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Old 07-17-23, 10:50 PM
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Trail Mate is complete
Beautiful bike.

Did you plasma cut the sheet metal between the 2 top tubes? Looks clean.

The wheels look shallow. Are the original to the bike? Are they hooked for the tire bead?

The crank arms look flattened. Is that an optical illusion?

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Tires and wheels off a 1954 CCM, original Dunlop tire which look small for this bike we’re just to cool for me not to use. 2” in the rear and 1 3/4 up front. The crank arms are flat and original to the bike. They look great in real life.
As for the panel I got it cut with our laser table at my work. The CAD guys whipped it up for me😎 we cut it out of 18gauge satin coat metal but the flames were too floppy so we ended up using 1/4” aluminum plate

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Originally Posted by victorm
Tires and wheels off a 1954 CCM, original Dunlop tire which look small for this bike we’re just to cool for me not to use. 2” in the rear and 1 3/4 up front. The crank arms are flat and original to the bike. They look great in real life.
As for the panel I got it cut with our laser table at my work. The CAD guys whipped it up for me😎 we cut it out of 18gauge satin coat metal but the flames were too floppy so we ended up using 1/4” aluminum plate
It looks good.
Makes sense for the crank arms to be drawn into that profile. I just don’t know if I’ve ever seen those cranks before.
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Trail Mate is complete
Something is not quite copacetic there...
You have a Wald headset on a schwinn Ashtabula fork. I bet the crown race doesn't sit on the fork crown quite right and the top adjust cone race doesn't have a matching id to the forks od. It's off just a smidgen. so you're either too tight or a bit sloppy. no in between.

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Just bought this from a friend. 1970's Schwinn with a mix of parts - skinny tank fitted from a Columbia, seat from a 1990's big box bike, riser bars from a 1969 Stingray, 36T chainring for a cruisable gear for these old knees.







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Originally Posted by NYLowLife
Just bought this from a friend. 1970's Schwinn with a mix of parts - skinny tank fitted from a Columbia, seat from a 1990's big box bike, riser bars from a 1969 Stingray, 36T chainring for a cruisable gear for these old knees.



The skinny tank is a nice mod. I like it!
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Originally Posted by NYLowLife
Just bought this from a friend. 1970's Schwinn with a mix of parts - skinny tank fitted from a Columbia, seat from a 1990's big box bike, riser bars from a 1969 Stingray, 36T chainring for a cruisable gear for these old knees.
Love your bike, nice.
It's a 90's model. Yes I'm sure, but that's not a bad thing. The 90's schwinns ride better than the older electroforged frames.
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Had to turn around this time, rain flooded the trail pretty good, back open today. Great weather 70° F 40 % humidity.
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Hurley Hydrous 27.5 Cruiser,... Needs a kickstand, maybe/not fenders. Great little, mod'able single speed.

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tds101 Is that in NY? I'm in NY and like to ride in dead-end places myself....
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tds101 Is that in NY? I'm in NY and like to ride in dead-end places myself....
Mastic Beach, Long Island, NY. PM me if you need more info,...
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Mastic Beach, Long Island, NY. PM me if you need more info,...
Thanks, will do, I’m on errands atm.
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I picked this up a few weeks ago at an estate sale. I'm told its likely a '49 or '50 model, (Columbia). .
Its mostly original parts wise besides the seat and maybe a newer front sprocket.
I re-greased the cranks, hubs, and headset and it rides great as shown.
The tires need some attention as they're loosing bits of tread here and there from age but I hate to lose that original look with those huge round, wide original tires. Newer tires just don't look the same on these old bikes.

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Originally Posted by missingspoke
The tires need some attention as they're loosing bits of tread here and there from age but I hate to lose that original look with those huge round, wide original tires. Newer tires just don't look the same on these old bikes.
Nice find! Here is a link to some 26 x 2.3 tires that may give you the look and feel that you want:
https://www.biketiresdirect.com/prod...ser-urban-tire
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Originally Posted by missingspoke
I picked this up a few weeks ago at an estate sale. I'm told its likely a '49 or '50 model, (Columbia). .
Its mostly original parts wise besides the seat and maybe a newer front sprocket.
I re-greased the cranks, hubs, and headset and it rides great as shown.
The tires need some attention as they're loosing bits of tread here and there from age but I hate to lose that original look with those huge round, wide original tires. Newer tires just don't look the same on these old bikes.

Check the ISO of your original tires before ordering new ones.

ETA. Beautiful bike.
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Nice find! Here is a link to some 26 x 2.3 tires that may give you the look and feel that you want:
https://www.biketiresdirect.com/prod...ser-urban-tire
I like the look of those but I may try to fit a pair of Sandy Beach 26x2.5" tires on it. I saw a guy with a pair on an mid 40's Murray and they fit well and looked the part.
They didn't look much bigger than the original Carlisle tires on this bike.
When I do that I may respoke the wheels too, the original spokes are looking a bit rough, a few are seized and can't be adjusted.
I've also been thinking about building the wheels with larger diameter spokes, like the same year newsboy models, but haven't decided on that one yet. I even have a correct era hub drilled for the larger spokes, and a spare set of painted black rims too. That way I could put the originals away for safe keeping and ride on the set best suited for a bigger rider like myself.
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'85 Nishiki Pacific Coaster Brake model

All original except for the rear hub which I upgraded to a Bendix RB2 when the spoke flanges broke loose of the hub body on the original Shimano clone hub.


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Bad pic but just got and hoses the layers of dust off.

1988 General Catalina Cruiser 26” coaster brake model.

Snagged off the scrappers truck for a few bucks. Even has the shop sticker from the local bike shop which has been in business forever.
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Bad pic but just got and hoses the layers of dust off.

1988 General Catalina Cruiser 26” coaster brake model.
Looking forward to the "after" pictures.
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Finally got it rolling for a test cruise around the neighborhood. Not bad. Will be replacing the wheels, saddle, post and handlebar with parts which don’t belong to other projects!

1988 General Catalina which was sold by the 50+ LBS here and still in business!
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through on some new rubber and bars look pretty good
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First eye on your plate graphics…. Awesome!

details?
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through on some new rubber and bars look pretty good
It's a really cool bike. I see you changed rims since I last saw it, is it now a fixed gear?
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow

1988 General Catalina which was sold by the 50+ LBS here and still in business!
You got that bike looking good. Nice save. I like the tires. They look like Schwinn Westwind tires that I have on my Cruiser that are from the 80's and need to be replaced. What are they?
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