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Old 10-26-19, 06:41 AM
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Schwinn with 5 speed hub

A friend of mine recently gave me a bike with a rear hub, that I had never seen. It is a Schwinn Cruiser bike, probably 1980's, with an " ATOM " hub, 5 speed with cable actuated drum brakes. The rear wheel is very heavy & it is very hard to seat the tire, without pinching the tube. I think that may be the reason he gave it to me !! He said that he blew out a tube inflating it, & now I have , too. Do these take a special size tire ??
When were these made and are the hubs anything special, or collectible ?
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It's probably not an internally geared hub but a drum brake hub with a threaded on 5-speed freewheel, used on the Schwinn Deluxe Twinn tandem. I had one. If that's what you have then, yes, it does take a special Schwinn-size rear tire. S-6 = 26 x 1 3/8 that is NOT the same size as a "normal" 26 x 1 3/8.

There was one for sale on CL here for $150 but I don't know if it ever sold. The bikes go for cheap. I sold mine for $125 but I've seen nice ones go for much more. Hubs and bikes were built in the '60s and '70s.

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Old 10-26-19, 07:29 PM
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Atom, aka "Maillard," aka "Normandy" was a French manufacturer of hubs, pedals, freewheels, etc. They made the ubiquitous "Schwinn Approved" hubs and freewheels for a wide range of Schwinn models. Most of them are decent, if not spectacular, quality. Some, like the Maillard Team-issue hubs are very nice indeed. They also made drum brake hubs for tandems and other applications.
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Old 10-27-19, 03:46 AM
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Hmm. The bike model is " Cruiser," & it has 26 x 1.95 tires on it, front & rear. Did they put the narrow S-6 tires on this ?? I don't see S-6 on the rim, but did see " Sun Products." The rim was covered in layers of duct tape which was a pain to remove. Maybe the previous owner used that to help hold the tire on. This bike may be a mixture of parts.
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Old 11-01-19, 08:42 AM
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I found it. It is a 1980 Schwinn Cruiser with Atom 5 spd hub & cable activated drum brake. It does have regular 26" balloon tires on it.

https://bikehistory.org/bikes/cruiser/
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Should be S-2 rim, takes a standard size 26/559 tires. Check sidewall to see what size diameter tire you are putting on. They do fit tight because the walls are a bit higher on non hooked rims.
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