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With all the buzz around strandies these days I decided to build one for myself.

I LOVE the look of the classic 26 BMX bikes like Laguna or Cook Bros., but they aren’t in my budget right now.

What is in my budget is a frame from ind-chuckz. I wanted to do something different than a Worksman, so I started looking at the Schwinn Heavy Duti. It has the look I’m after, EXCEPT for the 1 1/8” headset components. After some research, it looks like the Summit Workhorse frame IS THE SAME FRAME, except it has 1” headset stuff.
BINGO!

So, hit up Chuck for a frame and, as usual, he delivered.
I ground off the rear rack and chainguard mounts, l’m leaving the bottle mounts.
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Did a little ‘lead work’ on a small dent on the top tube and filled in the fender brace holes on the rear dropouts.
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and that’s where we are....
I have been sourcing in the rest of the bits from my stash, other bikes, FB and members here.
Here’s what I have so far:
Using this Bell cruiser saddle from my first RRB build
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I wanted to mix in a little MTB, BMX and roadie stuff (why not, right?)
So, I ordered this alloy seatpost with modern clamping hardware.
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I wanted to try a 3pc crank conversion, so I went with this YST Professional unit with sealed cartridge bearings
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My crankset is this ‘nod to a Schwinn cloverleaf’ unit I got from an RRB member years ago.
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Pulled these brown Odyssey Twisted pedals off my path bike
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Staying with sealed bearings, I ordered this headset.
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For a stem, I’ve FINALLY found a build for this vintage BMX 4-bolt unit.
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Scored these bars from a FB page, they’ll work for now
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Found these brown ‘city’ grips in my stash
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I decided I wanted a chrome fork that took a 22.2 stem, so I bought this ‘Schwinn replacement’ (most likely Sunlite) from eBay.
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Wheels are from a modern Walmart Huffy, scored those from Kingfish254. I’m gonna ditch the peach and get them blasted and , budget permitting, get them powdercoated, maybe...I did replace the black rear cog with a shiny one.
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The tires are 26 x 2.0 Continental RetroRides, stole those from the pathway bike too. If I paint the rims, I may try to match the color in their logos
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For a chain, went with this Rustbuster
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That’s what I got so far, I think that’s all I’ll need.
The plan:
Get the frame sandblasted and powdercoated ‘old Ford’ blue. Like in the logo. I hope to pick up an old F100 soon, so why not have a matching bike. Plus, I don’t own a blue bike. I’m gonna make this a ‘Schwinn’ so I’ve got some modern frame decals coming and I’m gonna use this headbadge that I got from Smoopy’s
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This bike lived it’s first life in service at a Shell plant, so I may toss a ‘nod’ to that in there too.
Stay tuned.....






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Jim,
I always used the term ‘big BMX’. The biggest non-BMX traits in strandies for me are, spring seat instead of BMX style racing type, coaster brake instead of freewheel (less clutter and adjusting of cables), platform pedals instead of ‘rat traps’ and smooth street treads (except for the classic ‘knobbie’-type) tires.

But that’s just me.
As for my stable, I see this bike becoming my ‘everyday’ ride. Simple, like a classic ballooner, but with lighter components (except for the frame....[emoji849]), no fenders and/or chainguard to get in the way and last but not least, it’s less ‘valuable’ should anything happen to it.
 
Great collection of parts! That's gonna look great rolling on Tybee!
 
Great collection of parts! That's gonna look great rolling on Tybee!

That’s the plan my friend! It worked hard in the Shell factory, one day it will retire to the beach... [emoji907]


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Well, went to a new powdercoater for a quote yesterday....
Hmmm.....$200 for blast/powder...eh,no....
In a moment of disappointment, I entertained the thought of stripping the frame and rattlecanning it, I tried a ‘citrus-based’ brush on stripper.
Hahaha, that industrial yellow paint just giggled at me....[emoji849].
I’ve got about a day and a half of vacation left, I may give my ‘old’ coater a text....


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Another challenge, my old powdercoater has some life challenges to address, so the business is ‘on hold’. They’re sending me a contact for another guy.....it took me less time to get all the parts together than it’s taking to do this.


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Well, decided to go ‘old school’ and strip/paint the frame and wheels myself.
No progress pics, but I broke down the wheels and applied stripper to the rims. Still debating on a color, was thinking about red primer, but may go with something else....stay tuned


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Cool build. Yeah, I just tried a build with the same frame but it was way beyond saving, and that paint... What the heck did they paint these frames with? I ended out soaking it in extra strength paint thinner, TWICE!
 
Haven’t done the frame yet, but from the cutting and grinding I’ve done so far, it’s gonna be tough.
While I’m not fond of using ‘aircraft stripper’, because of it’s caustic nature, I think this may call for it.


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Haven’t done the frame yet, but from the cutting and grinding I’ve done so far, it’s gonna be tough.
While I’m not fond of using ‘aircraft stripper’, because of it’s caustic nature, I think this may call for it.


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Drop it off at the Cheetah :D
 
Haven’t done the frame yet, but from the cutting and grinding I’ve done so far, it’s gonna be tough.
While I’m not fond of using ‘aircraft stripper’, because of it’s caustic nature, I think this may call for it.


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I've never used paint stripper before until this frame. Not fun.
 
Well, even the toxic ‘aircraft stripper’ didn’t work. So, I bought a few flapper disks.
As for the wheels, that was much simpler.
Stripped off the peach paint and went with a ‘steel wheel’ colored rattlecan for that ‘alloy’ look.
I have to do some touch ups, then I’ll relace them up and get them trued.
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Oh yeah, grabbed these gumwall knobbies from ind-chuckz that I’m gonna try. They are ‘strandie classics’
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With any luck, I can get the frame into color this week and I can start assembly.

Cheers all!


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Love the name change.
Schwummitt
 
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