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Thanks BikeForums! 1975 Schwinn Continental Restoration / Conversion

Old 03-11-12, 12:54 PM
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Thanks BikeForums! 1975 Schwinn Continental Restoration / Conversion

The past few weeks have been spent either huddled in front of this bike, or huddled in front of the computer - finding the answers on BikeForums! Thanks for all the help, everyone!

I've had this bike for about 7 years. It's a (May) 1975 Schwinn Continental. Living on the beach, it's attracted more than its share of rust, and neglect on my part. It's my daily commuter, so I decided to show it a little love.

I'll break down the expenses in a follow-up, for any future DIYers.

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Good job !
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Wow you really turned that bike around!
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Well done mate. I like the center-pulls, personally. Now go get retention!
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Excellent choice of paint for the beach.

Good work.
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No bell?
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Wow nice job.

The white Deep V's arent the wheels I wouldve gone with for that project but overall its really nice.
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Originally Posted by Santaria View Post
Well done mate. I like the center-pulls, personally. Now go get retention!
Thanks, toe straps should be coming in this week.
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Wow, worlds apart from what it used to look like. Good work man.
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Wow! Looks fantastic!

You really brought that crankset back to life too.
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Love the color! Screams Florida!
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The Breakdown

Thanks everyone for the comments. I had a friend who's a machinist work on the crankset, in order to make the threading from the smaller chainring fit smoothly with the larger one.

Here's the breakdown:

$33.28 - primer, paint, clear coat, sand paper, masking paper (to protect the ground), paintstripper, oxalic acid
$111.14 - bottle cage, bar tape, saddle, seat post, brake shoes
$224.72 - wheelset, tubes, tires
$128.99 - handlebars, pedals, emergency tire repair/inflation kit, chain break tool

= $498.13

So, it wasn't cheap, and as has been stated on numerous other threads, it can be easier and cheaper to buy a new fixed gear bike. BUT, I have been riding this bike for seven years, and I have always like the way it rides, it's just now I really like the way it rides.

Plus, there's nothing that can match the satisfaction that comes from finishing a product, or the knowledge of bike and self that is gained.
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I like the way my old '71 Super Sport rides, so I know what you mean. Do not be afraid to use one of those bottom bracket adaptors so you can run a modern BB and lighter 3 piece crank setup. It will help you ditch a bunch of weight.

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Good job.
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