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Old 08-02-13, 08:01 AM
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Interesting!,,,,BD

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I built this one last year, it took well over a year to gather parts and finish it up. It's a 1982 Diamond Back Cali-Klunker, a special edition bike made for Diamond Backs 5th anniversary. I knew I wanted gears and I wanted some good brakes because I planned to do some trail riding. The bolt on Shimano derailleur was no problem but the brakes were a different story. Being the only mounting holes were in the seat stay cross support and the fork crown, the options were limited, however the the Charlie Cunningham WTB knock off that Tektro was producing did the job nicely. That plate has since been discontinued but you can still get the identical plate from Dan's Comp BMX (https://www.danscomp.com/products/489...ake_Plate.html), the plate gives you the option of running a roller cam or u-style "Pitbull" brake. The bike was great fun but a guy "had to have it" and when he starting offering a very nice MB-1, some vintage components, and some Ti parts... I went ahead and traded with him. No regrets because it's just lit a fire under me to build another one, I will go in a different direction, but it will still be trail worthy.
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Old 08-02-13, 08:36 AM
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Whoa, that mounting plate gives me an idea for the mystery CW. Roller cams on a chrome old school mtb, sounds awesome. Nice job on the bike too! Can't wait to see the next on you dream up.,,,,BD
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Theres starting to be a noticeable amount of those down here in ATX. Not as common as the Firemans cruisers but I think there gonna get there.
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Old 08-02-13, 09:06 AM
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Whining about the weight of a bike, on a thread that is not even about lightweight bikes in the least, will bring out a little sarcasm in some people. I apologize for that.,,,,BD
Not whining or judging, just making an observation. I'll refrain from doing that in your threads in the future.
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I have been wanting to build a Klunker since before I heard the term Klunker, originally I was going to use a old Royce Union frame I found in the trash. I started too gather parts for the build once I decided how I wanted to build it & picked up a springer front fork, a set of SA Elite drum brake hubs and a lot of other bits & pieces I would need, but then I saw the movie & knew it had to be a Schwinn for the build.

I soon found a beat up 1962 Schwinn Speedster that I paid $20 for that would work instead of the RU, a few more parts were gathered and put a side until I could find the time to start the build.

Fast forward a few years ( still picking up parts that I think I can use ) until last fall when while picking up bikes that were tossed out from super storm Sandy ( most having no water damage at all ) I picked up a 1979 Schwinn Spitfire 5 which is where I received a little history lesson.
Between 1978 & early 79 Schwinn decided that they wanted to cash in on this new thing out on the west coast called Klunking and decided to build a bike called the Klunker 5 ( which was basically the Cruiser 5 renamed ), it had a rear drum brake, 12 gauge spokes and a 5 speed drive train. Once the boys from Marin county heard about this they decided to sue Schwinn over the right too use the name Klunker which they had coined, they won and Schwinn was forced to change the name mid way through 79 to the Spitfire 5.

So now I switch gears & figure I might as well use the Spitefire as my platform to build the Klunker out of, but now I can't decide if I should try to keep it mostly stock or if I should go a little crazy with it, I mean after all I have most of the parts to go either way with it. The one thing I wanted to do no matter what was to replace the rusty steel rims & spokes and use SS spokes and double wall alloy rims, finding the alloy rims as wide as the steel units wasn't a problem but finding the SS 12 gauge spokes in the right length is & I fear I will have to cut and thread my own.

So with the Spitfire sitting on the back burner while I decide exactly how I want to build it along came this rather rare 1962 Schwinn straight bar Typhoon & my head exploded. Do I use parts from everything I have and make a really killer Klunker or just sell everything and for geta bout it
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Even I like the idea of having a klunker, though there isn't a hill for 50 miles around.
Those straight-bar Schwinn frames (DX?) are as rare as hen's teeth, and that is the frame you need if you are going to go flying down dirt roads. That is the "real" klunker.
A Western Flyer middle-weight would be fine for me, and a recreation of my first bicycle.
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Not whining or judging, just making an observation. I'll refrain from doing that in your threads in the future.

Oh lighten up. I am noticing I tend to tick people off with my sense of humor the last few months. No blame on you.,,,,BD


Hmmm, I know where a 48 Columbia frame is, or was. That would make an awesome conversion! That Royce Union, do you still have that frame? LOVE the lines!
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I ave a strong passion for the transition period where Mtb's went from paperboy bikes with steel rims and coaster brakes until the mass produced asian bikes swarmed the continent in 1983. By the late 70's the bikes were being grafted with parts from Euro racing and touring bikes along with BMX, and motorcycle parts. A step up from mild steel, Here is an early chrome moly 26" BMX cruiser frame that was converted to Mtb 33 years ago:



And of course if you could afford it, by the early 80's there was always the option of something like this:



Look close at both those bikes and you will see how much they relied on available road bike parts. It wasn't until 1983 that Suntour came out with the Mtn bike specific Mountech and Shimano released The Deerhead group that Mtb's had a groupset to call their own.
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Old 08-02-13, 01:19 PM
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Yep, me too. Lugged mountain bikes, right before everything started going to tig welding and clicking thumbies. I really still wish I had the 82 Ross Mt Hood. Black lugged frame with gold anodized rims/hubs. SUCH a cool looking machine. If the guy I gave it to still has it, I imagine it's faded and rusted, and covered in chicken poop by now.,,,,BD

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Ross always reminds me of Cindy Whithead. One of the first women of Mtb. racing.
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If you think about it, mountain bikes came by right at the time when bicycle manufacturing technology was about to explode. In ten short years they made huge leaps in braking, drivetrain efficiency, and geometry. The mountain bike and bicycle technology took off together, so that may be why the early models are finally coming into their own as collectable vintage bikes. The window of time for true "vintage" mountain bikes is extremely narrow, from birth of the type, to their inevitable modernization. By comparison, lightweight road bikes have decades upon decades of gradual improvement.,,,,BD

Of course I could just be full of it. But yeah.. You will never be able to hear someone say.. "Man, check out this SWEET early 60's mountain bike I just found!!"
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swapped on a smaller 39 tooth Continental small ring, and got the perfect gearing for my legs. It's now a 39/18, which puts me at what I am guessing is around 12-14mph, and a comfortable spin. Before I was struggling to keep up with the bike because of what it is, and cruising speed was painful to keep up. I am going a little slower, but I can ride through grass with no problems at all. Before it was doable, but now it's an enjoyable ride. The whole point.,,,,BD
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I do have that orphaned set of 70's Dura Ace cranks? I'm a three piece conversion kit away from losing about a pound, maybe more. Not that I am trying to weight weenie out on it, but every little bit helps. I will have to change the pedals too, but I have some Sakae mtn pedals, that will accept toe clips.,,,,BD

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A little inspirational music, Klunker style.,,,,BD

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I was given this thing up in pieces (along with a couple vintage MTBs) from a a thrift store that was closing up business on the local Indian reservation.

I put it back together (with a little jiggery-pokery to make the coaster brake work again) used a ScotchBrite pad and WD40 to remove some rust, added a little cloth electrical tape to the ends of the bars and gave it away to a local gal who was looking for a single speed to use on the flat MUPs we have around here. I begged her not to use the bike on any hills until she had a chance to replace the rusty chain. Her hubby nodded in silent assent. It has the HEAVIEST, thickest semi-slick tires I've ever seen on a bike, anywhere.

I think (?) it's a late 80's Univega, by the scant remants for the head badge decal. Is that about when the return to single speed beach cruisers became fashionable in trend-setting California? It has a bike shop sticker from a one of the mega bike shops in a California beachside town on it.

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They are popular in Marin, where it all started.


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Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
Oh lighten up. I am noticing I tend to tick people off with my sense of humor the last few months. No blame on you.,,,,BD


Hmmm, I know where a 48 Columbia frame is, or was. That would make an awesome conversion! That Royce Union, do you still have that frame? LOVE the lines!
Yeah I still have the Royce Union, I have had it too long to get rid of it now. I love the lines also with the twin top tubes & the killer curved seat stays. It has been glass beaded & kept from rusting while I have been trying to save for a custom paint job to match my Jade green & Mocha colored EB Bronco ( my original plan anyway ). I think I am going to use a internal 3 speed or more rear hub like it had originally instead of a multi gear derailleur set up like I first planed, that way I won't have to mess with the rear triangle spacing at all. I am still going to use the springer front fork on it as the original fork was bent sideways too bad to repair, I may use a front drum brake hub I have for the front wheel but not sure if I want to stay with a 26" wheel in the front or go with a 24".


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They are popular in Marin, where it all started.
Straight chrome fork, that's the way to go.

I'd like to go there one day, seems like a great place to ride.
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I picked up an NOS aluminum Schwinn frame a couple of years ago. Figured I'd build a "klinker". It wasn't as interchangable with the old parts as I'd hoped so I passed it on but it was light and it had canti studs already. You can also get a vintage looking springer fork with canti studs. They were like a hundred bucks last time I checked though.

My '50 Schwinn came with some random MTB fork with canti studs on it. A nice compliment to the coaster brake. It's also got alloy rims. It's a nice ride.

I'd sorta like to get one of the old 3 speeds, though cause they at least have provisions for calipers.
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82 Ross Mt Hood. Black lugged frame with gold anodized rims/hubs. SUCH a cool looking machine.
Funny, on moving day last month I was taking the last load of trash to the dump and there was one of these leaning against the dumpster. What a sexy bike. sexy cranks, sexy wheels. I wasn't leaving that for the trashman, but I was in a hurry and all our friends were feverishly stuffing a big Penske truck full of our worldlys and they were getting tired of all the big bike boxes. My next stop, however, was to drop off some things at a friend's house and she had been asking me if I had a decent bike for her.
Funny how things work out.
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I picked up an NOS aluminum Schwinn frame a couple of years ago. Figured I'd build a "klinker". It wasn't as interchangable with the old parts as I'd hoped so I passed it on but it was light and it had canti studs already. You can also get a vintage looking springer fork with canti studs. They were like a hundred bucks last time I checked though.
Man, I can really see that with a decent suspension fork, and one of those Origin 8 threadless bullmoose bars.,,,,BD

They also come in silver last I checked?

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The top one would be SWEET on a retro klunker?,,,,BD

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Is there any place online to get these alloy frames? Can't seem to find one.
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Is there any place online to get these alloy frames? Can't seem to find one.
They are department store Schwinns from ~2005 onwards, particularly from Target and Wallmart. They were decent frames set up as geared cruisers with bottom barrel Shimano. They are a stem and handlebar swap away from a clunker, perhaps with a BB converter and TA style cranks to top things off.
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