37 Schwinn Admiral - Klunker

Apr 8, 2007
Encinitas, SoCal
I've had this frame for 7 or 8 years, glad to finally build it up as a Klunker like I always wanted to. It's pretty fun except in rock gardens where having the need to rotate pedals and simultaneously back pedaling for braking demand a bit of planning, the geometry is also not conducive to standing and grinding, plus the weight also made me wish there were 2-4 less teeth up front. Wanted to make a GoPro video of a single-track run but the unit either turned on in my backpack and ran down or the battery is on the way out but as soon as I tried to record I got the battery alert, maybe what happened the other day also. Reshot the step-up and skid-turn with the point and shoot.

The trail I took it down is pretty steep and loose with some rocks, thought I was going to miss the front brake more but the bike did surprisingly well and rails corners at speed.

Parts list

Items from parts pile
Frame - Likely 1937 Schwinn due to clean/uniform serial number
Bars - Skull skates
Rims - Sun Rhyno Lite
Front hub - Shimano XT
Saddle - Brooks
Chain - KMC
Tires - Specialized Roller
Tubes -?
Seatpost - Schwinn ?
FMF BB adapter
Crankset - Sugino Super Maxy
Grips - ODI lock on
Rear cog - 21t from Nexus 7
Spoke Nipples
Pedals - VP bear claw clones
Stem - older bmx style unknown brand

Items purchased for RBBO8 build
Porkchop chainring and sealed bearing headset
Rear Hub KT alloy HD
Front/rear spokes - Wheelsmith
Seatpost QR - Giant
SE Landing Gear fork
Shimano UN55 bottom bracket(still not correct, need a track bottom bracket, cranks way offset to one side)

Build thread http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=75&t=72411

A bit of beach cruising by Swamis

A couple of dirt bath shots toward the end of the singletrack run

Video of skid-turn

Video of step-up
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