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Old 09-20-17, 10:51 PM   #1
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1953 Schwinn New World Varisty (Traveler) - Before and After

My 1953 Schwinn: From a frakenbike to a daily commuter

Before:https://imgur.com/Tynd30W

After:https://imgur.com/X2pHuYP


Overview of workscope
  • Powder coated frame & fenders since frame had already been poorly repainted. Process revealed fenders used to be chrome plated - indicates originally Traveler model, rather than Varsity?
  • Waterslide decals & clear coat (see my other posts for the fun this was!)
  • 1952 Sturmey Archer AW 3 speed hub completely dismantled & cleaned & sourced period shifter too!
  • Built wheels [40h 26 x 3-1/8" rear & 36h front) - first time wheelbuilding!

**Had a recollection there was a thread for this type of post but spent far too long trying to find it, gave up and started a new thread. Mods, please move as appropriate!**
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Old 09-21-17, 08:24 AM   #2
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Tomdickharry, Nice job, looks to be begging for a rack, fromt or rear.

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Tomdickharry, Nice job, looks to be begging for a rack, fromt or rear.

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Concur. ... or a front basket
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Old 09-22-17, 09:28 PM   #4
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Tomdickharry, Nice job, looks to be begging for a rack, fromt or rear.

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I might stick the old pletscher rack back on. Just couldn't face cleaning it at the moment!
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You brake the English way. Nice machine and a big change from what you started with! I think as well that the chrome fenders indicated a Traveller model.

How is the daily commute? Did you up the sprocket count to 20,21 teeth?
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Astute observation! My bike photos betray my identity!

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How is the daily commute? Did you up the sprocket count to 20,21 teeth?
Commute is a delight - the ratios work well for the terrain. Running a sturmey archer hub, so a bit confused by your sprocket count question? Either way, the transmission is as it came, aside from being completely dismantled and cleaned.
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Commute is a delight - the ratios work well for the terrain. Running a sturmey archer hub, so a bit confused by your sprocket count question? Either way, the transmission is as it came, aside from being completely dismantled and cleaned.
I was referring to the tooth count on the SA hub. Many of us change the 17 teeth cog to a 20 or 21 count for greater range.

Tomdickharry... three tunnels leading to freedom in the Great Escape?

Nice bike, a very elegant commuting choice!
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