For the past few months I've been in need of a junker to leave parked at the train station and bars. I found a Shwinn frame and fork in the garbage. I got all the other parts from the junk heap/ free cycle. The only money I've put into it so far is new cables/housing/brake pads. 13$ all up. I know it's not pretty but I'm pretty happy with myself. My mechanical skills are pretty weak and I'm usually the kind of person to run out and buy something new whenever I need something. It felt kind of nice to give new life to an old bike. I still need to add fenders and a decent seat. Otherwise I'm done.
The only fly in the ointment is the brakes. I'm having a hell of a time getting the brakes to sit nice and close to the rims. Is there any recourses online that can give me a better idea of how to get those break dialed in nice?
Also can you guess take a guess at how old the frame might be?