Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 26
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    43
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Picked up an old Schwinn Traveler, need some help picking out parts for singlespeed.

    Just picked up this bike for 10 bucks on craigslist. Its in pretty good shape, frame and wheels are solid (just need some cleaning/paint!). First off I just want to get it rolling. I want to get new tire, cranks, chainwheel, chain and a single speed freewheel. I guess I'm gonna want a new seat, front brakes and pedals too.

    Can anyone recommend a solid setup that will fit this bike and maybe a site where I can order everything? I'm not sure what year it is. I'm just looking for a good parts list that will get me an install w/o chainline problems...I see a lot of Schwinn Travelers being converted over so parts should be east. Can't wait to start building this thing!

    Here are some pics of it:






  2. #2
    Senior Member TheBikeRollsOn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    1,301
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just go ahead and get a new wheelset with a flip flop rear hub.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    43
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I was thinking of that but these original wheels are in great shape, they are true and spokes are in good shape. im trying not to put a lot of money into this...i have a jamis mountain bike that is my money pit

    If I can get away with just throwing on a single speed freewheel on the existing wheels that would be great.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    264
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I hate to break it to you but that bike has been wrecked. I don't think it is an optical illusion that the fork is completely wonky.

  5. #5
    Rustbelt Rider mkeller234's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Canton, OH
    My Bikes
    1990 Trek 1420 - 1978 Raleigh Professional - 1973 Schwinn Collegiate - 1974 Schwinn Suburban
    Posts
    8,265
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yeah, I think I see it too. Check for bulges in the frame behind the head lugs to make sure the frame is ok.
    |^^^^^^^^^^^^^^| ||
    |......GO.BROWNS........| ||'|";, ___.
    |_..._..._______===|=||_|__|..., ] -
    "(@)'(@)"""''"**|(@)(@)*****''(@)

  6. #6
    Senior Member shecky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Home of the Homeless
    My Bikes
    Rustbuckets, the lot of them.
    Posts
    610
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by tommyortom View Post
    If I can get away with just throwing on a single speed freewheel on the existing wheels that would be great.
    If you really don't want to spend money, use the freewheel that's on there. You might need to put a washer or two on the crank between the sprocket and bearing race, to get a good chainline, if the shifted crank can be accommodated by the frame/crank threads on the other side.

    You can try using a ss freewheel. Chainline issues might pop up again. Sometimes these things turn into headaches.

    The fork may be bent. As long as there are no kinks or cracks in the steel, you can try bending it back.

    Dig up a rear caliper somewhere. Lube it up. Ready to go.

  7. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    43
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    hhmmm...didnt think there was any major damage to the thing. here are some more pictures, not sure if these help. i looked over the frame again and didnt see any problems.




  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    43
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i assumed someone could recommend a crank/chainring and singlespeed freewheel setup that would work well on this frame since ive seen a lot of schwinn travelers that have been converted. still waiting to hear what people say about the fork/frame being bent...looked ok to me.

  9. #9
    Senior Member jet sanchEz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    7,441
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Fork is fine, the first picture just made it look bent.

    Just put some brakes on it, shorten the chain and ride it as it is. Don't put any money into it all, it ain't gonna be worth it in the end.

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    43
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
    Fork is fine, the first picture just made it look bent.

    Just put some brakes on it, shorten the chain and ride it as it is. Don't put any money into it all, it ain't gonna be worth it in the end.
    yeah i checked the bike over real well when i bought it...made sure i had at least a decent frame and wheels. it was only 10 bucks anyways for the bike. i dont plan on putting too much into it...maybe $150 bucks. my jamis mtn bike is my real money pit this summer.

    just really looking for a decent crank and SS freewheel setup that should fit this easily...

  11. #11
    Survival of the Fitest TheDL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    PDX
    My Bikes
    198? Univega Custom Maxima, 2009 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno
    Posts
    1,559
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I think a new chain is in order too. It looks like one solid crank on that puppy and it'd turn to dust.
    ...take your protein pills and put your helmet on...
    2009 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, 1983 Univega Nuovo Sport, GT Team LOTTO
    Looking for GT Course ~ 58cm PM Me!

  12. #12
    Senior Member shecky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Home of the Homeless
    My Bikes
    Rustbuckets, the lot of them.
    Posts
    610
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by tommyortom View Post
    just really looking for a decent crank and SS freewheel setup that should fit this easily...
    If you wish, go for it. Certainly doable.

    I wouldn't bother with a new crank. It'll likely cause some headache, cost you at least $50 (crank arms, funky BB/adapter, chainwheel), you'll still have to deal with chainline issues and all you'll get is a loss of about one pound. Those old Schwinn one piece cranks pretty much never go bad. They just work.

    The ss freewheel will look nicer, for sure. They don't usually cost too much. 16t is probably the smallest you'll be able to use, if that suits your gearing needs with your existing sprocket.

    Definitely get a new chain. Any will do, even the cheap Walmart clamshell packed ones. Even if you do nothing else but get a new chain and brake, you'll end up with a bike that will last forever with minimal maintenance.

  13. #13
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    43
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by shecky View Post
    If you wish, go for it. Certainly doable.

    I wouldn't bother with a new crank. It'll likely cause some headache, cost you at least $50 (crank arms, funky BB/adapter, chainwheel), you'll still have to deal with chainline issues and all you'll get is a loss of about one pound. Those old Schwinn one piece cranks pretty much never go bad. They just work.

    The ss freewheel will look nicer, for sure. They don't usually cost too much. 16t is probably the smallest you'll be able to use, if that suits your gearing needs with your existing sprocket.

    Definitely get a new chain. Any will do, even the cheap Walmart clamshell packed ones. Even if you do nothing else but get a new chain and brake, you'll end up with a bike that will last forever with minimal maintenance.
    well if i can get away with using the existing crank ill do that. ill need a new chainwheel...that one on there is a 39t. do they make chainwheels that will fit onto that style crank? i would just like to put a good set of new parts on this thing though...nothing top end, just good enough to ride around. im looking to spend 150-200 most likely. (freewheel, crank/bb, chainring, pedals, brakes, seat.)

    anyone happen to know what year this bike is? might help me hunt down some people with the same bike who have done a conversion. i just want to make sure i can get my chainline good.

  14. #14
    Team Water Andy_K's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Beaverton, OR
    My Bikes
    2013 Kona Jake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 1999 Kona Muni Mula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker
    Posts
    6,854
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Looks like an ashtabula crank. You can get a new chainring ridiculously cheap here:

    http://www.niagaracycle.com/index.ph...er_id=&sort=3a

    Any of the ones marked "OPC" or "1 piece" should work. For help taking it apart, look here:

    http://sheldonbrown.com/opc.html

    On the other hand, if you want a new crankset, you can get an adapter for the bottom bracket (http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=14342) so that it'll take a standard English bottom bracket. If you do that, you'll also need different pedals. Then for a cheap crankset, you could try this one on eBay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ORIGIN-8-TRACK-C...ts_Accessories

    If you intend to use the existing wheels, your best bet is probably to put on a freewheel and measure to see what the chainline is, then get a bottom bracket to match it. The length you need will depend on your measurement.

    Otherwise you'll need to respace and redish them to get the right chainline. If you go that way, any bottom bracket length will do, though shorter will be better. I'd want to go with a 103mm bottom bracket, since that will likely (depending on the cranks you choose) give you the right chainline for standard wheels if you decide to upgrade in the future.

    For more help, look here:

    http://sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conversion.html

  15. #15
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    43
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
    Looks like an ashtabula crank. You can get a new chainring ridiculously cheap here:

    http://www.niagaracycle.com/index.ph...er_id=&sort=3a

    Any of the ones marked "OPC" or "1 piece" should work. For help taking it apart, look here:

    http://sheldonbrown.com/opc.html

    On the other hand, if you want a new crankset, you can get an adapter for the bottom bracket (http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=14342) so that it'll take a standard English bottom bracket. If you do that, you'll also need different pedals. Then for a cheap crankset, you could try this one on eBay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ORIGIN-8-TRACK-C...ts_Accessories

    If you intend to use the existing wheels, your best bet is probably to put on a freewheel and measure to see what the chainline is, then get a bottom bracket to match it. The length you need will depend on your measurement.

    Otherwise you'll need to respace and redish them to get the right chainline. If you go that way, any bottom bracket length will do, though shorter will be better. I'd want to go with a 103mm bottom bracket, since that will likely (depending on the cranks you choose) give you the right chainline for standard wheels if you decide to upgrade in the future.

    For more help, look here:

    http://sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conversion.html
    Well I'm going to pickup a new larger chainring for the 1 piece crank and see if I can get that to work. Local bike shop said they had them in stock and hopefully I can get the chainline issue resolved there....

  16. #16
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    43
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    anyone know what chainring this is? looking for some other options other than the generic $10 chrome star looking ones.


  17. #17
    mediocre member djeucalyptus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    nuevo mexico
    Posts
    208
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by tommyortom View Post
    anyone know what chainring this is? looking for some other options other than the generic $10 chrome star looking ones.
    looks like an older profile chainwheel (or knockoff). and for that crank, you'll be lookin for a "chainwheel" and not a chainring. Browse some of the bmx sites like Dan'sComp to check out choices.
    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    This is the internet dude. You're free to be an asshat.

  18. #18
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    43
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)


    well here it is. picked up all the parts for pretty cheap from a local shop. threw a redline bmx 44t chainwheel on for $15, picked up a specialized seat for $20. picked up some new tires as well. just need to figure out what im going to do with the brakes and bar wrap.

  19. #19
    Senior Member etothepii's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    183
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It's a SS, right? I'd go with white bar wrap and a fairly standard road bike brake set up, with black hoods. Can you do anything about the reflective tape?

    Very nice looking, overall. Love the budget!!!
    "I'm a loner Dottie, a rebel."

    '80's Raleigh Technium 440 fixed/SS conversion
    KHS mountain bike
    2005 Trek 2100

  20. #20
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    43
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i was going to ask about a recommendation for a decent front brake. i have the stock ones that came off of it but i think they are shot.

    as soon as i go home to get my heat *** i am going to strip all of the stickers. i will probably sandblast and repaint the frame in the fall when i have access to a ***/booth at school.

    i have some mongoose bmx pedals that i think will fit those 1 piece cranks and replace the original pedals...they are rusted through in some spots.

  21. #21
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    43
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    and yes its just a single speed....17t freewheel and 44t chainring.

  22. #22
    Senior Member jamesj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Arizona
    My Bikes
    1988 Raleigh Sport, 2006 Paul Frank Cruiser
    Posts
    741
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    you should check out this thread.

    Finally! ('72 Schwinn World Traveler)

  23. #23
    Senior Member etothepii's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    183
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by tommyortom View Post
    i was going to ask about a recommendation for a decent front brake. i have the stock ones that came off of it but i think they are shot.

    as soon as i go home to get my heat *** i am going to strip all of the stickers. i will probably sandblast and repaint the frame in the fall when i have access to a ***/booth at school.

    i have some mongoose bmx pedals that i think will fit those 1 piece cranks and replace the original pedals...they are rusted through in some spots.
    I actually love the original paint -- nicks and all. I be you could find some decent Tektros on ebay that some roadie took off his bike in an upgrade, or something. I found a parts bike at a yard sale for $25 that had Shimano 600 brakes. You never know what you might come across.

    Anyway, ride the heck out of that thing!!!
    "I'm a loner Dottie, a rebel."

    '80's Raleigh Technium 440 fixed/SS conversion
    KHS mountain bike
    2005 Trek 2100

  24. #24
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    43
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by etothepii View Post
    I actually love the original paint -- nicks and all. I be you could find some decent Tektros on ebay that some roadie took off his bike in an upgrade, or something. I found a parts bike at a yard sale for $25 that had Shimano 600 brakes. You never know what you might come across.

    Anyway, ride the heck out of that thing!!!
    paint isnt too bad actually...but i like painting things haha.

    with these old steel frames i read that sandblasting can damage the frame sometimes? i have a sandblaster and home, is there a safe thing to use that wont hurt the steel?

    if not i think i cant just take a wire wheel to it and that should work..

  25. #25
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    43
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    forgot that I had this Ross womens bike laying around. Grabbed the Shimano front brakes and some chrome handlebars off of it as well as a cable and had a BMX lever laying around that fit on the bars. works great! just gotta wrap the handlebars and this thing is done.


Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •