Here are some photos of my Junker/Klunker/Crossbike.
years ago I went through my old bike parts and sorted through the
worst stuff I had and was about to throw them all out when I came
across this 24" (seat-tube measurement, center-to-center,) Schwinn
frame in a farmer's metal junk pile. It was just the frame, crankset,
and bent fork which I discarded. I don't know what model or year
it is as the name that is usually on the side of the downtube is
devoid of any writing, but, it has the looks of a Continental or
Varsity. So, I decided to hold on to my junk and try to use as much
as I could and build up a working machine.
crank is a one piece 190 mm Ashtabula BMX item that gives plenty
of torque in the Utah mountains and on hilly Brigham City streets.
It's probably the most expensive item on the bike. It hangs comfy
rubber petals that I keep in spite of their weight and rust so I
can hop-and-go barefoot when I have the whim. I kept the smaller
chain-wheel from the Schwinn duel set-up and run a five speed free-wheel
on the back just to keep things simple. The shifter is a mongrel
between Suntour and Simplex parts that I some how got to work beautifully
in spite of it's ugliness. An ancient DNP deraileur moves the chain
around and works well even though it's a mass of rust. The wheels
are from separate bicycles and are steel rimmed with aluminum hubs
running Specialized cyclocross rubber. The spokes are heavy-duty
and each wheel is quite weighty, but, they have served me well for
ten years with only one broken spoke in all that time. Brakes are
center-pulls and stop the bike well enough for what the bike is
and does, even on single-track and in wet conditions. Handle bars,
stem and brake levers are aluminum and from various other found
bikes. I had to buy an aluminum seatpost and mounted a comfortable,
though old, seat on it; now, the second since the bike was first
built. Everything on the machine, with the exception of the seat
post, is second-hand or more, even the handle bar tape is re-used.
always one of the ugliest bikes around but it has real character
and a personality all its own. I get a lot of comments on it, good
and bad, but it keeps on running with minimal maintenance. I figure
there's at least seventeen bikes that donated their parts to this
bike was originally sold by Schortman's Cyclery in Porterville Ca.
as per the decal on the seat tube and somehow found its way to Utah
farm country. Even though I have newer machines, I still ride this
bike a lot because it is unique and--I'm not afraid of it being
stolen. It has a history or many of them, as well as my own, behind
for the space and this site.