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    First day out

    I cleaned up my "new" free Schwinn Traveler and took it for its maiden voyage. The only issue is a bend in the rear rim that would hit the brakes once in awhile, not a huge deal. 5 miles into the ride,the whole darn wheel shifted so that it was rubbing the frame and the rear brakes! So my first ride ended w/ me exhausted and pissed. 5 miles home w/ a badly rubbing brake and me being fat (kind of) and out of shape, was quite maddening. So, long story short. I've decided the bike is too small for me (measures 22" approx 55cm from center of steerer tube to center of seat tube), so I'm going to help my younger brother (5'9") fix it up and make a decent starter bike for him. Now I just need a straight 27" rear wheel. I have decided that I like road riding quite a bit though. I think I'm hooked

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    The second problem you had was solely due to the rear wheel not being held firmly enough in place. Not knowing whether you have a nutted axle, or quick release, I can't give specific instructions, but suffice it to say, you need to fit it in there a bit more tightly.

    Glad to hear that despite the day's challenges, you still like it.
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    Oh yeah. I forgot to add that it is not a quick release axle and that I thought I had it tight. I was climbing a hill on the big front gear and smallest rear cog (I'm used to riding BMX for the last 24 years). Lesson #1 make sure everything is TIGHT!

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