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Old 03-27-18, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by mainstreetexile View Post
The Crazy Bars have a lot of sweep back, so you won't need as short of a stem as for drop bars. The long Cimarron top tubes were made with upright bars like those in mind.

If you're looking for a quill with a removeable faceplate, nashbar makes a 1" quill/25.4mm clamp stem in three lengths for cheap. You could buy all three lengths and swap them out easily to see what fits best.

I have not used the Crazy Bars yet but the attraction there for me was to use them like drop bars/bullhorn bars on the tops and horns, with the swept back parts for rough/offroad or just another more relaxing position, so I assume I want the fit more like a drop bar of bullhorn.
I checked nashbar but those are pretty ugly & they don't even have a short offering (I'm considering 70mm or less to be short). I guess the main attraction to me for quill is more classy appearance, but I think some threadless adapters look much better than ugly welded quill. I also failed to mention I'm trying to do this all in polished but I guess black would look ok on the red frame if I decide not to repaint it. The seller did offer to take it back, I did pay way more than I should have for this frame I admit so it is tempting while I keep the hunt for a smaller one, but I've never shipped before seems like such a pain to package and high cost. Wish I had parts ready to go to test the fit.
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Awesome Cims Badger & Cooper!
Thanks. Have you considered trekking bars as an option? This was my first experience and my Cimarron is also larger than what I generally ride. The controls are comfortable for me even with a longer stem. With a shorter stem you could bring them back to about the headset line. Just a thought since I've been really happy with the new bars. My approach to the Cimarron was to set it up for general city riding but after using the bars I would definitely consider them on one of my touring bikes.
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Originally Posted by badger_biker View Post
Thanks. Have you considered trekking bars as an option? This was my first experience and my Cimarron is also larger than what I generally ride. The controls are comfortable for me even with a longer stem. With a shorter stem you could bring them back to about the headset line. Just a thought since I've been really happy with the new bars. My approach to the Cimarron was to set it up for general city riding but after using the bars I would definitely consider them on one of my touring bikes.
Yeah I have been thinking about them lately, I just have so much going on and a couple other frames I'm wanting to build that I'm not in any kind of rush. The trekking bars do look like they would help, might be worth a shot. Cheap enough to get a pair to try regardless.
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I know this post is waaay old, but I was wondering if you still had the wheelsets. I live in SoCal also.
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Looking for some advise. Should I spend the money on new (read used) VO Grand Cru hub (read) and Kasai Dyno (front) and Rhino lite rims and Rat Trap pass tires? About $350 Or should I just stick with the heavy but bomb-proof ACS Hubs and Araya RM 20 rims. Bike just feels really sluggish compared to the other bikes I ride. Maybe I just need to get used to it.

Anyone want to buy the ACS Hubs and RM20 rims to help finance the new goods?
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Finally found a Cimarron

Completely by accident, I finally found a 1986 Cimarron. I took a found WalMart Mongoose BMX to my LBS this morning as a donation to the local coop. The lead mechanic was the only one around, so we started a long conversation. He had been to the Westminster Bike Swap last Saturday, so I was asking questions about what he had bought and what he had seen. Eventually I asked if he seen a Schwinn Cimarron at the show, and that I had been looking for one for a couple of years. He smiled and said that he had not seen one at the show, but had taken one as a trade back in November. He rolled it out of storage and apologized that he hadn't got around to cleaning or servicing it. Then he said, "I'll give you a deal on it".

A little negotiation took place, and $60 later it was mine. It is filthy, the paint is rough, there are scratches from locks & chains & bike racks, but it is mostly original. As far as I can tell the only non-original parts are pedals, stem, seat, grips, and possibly the seatpost. I went for a test ride and everything works (in a basic sense) but it does need some tuning. It is also a bit on the small side for me (20"), but I do like the ride.




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First impressions on the test ride:

1. The chain is too long
2. The FD low limit setting tosses the chain off of the small chainring
3. I didn't try to shift the RD onto the big ring, even though it has a humongous plastic dork disk
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After closer inspection this bike seems to be a mix of '85 and '86 components with a paint color that is not on the spec sheet of either year. It is a Chicago built Schwinn, but I was wondering if the company was using up parts near the close of Chicago. BTW: the headbadge is stamped 1756.

I understand that the Chicago factory closed in 1983, so that would make this a Greenville bike with a Schwinn/Chicago headbadge.
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I have been working on the Cimarron frame, some wet sanding, some brush touch-up, some spray touch-up. I found a decent match to "Schwinn Sunrise Red"; and guess what, it is Testors Red #1203 . It is not exact, but close enough from 5 or 10 feet. I have to wait for the paint to cure and then do a polish with a bit of rubbing compound and auto polish. Photos soon.
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Photos as promised.



The paint matches pretty well. I hope the compounding and polishing blends it with the original. The decals are intact, but gold on light red does not provide much contrast.


Badly backlit, sorry.
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That is looking great! Nice work.
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That is looking great! Nice work.
Thanks. I was dancing on the line between "good from 10 feet" and "just sand it down and have it PCed". I am a cheap bastard by nature, so I chose the former path - at least for now. The main problem is that I tend to become impatient at times, and paint requires patience.
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Impatient me decided to polish the three main tubes today. I should have waited longer, but no real damage was done to the paint. The down tube looks great (home of the hardest paint I think). The seat and top tubes look really good, but not like the down tube. After polishing, the paint still retains a bit of orange peel as a testament to my skills, but I'll take the results. Now I have to sit on my hands for a couple of days before touching it again.

BTW: Testors Red #1203 is nearly a perfect match to Schwinn Sunrise Red after it dries.
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What the hell kind of 1 inch headset nut is that? Looks like it has a cable hanger built in? Or is it some kind of weird cap that goes over the nut?
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What the hell kind of 1 inch headset nut is that? Looks like it has a cable hanger built in? Or is it some kind of weird cap that goes over the nut?
It is a Suntour head binder/cable guide. It slides over the top of the steerer tube above the headset locknut, and is tightened by a 4mm allen bolt.
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cool. i havent seen one like that before. Post a picture if you get a chance. I like how it appears to fit over the top nut.
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cool. i havent seen one like that before. Post a picture if you get a chance. I like how it appears to fit over the top nut.
Here we go.
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Update on the Cimarron.
It is touched up and nearly ready for assembly. Several parts need attention, but the paint is OK for a budget restore. Here are some photos.
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Here is where I am today. I still have many pieces in an Evaporust bath. I would love to find the proper bolts for A Sun Tour Surperbe seatpost.
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Got the brakes mounted today and fashioned a couple of cable guides for the underside of the bottom bracket shell that was being scored buy the shifter cables.
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So, there was one of these near me, but the frame was too big. I don't think it had the original fork. In any case, how do these ride? How is the frame weight? I'm assuming it is more with the lugs/fillet brazing, but I have no idea what tubing is used on these. I've heard a lot of QC issues around alignment with these bikes (and other Schwinns at the time @ MS plant) - has that affected ride quality much?

I'm keeping my eye out for one. They sound interesting!
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So, there was one of these near me, but the frame was too big. I don't think it had the original fork. In any case, how do these ride? How is the frame weight? I'm assuming it is more with the lugs/fillet brazing, but I have no idea what tubing is used on these. I've heard a lot of QC issues around alignment with these bikes (and other Schwinns at the time @ MS plant) - has that affected ride quality much?

I'm keeping my eye out for one. They sound interesting!
I didn't weigh the frame & fork when I had it apart, but fully assembled the weight was 29lb +/-. The bike rides well and tracks well, and has a bit quicker handling than my High Sierra (which has a slightly longer wheelbase and weighs about a pound more). I had heard about rear triangle alignment issues with some of the Greenville bikes, but this one doesn't seem to have that problem.
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I didn't weigh the frame & fork when I had it apart, but fully assembled the weight was 29lb +/-. The bike rides well and tracks well, and has a bit quicker handling than my High Sierra (which has a slightly longer wheelbase and weighs about a pound more). I had heard about rear triangle alignment issues with some of the Greenville bikes, but this one doesn't seem to have that problem.
Thanks for your thoughts!
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Nearly finished with my '86



Way better than when I started.



I don't mind Bio-Pace.



VO silver braided cables.


The clamp is ugly with removed rust, but it is original.

At this moment I am lacking straddle cables and a chain for the Cimarron. I took a few photos this afternoon.
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@ dweenk

Your Cim turned out pretty sweet.
Now we need a ride report !
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