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Old 03-09-16, 12:48 AM
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Just bought a Schwinn Crosscut - needs some work! Thoughts/Advice?

I just bought this 90/91 CrossCut. The seat it has came on the 1991, but the components are all mid-year 1990. It needs a good thorough cleaning, somewhat minor adjustments, and a new part or two.

Starting with the least important, the paint isnt so good - Id like to atleast touch it up in the places where its down to the bare frame. Is it possible to do without it looking worse? If so, what do you suggest I use/what has worked for you?

I cant get the front wheels QR to open. It only moves a quarter of the way - it seems too tight or just stuck i guess. What can I do about that? Thought of whacking it with a hammer, but thought id ask first lol

The wheels (i know close to nothing on this subject) - The front tire is 700x35, on a double walled Globe rim. The rear tire is 700x38, on a Weinmann (single walled?) rim. I dont think either are original, but i know it came new with 700x38. Should i put the same size up front? Also, what tire widths can i use - do they have to match up to the rim size, like a 700x35 rim cant accept smaller widths (or bigger?). Sorry if thats a dumb question.

The crank says "for narrow chain only" - I just bought a new KMC Z7 21spd touring - index chain (beforehand), will this not work? Its 1/2" by 3/32". I didnt really see other size options while looking for a 21spd chain.

I want to convert it to threadless and put a drop bar on it...The screw to loosen the stem wont budge - what can i do? Ofcourse, its possible im just weak, but if thats not the case...?

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Old 03-09-16, 01:26 AM
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That's a decent bike in my book. DB tubing and components equivalent to modern Tiagra/Deore.

Touch up the paint with Testors or something unless you want to go for a full repaint or powdercoat.

The chain you got is fine.

Stuck stems are the bane of C&V and you can find a lot of hints and tips by searching this forum using Google.

Catalogs say 90 had Wolbers, 91 had anodized Arayas. Don't worry about it unless it's a problem, I think! The wheels and tires are fine for going for a ride, if you want them to match and be nice you can replace them.
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Old 03-09-16, 04:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
That's a decent bike in my book. DB tubing and components equivalent to modern Tiagra/Deore.

Touch up the paint with Testors or something unless you want to go for a full repaint or powdercoat.

The chain you got is fine.

Stuck stems are the bane of C&V and you can find a lot of hints and tips by searching this forum using Google.

Catalogs say 90 had Wolbers, 91 had anodized Arayas. Don't worry about it unless it's a problem, I think! The wheels and tires are fine for going for a ride, if you want them to match and be nice you can replace them.
I agree with Darth Lefty. This is a pretty nice bike with double butted True Temper frame tubing and matching fork and decent components.

You could also try using finger nail polish to touch up the paint. Just be careful because it dries so quickly that it can look sloppy. Nail polish does come in more colors and may be more available in the stores you normally frequent than the testors paints. One other option is to wet sand all the nicks and chips with fine grain sand paper and then spray it with clear coat to prevent any rust. I use a product called Patina Preserver thats made by Eastwood as my clear coat.

If you feel like maybe you 're not strong enough to loosen the bolt for the quill stem you could always try using a longer lever to get more leverage. I find a breaker bar very handy in these situations. It also wouldn't hurt to flip the bike over and spray WD-40 or some other brand of penetrating oil into the bottom of the fork to help break things free.

Drop bar conversions on the other hand open up a whole new can of worms. A lot of what you can do depends on whether you have a 68mm or 73mm bottom bracket. Its hard to tell from the literature available online. But if you have a 73mm bottom bracket it kind of limits you to mountain bike groups and bar end shifters. If you have a 68mm bottom bracket you can pretty much do whatever you want. Check out the drop bar conversion thread in C&V.
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Old 03-09-16, 07:09 AM
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Lose the kickstand before it does more damage to your chainstay

90-91's had long top tube, better be able to reach if you drop bar it

use players to twist the plastic cap a little then you should be able to get the wheel off

looks like a nice one, ride it before you put any time into it to see if it fits you.

Chain is fine

I have one of those frames but it is big for me so just sits, they are well made and light.
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Old 03-09-16, 08:00 AM
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That QR is already open. Someone wasn't aware of the cam and just twisted the skewer tight.
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As everybody has mentioned- it's a good quality frame- lugged CrMo frame, stays and fork. The only problem you may run into is that the geometry could be a bit off. Schwinn intended their hybrids to be road bikes and mountain bikes. There's a give and take with that.

IMO- "street" tires (like you have on there) and that rack make it a completely useful bike-

One of my projects is putting trekking bars on my old Schwinn ATB. I know several bikes in the "cross" series came with trekking bars- an upright ride with tons of hand positions...
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I had the same bike a few yrs ago, I redid it but just didn't like the fit so it has moved along. I was able to fit 700x42 tires on it with no problems.

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Old 03-09-16, 09:16 AM
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Congrats on the purchase, @Hardrock23. I think you got a great bike to learn wrenching. Once you get it set up how you like, it will be a very versatile ride. Is there a bike coop in your area? They have a wealth of tools and expertise to get you started.

Those rims should easily be able to take a wide variety of tire widths. And if you want to go threadless, go for it, but there are plenty of drop bars available for that stem without the need for a converter, including in modern, shallow drop profiles.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Catalogs say 90 had Wolbers, 91 had anodized Arayas.
I have this same bike (a 91) and I was surprised to see that the rims didn't match either catalog year (gray anodized Sun Levanters). I guess the spec had some wiggle room in it.


Here's the craigslist ad photo. I think these were a Consumer Reports best buy, so that's why you see them pop up on CL a decent amount.

Mine also has some nasty paint scrapes from a bad lock job and scars from the kickstand. if you find a good match for the red, lemme know!

I had a stem bolt I couldn't turn with my multi-tool. So I bought a 1/4" drive socket wrench with a 10" handle along with a 6mm hex bit. That bit of extra leverage did the trick. If the bolt eventually loosens but the stem is still stuck, tap the head of the bolt with a hammer to break the expander wedge gripping the inside of the steerer free.

Good luck. I think you'll find it to be a nice rider.
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Originally Posted by Hardrock23 View Post
I just bought this 90/91 CrossCut. The seat it has came on the 1991, but the components are all mid-year 1990.
The F1xxxxx serial no. indicates the frame was built in June 1991, the 1961 badge no. indicates the bike was built on Monday July 15th, 1991. This would make it a 1991 model.
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I have this same bike (a 91) and I was surprised to see that the rims didn't match either catalog year (gray anodized Sun Levanters). I guess the spec had some wiggle room in it.


Here's the craigslist ad photo. I think these were a Consumer Reports best buy, so that's why you see them pop up on CL a decent amount.

Mine also has some nasty paint scrapes from a bad lock job and scars from the kickstand. if you find a good match for the red, lemme know!

I had a stem bolt I couldn't turn with my multi-tool. So I bought a 1/4" drive socket wrench with a 10" handle along with a 6mm hex bit. That bit of extra leverage did the trick. If the bolt eventually loosens but the stem is still stuck, tap the head of the bolt with a hammer to break the expander wedge gripping the inside of the steerer free.

Good luck. I think you'll find it to be a nice rider.
That's what wheels were on the one in my pictures when I got it, I think I switched them out before I sold it, don't remember why though.

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Hi,

Nice looking bike. It looks like it’s pretty clean. I like to use nail polish for quick touch ups. It dries quickly and if messy, it can be easily removed with a bit of lacquer thinner. Do a full service and tune it up. If you have a co-op nearby, these are a great resource for both training and tools. Make sure that the tires, tubes, cables and brakes are safe and ride the hell out of it. Don’t make it too nice or someone will neck it. You can replace or upgrade components as needed.

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Thanks for the info! One less thing i need to buy (chain).
The rear wheel has an incredibly bad wobble, the front is slight...still bad enough to not clear the brakes...still debating on getting a new one, set, or fixed...
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Thanks! The drop bar conversion threads are what made me want to do it. Theres a crosscut in the thread already (and more on google), so ill have to check back and see what he used.

Ill try a way with more leverage and/or penetrating oil, thanks!
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I twisted the cap, it fell off...the one under it wont budge either...lol guess ill wait for the co-op for that
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Yeah i think the 1993 crosscut came with trekking bars (glen bars). Its definitely an option. I just want something other than flats for comfort reasons.
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I have the threadless converter already, and the reach is just lightly longer on this stem than i prefer.
Good to know about the tire widths - i dont mind the 38's but i wanted to know my options when tire shopping, and so i can get two of the same size now.
I did find a close co-op a few weeks ago so ill be visiting them while trying to get this bike into what i want. Iv learned so much from this site already, including that there are such things as co-ops lol
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Thanks for the advice on the stem! Im still messing around with it tonight.
There were 3 of these, all red, and all the same price on my local CL this past week! I snagged the last one, which is in the worst condition from what i could see anyway...really hoping i can get it on the road soon!
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Sorry for the late replies! My interent has been down all day so im trying to do everything on my tiny phone. Thanks everyone for responding - As always, youre all so much help!
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