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My version of a Schwinn Phantom in 1995

Old 05-08-18, 04:32 PM
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My version of a Schwinn Phantom in 1995






In 1998 I was in an animal warfare thrift store when I spotted this bike in the corner. They had 100 bucks on it which I thought was a fair price and I was helping preventing the put down of the animals.
I live on the side of a mountain and a single speed "Lead Sled" bike was just a little much for every day riding. I put the bike in my garage I left it there until 2015.
I was close to retirement and decided to see just what I could do to make the bike more ridable for an old phart like me.
A co-worker and good friend of mine had gone to Japan for training on how to hand make racing bikes,and had a collection of bikes for a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars.
He suggested I find an internal gear hub to make the bike more usable at our high altitude and mountains. I looked for months and months until I found one for sale in Japan. It would fit the frame and the spoke count perfectly. It would give the bike a seven speed gear selection.
I know there are those who would never do such a thing to the bike,but, I wanted to be able to ride it and not have a heart attack on the mountain roads.
Long story short, I learned how to string spokes in a hub from my friend and also true up the rim. I did my best to hide the control cable on the frame and it came out nice,sans the white ty-wraps holding the cable in place. ( have not any burgundy ty-waps yet) The coaster brake would stop a Semi-Truck.
The shifting is so smooth and quite if you did not feel the increase/decrease in pedal effort you'd never know you changed gears. I've been riding the bike along the Rio Grande river now and doing ten miles round trip and I have to say it is so much fun. I get a lot of questions on the bike and how I did the conversion.
At least the bike is now able to be used by me on our hills rather than just gathering dust in the corner.
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That is gorgeous! Good choice on the rear hub too.
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Awesome!
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Nice to have a retirement toy, isn't it? Good job on the hub swap.
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Nicely done!

multi-speed hubs are a great way to enjoy old balloon tires. I put a 3-speed coaster on a 1950's Schwinn Hornet (with a springer). Did lots of 30-40 mile rides when I lived down state.
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I was amazed how easy it rolled. The inertia once it is moving is easy to keep going. While I have not gone more than ten miles a pop so far, I'd like to someday.
My riding friends can't do more than that at this time.
By law we have to have a warning bell to warn Peds and other bikers while on the cities bike trails. I looked at many of the new and old school bells for sale and didn't care for the volume,tone, quality or jacked up price.
I lived in Germany as a kid and remember many of the bikers had really cool bells that you could hear far enough away to have time to get out of the way of the bike. I found one in Holland for sale the Chinese ones are just not the same tonal quality) that I remembered they were using back then. I ordered it after the seller send me a vid of its sound.It should match the Lead Sled well and keep the fun police off my butt.
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Originally Posted by Rapidrob
In 1998 I was in an animal warfare thrift store when I spotted this bike in the corner. ...
Animal warfare? Sounds like a Watership Down vs Warriors mashup. My daughters would have totally read that series in their pre-teen years. JK autocorrect is a funny thing sometimes.
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I love it, most bikes today got no style.
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