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Old 05-06-08, 11:49 PM   #1
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Work in progress - 1985 World Sport

Hey guys, just came to say hi and show off my new project a little . My buddy got a road bike last fall and loved it so I decided I should get one too. Most on Craigslist seem to be $100 minimum and I have kind of a hard time paying that much for a bike that is going to need a bunch of money and TLC anyway. Then this guy came along:





It had been sitting out in front of my dorm since I moved in last fall, never once moved even as it disappeared into the snow bank. As I began seriously looking for a bike around a month ago a buddy suggeseted I just grab that and rebuild it. I am a car guy and I love tinkering and fixing things so I thought it would suit me well. As you can see, it was in pretty tough shape... super rusty chain and cog, bent front fork, no front wheel, bent handlebar, and everything else was starting to rust or tarnish.

I decided I would do this build as cheaply as possible. My buddy's sweet old Peugeot was about $50 including what he paid for it from a thrift shop to get it running, beating him was my unofficial goal. So I stripped it down and sanded it for paint.





I decided on flat black because A) a couple coats of black primer is cheaper than priming, painting, and clearing for a nice glossy finish and B) I hope that flat black makes it look less appealing to theives. I guess I like the look of flat black too . So last Saturday I took it to this awesome nonprofit volunteer run used parts bike store/workshop to get 'er together. I got a new fork, chain, and front wheel/tire there, hit it with a couple coats of Rustoleum black primer, and started assembly. I only had an hour to straighten the rear wheel (didnt go well) and assemble it, so I only got the wheels, front brake, fork, and handlebar on. I was working on the chain when they closed, since I didnt get the derailleurs on I was just rigging it up as a ghetto single speed. They let me stay a few minutes to get the chain on and I rode it home after that. Here she is when I got home:





Monday was an amazing day here in Minneapolis so my buddy and I just sat out in the sun... we had every intention of doing some homework, but that wasnt going to happen so he did some carving while I polished some parts of my bike. I got the front wheel and front brake assembly and lever deal all shined up. I also got a new handlebar from his roommate. Last night I polished up and mounted the rear brake and lever, but since the back wheel is so bent its not adjusted to actually do anything. I still have to lengthen the chain, mount up the derailleurs, rebuild the hub (?) on the back wheel, and do something about the bottom bracket, but it works fine enough for now!

So here's my list of money spent:
Bike - free
Fork, from a mid-late 70's Schwinn (pretty sure anyway) - $5
Front wheel and tire - $5
Length of chain - $5
Handlebar - free
1/2 can of spray paint - $2.50
Labor, about 15 hours - free
TOTAL - $17.50!

So I am definately pumped about how economical this thing will be... I figured just biking back and forth from my primary job this summer will save me around $150 or so, assuming gas stays at the rediculous price of ~$3.50. I'll have the thing paid for in 2 weeks! I dont have a lot to spend either, hopefully all the hub and bottom bracket will need is some grease, I'll get a new seat and pedals off my mountain bike back home, and the extra chain wont cost much money. It'll most likely be done for $20 right on the head!

This will be a pretty all purpose bike for now... going to work/friends houses/etc, exercise, leisure, and even a triathalon in August. Eventually though (maybe next winter) I plan to pick up an old Schwinn Paramount to do up nice. That one will get nice components and be used for training, races/triathalons, and leisure, but I will keep the World Sport possibly as a fixie for commuting. Oh I plan to do the Paramount just as I did the World Sport... flat black and polished except I will repaint the "Schwinn Paramount" on the down pipe in white or light grey.

So what to do you guys think? Anyone else have any low budget builds going on? Sorry about the novel, since freshmen writing I tend to get a bit long winded.

EDIT: I will post some new pictures this weekend when I get the derailleurs shined/mounted up and get it as done as it will get here in the cities.

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Old 05-07-08, 01:03 AM   #2
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As a friendly warning, if you strip a Paramount and rattle-can it flat black I would suggest you not post it in C&V, it likely won't get a very warm reception.
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Old 05-07-08, 10:57 AM   #3
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Well its a good thing I do things for myself and not others then eh?

The idea with the next bike is to do pretty much the same as this one, just use some quality componenets and rather than try to get it done in around 20 hours, I would spend a good amount of time on it for several months. Hopefully I can find a frame that has been neglected and could use some body work anyway. That wouldnt be a rattle can deal either, I have a couple friends with HVLP spray guns that I would employ for the paint. Plans change with time and money, it may or may not happen. It wont necessarily be a Paramount either, ideally it would be but if money is on the tighter side I may settle for a Super Sport or something.
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Old 05-07-08, 11:01 AM   #4
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I had an ice blue '85 WS. It was a high school grad present from my folks. I rode it all through college and law school, did a handful of triathlons on it, commuted to my first job. I loved that bike.

I think it would make a fine SS or FG commuter. Congrats on the find.
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Old 05-07-08, 11:33 AM   #5
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Cool project nice and cheap, the making of a daily roundabout. I would take the pie plate off though. Seems like your really enjoying the build, it gets addicting.
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Old 05-07-08, 11:57 AM   #6
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You get an A for initiative----but I think you stopped short.

However, it's not too late.

For about $15, you could purchase 2 cans of color and 1 can of clear, and some (wet) sandpaper to make that frame POP.
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Old 05-07-08, 11:58 AM   #7
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Thanks for bringing the World Sport back to life.

Let us know how many old Paramounts you find
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If your riding single speed, do yourself a favor and install the rear brake.
On a fixie, you have your legs as a backup to the front brake, on a singlespeed you have nothing.
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Old 05-07-08, 07:37 PM   #9
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Thanks guys!

I do have a question though... what is the pie plate? Is that the thing between the largest gear on the cog and the spokes, or is it the guard deal on the outside of the chainring?

There are a couple Paramounts on Craigslist for $400-$500 and some on eBay for around that I think, but as I look and read more about them the more I am sort of pushed from them. Though I am not looking for a super lightweight bike, I read earlier today that they are around 25 lbs. Honestly that disappointed me a little, my friend has an older Peugeot road bike that wasnt even the top model and it weighs just a tick under 22lbs. I think if I was to shell out that much for a frame I would want something that could atleast compete you know? I still like them and Schwinns in general, but I think I would be happier spending $200-$300 less on a Super Sport, Le Tour variant, or ideally a Super Le Tour 12.2 (I read that the 12.2 is the weight in kilograms, which is about 26.8 lbs) and $200-$300 more on components. Plus then I would be messing up a Paramount for one of you guys that can actually afford it .

As for the rear brake, I really would like it... I've had a couple close calls at lights. None were close enough to really be potentially bad, but they all made me sweat for a sec. I have the rear mounted up now, but the wobble back there is bad enough that rear brake usage is very impractical. I will be straightening on Saturday though, so I wont have to worry about it for long. I'll rock both brakes on it with the gears, but I think when I get my new bike together I will go the fixed gear route and just do with no brakes. All of the fixie riders I know just go brakeless and do fine, plus I kinda like the super clean look that most fixies have.
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Old 05-07-08, 10:42 PM   #10
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Read the threads on oxalic acid and you can make that rust disappear.
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I was going to say to use oxalic acid too, just don't put aluminum in it and I also agree that it would look better gloss black. Also, if you want to keep it single speed and if you know how to or want to teach yourself how to respace and redish, you can buy a single speed freewheel for under $15 from your LBS, they're only $8 at mine, and it would clean it up a lot.
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Oh wow this is old. I forgot I was looking at search results and not c&v
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