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1955 Schwinn Ladies Traveler/Varsity/World?

Old 02-21-12, 11:57 PM
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1955 Schwinn Ladies Traveler/Varsity/World?

Just bought a Schwinn city style bike w/ 1955 serial #. Does anyone know which 3spd hub would have been factory installed on this? The bike now has a 1956 SA TCW w/ coaster brake, which I'm assuming isn't stock. According to 1955 Schwinn catalogs I've found online, this bike as a 3sp would have had hand brakes (only the single spd World model would have had one). [catalog at http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1.../1955_22.html]

I've also read that the TCW is unreliable in braking. So, 2nd question, has anyone removed the coaster brake on the TCW and installed hand brakes w/ success? Will this make the TCW acceptable? I'm trying to decide whether to make this a one speed/coaster brake bike, or keep it as a three speed with hand brakes.
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Biglee,

Welcome to C&V. Glad you came along. Now the most important lesson about participating: Post pictures of your bike and the specific areas you have in question. For instance, the bridge between the seat stays where the rear fender attaches to the frame at its high point, the rear hub, the whole bike, your handle bars, etc.



Now, here are some guesses: The SA TCW hub could have been an option which could be ordered at the LBS. If the frame was made in late 1955, ordered in early 1956, and delivered that spring, this would account for the difference in the dates on the frame and hub.



As far as brakes: One option would be to just add a rear caliper and hand lever. My guess is the brake bridge is drilled for a caliper. This would be your least expensive route to go. No need to change the rear wheel or hub, and you would have extra braking.

This is the rear caliper I took from a 1964 Collegiate to use on my 1939 Schwinn New World. Should give you an idea about what part of the bike I'm talking about.

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Congrats! Here's my wife's 1955 Spitfire; no help though as it's coaster brake one speed:
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Old 02-22-12, 10:51 AM
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Thx Pastor Bob

That was my thought on the brakes, but wasn't sure if I should remove the coaster brake.

I'll take a few photos of my '55 today to post. To see my other two 'renos' ck my blog. Can't really call them restos, as I just clean/derust/overhaul/replace broken parts and leaving the paint as is except for shining and waxing. I'm currently working on a '70 Schwinn Ladies Suburban 5-spd.

I've just recently started resurrecting old bikes, but am limited by equipment and knowledge for now to those that are in reasonably good condition and having workable parts (I have to pace my expenditures!). I've spent hours scouring the web for info, bought several books on vintage bike repair/resto, found a couple of places that sell vintage parts, and have a great LBS owner who is willing to help/teach me. However, he doesn't have much knowledge/experience with IGH's tho'.

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Waaaay too cute, skydog
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