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Made big moves over the weekend! Had to wait for a headset from the bay. Nothing I had would do the bike justice. In fact, I bought a whole other fork so I could get this headset and the struts I was missing. cCleaned them up and got them pressed in. Most people refer to my press as a rubber mallet. View attachment 195909I figured as much, but the locking fork I had was off a ladies bike I’m guessing. Little long but I chopped it with a cutoff wheel and cleaned it up. View attachment 195910Now the rest of the headset bolted up perfectly View attachment 195911The stem I’m using is a repro or rechromed, or both. May have come off the same bike as the crank I’m using but I really can’t remember anymore. I like the beefiness but I don’t know when this type was used. View attachment 195912Finally, I cleaned up and bolted up the struts. They’re not as nice as I’d like but they’ll be okay. View attachment 195913So I’m getting close to making this look like a bike. Bars, wheels, rear hub, tires next.
I think it may be a Wald stem. I’ve seen them mainly on Roadmasters. My 53 has one.
 
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So if you have followed any of my past builds, you know that I love to run the drop center Electra rims. In my opinion, they’re the only modern rims that have a proper vintage look. I found this set on a 90s Schwinn in my town for $30 bucks. Got the reissue typhoon tires and script grips off the bike, too, then cleaned it up and gave it a strandie look (knobbies and BMX grips, seat and bars up) and sold it for $200 to pay for some other parts for the LaSalle! These rims are the perfect slightly dark red for this build. I plan to just run the Electra front hub. After all, it’s an exact ripoff of the heavy duty Bendix that came on Whizzers and Cycle Trucks and such, just in aluminum.
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For the rear, I had to step it up, and this JC Higgins finned unit was the first thing I found in decent condition and a decent price. I rebuilt it and laced it in as soon as I got it.
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For tires, I really wanted to try the big n little look since I’ve never done it on a Build Off bike before. A subtle version, at least. For the front, I’ve been saving this brickyard style tire. It’s a reissue that says Schwinn Classic on it, and it says 2.125 on it, but it is conspicuously undersized.
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Out back, I splurged for a Jerald. I’ve never run one before so I figured now is the time!
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Finally, I had these left over from my “Coors Banquet“ bike. It’s a ‘53 Schwinn cantilever in Coors yellow/tan with all the parts powder coated black.
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Got everything together and I’m pretty happy with the results. I tried to show the tires together to see the size comparison. It’s pretty noticeable considering they’re the same size.
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At this point, all the “easy” stuff is done. Once I get these bolted on, It will be time to modify and fit the seat, chainguard and fender.
 

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So if you have followed any of my past builds, you know that I love to run the drop center Electra rims. In my opinion, they’re the only modern rims that have a proper vintage look. I found this set on a 90s Schwinn in my town for $30 bucks. Got the reissue typhoon tires and script grips off the bike, too, then cleaned it up and gave it a strandie look (knobbies and BMX grips, seat and bars up) and sold it for $200 to pay for some other parts for the LaSalle! These rims are the perfect slightly dark red for this build. I plan to just run the Electra front hub. After all, it’s an exact ripoff of the heavy duty Bendix that came on Whizzers and Cycle Trucks and such, just in aluminum.View attachment 196765For the rear, I had to step it up, and this JC Higgins finned unit was the first thing I found in decent condition and a decent price. I rebuilt it and laced it in as soon as I got it. View attachment 196764View attachment 196766For tires, I really wanted to try the big n little look since I’ve never done it on a Build Off bike before. A subtle version, at least. For the front, I’ve been saving this brickyard style tire. It’s a reissue that says Schwinn Classic on it, and it says 2.125 on it, but it is conspicuously undersized. View attachment 196769View attachment 196770Out back, I splurged for a Jerald. I’ve never run one before so I figured now is the time! View attachment 196768View attachment 196777Finally, I had these left over from my “Coors Banquet“ bike. It’s a ‘53 Schwinn cantilever in Coors yellow/tan with all the parts powder coated black. View attachment 196771Got everything together and I’m pretty happy with the results. I tried to show the tires together to see the size comparison. It’s pretty noticeable considering they’re the same size. View attachment 196772At this point, all the “easy” stuff is done. Once I get these bolted on, It will be time to modify and fit the seat, chainguard and fender.
I like those rims too and have a few sets. I'm using a set from an Electra Karma on my Twrekmaster build.
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Here’s the banquet bike. 53 Schwinn cantilever. Mostly original with some repro parts. We usually pair it up with my wife’s Maybelline bike, 1958 ladies, built similarly but to look like the mascara bottle. We have 3 “matched sets”. Also have the Duralium bikes and a pair of 1951 Hornets.
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Found some hardware and mounted the wheels. More of that muted metal look. I go to great lengths to not have any exposed threads, Phillips’s head screws, etc.
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Been soaking the skip tooth chain in rustoleum rust remover, wire brushing, repeat. Starting to look like the rest of the bare metal.
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Found a set of NOS adjusters online. Bolted everything up. Of course the wheels will come off 10 more times.
 
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Great looking LaSalle. I bet you were the only one walking away from that one thinking "I think I’ll start by drilling some holes in some metal!" :D :D
 

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