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Old 04-01-12, 04:43 PM   #1
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Help with a Schwinn Traveller III rebuild

Let me start off by apologizing for the longish post. Iím rebuilding an old Schwinn Traveler III, Iíve had this bike since I was kid and Iíd like to rebuild it. Iím starting with just a frame and fork; everything else will be new. And, yes I know I can buy a better bike than this will ever be when finished for far cheaper, but thatís really not the point.

The plan is to make it a good utilitarian bike to rack up miles on. Iím trying to keep the look similar to how it was when I first bought it. So, Iím putting silver parts back on it like it had back in the day. So hereís what Iíve come up with:

Crank set Shimano 105 triple (5703) 172.5 arm length.

Bottom Bracket Shimano (M5700)

Front Hub Shimano 3n772 Dynomo hub 36h

Rims Mavic A719ís 700C

Saddle Brooks B17

Seat post Kalloy

Brakes Shimano 105 (BR-5700) front and rear

Brake Levers Shimano 105

Headset ???

Rear Derailleur ???

Rear Hub ???

Cassette ???

Chain ???

Front Derailleur Shimano 105 (FD-5703)

Stem TBD

Handle bar TBD

My questions:

Can an XT rear derailleur and cassette be used with the 105 crank set to gain lower (numerically higher) gear ratios? Do they use similar chains? On Shimanoís website it list two different chain part numbers. Iím not as young as I used to be and here in Vermont there are a lot of hills, so I figure I might need a bit more gear options to keep me from walking/pushing my bike up hill.

My seat post tube measures out at 26.2mm, does that mean I need a 26.2 seat post or a 26mm seat post to allow for slip fit?

The fork tube (Tube that comes up from the fork crown and goes through the head tube on the frame) measures out at 1 inch. The head tube (The tube on the frame that the fork pokes up thru measures out at 1.18 inches, so to me thatís a 1 inch head set, is that the case?

Iím converting from 27-inch wheels to 700c wheels; can anyone confirm that the Shimano 105 brakes will have enough adjustment to accommodate the new wheels on my frame?

Thanks in advance for any and all help.


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Old 04-01-12, 05:12 PM   #2
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Good luck with your build. I have a T III also. I bought it 3 years ago in all-original condition. Still had the knubbies on the stock tires (now rotten and cracked). Been replacing parts as they break.
Great riding bike. Have fun!
Don't know about the rest, but the wrench at my LBS indicated it had a 1" stem. He commented that it was a bit of an off-size.
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