Old Schwinn Tricycle
Hey guys! We've had an old Schwinn Trike for a few years now that hubby picked from the trash. It had a motor hooked up to it and we took that off. We have plans on turning it into a low-rider but for now just wanted to do the necessary repairs to have something to ride with my kids. Was wondering if anybody knew what size chain, sprocket, tires, seat we would need?? Is this stuff expensive and where can I find it? Local store or specialty store? Thanks for your input
A bike always costs less than the sum of it's parts. If you buy all new stuff you are likely to be impressed at how fast the cost of a project like this can shoot up. Since your husband is an experienced dumpster diver, the cheap way is to look for a trashed donor bike that has all or most of the parts that you need.
Does it look like this 70's vintage trike?
This one has 24" tires, a 3 spd hub and both hand and foot brake. I can check sprocket sizes and chain lengths if you wish as it's in near the front of my garage.
Insane Bicycle Mechanic
If the OP's trike is like that one, the chain is pretty generic "single-speed" chain: 1/2" x 1/8" and the tubes are standard 24 x 1 3/8". The tires are going to be tough to find: they're 24 x 1 3/8" that fit a Schwinn S-6 rim. You can find 24 x 1 3/8" tires at many department stores, but they will not fit. You need to find tires that fit Schwinn rims. Here's one source:
Originally Posted by cranky old dude
Old Schwinns generally are pretty durable. Beyond the weird tire sizes, everything should be easy to find. Clean it up, polish the chrome, go for a ride.
Last edited by Jeff Wills; 05-19-10 at 11:47 PM.