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1980's schwinn traveler III overhaul

Old 06-13-15, 10:33 PM
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1980's schwinn traveler III overhaul

hi guys i am getting ready to start an overhaul on a schwinn traveler III that i gave to a friend. it's a really nice bike with great paint and shifts through the gears really well already. i have yet to find the actual year it is. my plan is to video document the process of the overhaul to put on youtube so people can use it as a bit of a reference for their old schwinn road bikes. i will also take pictures to post here as well. if anyone has any good ideas to share on what i should focus on for the video please do so.
now for a little history on the bike. about 6 years ago i worked for the bank clearing out houses and doing maintenance. one day we got a job to tear down a shed on a vacant lot. when we got there we tore the doors off and peered inside. there was a lot of trash a lawn mower and a tarp. we started clearing the shed out to tear it down and finally got to the back where the tarp was. i grabbed the tarp pulled and uncovered this bike laying on it's side. WOOHOO!!! i said out loud. i grabbed the bike and put it into my truck. that night i put it in my basement and it had never seen the light of day until today. 6 long years( plus however many years it sat in that shed) later this bike will finally see the road again.




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Old 06-13-15, 11:14 PM
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Your bike is either a '78 Schwinn 1978 Cavalcade of Bicycles -- Traveler III
or a '79 in Pearl Blue Schwinn 1979 Bicycles And Accessories -- Traveler III

There's usually a small date code stamped into the Schwinn head tube badge. Use that to narrow it down. Schwinn Serial Numbers and Date Codes
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Old 06-14-15, 12:14 AM
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i believe you are correct on it being a 1978 the serial number is on the badge and reads as followed 0198. which would be January 19 1978 thank you for your help
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I would replace all of the ball bearings, cables, cable housings, rim strips, tires, tubes, and brake pads (you'll want KoolStops). Show the process of disassembly, cleaning, relubricating, reassembling, and readjusting. If the chain is heavily corroded or measures 12-1/6" or more across 24 half-links, replace it, as well.
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we have already ordered him new tires, tubes, brake pads (koolstops dual compound salmon) and cork handle bar tape. i think we are going to keep the cables because they are in great condition and if the bearings are as good as i'm hoping we'll use them as well. i know a lot of people probably advise against doing this but i (as well as him) like keeping the original parts as long as possible. my 1974 schwinn le tour still has all of it's original cables and bearings and that bike is amazing i have ridden it every where for 15 years now. but i will change them if they are beyond proper functionality. as for the chain what do you suggest replacing it with if it's unusable?

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hi guys here's a small update on the project so far. i have gotten through the front end and half way through the front rim. it's slow going as i have only been able to work on it for about 10-15 minutes a night.
please use this link ( schwinn traveler III overhaul part 1 - Album on Imgur ) to imgur to check out the pictures they are to large to upload here
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