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Old 07-04-18, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
Generally, for an upright riding position you will want a bigger frame than your drop bar bike. Especially top tube length, because of the swept back handlebar.

The Schwinn in the add is not one of the two models he suggests it may be. It's an electrogorged Speedster.

Be aware that Schwinn used some oddball proprietary sizing for headsets, stems, seat posts, rims and hubs.

It would need cold setting of the rear triangle and forks to accommodate a change in hubs. The fork ends would need to be opened up a little as well to accommodate a 9mm or 3/8" axle.

See, this is the kind of stuff that I need to be educated on. I know nothing about this older stuff.

The information and offers are appreciated more than you know.

What I could really use is a succinct source of information to come up to speed (no pun intended). Links would be great.

Sorry to hijack the thread.
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Old 07-04-18, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
Something to consider about sizing. Generally, for an upright riding position you will want a bigger frame than your drop bar bike. Especially top tube length, because of the swept back handlebar. Find a way to experiment with your current bikes or see if you can borrow someones townie or hybrid to get an idea. You can try to fix that with a long stem or forward position mustache bars, but then you are bending forward and defeating the upright riding position. My recommendation would be to get the biggest frame that your inseam will allow. Quill stems go up and down quickly and easily and swept back bars can be trimmed to give you a custom fit.
Just to add a elaborate on sizing a bit more - I typically ride a ~57cm road frame. That Fuji I posted above is nominally a 23" frame wiith a ~58cm seat tube and a ~60.5cm top tube. I'm running North Road-style bars on the original 80mm 50-degree stem. Standover is a little tight, but my position on the bike is nice and upright. I would have a real hard time making this frame work for me with drop bars, but it's just about perfect for this kind of setup.
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Old 07-04-18, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
@AlmostTrick, that Free Spirit is nice. I'll give you a hundred bucks for it.
-Tim-
Actually it is for sale. If you are serious PM me and we can work out the details. I'm about 30 miles west of Chicago.
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Old 07-05-18, 07:47 AM
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Kinda was half serious but based on the sizing information here I'll probably need something bigger.
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Old 07-10-18, 04:21 PM
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now with glued on tubulars.
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Old 07-16-18, 05:21 AM
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Neighbors trash find! New tires, tubes and Wald basket!
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Old 07-19-18, 06:06 AM
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SS Citybike, ie "Townie"

I have two SS Citybike, ie "Townie" bikes a Lemond Filmore and aCooper T200 Championship 50 Single Speed
Love riding both of these nice steels

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Old 07-21-18, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by joesch View Post
I have two SS Citybike, ie "Townie" bikes a Lemond Filmore and aCooper T200 Championship 50 Single Speed
Love riding both of these nice steels
Not a townie.
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Old 07-23-18, 06:30 AM
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
Not a townie.
Ok so what exactly does it take to turn a Single Speed (SS) Citybike into a "Townie"? A basket or rack with bag(s)?
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Old 07-23-18, 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by motrheadsroadie View Post

now with glued on tubulars.
I like! Fast way to get a 12 pack to the beach Im thinking like Newport or HB beach. Are you in the coast area?
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Old 07-23-18, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by joesch View Post
Ok so what exactly does it take to turn a Single Speed (SS) Citybike into a "Townie"? A basket or rack with bag(s)?
Generally bars (usually swept back) set up for an upright riding position.
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Old 07-23-18, 09:44 AM
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I like! Fast way to get a 12 pack to the beach Im thinking like Newport or HB beach. Are you in the coast area?
no i live in north hills. i do not like the beach.
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Old 08-16-18, 02:13 PM
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Just completed this home-built frame with rat-rod aesthetics and boogery brazes.

Clips and straps are on the way.



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Old 08-17-18, 06:43 AM
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Cool. Are you going to clear it or let it rust?
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Old 08-17-18, 09:53 AM
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Cool. Are you going to clear it or let it rust?
Since it's my first frame, I'll leave it raw so I can more easily repair any of the brazes.
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Old 08-17-18, 11:17 AM
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That bike is sick.
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Old 08-17-18, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by liverunbike View Post
Just completed this home-built frame with rat-rod aesthetics and boogery brazes.

Clips and straps are on the way.



Nice job. That's one of my favorite seat lugs. I'm in the middle of my second frame.
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