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Old 06-13-05, 04:47 PM
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Where to get parts online for a Schwinn Sidewinder?

I have a Schwinn Sidewinder that's in a state of disrepair and I need to get it ready for college. I've been googling for online parts stores but I can't find one that sells parts for my Schwinn Sidewinder. I need cables, innertubes, and a seat. Any suggestions?

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Old 06-13-05, 09:57 PM
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Cables, tubes, and seats are pretty standard parts. You most likely don't need Schwinn specific parts (actually, you're better off without them).

Of course, check you local bike shop for stuff and guidance. Online, check Jenson USA, Bike Nashbar, Performance Bike, Colorado Cyclist, etc.

Cables come in brake and derailleur sizes, usually with both end types (cut off the one you don't need). The cables and housings are cut to fit.

Most MTB tires are 26 inch, just make sure the width is close.

Most seats attach with two parallel bars, its pretty standard.

Find a bike shop around you so you can browse the items in person and talk to someone. Prices may be decent enough (cables and tubes are cheap, seats you should probably feel and look at before buying anyways).
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I also have a Schwinn Sidewinder. Mine is in great shape, but anytime I need anything, such as parts, etc., I go to my LBS. There's really no reason to try to keep the original Schwinn parts, unless you're going for a collector bike someday way down the road.
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To the OP-you're not going to save any money on small items such as the ones you need once you factor in shipping.
To Dynamic, there's no way a Pacific with the Schwinn name on it that was sold by the millions is ever going to be remotely collectible.
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Originally Posted by Waldo
To the OP-you're not going to save any money on small items such as the ones you need once you factor in shipping.
To Dynamic, there's no way a Pacific with the Schwinn name on it that was sold by the millions is ever going to be remotely collectible.
My Sidewinder is a Chinese bike, but it's one of the old school, hardtail, no suspension, sold in a bike shop, early to mid 90's Schwinns. But, I agree....they are never going to be collectible. Of course, I wouldn't think that about my '73 Schwinn Breeze either, and enter the cruiser craze and EBay bidders paying over $200 for some of them! Oy Vey!
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Old 05-15-06, 07:56 PM
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Are they decent cheap bikes?
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The Schwinn Sidewinder model name goes all the way back to the very early '80's, one of the first production mountain bikes. The early ones were kind of an enlarged BMX bike, but they do have a cool look. I almost bought one the other day at a pawn shop, if for no other reason than to get the super-cool, gigantic whitewall knobby tires it had on it. But apparently, the owner of this particular shop did think this bike was a collector's item, judging by what he wanted for it.
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Bicycle parts aren't model spefic as much as appliances and automobiles. Since this Schwinn is a newer, Chinese made POS, it should have standred parts that are available at most bike shops and online retailers.
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Speaking Schwinn Chinese PsOS, there's some excitement on the SS/Fixie Forum over a new Schwinn lightweight single speed with retro decals. In the picture, the rear brake cable is drooping below the top tube like it was assembled ar Walmart.
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Just to Clarify....

Just to clarify....my mid 90's ('94) Schwinn Sidewinder is NOT a POS, as the early 80's Sidewinder is not a POS, either. I purchased it, new, in a bike shop. While it was sold as an MTB, as it states on the bike, the old school MTB geometry, with no suspension, is more representative of what most refer to as a "comfort," bike today. It sports a solidly built, Hi-Ten Steel frame, and it will probably go for another 20 years. It has lower-end, but decent, obviously long lasting components, i.e. Shimano SIS. It still looks fabulous, with only minor scratches from multiple moves I have made over the years, and is strong enough and heavy enough to pull two small children in a Chariot Caddie bike trailer, without strain or difficulty. I think we need to be careful when we quickly label someone else's bike as a POS, especially when we do not own or have extensive experience with the bike. My Sidewinder has served me VERY well over the past 12 years, and I would never consider it a POS, and I do resent it when someone else labels it as such.
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If it needs the level of work that the OP stated, it is currently a POS.
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Originally Posted by DieselDan
If it needs the level of work that the OP stated, it is currently a POS.
I'd say it's just a bike that needs cables, tubes, and a saddle.
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Originally Posted by well biked
I'd say it's just a bike that needs cables, tubes, and a saddle.
That sounds more like an appropriate assessment of the problem.
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Some late-'90's Schwinn mountain bikes had an unusual wheel & tire size. squeakygeek, if you look at the sidwalls of your tires, is there a notation such as 559 - 48? The 559 is the bead-seat diameter of "normal" mountain-bike tires and rims, so if you see that, that's a good sign.

If you find 584 instead, that's the oddball one, but your local shop can get you basic plain-vanilla tires that'll fit those rims too. The oddball ones were also often marked 26 x 1½, where the ½ was your clue that it was the odd one, even though mathematically it's the same thing as 1.50.
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No one seems to have caught on to the fact that this was posted nearly one year ago.

mechBgon, those oddball tires you referenced were an eighties thing.
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Originally Posted by Waldo
No one seems to have caught on to the fact that this was posted nearly one year ago.

mechBgon, those oddball tires you referenced were an eighties thing.
Ahh, good catch. But the oddball tires I'm talking about were a '90s thing, and I would know... I worked in three Schwinn shops in that timeframe, so I had to deal with it all the time. In addition to the OTHER oddball tires that I think you're referring to
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