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Schwinn Continental: what is this thing?

Old 09-15-09, 04:30 PM
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Schwinn Continental: what is this thing?

some type of old computer or speedo thing? There was a small metal piece attached to one of the spokes as well. I did dome digging but could not find any pics of anything that matched this.
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Old 09-15-09, 04:33 PM
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okay I left the picture out, here it is:
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Old 09-15-09, 04:37 PM
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OMG. Its an odometer. Counts your mileage. Very common on older bikes.
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OMG. Its an odometer. Counts your mileage. Very common on older bikes.
Noisey too with the piece on the spoke hitting the counter every revolution.
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Nice...very common back in the 60's and early 70's. I have a couple of NOS ones.

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Old 09-15-09, 07:25 PM
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I see, the little metal thing was still on the wheel but the piece attached to the hub is just an empty shell. I guess it broke and dumped its guts somewhere.
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Yeah I had one on my Fuji S-10-S in the late '70s.

tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-...
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Kid I knew growing up had a Schwinn single-gear bike. It was around 1967. And it had one of those mounted down the fork. I remember learning some new swears from watching his Dad trying to install it.
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Old 09-15-09, 09:36 PM
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I have a Viscount in the garage with an old mechanical odometer. They lasted about 6 blocks before something went out of adjustment & disemboweled the workings.
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Originally Posted by mcgreivey View Post
Yeah I had one on my Fuji S-10-S in the late '70s.

tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-...
without an Mp3 player? OMG the 70s were the bomb!

Edgar Allen Poe...tick...tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick

ARRRGGH! driving me nuts!
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I had two of those mounted on bikes I sold, both low end -- a Sears and a Hercules. I was too lazy to remove them before the sale. I wish I had.
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Came on my '68 Racer (along with a 2 speed kickback hub!) Works perfectly!










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Yep, there's a similar nicknack on my 1950 Norman Rapide, check it out:

I don't remember the brand name, but memory tells me it's American made, Bristol CT or something. Very high quality item, at any rate. Note the attachment on the spoke, that runs the star wheel; the pin has a little wheel attached to it so there is no friction when it engages the star gear.

Preliminary attempts to calibrate it suggest it's off a little --about 3% low-- so these 3879.85 miles actually represent 4002 miles ridden (not by me).
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Originally Posted by ilikebikes View Post
Came on my '68 Racer (along with a 2 speed kickback hub!) Works perfectly!
Come on now, you expect us to believe that? It's a Lucas, "Lucas" and "works perfectly" are words that just don't fit together

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Lucas Cyclometers have been around for awhile...this ad is from 1939.

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Come on now, you expect us to believe that? It's a Lucas, "Lucas" and "works perfectly" are words that just don't fit together

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Wow! I'm happy to hear how strongly you beleive that it does't work....doesn't change the fact that it does....but I'm still happy for ya!
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Lucas Cyclometers have been around for awhile...this ad is from 1939.

Sweet! Wish the add were a little bigger.
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Yep, there's a similar nicknack on my 1950 Norman Rapide, check it out:

I don't remember the brand name, but memory tells me it's American made, Bristol CT or something. Very high quality item, at any rate. Note the attachment on the spoke, that runs the star wheel; the pin has a little wheel attached to it so there is no friction when it engages the star gear.

Preliminary attempts to calibrate it suggest it's off a little --about 3% low-- so these 3879.85 miles actually represent 4002 miles ridden (not by me).
That mounting bracket looks like it would work well with quick release hubs! I can't use mine as it's made for nut and axel mounting.
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Wow! I'm happy to hear how strongly you beleive that it does't work....doesn't change the fact that it does....but I'm still happy for ya!
Too many triumphs and MG cars, bsa and triumph bikes burned me out on Lucas.

Those old odometers were actually pretty handy back in the day, had a few of them on different bikes.
Were mechanically identical (except for method of activation) to the old counters greeters used while taking tickets.
Problem was that they stuck out at the most vulnerable spot and didn't last long, Used to find parts for them around bike racks all the time when I was a kid.
Think they all but disappeared when the old cable drve speedometers started to get popular.

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Of course, you guys also remember the speedometers, right? They had a gear-drive on the wheel and a flex cable to drive the display unit. Sturmy-Archer made them, IIRC.
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That mounting bracket looks like it would work well with quick release hubs! I can't use mine as it's made for nut and axel mounting.
Mine is a nutted axle mounting, so why should anything be different? The odometer stays on the axle when you take the wheel off; you just have to be careful when you put it back on. With the long slot, you'd have to be sure you always mount it at one end --always the same end-- of the slot, and it should be okay. Or do you have some other complicating factor, like a fender strut?
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"Sweet! Wish the add were a little bigger. "

1939 Lucas Cyclometer ad link:


https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=lucas&w=75395133%40N00
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"1939 Lucas Cyclometer ad link:"

Oooops! That's actually listed as a 1937 ad! Check out the other neat stuff this guy has out there!
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Mine is a nutted axle mounting, so why should anything be different? The odometer stays on the axle when you take the wheel off; you just have to be careful when you put it back on. With the long slot, you'd have to be sure you always mount it at one end --always the same end-- of the slot, and it should be okay. Or do you have some other complicating factor, like a fender strut?
I know yours is nutted..... "nutted" OK, I was just looking at it and thought that it may be better than mine for mounting on "nutted" axels, I'll try to mount it on the end of the mount and see how it goes as I had it mounted more or less towards the middle of the mount and the quick release came loose some how?

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I know yours is nutted..... "nutted" OK, I was just looking at it and thought that it may be better than mine for mounting on "nutted" axels, I'll try to mount it on the end of the mount and see how it goes as I had it mounted more or less towards the middle of the mount and the quick release came loose some how?
Oh, ah, I see what you mean. Well, I don't know why the QR would release itself, but that doesn't mean anything. Try it a bunch of different ways; if your axle is long enough you may even be able to mount the odometer between the cone and the locknut, so it's always in place on the wheel, so it stays properly aligned with the ticker thingie even when the wheel is off the bike. One way or another, though, I suspect you can make it work. Good luck!
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