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A 1985 Schwinn World Sport to inspire or infuriate

Old 08-08-22, 01:59 PM
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A 1985 Schwinn World Sport to inspire or infuriate

I fully understand that some people won't take kindly at the kind of bastardizing I inflicted on this poor Schwinn, but this "restoration" project was a lot of fun and a great learning experience for me as I progressed from barely knowing how to inflate a tire to tearing down and rebuilding the bike back, swapping and adding parts to transform the bike into a city bike/commuter. I think I might have bought the last VO Belville handlebars sold in America for this build because I had to search high and low for them, but they work really well for city riding and short-distance commuting.






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Old 08-08-22, 02:03 PM
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Looks to me like a great rebirth for a World Sport!
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Old 08-08-22, 02:07 PM
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Absolutely gorgeous! Well done!
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There are a ton of world sports out there, have at it. Looks terrific! What is the battery range?
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That's your first build? ******g awesome!!!
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You drewed the little buttons for the Schwinn front wheel "lawyer latches" from the fork blades?

KIDDING!

Awesome hack with the cargo strap, BTW. I use old tubes for bungees all the time, I just never thought of incorporating a QR buckle.

And now I see what can be done with a ridonkulously long Technomic stem. The Nishiki touring bike I picked up last month had one, with a flat bar, since replaced with a more stock SR road stem and rando bar. I've been wondering if anyone would ever want that giraffe of a stem, nice to see one in use.
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Bravo! Looks fantastic!
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Very Nice
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Old 08-08-22, 04:06 PM
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Cool paint.
And thanks for the hint on repurposing that pile of Fastex clips.
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That's looking really good!

There was a period there where Giant was making some really nice Schwinn-badged bikes. As others have said, the frames are worth the time and experimentation, but one needn't be too upset about making changes because they were plentiful. Sort of a happy-place in the spectrum.

Be careful with that modern rear quick release. The external cam style has lower clamping force than the older style internal cam. With horizontal dropouts, you're prone to pulling the wheel forward with low gearing and high torque application to the cranks, such as when pedaling uphill while out of the saddle.
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The World Sport is not sacred. Far from it. It was made well and the geometry was good. You took those good points and turned them into an awesome bike. Kudos. I don't recognize the fenders. Good job on the fender lines.

It looks like most of the parts and components cost more indificually than the frame itself. My type of bike! Yea, I'm like that.
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This is a great use for an 80s World Sport frame, with lots of conversation starting features.

I just rebuilt an 87 World Sport for my wife, but I just replaced the steel wheels and a few other components with alloy parts from the co-op, and then raised the drop bars a little. I'm trying to get her used to riding a road bike. But I was surprised how light and responsive the resulting bike was at a very low price point. I thought about entering it in the $100 clunker challenge, but then I put Paselas on it and that blew the budget.
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That's your first build? ******g awesome!!!
Seriously! That is a heck of a first run. Great work!
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Great job.
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Tastefully done, very nice !
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There are a ton of world sports out there, have at it. Looks terrific! What is the battery range?
25 miles approximately. It is small and light as these thing go so the whole bike setup is fairly nimble and i can run it at 40% power most of the time. This is definitely not the right system for a hardcore e-bike commuter but I like the no PAS, no throttle, no external controller, no display approach.
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Originally Posted by DiegoFrogs View Post
Be careful with that modern rear quick release. The external cam style has lower clamping force than the older style internal cam. With horizontal dropouts, you're prone to pulling the wheel forward with low gearing and high torque application to the cranks, such as when pedaling uphill while out of the saddle.
Yikes! Good to know. Is that a concern for the rear dropouts on this bike? They are not perfectly horizontal.
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Old 08-08-22, 09:52 PM
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Wow, that's amazing work! How inspiring! I love the bar end shifters. I had a Falcon with them but sold it off. Seems like a neat spot to put them.

And this is an e-bike with a front hub motor too? Wow, really something else. Awesome job.
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really love that color. nice tape job too!
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That is a terrific build! I’m sure it will prompt more than one of us to give a second glance at the next $40 World Sport that hits the local CL. I’m fairly bougie though so I would probably have to step up to a LeTour.
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You've taken a World Sport and made it world class. Bravo!

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Need I say more than has already been said? You hit it out of the park on this one, beautiful!
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That's very cool. Love the cockpit setup. Can you say some more about the 'E' setup? I'm trying to get my significant other to bike more, but it's very hilly where we live.... and she hates hills..... and prefers 'vintage' style bikes..... so I've been thinking of building up something with a little, er, 'assistance' on hand for her.
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Originally Posted by Froyd Stellar View Post
25 miles approximately. It is small and light as these thing go so the whole bike setup is fairly nimble and i can run it at 40% power most of the time. This is definitely not the right system for a hardcore e-bike commuter but I like the no PAS, no throttle, no external controller, no display approach.
I used to build electrics in a bike shop and test rode them of course. Fun to feel like superman for a bit!
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