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Old 05-11-07, 12:44 AM   #1
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Schwinn Tempo frame restoration

I stopped into my favorite LBS today shopping for some parts for the frame I'm building. The owner and I have gotten along great the last few years and we often talk "shop" when traffic is slow.

Somehow we got to talking tubing and the next thing I know the owner was off to rummage in his back room.


He came out with a Schwinn Tempo frame. He said it had never been ridden because the shop had received it with the hole in the brakestay set at the wrong angle so that the rear brake did not touch the braking surface of the rim at the correct angle. Here's a closeup showing the problem:



The owner handed it to me and said I could have it if I wanted it.

I was nearly giddy as I tossed it on the seat of my truck and raced home.



There is no rust and no dents on the frame. Unfortunately the paint has a lot of chips and shopwear from things rubbing against it over the last 20 years.

Lucky for me that brake stays are the easiest part of a frame to repair. I'll post pics tomorrow of that project.

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Now I'll have something racey to ride on those short rides when my tourer is better left in the stable.
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Old 05-11-07, 12:50 AM   #3
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cool! thanks for sharing, it's actually a pretty nice bridge, nicer than the one on the tempo I had. Are you able to use the same bridge and just rotate it a bit?
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Are you able to use the same bridge and just rotate it a bit?
Yes!

I alreadymade the repair. It was too dark when I finished for good pictures.

The bridge was silvered in so I heated it accross the bridge and inserted a bolt. It just took a little twist to get the correct angle. I then put a spot of brass on each side because there was a small gap due to the wrong miter. I used brass becaue it bridges gaps better than silver.

I was able to keep the heat restricted enough that I didn't damage the paint as far down as the Schwinn logos on the seat stays. I think I'll be able to get a decent color match and hide the repair.
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All bright and shiny...and set to the correct angle, too!



The frame has its share of paint chips but he stays were by far the worst. I feel lucky to have kept the heat down to a minimum. I think I'll be able to just hit the stays above the Schwinn decals.



Its too tall for me, really. But I've got a Le Tour in this same size that I've ridden a century on so I'll give it a try.
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