1986 Schwinn Predator Free Form BG

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Looks to be nearly all oem. Tires flat and rotted from sitting for 30 years. Needs a repack and good cleaning. New blue tires ordered. One could use the seat to hammer in nails.

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The 1986 catalog line up.

Predator Free Form EX
Predator Free Form Z
Predator Black Shadow
Predator 1/4 Flash
Predator Streetwise
Predator Qualifier
Predator Free Form BG
Aerostar
Gremlin (16")


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just in.
Looks to be nearly all oem. Tires flat and rotted from sitting for 30 years. Needs a repack and good cleaning. New blue tires ordered. One could use the seat to hammer in nails.

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I zoomed in on it. It looks like it was never wrenched on. Just a scuff or two on the pedals and handlegrips.
 
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new tires arrived. Bike completely dismantled for a thorough cleaning and repack. the rear old tire had exploded during the week. Ooops. found some corn kernels in the bottom bracket shell. Bearings have very little wear on them. Cleaning up pretty nice.
Loose spokes tightened. Had 2 new volunteers help with the work. About 10 person hours in on it so far. About 1 more hour to finish reassembly. A couple of fit issues from the factory. A spacer between the coaster brake arm and the welded on tab. And a poorly fitting chain guard. Still intact which is pretty amazing for 38 year old disposable plastiLoose spokes tightened. Had 2 new volunteers help with the work. About 10 person hours in on it so far. About 1 more hour to finish reassembly. A couple of fit issues from the factory. A spacer between the coaster brake arm and the welded on tab. And a poorly fitting chain guard. Still intact which is pretty amazing for 38 year old disposable plastic. overall the bike looks to be all original. Now with new tires & tubes and grease.

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Pretty common in the middle of the great corn desert. Just add mice. Mice move food when they aren't busy chewing wires.
 
Complete dissassemlby for cleaning and polishing. Bearings de-crudded and regreased. spokes tightned. new tires & tubes installed. Finished the assembly today and took a test ride and some photos. i was chased by 2 suspicious looking guys and stoped by 2 more who wanted to see the bike. Sent a couple photos to our fb guy to post and he is buying it. Bling!

An American Bald Eagle did a close flyby to see it too.

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