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Old 07-26-14, 04:23 AM   #26
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dddd really nailed what I love about my '74 Continental: besides the comfy ride it has such secure steering - not like some of the newer, lighter bikes I've ridden which want to wobble when I look over my shoulder. I like it so much I invested in aluminum wheels.
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Old 07-26-14, 08:23 AM   #27
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Try buying one new and immediately mothballing it for 33 years (for reasons I won't go into here). This is what you have after a good spit shine and thorough lube, still has original tires. This bike will last the rest of my life with new rubber and normal maintenance.
That is such a nice example of a later-years Continental. Gorgeous bike!
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Try buying one new and immediately mothballing it for 33 years (for reasons I won't go into here). This is what you have after a good spit shine and thorough lube, still has original tires. This bike will last the rest of my life with new rubber and normal maintenance.
Wow. A time machine! I've never seen a gold head tube badge like that.

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Old 07-30-14, 06:00 PM   #29
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Wow. A time machine! I've never seen a gold head tube badge like that.
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That is such a nice example of a later-years Continental. Gorgeous bike!
Thanks for the replies dddd and Shp4man: If you caught my post in the newbie introduction forum you would know that I cannot even throw my leg over this bike yet and had to hang it back up in the garage until next spring as I will be disabled well into winter. When that happens I will post more pics with new rubber etc. (? gum walls or Gatorskins ?)
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Old 09-10-14, 08:59 AM   #30
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I Know I'll be scorned by many but I don't care. While waiting for my hip replacement here's what I've ordered for my 1974 Schwinn Continental:

Aluminum rims
Plastic fenders
Rear rack
Bottle cage
Bar shifters
New cables
New pedals
Flat black powdercoat
Pannier

I'm not mechanically inclined so all work being done by a couple of area LBS. Cost? I don't care. I worked my ass off for 40 years. Now I'm going to spend some of what I earned and enjoy my new heavy but oh so smooth ride!
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Old 09-10-14, 05:32 PM   #31
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In my opinion, it is to be applauded that you are modernizing and upgrading a timeless classic steel frame. Good luck with the hip!
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That's excellent, JimHatfield.

You're helping the shop's business while building a bike to look forward to ride when the time is right.

That bike ought to be the perfect build with the extra time you're giving it as well. Looking forward to some pictures.

Good luck with the hip!
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Old 09-11-14, 07:55 PM   #33
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I've been looking at recent Craigs List ads, and it seems like vintage Schwinn Varsities and Continentals have all but disappeared in this area. Finding a Varsity that has not been modified in some way has been somewhat of a challenge to me. I have checked EBay, and have seen that their prices have been going up in recent years. So, they may be a little more desirable than I thought. I am looking at one as a possibility, but the handlebar stem is seized. I asked the seller to spray some lubricant down the hole of the neck, hoping that there's a chance it can get moving again. If that can't be done, I'm afraid that bike will be unsalvageable. This is sad, because the frame had fit perfectly when I straddled it. I am fairly certain it would have made one fine winter project bike.
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Old 09-11-14, 08:43 PM   #34
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I had a 70 Continental new as a boy. I rode it every day to junior high school. One thing I remeber was that the steering was so stable that I could ride it for miles with no hands. I lived in Houston, which was so flat that its' weight was not an issue. I did not know any better at the time any way.
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