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Hard to believe it's been almost 5 years since I found this bike. http://ratrodbikes.com/forum/index.php?threads/found-2-middleweight-schwinns.88639/
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Serial decodes as Dec 1958 mfg. I believe it is a 1959 Wasp.
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From the catalog:
"Ideal heavy duty bike - for newspaper route work, messenger or delivery service or for boys who give their bikes unusually hard use. May be ordered with truss rods, heavy-gauge spokes, heavy duty knock-out hubs and the other special equipment.

Features: Schwinn Cantilever frame, forged fork, Schwinn tubulat chrome rims, balloon tires, Radiant colors. Coasters brake only.

  • B12-1 26 inch Coaster (Mark IV) 53
  • Colors: radiant red, Blue, green and black."
A previous owner swapped in the springer fork?
4 years ago, I cleaned and greased the wheels and installing fresh Kenda wide whites, I went and put them on an old Murray rat bike and the frame just sat at the back of the shed.
 
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BTW I used this bike as the basis of my avatar.
Put the ratty painted wheels/red tires that I had tried on the Frankenshelby build and a used rear fender from a swap.
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Interesting master link, maybe from a motorcycle?
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Bars and seat were also from the stash and may get swapped out. Have matching blue scalloped front fender but will have to add relief for the springer. :grin:
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Digging the patriotic color scheme of all this. :thumbsup:
 
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If this chain guard was blue instead of dark green under the black spray bomb I would of tried to save the orig paint.
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Instead I did some pin stripes. Amazing just how solid this bike is and love the cushy ride with the springer.
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First experience riding a Schwinn springer equipped bike any distance...
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https://patents.google.com/patent/US2160034#similarDocuments

1. Comfort. Cushy ride (along with 30 psi balloon tires).
2. Action. With my weight over 200 lbs I thought I may bottom out the spring in regular cruising, but the thing just kept absorbing bumps. Again I'm sure helped by the big soft tires.
3. Pedal bob. Hills are a workout on this bike! It's no lightweight, and a single speed coaster and low pressure tires pretty much assure that. Every power stroke lifts the front end and the spring merrily bounces. After a while glancing at the fork spring almost becomes hypnotic!
4. Sharp turns. Weirdness is detected when making a sharp turn. When turning it feels unstable, I didn't observe the spring in action when doing U - turns but feels like the you are making slight changes in direction without turning the bars.
5. All things considered I like it. :thumbsup:

What maintenance is required? I'm thinking the pivot bolt gets a lot of movement and it moves well is not sloppy and is quiet. Maybe lube with oil when oiling the chain?
 
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My friend has an old 1950s Schwinn springer fork bike and I love to ride it. You really feel like you’re floating down the road! I’ve learned not to trust the coaster brake too much on these old bikes. A heavy bike plus a heavy guy like me means stopping distance isn’t that good, and panic stops can just lock you up in a skid. A front hub brake would be awesome.
 
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Got to tear into the BB and the Komet coaster to clean and re lube.
I had to adjust the cones in the front wheel and found them dry.
 
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So that's about where the build stopped. Wheels cleaned and greased over Winter then it just sat... Till yesterday.

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I fitted the Shimano 3 speed coaster equipped wheel from the Hampton cruiser. Robbed parts off a stermy equipped Schwinn middleweight frame and got the shifter going.

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Got to get rid of this mess, makes chainguard rattle weird.

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Street tires will replace knobbys.

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Wald bars, Felt grips and Nirve zebra seat, all from the stash.
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The profile is growing on me.
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