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Hello. I started repairing and overhauling bikes during the pandemic and am totally hooked. I have probably overhauled about 30 bikes in the past few years. Several of which were Chicago built Scwinns. Learned everything from YouTube. Currently working on 2 1962 Schwinn Heavy Dutis that had been neglected for decades. Too much fun.
 

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altho I got back into bikes a year or two before the Pandemic, it was a big push towards bikes for me too. Something you could still do besides sit at home
 
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Welcome aboard!
Those old Schwinns had good quality paint and chrome.
I learned how to lace a wheel because of the lockdowns. I should have learned years ago.
 
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The Silver Lining of the spamdemic, more time for bikes.

The Heavy Duti also makes for nice BMX conversions.

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Wow! I like that and had something similar in mind. Thanks for posting. I wasn’t sure if I could mount a brake to what I thought was a rear fender mount.

I want a freewheel, but under all the rust and dirt I found a red band bendix coaster brake in great shape. Part of me feels like I should reuse that hub.

Also, I have been hesitant to paint over the “schwinn” lettering on the top tube. It’s pretty rusty but just feels wrong to paint over it.

Here is a varsity I converted a bit ago.

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The OE paint on my 1968 Heavy Duti was just about gone and the fork took more than one side hit in its day, so it was a perfect candidate for paint and modification. If you do decide on a freewheel, the rear caliper needs to be ridiculously long and the only new manufacture one I found was house-branded Porkchop BMX.

This 1961 Speedster had a pretzled fork as well, but the paint was salvageable to me so it became something else after restoring the finish and salvageable chrome.

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The Speedster has a cheap and heavy wheelset right now, but is getting a lightweight Belgian rim/Germo hub wheelset very soon.
 

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