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Old 09-05-11, 10:48 AM   #1
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1957 Schwinn Traveler

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I just purchased a 1957 Schwinn Traveler frame on e-bay. Soon I'll be looking to do something with it. I'm not sure if I'd like to restore it to its original glory or create some kind of Frankenbike out of it. Anyway, can someone please direct me to a good website where I can learn more about vintage Schwinns? Are there good parts dealers on the net?

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you know we want pics right?
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Here's the 1957 Traveler catalog page:



...and here's the1957 price list:

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It might be a fun project to equip it with a modern IG rear hub and a modern front dynamo internal brake hub laced to 700c rims. Old meets new.
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It might be a fun project to equip it with a modern IG rear hub and a modern front dynamo internal brake hub laced to 700c rims. Old meets new.
That's probably along the lines of what I'd do, though I'd probably make a 650a build. I can see putting an i-Motion 9 or Sturmey S80 on the bike, laced to polished cr-18 rims. I'd probably even make it a drum brake build so as to ensure there are no issues with brake alignment and stuff.
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This is my 1962 Traveler the day I bought it. They are a very nice bike for neighborhood riding and short distance commutes. My advice to you is clean it, lube it and ride it as is. It is never going to be fast or modern so enjoy it for what it is a classic American 3 speed. It does have some value now but if you mod it all you will have is a heavy geared bike. Don't let Tim The Tool man take over and ruin a somewhat rare Schwinn. Roger
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Gotta go double with rhenning on this one. If the bike's even close to the condition of his '62, do not modify it.

Anything from the early '60's and older is a survivor, and getting on the rare side. To modify it with modern parts would only decrease it's value. Yes, there's the possible exception of building completely new wheels, then carefully storing away the originals, and all pertinent controls, for possible future returning to originality - but why? That bike is going to be more appreciated as an original than a modified bike. And it'll be worth more.

To put it in a parallel situation: You see lots of cruisin' and hot rodded '57 Chevy's out there. How often do you see one that restored to bone stock dealer's showroom original? Too damned seldom.
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But the OP said he only had the frame.
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Oops, missed that minor point. Too much on catalog pictures, etc.

Nevertheless, in that situation, you clean up the frame, store it in a safe place, and start parts hunting. And if it takes a couple of years, so what?
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Pics? Ugh. Now you're getting all technical on me. I'll post pics as soon as the frame comes via UPS.
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Pretty cool. Thanks for posting that.

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Oops, missed that minor point. Too much on catalog pictures, etc.

Nevertheless, in that situation, you clean up the frame, store it in a safe place, and start parts hunting. And if it takes a couple of years, so what?
I think I'm inclined to follow your advice, sykerocker. I have enough bicycles to get me around quickly and efficiently. I think I'd like to re-finish the frame, and then find as many stock parts as possible. It would be a long project but well worth it. I hope there's a parts house on the net where I can order such parts, and hopefully even decals. If anyone knows of such a place I'd love to hear about it.

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This is my 1962 Traveler the day I bought it. They are a very nice bike for neighborhood riding and short distance commutes. My advice to you is clean it, lube it and ride it as is. It is never going to be fast or modern so enjoy it for what it is a classic American 3 speed. It does have some value now but if you mod it all you will have is a heavy geared bike. Don't let Tim The Tool man take over and ruin a somewhat rare Schwinn. Roger
Sweet bike, Roger. I'd love to get my Traveler looking like that someday. Thanks for posting.

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Sante Fe? I just saw an old 26" Schwinn 5 speed over at the flee market out by the downs for $50. Ok, it was a month ago but maybe it's still there. It would have everything you need on it.
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Sante Fe? I just saw an old 26" Schwinn 5 speed over at the flee market out by the downs for $50. Ok, it was a month ago but maybe it's still there. It would have everything you need on it.
You're kidding! I'll go check it out this weekend. Thanks for the tip.

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