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Originally Posted by velo-orange
I don't think the kludge is from a backyard mechanic. The cable stops and pulley mount are the same color as the rest of the frame.
Revisit Cinco's post. The hardware you see was once a pulley wheel mount and a cable stop, welded to the bottom of the top tube (hence the Coppertone paint). At least one of these two fittings split off initially, and some hack figured that the best thing to do would be to drive it back into the frame - by placing the pulley wheel 7 inches forward and 110 degrees away from where it belongs. The cable stop was probably added to the mix when this hack got the bright idea to "improve" the brake cable mounting as well.
Look under the top tube, and I'm entirely sure you'll find two rectangular square rust spots where these fittings once resided.
Under no circumstances was this factory.
At best, unscrew this "fix" out of the frame, and Bondo the holes. Run a new, solid rear brake cable with cable clips (if you can find clips to fit the small Schwinn top tube), and run a full-length Sturmey-Archer cable with a stop on the chainstay or seatstay, depending on how you route the cable. Simple as that.
Last edited by cudak888; 11-13-10 at 06:16 PM.