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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 06-17-04, 12:07 AM   #1
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for schwinnbikelove:

and anyone else who loves classic schwinns...

this is the bike shop i work at...we have a forum too! (PLUG PLUG)

it's not fixed, and it's not even single speed, but it sure as hell is purty. i got this one ready for sale yesterday...tried to true the ancient steel wheels that use like, 12 gauge spokes, with a humongous drum brake...i put an actual motorcycle brake lever on it too...

i wrote the description, and in retrospect, should have taken more pictures, but meh...it's a hot bike!

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Old 06-17-04, 12:18 AM   #2
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I've worked on one of those before. I'll bet it's got that M*****f****** Shimano Positron crap too. Other than that they are nice.
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hehehehe.....yeah. positron all the way! it's actually not all that bad. it was a B**** to get into the stand though. thing weighs a ton, and i thought the rear wheel was going to break the truing stand when i put it in.
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hehehehe.....yeah. positron all the way! it's actually not all that bad. it was a B**** to get into the stand though. thing weighs a ton, and i thought the rear wheel was going to break the truing stand when i put it in.
The only other bicycle wheel I've played with that was heavier than the rear wheel of that Schwinn was the rear wheal of an old Auto-Bike (pre- Landrider POS) In hindsight the bike wasn't that heavy compared to a Royce Union dual susser (That friggin thing BROKE our scale)
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I think I like the rusty look. I'd stabilise the oxidation and clearcoat. Not seen around here. Some new design and a Breeze?.
Old one I'd pick up fersure.
Nice non-retrofit.

err. restoration.
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that bike has barely any rust on it as it is, the handlebars, maybe a little, and probably a little on the wheels. it's definitely old school schwinn, as it's got that seemless electroforged maintubes thing going on...it's so friggen hot.... $240+shipping and it's yours. although, i'd have to hate you forever if you bought it, because i'm hoping to make it mine by the end of the summer.

Raiyn: we have one of those auto-shift bikes in the warehouse as well...been there since before i started working there. i'm afraid to even touch it, it's so friggen gross. we also have an old gitane tandem road, and a restored pierce path racer with the original wood rims...it's hot ****.
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li count two, maybe three bikes in my entire store that are "walmart bikes." perhaps you refer to the mongoose MTB, and maybe the chrome mongoose ladies bike...the MTB? yeah...it's a walmart bike. but the other one was pretty high quality for back in the day. hmm..and the zephyr 24" mtb? ugh...i dunno. i have no control over what my boss buys for the shop, but he generally tries to not buy department store bikes.

take a better look around.
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Hey, thanks for lookin' out for me! A few years back (read: before my single speed obsession) I was seriously shopping around for that bike. Never found the right one though. Talk about a tank! Looks to be a good example.

Who said that thing is positron?!?!? DUH! That's just a regular one-piece crank up front.

I don't blame you for wanting to make it yours. That thing'll roll over anything!

Good luck with that.
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Nice bike. I remember when mountain bikes all pretty much looked like that.

Funny about the drum brake. A local mall has two bikes for the security guards. I think they're Worksman bikes, front and rear drum brakes, steel dimpled rims, 12 ga. spokes, MTB-like drivetrain, steel baskets. I'll bet those bikes weigh 60lbs each. It's strange, because the the mall isn't particulalrly large, and it's mostly vertically oriented. The guards tend to use golf carts to get around. I don't think I've never seen the bikes actually used. I've had the devilish thought of stealing them.
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The houston Zoo has a couple of trikes that look shockingly like worksman trikes but have a different brand name on them. I'm going to write it down next time I'm there I swear it. Anyway, 3 mag wheels, big ape hanger bars, giant rear baskets and apparently a coaster brake as 3 of the 4 I saw being ridden last time were missing the cable to the front brake. They're yellow and they just cruise the zoo in them delivering things here and there. Uber fly.
I sort of have a fascination with sturdy work bikes, and trikes for that matter.
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Who said that thing is positron?!?!? DUH! That's just a regular one-piece crank up front.



Good luck with that.
I know for a fact that thing is Positron. That model used a one piece crank with a freewheel. Shifting duties were handled by a stem mounted friction shift looking POSITRON shifter.

Positrons DID NOT always come with the FFS (Front Freewheel System) So DUH yourself.

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I've only seen them with an "S" shifter (chrome), and regular cable, but yeah, I guess I'm wrong. So, it has an alloy shifter with a wire instead of a cable?
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I've only seen them with an "S" shifter (chrome), and regular cable, but yeah, I guess I'm wrong. So, it has an alloy shifter with a wire instead of a cable?
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I've only seen them with an "S" shifter (chrome), and regular cable, but yeah, I guess I'm wrong. So, it has an alloy shifter with a wire instead of a cable?
it doesn't have the "S" shifter, but i have about a million of them lying around the warehouse, some singles (rear only), some doubles (front and rear), but it DOES use the wire instead of a cable.

my boss just bought a f*ck-tonne of old school schwinns. one that's been completely restored, and a bunch of the little girls cruisers, with the 20" rear and the 16"?? front? i'm getting a green one for my girlfriend soon...and yeah, they're the old school ones. mmm....soo nice... he brought them all to the shop tonight at like, 10pm, and it was like ****ing christmas. the masterpiece of his haul was an old cruiser tandem with the 2-speed kickback shifting + coaster brake in damn near perfect condition....that thing is SSSSAAAAWWEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!
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