Big Schwinn and Little Schwinn

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  1. Grant

    Grant

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    I saw this bike at the bike co op last January. It is a very idiotic singlespeed conversion. Someone just dumped it there instead of properly donating it. I did not know what bike it was at the time, all I knew was that it was a Schwinn. It was sitting behind a 1980s era mountain bike that looked like it had been hit by a truck.
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    I thought it was sold, until I saw it again last March. Someone was removing the wheels to resale. I examined it, and I realized that it was a Traveler. After some research, I found out that it was a 1983 Traveler.
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    When I was volunteering at the bike co op last Wednesday, I found this bike sitting in a pile with other parted out bikes. Everything except the tires and the wheels were there. I pulled it out and started to strip off the parts I did not need.
    I removed the
    Cranks
    Handlebars
    Braking system
    Reflector
    Chain
    Seat
    Seatclamp
    Seat
    Crank bolts

    I kept the Forte pedals and strapped them to the seatpost.
    I picked the bike up last Sunday.
    When I got home, I overhauled the headset, installed a new seat, installed a new seatclamp, put grease on everything that needs it, put on some new handlebars, and installed a shorter stem. I also put the new crank bolts on the bottom bracket spindle so they don't get lost.

    Here is what it looks like now.
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    Here is the rest of the parts that I will be using.
    Shimano 5 speed freewheel
    Forte pedals
    Sugino chainring
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    I am planning to make it a bike with a 1x5 drivetrain. I have some singlespeed chainring bolts for it as well. I will also replace the fork because the fork that is on the bike now it too rusted out for me to feel safe. There is not much rust on the frame. I am calling this bike Big Schwinn. It is a 64cm frame.

    Here is Little Schwinn!
    I got the brakes all wired up! I need to replace the seatpost because the stock one is to short. I am planning on using one of these https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/us/en/brand-x-inline-6061-seatpost/rp-prod120294.
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  2. Grant

    Grant

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    I installed a modern, 2 screw seatpost on Little Schwinn. I got is used at the bike co op, and it isn't freakishly long like the Brand X one.
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    Here are some shots. (No drive side!)
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    Here is Big Schwinn.
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    I got the headset overhauled and working. The only fork that fit was this bright green one from a singlespeed frameset. The frame was bent, but the fork is still good. It is a nice fork though. Although, it doesn't match, but still, I love it. Funky!
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    The steerer tube was too long, but I used some spacers.
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    The bottom bracket was too big, so I swapped it out.
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  3. wheelbender6

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    I like the Lime fork too
     
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  4. Grant

    Grant

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    Thank you!
     
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    I finished Little Schwinn last Sunday! Looks and rides great! I will post some progress on Big Schwinn from last week.
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  6. Grant

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    Here is what I have done on Big Schwinn over the past month.
    I installed a brand new Shimano cartridge bottom bracket and Sugino VP cranks.
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    I installed the Forte pedals.
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    I got my yellow AME brake hoods in to day. They were in their original bag.
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  7. Grant

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    I got the ToPtUbE shifters off of this bike.
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    They are back on a downtube, where they belong.
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    The front derailleur I am using is a Schwinn Le Tour front derailleur.
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    It is from this bike.
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    The seat clamp bolt stripped a while ago, and I have been using a bodge fix. I found this one in the shop.
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    Schwinn!
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