Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Schwinning

In the late 1980s Schwinn was in trouble. They had moved bicycle production to Mississippi, but it didn't workout so well.

About that time, I purchased my first road bike from a Schwinn Authorized Dealer. It was a 1988 Traveler. The Traveler was priced just under $300 - about the same as the entry level Fuji racing bike next to it in the shop.

Over the years, the Schwinn has been a commuter, a fitness bike, a rehab device and a century machine.

It has had several modifications - the biggest being the wheelset. This time I decided to do a complete tear down, paint and rebuild.

This is what it looked like before work began


The stripped down frameset
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I am a well-know procrastinator and it's been a busy spring, so work progressed slowly.

I set a budget of $500. That covered the complete drivetrain, brakes and overhaul items like the chain, cables and housings, etc.

I did all of the painting by hand with a brush and enamel paints from the local hardware store. The results were not bad. Four coats with wet sanding between coats

The paint rig
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The suspense builds.
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I avoided buying the expensive headset tools, with some help from Dave Moulton's blog

Here's my $3 headset press.
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I am pleased with the results.







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This overhaul was originally going to be a conversion from road bike to semi-townie. So, I selected the Polyvalent crankset from Velo Orange because of the elegant guard and lower gearing - 46/30 chainring combo. Now it will be useful for working on getting my cadence up.

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The only original parts, other than the frame and fork, are the stem and the seat post. The wheelset was upgraded in the 90s to Mavic MA40 with 105 hubs and DT spokes. 7 speed cassette -- downtube shifters were upgraged and aero brake levers were added then too.

It is now essentially a "105 bike".

Front and read derailers are 105 5600. The rear is GS.

Brakes are Tektro R536.

Saddle is Ritchey Streem.

Bar is Dimension with Serfas Synthetic Cork tape.

Headset is a modified FSA Duron X - the lower portion modified to fit JIS fork.

Crank is the Velo Orange Polyvalent with their Grand Cru BB.

The all-important bottle cage is a shiny aluminum one from my LBS.

Tires are Serfas Seca RS 25mm.

Pedals are Time iClic.
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Love how it turned out! I'd ride that thing until it explodes or something
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Nice job. That crankset is really nice
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You schwin. Very cool.
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is that paint house paint? did you really use a brush? I'm only asking cuz i do automotive paint...mostly as a hobby. Im wondering if you can see the brush strokes and is there a clear coat?
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Nice job Mr. Jones!
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The paint rig
Whoa, that's a big hammer... Nice job on the build!
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Good use of the lint roller.
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Really nice job. Turned out great. I'd be proud to ride that.
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Schwinn's lower-mid end frames are under rated IMO. Looks like yours has served you well through the years.
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Nice! My first roadie was a 1985 Traveler. I loved that bike. My GF at the time lived about 10 miles away up a big hill and I would ride to her house daily ...wish hills today felt that good.
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is that paint house paint? did you really use a brush? I'm only asking cuz i do automotive paint...mostly as a hobby. Im wondering if you can see the brush strokes and is there a clear coat?
I really did use a brush. I used an oil-based enamel called X-O Rust that I got at the local True Value Hardware. It actually flowed pretty well without a lot of brush strokes visible. The sanding takes care of the rest. Room temp was over 70 degrees.
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Love how it turned out! I'd ride that thing until it explodes or something
I've been riding that frame for 23 years and it hasn't sploded yet. We'll see how these new-fangled parts hold up.
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Good use of the lint roller.
The BB is being supported by my head cup remover tool - a length of copper pipe.
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I am pleased with the results.
I, too am pleased Looks like a great ride!
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Schwinn's lower-mid end frames are under rated IMO. Looks like yours has served you well through the years.
True Temper 4130 double butted chromemoly main triangle. It's not light, but it is durable.
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I, too am pleased Looks like a great ride!
The maiden voyage was around the yard. I'll try to get a real ride in tomorrow.
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is that paint house paint? did you really use a brush? I'm only asking cuz i do automotive paint...mostly as a hobby. Im wondering if you can see the brush strokes and is there a clear coat?
you sure can, wet sanding afterward can yield a decent finish for that budget. people does it on cars as well, i never get the part where they spent 20 dollar worth of paint and spent 50 hours polishing it tho'

<--prep and lay auto 2k paint(as well as waterbourne)

to the OP: the color choice looks great with the red highlight! glad to see one that doesn't get a lime green paint job and chop off bullhorn(the usual schwin theme in my area)
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