This is my wife Carol's favorite bike, a Taiwan-built lugged steel Schwinn. It may be more of a "classic classic" than a current classic but I find it aesthetically pleasing, I hope you do too!

I keep trying to build up "nicer" bikes for Carol but she prefers this one, so I figure it will be around for a while. We found the bike on the side of the road and grabbed it out of someone's trash heap. It was the model with Positron and the wheels were rusty chrome steel. It cleaned up pretty well though, we both love the rootbeer colored paint and the matching fenders. There is a gold pinstripe that has mostly worn off but is a nice accent. My wife likes the fancy rear reflector. She mostly uses it as transportation to the beach or to the farmer's market.

I replaced everything but the original headset, which cleaned up pretty well--not much pitting inside it. Most of the components were borrowed from an early '80's Fuji 10 speed:

Front and Rear Derailleurs: Suntour AR
Crankset: Fuji/Sugino
Bottom Bracket: Fuji branded BB
Shifters: Suntour friction stem shifters
Brakes: Re-built Schwinn/Shimano brakes with new(er) pads
Rear Wheel: ATOM hub and 5 speed freewheel, Rigida rim, 27"
Front Wheel: Sunshine/Sansin hub, Araya rim, 27"
Tires: Cheap gumwall 27 X 1 1/4's
Stem/Bar SR/Schwinn with Schwinn grips
Saddle: Brooks B-72
Basket: Wald, of course

I hope you enjoy this one--thanks.

Gibson Lawrence & Carol Long
Cape May Point, NJ

gibson@gibsonlawrence.com

 

 

Schwinn - rear quarter view
 
Schwinn - Drive side view
Schwinn - bars & basket

Schwinn - drivetrain detail

 

 
 

 

 

 


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