is my 1955 boys 24" Schwinn Spitfire that i collected from the trash
here in Royal Oak, MI.
was green and white, and looked like it sat outside for 20 years.
Both wheels, seatpost, and stem were frozen, and it was in general
disrepair. After disassembly and cleaning, I rebuilt the bike with
a 26" aluminum mtb wheel in the front, along with a skinny bmx style
knobby, and a new steel 24" coaster brake wheel out back with a
chain pattern tire that was of the few usable parts on the schwinn.
original schwinn chainwheel is attached to crankarms from a 1970s
era huffy 10 speed (also a garbage find), and the seat is from the
same bike. A 1970ish KOKO womens 3 speed donated it's fenders and
handlebars, which i assume are aftermarket. The pedals and chrome
kickstand are off of my 1973 Schwinn Supersport (I'm currently building
it as a tourer with updated everything and a nexus drivetrain).
I kept the green grips and headtube badge original for some authenticity.
was going for a '50s hotrod/rat/bobber motorcycle look for the bike,
so i painted the frame and fork flat black, and the wheels, stem,
and chainring sweet tomato satin red. So far i have ridden this
bicycle around the neighborhood, to the store, and so on, and its
a great ride, lots of positive comments from people. future plans
involve a complete dissasembly, cleaning, sanding, and repaint with
many more coats of paint. I was eager to get it together and ride
it, so the paintwork was quick and dirty. This summer i rediscovered
my joy of biking when i bought my wife and i new bikes. I had a
lot of fun putting this Schwinn together, and only spent $60 doing
it, due to garbage picked donor bikes!
for the great site, and your consideration!