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Old 08-11-06, 11:46 AM
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Schwinn blasphemy, or no such thing?

I got this 1962 Traveler for pretty cheap, and it works great. I think it's a tad small for me as far as reach since the bars sweep back so far. Would it be a huge sin to put different bars on, or maybe a new stem? I understand stems can be hard to find. I'm also toying with the idea of switching the SA hub to a new set of wheels, maybe 650Bs. Not just so I can get the cool-looking fatty rumpkin tires, but so I can find any tires at all (stupd heavy schwinn wheels). I guess I'm trying to get some ideas to mod the bike a bit! Other than those things, it works great, even the lights. it's only a traveler after all!
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Old 08-11-06, 12:21 PM
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If the modifications make sense to you (more comfortable, better gearing, better parts availability, lighter weight, safer, ...) go ahead and make them. After all, it's your bike.

It's a Traveler - a great bike with a wonderful history of solid, reliable service (not "only" a Traveler). My $.02.
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Old 08-11-06, 01:16 PM
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Yeah, got for it! But don't do anything irreversable and save the take off parts. The bike looks clean from what I can see and could become a desirable piece in your grand kids era.
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You might be able to move the seat on the rails so that its closer to the handle bars if I get what youre trying to say. A stem change could work to, one that doesnt extend so far forward. Or find some neat swept back handlebars. Aint nothing wrong with heavy stuff though, ride that around for a while and you'll get used to it. A light bike will just turn you into a sissy!
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I'd definitely save the parts I take off it. I'm thinking a Brooks would feel a lot nicer than the springy mattress seat on there now. As far as the reach, it seems too short - but it does look like I can move the seat back a bit, and switching the bars or stem would likely do the trick. I used to ride heavy bikes all the time, but then I did get a light bike, and indeed I feel sissified! (But they are nice for carrying up flights of stairs).
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I think it's a great idea. I'm playing around with the idea of taking an old Super Sport frame and making it a Traveler (cro-mo fillet brazed frame with alloy components, etc.) 'cause I'd like a townie and just because I think the early '60s Travelers have some of the best decals Schwinn ever used!

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So that's what that decal looks like. Mine's partially covered by a bike registration sticker from ages ago. Good luck with your project, sounds like fun!
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