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Old 04-07-15, 01:27 AM
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Restoring an old Schwinn World Sport.

I'd like to hear what people have experienced with vintage bikes and restoring process.

So i'm fairly new to this Forum and i guess you can say i fairly new to cycling? I've been riding a bike all my life but when i turned 19 one of my professors let me borrow a bike because i had no car. After she did that i rekindled my love for cycling and now at 23 i just started working at my LBS as a novice mech of course i will ask for their help to but it's a pretty busy bike shop so i feel this may be better tackled on my own or if i'm lucky enough that we get down time soon.

I have two vintage bikes, both inherited from my grandfather after passing. Schwinn World sport and Schwinn sprint. World sport is my focus now. Luckily he didn't ride and it was in his shade so rust is very minimal. Front derailleur is worse part though. I'm restoring for my mother for casual riding purposes. I'm trying to preserve the bike as much as possible but i don't mind putting new parts on like brakes or new wheels.

I will add pictures tomorrow as it's pretty late.
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I have a Black 25 in. frame World Sport that I think is an 84 model. I love this bike! I have ridden it many reliable years and this winter the salt and wet have necessitated that I strip it of its components and rebuild everything. While I have everything off of the frame I am thinking it is time for a repaint. I have not decided whether to have it painted (I don't know a bike painter) or have it powdercoated for 100.00. Last week I finally found on Ebay a set of the right style and color decals for it. It is just a matter of when I want to take it offline for awhile. I have a couple of bikes I got off of Craigs list that with a very minimal amount of work (mostly tubes, tires and brake/derrailleur adjustments) that will fill in the gap while my WS gets refinished.... The other bikes I picked up are all Schwinns. A Voyaguer 11.8, Traveller, and another WS. Love those Schwinns!!!!

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So is the WS you are restoring for your Mother a mens or ladies model?
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I'm going through a 23 inch '82 WS right now to try and flip and I have a 25 inch 1980 WS on my stationary trainer. The "flipper" was pretty clean when I got it but was missing the wheels and saddle........



The other is nearly it's identical twin but not nearly as nice cosmetically. Nice riding and solid old bikes for leisurely cruising, this one should be done this weekend I'll put up a pic when it is.
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Nice to meet you doc, welcome to the C/V hobby. I've been doing this since I was a kid in the late 60s. Great fun. I see you're already facing the preservation/ restoration/ customization thought process we all do with each new project. For me, I prefer projects where there is nothing much left to preserve so I can feel free to restore or customize as I wish. Junkers are my specialty, I enjoy the work. Post some pics of your projects when you have a chance. It's always fun to see what other C/V addicts are up to.
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My $5 World Sport

Originally Posted by Dr Burtwell View Post
I'd like to hear what people have experienced with vintage bikes and restoring process.

So i'm fairly new to this Forum and i guess you can say i fairly new to cycling? I've been riding a bike all my life but when i turned 19 one of my professors let me borrow a bike because i had no car. After she did that i rekindled my love for cycling and now at 23 i just started working at my LBS as a novice mech of course i will ask for their help to but it's a pretty busy bike shop so i feel this may be better tackled on my own or if i'm lucky enough that we get down time soon.

I have two vintage bikes, both inherited from my grandfather after passing. Schwinn World sport and Schwinn sprint. World sport is my focus now. Luckily he didn't ride and it was in his shade so rust is very minimal. Front derailleur is worse part though. I'm restoring for my mother for casual riding purposes. I'm trying to preserve the bike as much as possible but i don't mind putting new parts on like brakes or new wheels.

I will add pictures tomorrow as it's pretty late.
Everything including the paint came from the parts stash except the wheels and tires. Upright riding position for me due to spinal injuries. [IMG]https://bikeforums.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=443655

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Here's my '86 World Sport. I'm pretty sure that this World Sport is unique in having Campagnolo Mirage and Shimano Alivio components but I got a screaming deal on the crankset and it was black. What I discovered in using the bike as a commuter is that I can ride flat bars for about 45 minutes before my left hand goes numb, so I will be converting it back to drop bars with aero brake levers at some point.


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A few months ago I flipped an 89 WS- it had indexed stem shifters and was quite a competent bike for the price. Obviously not amazing, but even being low end it was overall nicer than offerings from Fuji's middle tier during the mid 80s.
My wife rides an 84 WS that I converted more upright with mountain bike bull bars and an rise stem. The frame, fork, wheelset, crank, and derailleurs are all original and are fantastic still.


Couple suggestions-
- EVAPORUST for any rusty components. Just toss them in a Tupperware container and cover the components completely for a handful of hours. The rust will be gone, unless its really bad, which just means you should wipe it hard with a towel and then drop it back in for another handful of hours. There are a lot of other products to get rid of rust. If the frame and fork have rust, you can soak paper towels in evaporust, wrap the frame/rust spots, and cover with a trash bag to keep it from drying out. The rust will be gone.
- The lawyer tabs on the front wheel can come off or stay on, its all just preference. If they are bent, its best to take them off because otherwise they can get in the way of spokes.
- Try to keep it period correct if at all possible. If you end up needing to get a new front derailleur, try to get one that's the same brand and look. A SunTour AR perhaps, if its early-mid 80s.
- Replacing the drop bars and seat post will lighten the weight, since these were typically steel. Used options are available all over the internet and at local bike collectives.


do research before making any change since each component comes in many sizes and have fun!
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Here's my '86 World Sport. I'm pretty sure that this World Sport is unique in having Campagnolo Mirage and Shimano Alivio components but I got a screaming deal on the crankset and it was black. What I discovered in using the bike as a commuter is that I can ride flat bars for about 45 minutes before my left hand goes numb, so I will be converting it back to drop bars with aero brake levers at some point.


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Get some MTB bar end extensions. You can get little ones-

That gives you at least 2 more hand positions.

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Wow i love all the Feedback i'm getting from everyone! Thanks! So i have the pictures. Btw the bikes you all have posted are beautiful. I'm not sure what direction i'm taking with this bike yet but we shall soon see.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5U...ew?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5U...ew?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5U...ew?usp=sharing (I hope this is just surface rust, this bike had a few spots that easily came off)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5U...ew?usp=sharing (This concerns me, it shifted fine when i rode it though.)
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https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5U...ew?usp=sharing (I hope this is just surface rust, this bike had a few spots that easily came off)
That may be rust residue from something else but the crank arm is aluminum so it's not rusted although it might have some staining underneath. If the crank arms are stained there is a paint called AlumaBlast that looks just like cast aluminum. I've used it to refinish stained aluminum intake manifolds, makes them look factory fresh and it holds up very well.


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https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5U...ew?usp=sharing (This concerns me, it shifted fine when i rode it though.)
That will clean up, a little oil in the pivots and it will be good as new.
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Originally Posted by Dr Burtwell View Post
Wow i love all the Feedback i'm getting from everyone! Thanks! So i have the pictures. Btw the bikes you all have posted are beautiful. I'm not sure what direction i'm taking with this bike yet but we shall soon see.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5U...ew?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5U...ew?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5U...ew?usp=sharing (I hope this is just surface rust, this bike had a few spots that easily came off)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5U...ew?usp=sharing (This concerns me, it shifted fine when i rode it though.)

The World Sport went through a couple of different iterations. You have one of the desirable model years for the World Sport.

I think that bike will clean up quite nicely.
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Along these lines, we have a couple bikes with mtb bars that have built in bar ends. One is a Scott AT-3 bar that came on a Scott mtb and the other is a GT brand bar. They are excellent for hand positions to accommodate upright riding.

These are the GT bars on a World Sport lightly sanded since they come black.
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Along these lines, we have a couple bikes with mtb bars that have built in bar ends. One is a Scott AT-3 bar that came on a Scott mtb and the other is a GT brand bar. They are excellent for hand positions to accommodate upright riding.

These are the GT bars on a World Sport lightly sanded since they come black.
Yeah i was thinking about putting a riser bar on it since my mom is about 47. So i figure it'll be less pressure on her back. I'm loving the feeling of getting into this bike and bringing it back to life. Though i am spending a lot of money on tools but hey it's a future investment! I'm looking to finish this by the end of the summer so once it cools down it'll be a good season to ride.
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Though i am spending a lot of money on tools but hey it's a future investment!
The tools will generally go unnoticed. After all, tools are used for fixing things around the house. Harder to explain is the inevitable graveyard of broken bikes and parts that accumulate over the years. No mater how many times you try to explain that it is not junk but really important stuff, you still always get that stare of incredulous disbelief.
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Yeah i was thinking about putting a riser bar on it since my mom is about 47. So i figure it'll be less pressure on her back. I'm loving the feeling of getting into this bike and bringing it back to life. Though i am spending a lot of money on tools but hey it's a future investment! I'm looking to finish this by the end of the summer so once it cools down it'll be a good season to ride.
Have you looked into trekking bars, inexpensive and lots of hand positions.
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The tools will generally go unnoticed. After all, tools are used for fixing things around the house. Harder to explain is the inevitable graveyard of broken bikes and parts that accumulate over the years. No mater how many times you try to explain that it is not junk but really important stuff, you still always get that stare of incredulous disbelief.
Huh? Are you saying that eventually i will get in over my head in bike parts and tools?
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Have you looked into trekking bars, inexpensive and lots of hand positions.
Oh the mustache handle bar? Yeah they're pretty cool but i hear they're heavy. Also my mom won't be riding that much. I'm not even sure she will be riding every week. She's not a cyclist lol she just will ride like every other weekend through a short bike path.
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A trekking bar is not a Mustache bar. Mustache bars are not especially heavy.

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Got mine finished this weekend, ready for CL. Rides nice enough that it's a good thing it's a size too small for me.





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Got mine finished this weekend, ready for CL. Rides nice enough that it's a good thing it's a size too small for me.






That is a beautiful looking bike. Enough so that you can forget that this isn't an upper tier offering. LOVE it!
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That is a beautiful looking bike. Enough so that you can forget that this isn't an upper tier offering. LOVE it!
Many thanks, I think it turned out pretty well for a gas pipe special LOL. I have it's taller twin on my trainer but it's no where near as nice, that's why it's on the trainer. Put it on CL a little bit ago, we'll see if the local market shares your exemplary taste in machinery.
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This is an '89 I got from CL. Cleaned or replaced every bearing in it including the freewheel and pedal bearings. I have upgraded the seat to a Selle Royal Contour covered in black leather since this picture was taken. It is a very nice rider and has some nice features.

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Very nice, the late 80's World Sports were SO much nicer. Unfortunately the few newer ones I have come across were pretty well trashed.
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Very nice, the late 80's World Sports were SO much nicer. Unfortunately the few newer ones I have come across were pretty well trashed.
They were really good bikes at a lower price point- and they got ridden.
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They were really good bikes at a lower price point- and they got ridden.
That's what I was thinking, the few times I've come across one my size it was pretty well used up. The older ones like mine seem to either have been pampered and rarely ridden or just plain neglected but rarely worn out. The one I just finished still had the original brake pads with almost no wear but they were hard as a rock and cracked almost all the way through the base.
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