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Old 04-10-10, 09:38 PM
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Lemon Peeler Barn Find

Well, Here it is, a real 1968 Lemon Peeler. I picked this up today for 20 bucks. I have already rebuilt the from wheel/hub and derailer. Pic with my son shows the rebuilt wheel... I am pretty excited to have this bike. Now you guys need to talk me out of re-painting this bike as it kind og needs new paint to be perfect...

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Old 04-10-10, 11:18 PM
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Brings back memories, a good school friend had one.

Clean up the steel, paint the strut shocks silver if you must, and the fork braces. Redo the saddle as it probably will get sticky soon and crud up pants, no limit to the cruel traits of other children. Think Animal Farm. Buy a good lock that will be used. For best control I would rotate the bars back a bit.

Avoid the full resto, the rider looks happy, keep it a bike, not a display for now. Later when the young man discovers girls. give it the full bore restoration.
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Don't do anything but relube it, sometimes they are worth more left alone, unlike nice road bikes.,,,,BD
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Very effective reasons which should convince you not to repaint:

-Meguiars Scratch X
-Meguars Fine Cut Cleaner #2
-KIT Scratch Out


Take your pick, apply carefully - avoid decals - and follow up with wax. From the photos, it looks as if it'll polish up extraordinary well.

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Repainting will destroy the value of the bike, so if you want to paint it, just do it with your eyes open. Vintage bikes are only original once. Original sells.
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Repainting will destroy the value of the bike, so if you want to paint it, just do it with your eyes open. Vintage bikes are only original once. Original sells.
Especially with these bikes. Visit the Schwinn site before you even touch it, please! It's different with old Schwinns like this, cleaning them up
sometimes hurts the value.,,,,BD

http://www.schwinnbike.com/usa/eng/forums/

Nevermind, I see you're already there, hehe. Carry on.....
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Just clean it up and lube it, the more parts you replace the more the value drops, if you plan on full resto (with repaint) plan on keeping it 'cause you're not going to get anywhere near what you put into it, (unless you find orig year correct parts) like a member already mentioned, its only orig once. BTW, I don' think its a 68, if I'm not mistaken the 68 had no front fender.

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Just clean it up and lube it, the more parts you replace the more the value drops, if you plan on full resto (with repaint) plan on keeping it 'cause you're not going to get anywhere near what you put into it, (unless you find orig year correct parts) like a member already mentioned, its only orig once. BTW, I don' think its a 68, if I'm not mistaken the 68 had no front fender.

The shift lever, bar bend also point later.
I would at least exchange the seat.

Tell the kid to be careful applying the front brake in a sweeping turn, all my friends who had these lost it whilethe applying of the front brake while the suspension was loaded in a turn, caused the front wheel to wash out. Lesson by abrasion. No matter the surface.
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Here is the finished product. I want more of these )
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wow, that is awesome. you should take some pics of your kid doing wheelies on it.

also, whats the purpose of its gigantic front hub?
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Great job. That's a true classic.

And good decision not to repaint.
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The gigantic front hub is what is called the Atom Hub. It is a drum brake. Pretty cool but tempermental to get just right. All and all is very simple bike to work on.
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