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Old 12-05-08, 06:35 AM   #1
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Schwinn Traveler

Here is my finished paint job on my conversion. I like it.

Before (you might be able to see the color of the original paint near the BB)

Now (still needs a new seat)
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Old 12-05-08, 07:42 AM   #2
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Looks pretty good! I normally post over on C&V, but I've done some SS/FG conversions. I had and sold a '78 Traveler III that was really nice IMO . The earlier Travelers had clamp-on cable stops and guides, which helped with a clean look.

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Old 12-05-08, 07:50 AM   #3
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nice-

what year traveler is it?

mine is form 83' i think- was it this styled one?

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Old 12-05-08, 08:54 AM   #4
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Massive improvement!
Looks real good. Love the chop/flop over those risers!
You should do some black outlining on the lugs...that would make it even better.
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I am not sure of the year, all that I could see was a Chicago stamp on the headtube but it also said made in Taiwan near the BB. It looks similar to sprays but I can't be sure. I also ground off the cable guides. The original color was a maroon red type color, with maybe a hint of pink. The steel is 4130, probably very common for all of these. It said traveler on the top tube and schwinn on the downtube. I am not sure if that helps. It rides great, although much more flexy than my Soma Rush. ALso, when I ride, the front rim looks like it is tilted to the left slightly. Either the forks is slightly bent or the wheel is not dished properly is my guess.
I still need to clean up the seatpost as some spraypaint found its way there.
I really like the new look of the chop and flops as well. At this point, I am much more used to riding in an aggressive position, been riding about a year now.
I thought about outlining the lugs, but am not sure what to use, plus now there is a layer of clearcoat over it all so that might not work.
Thanks a lot for the comments, I know that conversions get a lot of s4*7 here.

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Sheldon talked about using white out to outline lugs on one of his rides...over top of the clear coat.
I was thinking about using nail polish on one of mine...the small brush and hard acrylic I think would work well.
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Hmmm, I have white out right here and some free time in a few hours... Has anyone here done this?
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I've painted my lugs completely, not just an outline. I used Testor's model paint, and did it under the clear coat. (Is there a reason to do it over the clear coat?)

White-out is just a terrible idea. You need some sort of enamel paint.
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Yeah, I spent a lot of time doing it semi right, so I think I will leave it.
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Hmmm, I have white out right here and some free time in a few hours... Has anyone here done this?
My first conversion, also a traveler, also painted green with panels, but with white out lug lining (I used the whiteout pen). You can also get duplicolor touch up pens in lots of colors which might work even better.

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I actually have another identical schwinn traveler to the one I normally ride

but the paint wasnt in as great condition- so I decided to strip it clean, and shave it clean-

and repainted it with a fade paintjob- rustoleum watermelon pink with flat black:





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Nice bikes. Not goinng to go with the outlined lugs at this time though, maybe later.
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i have 2 low end Taiwanese schwinn frames, one is my fixed beater, the other i lent to my friend who totaled his last bike. while not the stiffest or lightest bikes out there, you can't deny that they have a very comfy ride when fit right. even better is that my beater used to be my dad's old road bike. he was about to throw both of them away (one his, one my mom's) and i told him id "fix them". little did he know...
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