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Old 07-23-11, 12:58 AM
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Need lots of help with this old Schwinn Suburban...

Hello old bike people.

I've recently acquired an old Schwinn Suburban. This Schwinn Suburban to be exact (high res pics in link):

http://swingmodern.blogspot.com/2011...oppertone.html

I know they're not the most sought after bikes in the world, but I was looking for an old townie and I liked the way this one felt.

The bike has one major problem that I'd like to correct; the fork is twisted out shape, probably beyond repair. I'd like to find a replacement fork.

The problem is that I don't know the right size fork to get. I do know that the steer tube length is about 200mm.

I've been looking at these forks:

http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=10828

http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=415875

Would either of those work for the bike? I should probably mention that I'd like to use the stock headset and crown race.

Thanks!

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Old 07-23-11, 04:56 AM
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The fork does not look "twisted... beyond repair"?



Have you tried finding a LBS which has the tools to straighten and align forks or a local frame builder? With a Schwinn hi-ten steel fork it is usually just a matter of clamping it tightly and begin pushing or pulling in the correct directions. The forks are that durable. I'd try to repair your fork before embarking on the replacement option.

Probably either Niagara fork will work but you will need to replace your stem. Schwinn uses a thicker tube, thus requiring a smaller diameter stem. More than likely you will also run into issues with the headset. Older Schwinns require what is now known as "Old School BMX" headsets (even though Schwinn first used this size). They are sized differently. Fortunately, headsets for the replacement fork are relatively inexpensive.

Nice looking Suburban!

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Old 07-24-11, 01:10 AM
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It's hard to tell from those pictures, but the fork is pretty twisted up.

I took your advice and found a shop that says they will throw the fork on a jig and straighten it out for me. I'd much rather use the original fork than get a generic replacement, but I had assumed it was beyond repair.

I'll post an update when I get hear from the the shop again.
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Old 07-24-11, 08:15 AM
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I recently purchased a Motobecane Grand Touring. The fork was smushed to one side. I basicly just pulled and pushed it back into position. Fork blades move fairly easily. The Suburban should be no problem for a bike mechanic. Otherwise looks like its in great condition. Enjoy it.
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Here is an update:

I took my fork to a shop called The Cycle Analyst in Denver and they put it on a fork jig and re-anligned pretty well. It rides perfectly now.

Here are some pictures I've taken after I cleaned/adjusted/lubed everything. I really like this bike. I love the front freewheel system. It makes shifting really easy.










I do have another question, though.

I noticed one of the crank arms runs closer to the frame than the other crank arm by a noticable margin. Not noticable while riding, but it is visibly noticable If you compare each side to the chainstays. Was that just how they were made, or is it slightly bent to one side?

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Originally Posted by Ultraspontane View Post
I do have another question, though.

I noticed one of the crank arms runs closer to the frame than the other crank arm by a noticable margin. Not noticable while riding, but it is visibly noticable If you compare each side to the chainstays. Was that just how they were made, or is it slightly bent to one side?
Could be the frame is also misaligned by whatever twisted the forks. This is a fairly common outcome for wrecked bikes. It can also be fixed pretty easily if it is causing a problem. It is also conceivable that the crank arm is bent. It's all steel, after all.

Any and all parts on your bike, such as the crank, can be pretty easily replaced with exact replicas if you need to swap out. Just ask here.

Edit: If it's worrying you, post photos from directly overhead of the crank on each side aligned with the chainstay.
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Originally Posted by Roll-Monroe-Co View Post
Could be the frame is also misaligned by whatever twisted the forks. This is a fairly common outcome for wrecked bikes. It can also be fixed pretty easily if it is causing a problem. It is also conceivable that the crank arm is bent. It's all steel, after all.

Any and all parts on your bike, such as the crank, can be pretty easily replaced with exact replicas if you need to swap out. Just ask here.

Edit: If it's worrying you, post photos from directly overhead of the crank on each side aligned with the chainstay.
Yeah, I thought about the possibility of a misaligned rear triangle. The rear wheel lines up perfectly bewteen the stays, though. And it rides perfectly. The tracking is perfect. It goes perfectly straight while riding no hands. It's not really a problem, I was just wondering if thats they way they were made.

I also want to get a front or rear rack for this bike. Is there a company that makes new chrome racks that attach to seatpost bolts?
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That's a really nice looking Suburban, I am glad that you got the original fork to work. I had a Suburban that was very similar, it was the bike I bought to start riding again. The Positron rear derailleur has that oddball appeal to me, I thought it worked pretty well matched with the front freewheel.
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Does anyone have any rack suggestions for this bike? I really need a rear rack. It doesnt have to be a vintage rack, but I would prefer it to be chrome plated at least.
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Does anyone have any rack suggestions for this bike? I really need a rear rack. It doesnt have to be a vintage rack, but I would prefer it to be chrome plated at least.
There are vintage Schwinn branded allow racks that attach to the seat post that would go nicely with your Suburban.Shoot,I just scrapped a Suburban that had one.There is also these too which in my opinion look better.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...0059&hlp=false
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Nice looking bike. Now you see why us old grouches like steel, it can be pulled back into shape, try that with CF

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