well used but not overly so. Cogs and chainwheels don't seem that worn. Needs to be cleaned up and repainted. Should be a good learning project disassembling and reassembling everything. Not a super find, but it is a Schwinn. There is always something to be said for that.
I have no idea what model or anything. It has 27x1 1/4 tires. Serial no. starts with LS, which apparently means it was made in December, 1981. Seems to be exactly the right size for me, too. Heavy, but what do you expect?
Mike, et al, need advice on restore vs "do what I want". I don't plan to dump a whole bunch of money into this bike, just fix it up for a fun bike. When I paint it, is there any reason to go for a "traditional" Schwinn color (it is blue now)? I would like to paint it a bright yellow. Have you ever used the Menotony product sold at oldroads.com to clean up minor rust, etc.?
The bike has chromed steel handlebars with that foam padding, which I will be removing. Any special preparations/precautions before installing handlebar tape on a steel bar?
I would appreciate any references or suggestions. I am aware of oldroads.com and plan to go re-read the guide on old bikes. Any other good sites?
If I need to remove the freewheel will you lend me the tool? I will send you a big cash deposit.