I recently bought a blue one from a friend and it needs some work, specifically new tires, brake pads (possibly brakes as well), and chain.
I've read that it needs 26 x 1 3/8 tires with a 590 BSD (if non-Schwinn tires, 597 if Schwinn) but the tires that are on it now say 27 x 1 1/4. Do they have the wrong size tires on them already?
Also, I'm a noobie at this bike stuff. Are brake pad sizes pretty standard throughout? I've googled and can't find what kind of brakes and size brake pads it takes.
Thanks so much! Oh, and can anyone recommend where to buy a chain guard? I only found one blue one available online and it was $40. Is that pretty standard for this vintage bike?