I became intrigued by the simplicity and ruggedness of "industrial"
bikes so when I saw this Schwinn Heavy-Duti on my local Craigslist
several years ago, I had to check it out. It has two top-tubes,
heavy duty tire innertubes, very heavy spokes and supposedly has
a corrosion-resistant zinc-plated chain.
bike isn't fast, but it's simple, rugged and very comfortable. It
reminds me of when I was much younger and didn't think about clipless
pedals, helmets or lycra shorts. In fact, I feel like a kid whenever
I ride this beastie.
best rides are the ones out in the country on low-traffic roads
or along the rails-to-trails. It's also a great bike for around-town
errands. I don't get anywhere fast but I usually get there with
added the rear rack and panniers to make the bike more useful for
errands and I also added a homemade fender extender (made from a
cat litter jug) to reduce road spray. Some of the add-ons detract
from the overall classic appearance of the bike but they make longer
trips more comfortable. I traveled about 35 miles with a group of
riders and I think my bike was the best-looking and certainly most
commented-on bike in the group.