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Old 09-14-08, 10:17 AM
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Schwinn World Tourist '81?

Hello Bicycle Enthusiast!

I have a Schwinn World Tourist. Not sure of the year, but the markings on the fork say G0181. I'm told this means the frame was produced in Jan. 1981.

The rear wheel is bent so need replacement. Who knows the best place for me to get an inexpensive replacement? and will it be difficult to do the repair?

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Old 09-14-08, 11:14 AM
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Nice find. Although I cannot comment on the bike, here's what I can tell you for the repair. Craigslist is a nice place for a rear wheel. But your's doesn't seem that busted and could possibly be fixed. I can see the left crank is off the bottom bracket. Not enough details to tell why though. At best you need a new bolt, at worst you will need to change the bottom bracket and/or crank. All repairs are fairly easy with the proper tool and some knowledge. I'd highly suggest you look for a bicycle coop around your location. Check out universities. You can also possibly post an ad on craigslist for help; offer to barter some stuff (not cash) and I'm sure some bike aficionados will reply.
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Originally Posted by lsneedels View Post
Hello Bicycle Enthusiast!

I have a Schwinn World Tourist. Not sure of the year, but the markings on the fork say G0181. I'm told this means the frame was produced in Jan. 1981.

The rear wheel is bent so need replacement. Who knows the best place for me to get an inexpensive replacement? and will it be difficult to do the repair?

Thanks!
From what I can see, you have a 3-speed hub with a coaster brake. That makes it pretty expensive to replace the whole wheel- the hub by itself is about $60: http://www.bikepartsusa.com/bikeparts/item/01-993C3517

It's probably better to have a good mechanic rebuild the wheel with a new rim. This necessitates finding a mechanic who actually knows how to build wheels instead of just taking a wheel out of a box and bolting it to the bike.
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Old 09-15-08, 01:04 PM
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What are the size markings on the tires? Not sure about the Asian built Schwinns, but the Chicago built three speeds used a 26 x 1-3/8 or 1-3/4 wheel that is _NOT_ the same as current MTB 26" wheels...in fact it is closer to 700C than 26". If you have one of these, it may be tricky to a replacement rim the same size. If the tire width marking is fractional (1-3/8, 1-3/4) then you have the old oddball Schwinn 26" size. If it is decimal (1.6, 1.9 etc.) then you have the current MTB 26" size. If it is 27" that is better...while not exactly common, you can still find plenty of 27" rims.

I only know enough to know that Schwinns can have non-standard dimensions. Check the Vintage forum to find an expert.

Oh, if that is a Strumey Archer hub, beware. The Pre-1984 AW hubs (just learned this in the Utility forum) tended to pop out of third gear (as if the chain broke) under sustained hard pedaling. This will ruin your whole day. This may be why Raleigh and Schwinn geared them so tall....reduces input torque, and discourages use of third gear.
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