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Found a mid-70's Schwinn Collegiate - what to replace?

Old 08-23-10, 07:47 PM
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Found a mid-70's Schwinn Collegiate - what to replace?

So there was a mid 70's green Schwinn Collegiate 5 speed in pretty good condition locked up to my building when we moved in this summer. No one claimed it when asking our neighbors and the land-lord didn't obviously want a old bike just sitting against the house. I was able to pick the lock yesterday and pumped up the tires.

It rides pretty nice. Brakes squeak like crazy though, but the pads look pretty good. Original tires, but they seem to be in decent condition. I'm working with the chrome still. Taking aluminum foil and rubbing it on with WD-40 and it seems to be taking all of the rust off!

Anyways, what do I actually need to replace? Cables seem to be original, but everything works. I'm thinking of taking the chain off (does the chain come off the same as newer bikes?) and cleaning all of the components and re-greasing it.

Can I replace brake pads with modern pads?
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Replace the old consumables as needed. Cables, tubes, tires, bar tape, brake pads. Overhaul the bottom bracket, headset, and wheel bearings with new grease. Apply new grease to the seat post and the handlebar stem.

Enjoy.
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Congratulations on saving a Collegiate! Lots of us like oxalic acid for rust removal. Or try Barkeeper's Friend, which contains oxalic.

Here's a picture of my daughter's green 1979 Collegiate 3:


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I re-posted the photo, thanks for the alert.
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I just realized that one of the rear spokes is broken. Can I just get a replacement, or do I need to take the entire wheel apart?
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If they're 40-spoke wheels like the green bikes pictured; it may not even matter, unless it will see heavy loading/you can't live with it/the wheel has a slight blip which the missing spoke caused.
You'll only need to remove the freewheel/tire/tube/possibly rim strip to get access.
Drive side spokes are slightly shorter than non-drive-side, so if the nipples aren't corroded/siezed, and you can remove a matching old good spoke, you can bring it to your LBS for a replacement of the correct length.
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