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Old 03-26-12, 06:26 PM
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I think the bottle cage holder is a Minoura item, might have even come from a sports or department store with the cage holder bracket, or from Bike Nashbar.

My preference is to use 5/16" wide stainless hose clamps for these bikes.
Not always an off-the-shelf item at the store, but I have ordered them from NAPA auto parts several times in the 3/4-to-1-3/4" size for about 2 bucks each.

I think I used the Minoura standoff mount just to keep the 1960's decalry more visible on the green bike.
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I'm a bit miffed, dddd. You've built yourself a handsome and functional bike, but why?

Anyone want a 19" Varsity? It looks to be mostly original. Free for the taking.
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Old 03-27-12, 12:55 PM
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noglider any pix? Ant what is the standover height?
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"I'm a bit miffed, dddd. You've built yourself a handsome and functional bike, but why?"


miff (m f) n. 1. A petulant, bad-tempered mood; a huff. 2. A petty quarrel or argument; a tiff. tr.v.

miffed, miff·ing, miffs. To cause to become offended or annoyed.

Not what you meant, I'm sure.

The bike was a low-budget build with leftover parts, just to try something different and to quantify the relative handicap of an overweight bike with otherwise high-performing parts. I also somewhat quantified the fit issues in the process.
I happened to really like the look of the lime-green frameset, and still do. The green tires came later.

Riding the unlikely, weird bikes among serious cyclists and racers, I do notice a polarizing effect on a good number of riders.

Some few do seem enthusiastically amused, and seem sportsmanly respectful of the challenges to riders on every different bike.

Another minority of riders appear perhaps actually miffed, seemingly wanting to distance themselves from bike and rider (riding/racing on the Pedersen was much the same). Many roadies habitually discourage unfamiliar riders who might slow the pace or be hazardous from being part of the fast training rides, and a strange bike or even one's riding gear can breed assumptions.
Maybe also the look of these bikes is disturbing to the image of those in an otherwise aesthetically homogenous peloton?

Yet a third minority of riders presents all kinds of now-familiar questions, some of which have no immediate or simple answer.
It is what it is, it generates discussion, and it's not unreliable or unpleasant to ride.

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Old 03-27-12, 08:29 PM
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What he said!!!
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I do get a kick out of the situation when one of the more competitive roadies, mid-ride or post-ride, curiously attempt to "weigh" the bike with a quick, upward pull to the top tube...

Seeing the look on their face, when they do this, and the bike doesn't move,... ...PRICELESS

(their expletives left to your imagination)
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Front Derailleur triple 28.6 Clamp Bottom Pull .......is this what I need for a triple chainring? I need two of them and was hoping to stay with the same brand. Ill be using a 6 or 7 speed freewheel
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You will need to shim the fit between the 1-1/8" (26.8mm) clamp and the 1" (25.4mm) Schwinn seat tube.

Shim thickness is 1/16" metal (no plastic).

I used a pair of the aluminum shims that shops throw away almost every time the install a modern derailer. I re-curved them around a socket wrench extension rod and trimmed the ends a little with a file iir.
There were of course 1" derailers that came on Schwinns with triples, and some of the 1" double derailers work well enough.
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Old 03-31-12, 09:39 AM
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Brakes are shot. Rust and time did one set in. Any source or suggestions on possible replacements
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I've got some Schwinn Approved Dia Compes (or maybe Weinmanns) you can have.
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Old 03-31-12, 02:51 PM
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Thx Sailorbenjamin... The forum will not allow me to send you a PM cause I haven't reached my 50 post quota. I'm willing to pay shipping
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Old 04-07-12, 07:32 PM
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Got the frames back from the powder coater. Do you have to have the BB and Headsets caps pressed in our will a rubber mallet surfice?
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I would remove any paint from the contact surfaces then hammer cups in with blocks of 2X4, supporting the frame so that the cups go in squarely. A little oil/grease makes this easier.
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Oops. Haven't checked in in a while. You can email me at sailorbenjamin@yahoo.com. Need levers too?
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Got it .......2 x 4 it is
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Before and after.......getting a little closer
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I've always wanted one of those blue ones.

That's lookin to be an awesome build!
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Had to grow on me a lil, but I think it will look nice when I'm done. Wife loves the pink. Gotta find decals. Saw some on the Bay but 24+ shipping per set is a lil hard to take. Could only find the triple chainring in black but for 15 bucks a set I can live with it
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Getting closer with the first one. Took it to the LBS to get the gears and brakes adjusted
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Pink, black and white, looks right.

The cabling and bar tape look very sano.

A bike this color, devoid of all the usual stickers, might produce runaway sales at the Mart stores. If only they had a clue.

Hey, is that stem a bmx size .833 dia or regular 22.2?
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.833 stem from Harris Cyclery. Might have to switch back to the shorter stem. Waiting for the seat to make final adjustment for my wife. Now my daughter wants a "Pink" bike like mommys. Found a 24" Schwinn road bike for a girl locally so looks like I'll be doing one more. Decals are on the way
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That's a lucky find, the 24" road bike. Not too many were made after the early '70's.

Good luck with the decal application. That's a job to take seriously. Some peel-'n-stick decals offer the option of wet application, which makes applying and positioning a hundred times easier. My Vitus tubing stickers are like that, 1st quality from the guy in Australia.
I also bought a Varsity sticker kit on Ebay, but haven't tried those yet. I forget what I payed for 'em.
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I'm looking at the decal set on eBay. Says easy application. Famous last words. I'll start on my bike next week. Can't wait
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Ok picked up the 24" Schwinn Caliente today. Fits my daughter to the"T". I don't remember bikes that had one piece cranks that turn backwards like this one. Is the disassembly the same or ?
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