SCORE - Schwinn World Sport
I always get a bit of jealousy when I hear about these awesome bike finds at garage sales or in the trash or some such. Nearly new bikes for cheap or free because someone didn't ride them. I always keep my eyes out when I go to thrift stores, and usually either the bikes are crap (falling apart, rusted to hell) or expensive (or sometimes both). Today I saw a bike which I thought would be way over priced, a nice Schwinn World Sport. Checked the tag and saw $15.99. SWEET! Time to check it over. Loose cranks? Nope. Messed up wheels? Nope. Broken frame? NOPE! Tires rotted out? Nope, BRAND NEW! I really couldn't believe what I was looking at.
Now, you have to understand, I have one bike hanging in my garage that I don't ride because its an old department store MTB with knobbies and all, along with a 1970s/80s road bike which doesn't quite fit me but I still like since my dad gave it to me. I also have my MTB with the semi-slicks and fenders and racks and all getup, as well as my Giant Kronos road bike. I don't need another bike at all! But I really couldn't pass this deal up - if nothing else I could clean it and lube it and then sell it on Craigslist (similar bikes go for $50-100, no joke) or clean it up and donate it to a family/student in need of transportation for employment (I live in an area where this is fairly common).
Get home, air it up and go for a quick ride. Holy farking crap! This bike fits like a glove! I don't feel stretched out, nor do I feel cramped. The suicide levers are cool - but I don't think I'll be using them much.
Long story short, I really dig the bike. My friend's car is in the shop, and his bike is on campus, so he's borrowing the bike this weekend for running around, and I've got my car or my stable of other bikes.
Move the brake levers down on the bars an inch, wrap the bars with cloth tape and fit new brake pads and toe clips.
Wow, that's awesome! Congrats on your score!
All in good time, some more than others. The current bar tape is decent (I believe its the original, and its still cushy), and the Kronos needs tape before this does but it will get done. Never seen cloth tape before though so I'll have to look into it. The handlebars need some adjustment, especially the brakes, and it definitely needs new pads. I've never tried strap type clips (I had some metal ones which I hated because they were a bugger to get into and if you didn't right away they scraped on the ground until you got enough momentum to think about getting into them), so its something to try too.
Originally Posted by AndrewP
I'm thinking about shining the paint up, getting a new saddle and front/rear racks for some serious hauling capability. That's been my only gripe about the kronos - the chain stay is too short for any panniers/baskets I tried, and I loathe long rides on my bomber mountain bike with fenders and all, so this would be perfect!
Well, originally I was thinking about posting this on Craigslist for a ridiculously inflated price simply because similar Schwinn World Sport bikes sell for anywhere from $75-150 in my area and the thought of a 500-1000% profit was enticing. But, after a quick wipe down with my car care stuff, and the rear rack, I am in love. This bike rides like a dream. It fits me danged near perfectly, and shifts amazingly. I was never a fan of stem shifters, but the rear one is indexed and its.... great!
I mounted the rack that came with my Kronos on it, and no heel strike with either of my DIY panniers which is amazing. I took the World Sport out for a spin after mounting the rear rack and I'm in love. The Giant is probably jealous, since it knows that this bike was also made by Giant in Taiwan, and now I like it. The Giant still wins the sexy factor and the smoothness factor (and the lightness and speediness factors) so I won't be getting rid of it, but this bike is going to be my decked out touring rig and hauling rig. I've gotta find a suitable front rack - though I'm thinking about a platform rack. Not really sure at this point.
Tilted the handlebars down a touch and raised the seat to the minimum point. I may need a slightly taller seat post but at this point its fine and any new seat post is going to cost as much if not more than the bike itself That's my "big" pannier. It was an old luggage bag with the wheels and extending handle that I re-purposed as a detachable pannier that can hold a weeks worth of clothes, and still have room to spare.
And here's the bike with my "sexy" pannier. It originally was a portfolio-type thing that I added some hooks and a bungee to so it'll stick with my rack just fine. Its pretty useless for carrying anything of volume, but for job interviews and the like it really classes the bike up.
And there's the iconic head-tube logo. None of my other bikes have a head-tube logo that isn't painted on, so this is kind of one of those old-school cool things like a hood ornament that cars don't come with any more.
I know my other bikes are jealous with the presence of another bike in the garage but its just something they'll have to deal with. In the mean time I get to track down some 27" winter tires and some spare tubes since I've learned the hard way that riding around without spare tubes is a dangerous thing. Geeze, now I need to keep 26x1.375, 26x2, 700x25 AND 27x1.25 tubes around. Ah, the life of a multi-bike user.
So, this is the one Sunday I fail to go to Goodwill on West Saginaw. You gotta be kidding me. Great find. Congratulations.
By the way, can you take a picture of the business end of your homemade panniers? I'd like to see how you rigged them to attach to the rack.
Don't worry. This bike was pushing my stable limit as is so if something else crops up I'll probably be passing on it. And like I said in the first post - I never saw these kinds of deals that people brag about, but look, I did so there will likely be more.
Originally Posted by keiththesnake
The big pannier is mounted as shown:
I've since cleaned up the bungee cords with some zip ties to keep the stray ends from flopping into the spokes. I'm going to be getting some plasti-dip stuff to cover the hooks because they scratch the black off of my racks.
The classier panniers are mounted in a better way I feel. Here's the thread.
Since that post I've added a bungee cord in a similar fashion to the big pannier so it doesn't fall off while riding.
I'm pleased with how they turned out, but I worry about the long-term success of them. My commute is only 6 miles each way so I don't worry too much, but for any touring and such I'd definitely opt for the big pannier over the small one simply due to the mounting of the hooks.
Cheap tires are available, here ;
A regular 27 x 1 1/4 tire will work fine on that Schwinn, just keep pressure below #70. For the 26 x 1 3/8 Schwinn S-6 wheels, , be SURE to get tires made for a Schwinn bike.
BTW, congrats on the deal!
Allez means go.
Your "after" pictures have the bike pointed the other way. Were you able to get any of that surface rust off of the chainwheel? I find that a scouring pad and Zud or Comet is good for that. Sometimes steel wool helps too. I am sure it isn't hurting anything - just curious if you tried.
No, I haven't had an opportunity to try to scrub it up to remove some of the surface rust. Its on my "to do" list for this upcoming week. I'll be sure to post some photos once I've worked on it though. Thanks for the suggestion.
Originally Posted by bengreen79