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Old 07-08-14, 12:54 PM   #1
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Old Schwinn Fix Up

Hey All!

I just began fixing up my 1976 Schwinn Collegiate Sport. I am in need of some new components and could use a bit of help. After perusing Niagara Cycle, this is what I've found:

Kenda K23-S6 26 x 1-3/8 Tire GW

Sunlite Bicycle Rim Strip, 26 x 1-3/8

Kenda Bicycle Tube, Schrader Valve, 26" x 1-3/8"

Park Polylube 1000 Grease Tube, 4oz

XLC Brake Cable & Housing, Universal Black / Lined

XLC Cork Handlebar Tape White


How do these look? This is my first foray into fixing up a bike. I am also wondering if I should get new gear cables/housings and if so, what ones to get. I probably need some brake pads as well, but again, not sure what to go with. Finally, should I get a new chain?

Thanks for any help you're willing to offer! I much appreciate it. Here is a before picture so you know what I'm dealing with! Thanks again!

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Old 07-08-14, 01:39 PM   #2
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Everything looks good. The XLC cables might not be the best, but for a budget build I'm sure they'll be fine. They look similar to the $5 brake/shifter cable set from walmart.

Sometimes a new chain won't mesh well with older or well-work cogs and will skip. For old chains that are still in decent shape, I soak them in WD-40, then give them the wire brush treatment. I then wash all the WD-40 off with a dish soap solution, then lube as usual.

Good luck with the build!
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The only thing I'd definitely change from your parts selection is the bar tape. White cork tape always looks good for about 5 minutes after you put it on, then as soon as you touch it, it will forever look dirty. For brake pads, Kool Stop Continental or Dia Compe/Cane Creek Grey Matter. For gear cable and housings, you might actually want to go with the Wal Mart set, as you'll need Huret-style ends on the cables, which most don't come with (but the wal mart ones do). If your old gear housing isn't in bad shape I'd re-use it, it's smaller diameter than what you can get new. If I was going to keep the bike and ride it myself, I'd put a new chain on it.
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For brake pads, you definitely want KoolStops.

During a Los Angeles dock strike in the middle of the 1970s bike boom, a distributor was telling Schwinn dealers to "order two 5-speeds instead of one 10-speed."
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Thanks for the info gentlemen. I'm switching to black bar tape and I'm looking into some koolstops. I'm thinking of stopping into walmart to look at these gear cables--they for sure will work with my old schwinn? The housings are in decent shape so I'll hang on to those.
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Thanks for the info gentlemen. I'm switching to black bar tape and I'm looking into some koolstops. I'm thinking of stopping into walmart to look at these gear cables--they for sure will work with my old schwinn? The housings are in decent shape so I'll hang on to those.
You may have to do a teeny bit of filing but yeah they're the only easily available ones that I know of that will work. The set includes brake cables as well, for $6.99 total I believe. The cables in that set are fine, but the housings that come with them are pretty crappy (no plastic liner in them, so there's a lot of unnecessary friction), so it might be worth getting the cable set, then buying a few feet of lined brake cable housing from a local bike shop.
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Are the current tubes damaged or defective? Do they maintain pressure? I haven't found a problem reusing old tubes. OTOH, good to have one as a spare.

I recommend carrying a flat kit when you ride. The tires available for this thing are thin & don't have puncture protection. Adjustable wrench, patch kit, pump, spare tube, tire levers if necessary.

Before I knew better, I bought from Ace a 1-lb tub of black general-purpose Lithium grease, grade 1-1/2. I think it cost $2. Great stuff, I think it helps the speed a little. May be deficient in other qualities (water resistance, life expectancy, etc). Not recommending, just telling what I did.
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The tubes don't retain pressure the best anymore. Thanks for the input on a flat kit--this is my first foray into fixing up a bike as well as using one to commute regularly. I have lots to learn!

I sent in my order, now I wait for things to arrive.

In the meantime, I need to clean up my bike and components. Everything is in decent shape for not being touched for twenty some years. There's some rust on the chrome and grime here and there. I need to clean the bearings and everything too.

Any further recommendations?
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I'll throw in a vote for the Walmart (I think Bell brand?) cables. Cheap and they work decent, nothing special but you aren't breaking the bank and if you need to replace them you know where to get them. I used them on 2 bikes and never had an issue.

I am a big fan of Finish Line tubes and cleaners.
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A set of Panaracer Pasela Tourguard/PT tires have fantastic flat protection and look great on that bike. But they're 25-35 a pop.

IMO- the 26x1.5 are preferable to the 26x 1.75.


By the way- I think you're doing this the right way- not trying to make a 40lb bike into a 22lb bike. It's going to be a super comfortable riding machine!
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A set of Panaracer Pasela Tourguard/PT tires have fantastic flat protection and look great on that bike. But they're 25-35 a pop.

IMO- the 26x1.5 are preferable to the 26x 1.75.
Paselas are great, but I don't think they're even made in the more common 590mm 26 x 1-3/8 size. As far as I know, the only tires still made in the 597mm 26 x 1-3/8 S6 size are the cheap Kendas.
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Paselas are great, but I don't think they're even made in the more common 590mm 26 x 1-3/8 size. As far as I know, the only tires still made in the 597mm 26 x 1-3/8 S6 size are the cheap Kendas.
Those sized wheels.... Those infamous Schwinn sized wheels...

Will MTB wheels work on these bikes? It seems there's a WORLD of tires available for 26" MTB wheels.
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Those sized wheels.... Those infamous Schwinn sized wheels...

Will MTB wheels work on these bikes? It seems there's a WORLD of tires available for 26" MTB wheels.
Probably not, 19mm radius difference, if it did work it'd require one heck of a long reach brake.
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Paselas are great, but I don't think they're even made in the more common 590mm 26 x 1-3/8 size. As far as I know, the only tires still made in the 597mm 26 x 1-3/8 S6 size are the cheap Kendas.
People with a 597 mm bike should upgrade the wheelset to 650B. Panaracer's Col De La Vie is a great all-round tire.
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Panaracer does the Col De La Vie in 650A/590. Pretty much the only decent tire for that wheel size.
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By the way- I think you're doing this the right way- not trying to make a 40lb bike into a 22lb bike. It's going to be a super comfortable riding machine!
Thanks! I'm pretty excited about the possibilities. I didn't want to do anything fancy--bike is in great shape for sitting around in my dad's garage for so long. With a little love I'm hoping it will become a great little commuter bike for my 10 min ride to and from work.
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