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    Continental complete (enough to ride)

    Took it on a shakedown ride for about a half hour. Things worked well need a few minor adjustments and will have to finish the new seatpost. I just had to ride it so I took the seat and post off the Varsity

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    I think a link to Nola Gal's post would convince her that getting her Schwinn back into shape would be a good thing if she could see what magic has been wrought here.

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    How can you link to Nola Gals post? The Conti weighs in at 32 lbs. Just like it sets. Rides like a dream very smooth takes the bumps well but seem a bit more responsive than the Varsity does, maybe the fact that its 10 lbs lighter helps. Shifts well. Brakes way better than the Varsity and thats with the original brake pads when I get some new ones that should really make a difference to. Now to get that seatpost squared away and put the Carradice zipped roll bag that I bought on it and it will be the cats meow. Now onto a lugged frame project in the not too distant future.

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    That is one fine bike! I can only imagine how well it rides.

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    I just edited my posts in Nola Gal's thread to link to both of your latest threads about the Continental .

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    You gotta explain the monster derailleur I think!

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    Monster is right, hehe. An alloy Suntour or Shimano would look nicer. But damn, that is just about the most beautiful Continental I have ever seen! Stunning!,,,,BD

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    Yeah that derailleur is something. Its a Shimano cheapy I think it was something like 14 bucks and I agree it looks pretty odd but that thing shifts like a champ, will I keep it? not likely but for now it works really well. I have a new Shimano 105 that I will have to make a split bushing or maybe a piece of rubber to make it fit since its a modern piece and this bike has a smaller seat tube. I think this bike is going to have a number of changes in the coming months before I ride it in the next Tour De Pierce (hear that EH) I can't stop looking at it, the dang thing looks so cool at least to me. Its exactly the color I envisioned when I said I wanted a RED bike. I really like the looks of the Freddy Fenders which I didn't think I would but the grey aluminum color really is a nice addition to the color scheme. They were a royal pain in the keister to adjust. My first attempt at bar tape wrap didn't come out too bad, the color is a light tan and I was going to shellac them but I think I'd like to let them darken naturally. The next time I do bar tape Im going to finish the ends with dark twine and then do the shellac. This will be on my next project a lugged frame beauty that I'm going to go look at next week. One last thing. Should I get a red helmet now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by divineAndbright View Post
    You gotta explain the monster derailleur I think!
    Nashbar has them onsale for $5.99.
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...%20Derailleurs

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    $5.99? Yeah right, lol. Once they get done with charging nutso shipping costs and tax, it will cost $25, lol.
    With a 20% coupon code, $23.50 ,,,,BD

    I swear they opened a Performance bike here, just for the very reason of charging people tax on shipped items.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stringbreaker View Post
    ... The Conti weighs in at 32 lbs. Just like it sets. Rides like a dream very smooth takes the bumps well but seem a bit more responsive than the Varsity does, maybe the fact that its 10 lbs lighter helps. Shifts well. Brakes way better than the Varsity and thats with the original brake pads when I get some new ones that should really make a difference to. Now to get that seatpost squared away and put the Carradice zipped roll bag that I bought on it and it will be the cats meow. ...
    The Conti's tubular fork should provide a noticeably better ride than the Varsity's flat-bladed piece of junk. I really like your improvements to the Conti, particularly the aluminum rims and crankset and stainless steel spokes. I do recommend salmon-colored KoolStop brake pads, and I am not surprised that the Conti's centerpull brakes outperform the Varsity's sidepulls. The mudguards look great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stringbreaker View Post
    I think this bike is going to have a number of changes in the coming months before I ride it in the next Tour De Pierce (hear that EH)


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    Should I get a red helmet now?
    Absolutely!

    No matching red kit though, I've seen what red kit does, and it's not pretty. Don't force us to bring out the photo of the Polish team... .

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    Quote Originally Posted by stringbreaker View Post
    How can you link to Nola Gals post? The Conti weighs in at 32 lbs. Just like it sets. Rides like a dream very smooth takes the bumps well but seem a bit more responsive than the Varsity does, maybe the fact that its 10 lbs lighter helps. Shifts well. Brakes way better than the Varsity and thats with the original brake pads when I get some new ones that should really make a difference to. Now to get that seatpost squared away and put the Carradice zipped roll bag that I bought on it and it will be the cats meow. Now onto a lugged frame project in the not too distant future.
    SB,

    Beeeeeeauuuutifuuuuul Schwinn! A real testament to the endurance of EF. Because Schwinn EF frames are not rare, they are worthy of fun projects such as yours. I'm glad I spotted that crankset for you. Very sharp!

    Loose the kickstand, the steel stem shifties, the old style pedals and seatpost, add your custom seatpost, new lighweight SPD clipless, and a pair of bar end shifters, and you might be able to bring this into the sub 30 lb. league Continentals. I'm told, just a handful exist!
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    PB She weighs in at 32 lbs, not too bad. The seat post is in the works. Those are new pedals I really like the look and they really grip. this is gonna be my cruiser I think probably not too many rides over 30 miles or so.Do ya like the RED huh?

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    I like the RED!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh View Post
    I like the RED!
    As do I. I even sometimes wear a red jersey when riding Capo #1.
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    EH I promise no red kit. Funny thing is I have a red canari wind breaker/ light shower jacket that is the same color as the bike. I bought it before I even got this bike. I wanted the killer green but couldn't get it so I settled on the red, I'm keeping the jacket but having second thoughts about the helmet. My wife and daughter both say yes so maybe I'll ask for one at Christmas. Had a little trouble on a second shakedown cruise today and the chain ended up in the rear spokes so its back to my buddy at Trailside cyclery in Orting to true the wheel and I'm putting the dork disk back on I don't care how it looks besides its chrome and shiney. I'm also going to pull the derailleur and try a Suntour I have from a Centurion parts bike and see how it works. It was really my own fault I hadn't checked the limit screws final time before I rode it today after I had done some adjustments so live and learn but I was really cruisin and then this happened. At least I got started on the custom seat post doing some cutting and fitting now tomorrow I'll get it all turned up on the lathe and take it to my friend at work that has the stuff to do aluminum welding at home. When its done you won't be able to tell where the weld was done.

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    Ouch! I don't think that the dork disc looks out of place on the Schwinn, and if it helps keep the chain out of the spokes, it's all good!

    I think you should go for the red helmet.

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    +1 on the red helmet. Yeah I think the dork disc on a Schwinn is totally acceptable

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