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Old 05-08-08, 10:03 PM   #1
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Free bikes rock!?

Okay, so I got a free bike today but I dunno what the heck to do widdit...it fits me though:
It's O'skool Schwinn "Super Le Tour 12.2"
I was thinking about taking it out to the trails and bashing the livin' piss out of it, but maybe I'll just throw a flat bar on it for a quick ride to work....hmmm...singlespeed?

By the way...the autofocus on my point'n'shoot just bit the dust, so...put on your beer goggles!
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Crap...just googled it.

I guess it's from the mid-1970's and it was a dadgum good bike back then. It's got a lugged steel frame. It's all orig. and in good riding condition except for the freakin' post that seems to be jammed in like a square peg in a round hole or whatever.


Maybe it's worth something as a collector. No singlespeeding it. CRAP!! (Beating donkey nutz)
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put some more comfortable bars on (or at least some modern bar tape), leave it geared, add some fenders and you have yourself a sweet commuter. Or make it a single/fixed, add fenders/bars, and you have a sweet commuter. Either way, turn it into some kind of commuter.
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Single speed! As a single speed that will be light, fast and so much damn fun. Do it!
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I can't remember - - I imagine you already have a good road bike. If it were me, it would become my new "heavy trainer" - - and 'retire' my pristine $5-yard-sale Schwinn Traveler of similar vintage
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I can't remember - - I imagine you already have a good road bike. If it were me, it would become my new "heavy trainer" - - and 'retire' my pristine $5-yard-sale Schwinn Traveler of similar vintage
Yah...my "good road bike" has 2.35" Nevegals on it.
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While it's pretty beat up, you might get $200 for it if you clean it up nicely. It was a rather nice bike in it's day. Just so you know.
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While it's pretty beat up, you might get $200 for it if you clean it up nicely. It was a rather nice bike in it's day. Just so you know.
I'm not too into selling it, I don't think. I LOVE free bikes...even if they aren't trail worthy. If it were a total waste, I'd take it to the local sk8pRk and pay some "rubber people" to jump around while I video taped, haha. JK.

I like to respect a bike/manufacturer that produced a decent bike in its day. Too bad Schwinn sold out to the big BullsEye, eh? I loved the Homegrown hardtails.

I don't have the heart to sell it, now that I've read a bit about it. (bidding starts at $500)


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Why not clean it up/tune it up and ride it as a road bike/commuter?
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I say, clean it up, and ride it as a commuter.
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I'm in the clean it and ride it around the hood crowd myself. It'd be perfect for that, if it fits.
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Clean, re-cable, tune, maybe replace some worn stuff (bar tape, tires, brake pads all if necesary). Put some old school pedals on there and rock it retro style around the 'hood. Grow out the 70's mustache, long hair, get some vintage cycling clothes, one of them little bicycle caps. Did cyclists back then wear wide collar shirts and bell bottom biking shorts?
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I don't think it needs much to be useable. I need to change the tubes b/c it's got 20lbs of slime in them.
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Hmmm...First ed dumps the FS for a hardtail. Now he gets a road bike. Next thing you know he'll be doing interval training with teh Jimmy.
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Hmmm...First ed dumps the FS for a hardtail. Now he gets a road bike. Next thing you know he'll be doing interval training with teh Jimmy.
Oh dear...Ed will have to snap another picture and have Doug doctor it up so you remember who Ed is.
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Oh dear...Ed will have to snap another picture and have Doug doctor it up so you remember who Ed is.
Ya, now we can really say that Ed is the king of Free Ride .
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Two words. Capitol Classic.
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I'm not too into selling it, I don't think. I LOVE free bikes...even if they aren't trail worthy. If it were a total waste, I'd take it to the local sk8pRk and pay some "rubber people" to jump around while I video taped, haha. JK.

I like to respect a bike/manufacturer that produced a decent bike in its day. Too bad Schwinn sold out to the big BullsEye, eh? I loved the Homegrown hardtails.

I don't have the heart to sell it, now that I've read a bit about it. (bidding starts at $500)


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In that case, if it fits you just ride it Had one pass through my collection a couple years ago, and it was a nice smooth ride.
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Hahaha...ya know I DID puke Monday. My kidz flu'd me, but I've just been telling everyone you rode me into the ground!
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Those are nice riding bikes. It would have 27 inch tires and if you go to Nashbar they have Panaracer Pasela TG tires, in 27 1 1/4 on sale for $9.75. That is really cheap for a great riding puncture resistance tire that would have that bike well on it way to being a super commuter.
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I've been looking for a bike just like that. It's a _really_ nice bike to ride. Sure, it's heavy compared to something modern, but it'll ride like a limo. It's way too big for me, or I'd be PM'ing you about buying it. I'd say it's from about 1982.

If you want to learn about bike mechanics, that's the perfect way to start. Take it apart and write in a notebook what went where. Clean everything up. Put new lines, tires, and a chain on it. You'll have a sweet old bike.

Don't do the fixie thing to that one. It's too nice. If you want to go single speed, get a Varsity or some other Schwinn that's not as valuable.
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I've been looking for a bike just like that. It's a _really_ nice bike to ride. Sure, it's heavy compared to something modern, but it'll ride like a limo. It's way too big for me, or I'd be PM'ing you about buying it. I'd say it's from about 1982.

If you want to learn about bike mechanics, that's the perfect way to start. Take it apart and write in a notebook what went where. Clean everything up. Put new lines, tires, and a chain on it. You'll have a sweet old bike.

Don't do the fixie thing to that one. It's too nice. If you want to go single speed, get a Varsity or some other Schwinn that's not as valuable.
Actually it was made January 10th 1978 according to the badge.

Yah...I'm still working on that whole "learning about bike mechanics" stuff. It'll take me a while. One day I hope to build a bike from scratch.
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Hahaha...ya know I DID puke Monday. My kidz flu'd me, but I've just been telling everyone you rode me into the ground!
I spotted some mushrooms along the trail and stopped. Figured you would come back to see where I was and I would show them to you. But I never saw ya again. Sorry you were sick.
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So the 3 of you saw purple elephants on the way back to the trail head?
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