1950’s A/Schwinn Straightbar Klunker

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Uncle Ookie

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Humbly submitted, this. ORBO

The 1991 Roadmaster got the assist… helped truck the fork in to work last week, along with an ACS stem, HD bearings/parts and a BB promotion…..

then….the frame got trucked in…. During a 40-degree rain storm….. Attempting Rail/ratbike commute for as much as i can with this build. About 5 miles and a -15 minute commuter rail blast.

the General “bmx” fork is 1980’s…. off a 26” General “Catalina 3”, whose 3spd coaster-shimano wheel set is heavy and far-gone for my math skills.

The fork fit like it was made for the schwinn which is at least 3 decades the senior. The color matches well too.

having fun… new rad wheel set on order worthy of my klunker functionality aim for a historic frame

enjoy!!
 

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Last images, from work, Saturday. The “Daisy, Daisy” tandem donated w/the “captains” low rise ape-ish bars look cool, all together… after a little green grease of course…. Left the front rack on as it matches the line of the straight bar.
 

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the plan is the “sideways promotion” on the ashtabula BB, a “3-piece adaptor” ….the cups are already knocked loose thanks to a pal with a chunk of wood (and he also had a 2 x 4 )

stay tuned… action plan is this crank…. A new part!….On order… maybe floating in a big can on the Pacific… it’s black, single speed and might look cool.
 

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Hehehe. It would work there as well

Some of the early BMX had seats like that. Still a good choice.
Ya that’s where i got ‘em…saved from the scrapyard…. The mx is like NOS but the other one… with the “patina”…. That might be the one to use… .anywhoo thanks for stopping by
 

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Ya… the missing headbadge…. I’ll want to mend that situation sooner than later… So i noticed the bolt pattern was larger than a “Chicago” Schwinn… sadly i have limited color selection in the A/S oldies….. the “Chicago” era “Minkies” is the one i was wanting… i just like the look and the name… i’ve salvaged one or two over the years… but that is strictly generation 60’s-80’s…. I had a big 1960’s blue… naw…. Found one with just the right crust appeal… Chicago badge shown for effect…. Some white accents turning up….. gives me another idea… more on that later
 

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Those BMX with seats like these were partly the inspiration for my build, and I am glad to see you are considering them!
 

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Those BMX with seats like these were partly the inspiration for my build, and I am glad to see you are considering them!
I’ve bodged a retention system from seat post hardware…. Should work here…. Allows for short banana seat stay attachment on any adult bike. Just unbend seat post hardware to clamp around chain/seat stays. Bomber! I might revisit the alightment to increase strength.

here, for rat rod posterity….
 
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