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Old 04-02-17, 03:12 PM
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Newbie from Michigan

Hi, um, my name is Craig and I'm a new member from SE Michigan...

I worked at a couple Schwinn shops as a mechanic for about ten years in the 70s and 80s, then got my first job after college and became infatuated with a different sort of bike and spent the next 25+ years playing around with those. My only bicycle for the past 25 years has been a Specialized Rock Hopper Comp from my mechanic days. It hasn't seen much use since then, even with recent mods to make it a more comfortable for a 50+ year old rider who is just out enjoying the bike trails on an occasional afternooon. The frame is just too small for what I want to do with it.

For a bunch of years I've thought about putting together an old cruiser style bike using a frame along the lines of a Schwinn Typhoon. I wanted to add a Sturmey multi-speed hub though, which meant brakes, cable stays, etc. When I added up the prices it became pretty clear I could buy a new bike cheaper, but... what's the quality like? How good/bad can a new "Schwinn" be for a couple hundred bucks?

Well, I'm going to find out. Today I ordered a "Schwinn Sanctuary 7". It's not the ideal starting point, but it had a lot of features I wanted, mainly the right style frame and cable stops. It looks like it has vertical drop outs so the Sturmey hub won't happen but so be it, a derailluer isn't the end of the world. I know it's not a REAL Schwinn from back in the day but I'm good with that. I do wish it had a welded on kickstand though. Hey, that was one of the marketing details back in the day and yeah, they were nice! Well, for bikes like this at least.

Anyway, suffice it to say this is a bit of an experiment for me. Most of the bad reviews seem to be written by people who have no clue how things are supposed to work. I may be fooling myself but I think with some TLC and a few upgrades here and there, it can be a useable bike? Push comes to shove maybe I'll start switching parts over from the Rock Hopper...
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Old 04-02-17, 03:49 PM
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Howdy! Dunno where exactly you ride, but if you see a portly bearded guy on a baby blue "real" Schwinn Le Tour out on the Paint Creek or Clinton River trails, pull along side and say hi!
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I highly doubt this thing will get very far out of Dexter, but thanks for the howdy! I spent a lot of time on a baby blue Le Tour, it's original frame met it's end on the way to a swim lesson one morning... I sold the (rebuilt) bike a few years later to buy something nicer (I've forgotten what it was) but I still have the scar on my chin and the chipped tooth to remind me of that day!
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Welcome. Dexter, eh? Huron River Drive between Dexter and Ann Arbor is pretty popular for rides. Need to stay attentive though.
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I live about five minutes from Huron River Drive, I've ridden motorcycles on that road but don't think I'd want to ride a bicycle there. This will be more for around town and the border to border trail or whatever it's called.

I've been poking around a little and it seems the Rockhopper is from 1988. I'm having a hard time believing it's been almost 30 years since I bought it.
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I highly doubt this thing will get very far out of Dexter, but thanks for the howdy!
Fine, if you see me on Lakeland, you are more than welcome to say hi too!
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The bike showed up today, let the games begin!
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Enjoy the bike!
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