am known as The Bicycling Guitarist because since the early 1980s
I have ridden tens of thousands of miles "no hands" on a vintage
Schwinn ten-speed while simultaneously playing a Fender Stratocaster
guitar, writing hundreds of songs dozens of which are available
on my web site at http://www.TheBicyclingGuitarist.net/
faithful ride for all these years has been a 1977 Schwinn Sportabout
ten-speed bicycle. Over the years it has received several upgrades
with parts from the Schwinn Continental and Schwinn Super Sport
models to become a "Super Sportabout" (I coined the term this year
to replace the term "Sportinental" from the 2003 upgrade).
Sportabout was a low-end Schwinn bicycle that used the same flash-welded
"electro-forged" frame as the better-known Varsity, Continental
and Suburban models. What set the Sportabout apart was its use of
Japanese SunTour derailleurs and freewheel, which at the time were
the finest designs in the world even though they were cheaper than
the equivalent French or Italian designs.
spite of all the upgrades, my "Minstrel Cycle" still has the most
important defining characteristics of a Schwinn Sportabout: the
electro-forged frame, painted tubular fork, and SunTour derailleurs.
of October 6, 2009 my "Minstrel Cycle" also has an aluminum handlebar
and stem assembly in excellent condition from a higher-priced 1970s
Schwinn. That same day it also received new wheels built by lacing
vintage Schwinn Approved quick release hubs to modern Sun CR-18
aluminum rims. I also added Kool-Stop "salmon" brake pads to the
center-pull brakes that I upgraded to back in 2003.
of September 21, 2009, The Bicycle Museum of America has dibs on
this machine after I die. I had asked them if they were interested
in it, and they wrote back that with my story it would make "an
hope to ride and play many more miles on this bicycle, especially
now that it has such sweet new parts installed.