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    I need serious input....

    Ok dudes, here's the deal...i've been looking for a bike to convert for a while now and i ended up getting a '78 schwinn continental II off of CL for free (obviously before i had done any research on schwinns).

    my question is this, is this thing even worth converting? honestly, my only hang up is that it weighs a hundred and fifty pounds....but it is pretty retro and i like that look....

    any thoughts? im not too concerned about th cash. i realize fully that i'll need a new wheelset bottom bracket, crank, etc.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by marino454 View Post
    i realize fully that i'll need a new wheelset bottom bracket, crank, etc.....
    Not necessarily, unless you want to.

    You can strip away the multiple speed bits, remove all but one of the chainrings, and replace the rear wheel. Or, if you're handy with wheelbuilding, just replace the rear hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Not necessarily, unless you want to.

    You can strip away the multiple speed bits, remove all but one of the chainrings, and replace the rear wheel. Or, if you're handy with wheelbuilding, just replace the rear hub.
    what they said. I hold that if you spend a lot on a fixie you're sort of missing the point (unless you're a messenger, or it's a track bike). My advice would be buy what you need to get it running, then upgrade from there depending on what you want.
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    If it looks good to you and it's in good condition, go for it. If cash is no concern, you'll have no problem. Most people who have the money to build a conversion with no concern, just buy a complete bike, not get a free bike from CL. You like it. You should build it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Not necessarily, unless you want to.

    You can strip away the multiple speed bits, remove all but one of the chainrings, and replace the rear wheel. Or, if you're handy with wheelbuilding, just replace the rear hub.
    i know. i misspoke before..i ot necessarily want to replace all of that stuff right away...i just want to know if it even makes sense...

    its a pretty cool bike imo...

    http://www.polarlava.com/cycling/bikes/

    shes the first one on that page...sans rear rack and pump....its in amazing condition...

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    My question is why do you want to convert it? If part or parts of it are non functioning then I could understand it but if you just want to convert it to have a fixed gear why not just buy a new fixed gear? You did say that money is no object, so why not spend as much as you would likely spend on converting and just buy something like an IRO or one of the BD bikes?
    That way you would have 2 functioning bikes for 2 separate purposes for the same coin. At least it makes a lot more sense to me that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xiamsammyx View Post
    My question is why do you want to convert it? If part or parts of it are non functioning then I could understand it but if you just want to convert it to have a fixed gear why not just buy a new fixed gear? You did say that money is no object, so why not spend as much as you would likely spend on converting and just buy something like an IRO or one of the BD bikes?
    That way you would have 2 functioning bikes for 2 separate purposes for the same coin. At least it makes a lot more sense to me that way.

    Ha I never said that money wasnt an object, I said that I'm not concerned about it at this point because I know what I'll need going in to this. Honestly, I dont want to buy something prebuilt because I want the satisfaction of doing this myself.

    Basically, just want to know if it's a crap frame or if i can build this baby to cruise around the city...

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    It is a crap frame that you can build to cruise around the city.


    ... if that is what you want to do.

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    150 pounds is kinda heavy for a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marino454 View Post
    Ha I never said that money wasnt an object, I said that I'm not concerned about it at this point because I know what I'll need going in to this.
    Really? But you don't know whether that's a crap frame or not?

    I know what you would need to get it from where it is to... I dunno, let's say Kilo quality.
    BB adapter: $30
    BB: $20
    Wheels/ tires/ tubes/ rim strips/ cog/ lockring (or freewheel): At least $150
    Cranks: $50
    Saddle: $20

    $270, modestly guessing, and it would still be janky. I think the seatpost is a weird Schwinn skinny size.

    I know it's probably not in the spirit of whoever gave that to you, but I'd flip it for $100-200 on CL or ebay. People pay way too much for those old Schwinns.
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    Thanks for all of the input...

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