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    Fixin' To Die patthepunk's Avatar
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    Bike: in need of an idea!

    Hey, I have this Schwinn bike frame i got off an antique shop for 15 bux. Ive stripped every multi-speed item off the bike beside the rear gears. I want to make it in to a fixed gear, seeing that i already have a freewheel single speed built, so i'd like to mix it up a bit. Here are some pictures of it in it's current conditon.
    http://s948.photobucket.com/albums/a...1.jpg&newest=1
    http://s948.photobucket.com/albums/a...0.jpg&newest=1

    Heres what I currently ride....Nothing fancy, all DIY
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    I need some ideas for the Schwinn, help me out people!
    thanks

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    I don't know.... I suggest a saddle, chain, and brakes. Probably a bigger chainring. Looks like you need a new seat post.

    BTW, you paid too much for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by filtersweep View Post

    BTW, you paid too much for it.
    Just because he paid more than you would have paid does not mean it was over priced. Its worth what the potential buyer is willing to pay. Simple rule of resale.
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    You are entitled to your opinion. I would not have paid a single bux more than 14.

    Quote Originally Posted by teamontherun View Post
    Just because he paid more than you would have paid does not mean it was over priced. Its worth what the potential buyer is willing to pay. Simple rule of resale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patthepunk View Post
    I need some ideas for the Schwinn, help me out people!thanks
    1 piece - 3 piece crank adapter
    Track crank
    Track wheelset
    New seatpost
    Colored tires

    Could be a cool bike.

    I'd probably just build it back up into a road bike though.

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    I once found a red Schwinn Varsity frame that someone had left near the dumpster behind my work. At first, I was kinda stoked...until I picked it up and realized that the frame alone weighed more than my Kilo. I left it there to die.

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    It is a pretty heavy bike, but im not complaining. I think i may just buy a white rim wheel set w/ fixed cog, and mabey a paint job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    I once found a red Schwinn Varsity frame that someone had left near the dumpster behind my work. At first, I was kinda stoked...until I picked it up and realized that the frame alone weighed more than my Kilo. I left it there to die.
    For som reason I read this as Schwinn Traveler, which is what I have, and I was like holy **** is my bike really that heavy? But yeah those varsity and continental frames are anvils. My roomate has one and it's insanely heavy.

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    cruise fixedgeargallery.com for ideas.

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    hmmm......Royal Blue Frame, White Deep V at front, White disc wheel rear, Bullhorns + white tape, White saddle, chrome bars btw, chrome seatpost, chrome cranks, white chain, ur set =p. GO logoless to.
    Quote Originally Posted by Vixtor View Post
    Seriously, I wouldn't trust it at all.

    phatomfingers would be interested in this.

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    To the OP: Every thrift store bike can't be made into a "sweet fixie". It's just not possible. You will spend weeks if not months completing this project with a substantial cost of well over $15 to end up with a mediocre bike at best and an aborted project at worst. Actually, it looks like you already bought someone's aborted project.

    My idea (since you asked): Let it go. Take it to be recycled and save yourself weeks and months of searching for obscure parts and save your money for more worthwhile projects.

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    I'm with carleton.


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    did you poop on it? It would probably look better if you did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    To the OP: Every thrift store bike can't be made into a "sweet fixie". It's just not possible. You will spend weeks if not months completing this project with a substantial cost of well over $15 to end up with a mediocre bike at best and an aborted project at worst. Actually, it looks like you already bought someone's aborted project.

    My idea (since you asked): Let it go. Take it to be recycled and save yourself weeks and months of searching for obscure parts and save your money for more worthwhile projects.
    do it the cheap way and you have a sub par bike with used components and you'll spend close to $400 just to make it roadworthy. try to make a ballin fixie that all your friends will like and shoot for around $800 and only have a bike that looks cool but still won't ride as well as others. are you really interested in investing that kind of money into a $15 frame?

    or take the cheap way out and braze the freewheel and put a front brake on it.

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    Or throw it into the river.

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    Make a nice boat anchor or dumpster ornament out of it is a better idea? haha

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    Compared to your current ride, that frame looks a lot bigger, so if it's too big for you then it makes no sense to spend any money on it regardless.

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    Yeah i hear ya. Im only 17, and it would probebly cost me more money than id like to spend. But they frame is not too big for me, im 6'1'', haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    I once found a red Schwinn Varsity frame that someone had left near the dumpster behind my work. At first, I was kinda stoked...until I picked it up and realized that the frame alone weighed more than my Kilo. I left it there to die.
    In the early 80's, when I wasn't bashing my BMX bike, I used to steal my bro's 1976 Traveler and do mad wheelies all the way up our street. I also took it on some pretty nasty off road adventures well before the mountain bike proper had been invented. Around the time I graduated high school, ('87) I still had that bike, all original, and the wheels had never been trued. Sure, it was ridiculously heavy. But it was also nearly indestructible.

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    Did they make the Traveler in 76? I didn't know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patthepunk View Post
    Yeah i hear ya. Im only 17, and it would probebly cost me more money than id like to spend. But they frame is not too big for me, im 6'1'', haha.
    For one thing, you need a rear wheel and a saddle / seatpost. You are gonna be paying about 50-150 USD. Throw in 10-20 USD for a proper cog. I would put on clips and toe straps so that's 10-20 bucks there, too. Get brakes and that's 20 bucks for you. You might get em cheaper by begging and getting stuff used, but remember you have to get some tools, too. Getting a 15mm and a sprocket-lockring tool will set you back 40-50 bucks.

    Oh did we talk about skidding tire wear? Oh lawdie, there would be more spending there. Dude you are a teenager, you will be skidding like a juvenile that you are. Get some Rando's. That's like 20 bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBikeRollsOn View Post
    Did they make the Traveler in 76? I didn't know that.
    According to this website, yes. It may have been a '77 though, if that matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBikeRollsOn View Post
    Did they make the Traveler in 76? I didn't know that.
    Actually, they made it in 1975 also. I think that was the first year.

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    That bikes color reminded me of this ones. If I were you I would totally replicate this color scheme, it would look classy/sick as ****.

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    Get funky, with bicycles.

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    or you could do Like I and many other people did and go to drop $279 on a windsor hour, or something like that. I love my windsor =p
    Quote Originally Posted by Vixtor View Post
    Seriously, I wouldn't trust it at all.

    phatomfingers would be interested in this.

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