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09-18-20, 11:11 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,233
Posted By Velo Mule

Normal bikes are not particularly good at...

Normal bikes are not particularly good at carrying larger loads. When I was in my early 20's I slid off the road in my car and hit a guardrail that was emerging out of the ground. It was a Mazda RX-2...
09-17-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 412
Posted By Velo Mule

Simple green and a toothbrush. I sometimes trim...

Simple green and a toothbrush. I sometimes trim the toothbrush bristles shorter so that they are stiffer. I would suggest Gunk engine cleaner if it was only aluminum or steel, but with plastic, it...
09-17-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,007
Posted By Velo Mule

I can't take credit for the fork or even the...

I can't take credit for the fork or even the direction that the bike is going. That goes to dddd . I think that is the value of this forum.
09-17-20, 08:20 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,007
Posted By Velo Mule

Thanks. Here is a picture of the fork crown....

Thanks. Here is a picture of the fork crown. Gotta love chrome. There is a reason that it was so well liked. It is tough and hard to stand up to wear and it looks great. Of course, there is a good...
09-16-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,437
Posted By Velo Mule

We got some good looking Collegiats posted. Nice...

We got some good looking Collegiats posted. Nice job! There is some inspiration here.
09-16-20, 07:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,007
Posted By Velo Mule

Thanks branko_76 it was a Sharpe Finex. I am no...

Thanks branko_76 it was a Sharpe Finex. I am no pro, so I can't really tell you if it is a worthy gun or not, but I am happy with it. I also have a Harbor Freight $17 gun that I bought for primer. I...
09-15-20, 09:13 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,007
Posted By Velo Mule

In the last post it is hard to see the color,...

In the last post it is hard to see the color, because the frame is under a tent. It was also difficult for me as well to really see it clearly as I was painting. This is not the ideal paint...
09-15-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 452
Posted By Velo Mule

It doesn't look so weird, in fact, I like the way...

It doesn't look so weird, in fact, I like the way it looks. Perhaps it is more of a touring bike with the longer wheelbase. The seat post is extended quite a bit so perhaps a larger frame would...
09-15-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,007
Posted By Velo Mule

It took a few tries. First the wrong color then I...

It took a few tries. First the wrong color then I dropped the frame and had to go back a step. Finally it has the Campus Green paint on it.
...
09-09-20, 11:07 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,437
Posted By Velo Mule

Thanks for the links base2 to your build posts. ...

Thanks for the links base2 to your build posts. You make several good points for starting with a Schwinn Varsity. I like both bikes but must admit that the long wheelbase touring bike with 26"...
09-09-20, 09:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 223
Posted By Velo Mule

Nice bike. That will make someone happy. Thanks...

Nice bike. That will make someone happy. Thanks for the picture.
09-09-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,437
Posted By Velo Mule

From such a simple question to start this off,...

From such a simple question to start this off, this is turning out to be a great thread. The Schwinn electro-forged frames are polarizing. Although I am of the mind to keep them close to the way...
09-08-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,437
Posted By Velo Mule

When I was a teenager, the last bike that I...

When I was a teenager, the last bike that I wanted was a Schwinn Varsity or Continental. European and then Japanese bikes, including the Schwinn LeTour, were considered better bikes. Now, some 40...
09-03-20, 08:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 629
Posted By Velo Mule

It is called very interesting. That looks like a...

It is called very interesting. That looks like a late 70's to perhaps early 80' bike to me, based on the crank, color, derailleur and brake levers. Cantilever brakes were not common at that time. ...
09-02-20, 04:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 406
Posted By Velo Mule

Thanks for the clear pictures. I am a little...

Thanks for the clear pictures.

I am a little concerned for embankmentlb . While re-gluing the tire to the rim is the right thing to do, I also see that the glue that holds the, what do we call it,...
09-02-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 788
Posted By Velo Mule

Good job on the cleaning. It looks great. I am...

Good job on the cleaning. It looks great. I am agreeing with branko_76 that the chain doesn't look too bad. I bought a chain checking tool recently, that is kind of handy not having to guess at...
08-31-20, 08:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,255
Posted By Velo Mule

I had a Serotta Club Special. It had beautiful...

I had a Serotta Club Special. It had beautiful workmanship and finish, not that that mattered at the time, and was an entry level racing bike that was not only was a joy to ride, I got loads of...
08-31-20, 05:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 355
Posted By Velo Mule

Yea that is tight. Nice bike though. It reminds...

Yea that is tight. Nice bike though. It reminds me of when Road & Track did their 1974 Aprils fools road test on a Maserati bicycle. For me and people that were into both cars and bikes at the...
08-31-20, 03:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 647
Posted By Velo Mule

Thank you for the pictures. We like pictures....

Thank you for the pictures. We like pictures. There are lots of reasons NOT to paint the frame. They are: to keep the originality of the bike intact, to minimize cost of the project and you not...
08-27-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,495
Posted By Velo Mule

Kickstands. While I can't actually say I love...

Kickstands. While I can't actually say I love them, I don't hate them and have them on many of my bikes because they are handy. I like the old Rode Gear Flickstand that I had on my racing bike. But...
08-26-20, 08:59 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,495
Posted By Velo Mule

61 posts in and still no love for spoke...

61 posts in and still no love for spoke protectors (Dork disks). I'm no fan either, and take them off most bikes. I'm just surprised that no one mentioned it yet, or did I miss one?

+1 for...
08-26-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 998
Posted By Velo Mule

Now you can run a Gates Carbon Drive belt.

Now you can run a Gates Carbon Drive belt.
08-25-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 998
Posted By Velo Mule

The dog is on a high fiber diet. Dogs have...

The dog is on a high fiber diet.

Dogs have a history of chasing bikes. Now they have something else to gnaw on once they catch it.

"That wouldn't have happened with a steel frame"
08-25-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,495
Posted By Velo Mule

Older tire sizes. Let's start with 26" x 1-3/8"...

Older tire sizes. Let's start with 26" x 1-3/8" These were fairly common in the 70's mostly on three speed bikes, there were some derailleur bikes that used this size too. The size is still far from...
08-25-20, 07:20 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,495
Posted By Velo Mule

Cottered Cranks. It is a bit odd for my saying...

Cottered Cranks. It is a bit odd for my saying this since I don't have a bike with them now, but I have in the past. Some of these are all steel cranks are well designed a fairly light. Some were...
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08-17-20, 05:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 210
Posted By Velo Mule

Nice trails. Thanks for the video. It is far...

Nice trails. Thanks for the video. It is far for me now, but I'll have to keep it in mind in the future.
08-11-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 494
Posted By Velo Mule

This is not made for handlebar tape, however,...

This is not made for handlebar tape, however, handlebar tape started out life as just cotton tape. There are several colors and widths available if you are not looking for the traditional "V"...
08-10-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 649
Posted By Velo Mule

I agree that this is not high or even mid-end...

I agree that this is not high or even mid-end bike. Bikes like this make good town bikes or all around bike. Bikes that you can lock up somewhere and probably won't get stolen and if they do, you...
08-07-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 319
Posted By Velo Mule

Looks like it is in great shape. What color is...

Looks like it is in great shape. What color is the seat. It is possible that it has darkened or turned over the years. The color is molded into the seat and the white is painted.

The chrome...
08-06-20, 08:42 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,816
Posted By Velo Mule

It is curious that this thread came up when it...

It is curious that this thread came up when it did. I had just received my package including MKS Touring pedals. I prefer MKS pedals. They are well made, serviceable and always thoughtfully designed....
08-06-20, 10:39 AM
Replies: 2,217
Views: 213,525
Posted By Velo Mule

Straight tail with a little kink, I think there...

Straight tail with a little kink, I think there is something that is passing inspection but he would prefer being a little different.

Is it the bell? Sun rims (that is just a guess)? Perhaps he...
08-04-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 679
Posted By Velo Mule

I believe that is true, but would you pay $1000...

I believe that is true, but would you pay $1000 for it?
08-02-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,007
Posted By Velo Mule

It is now back looking the way it did back in...

It is now back looking the way it did back in post #39 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=39) .



Those are toothpicks in the headbadge holes. If I didn't put them...
08-02-20, 10:17 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,007
Posted By Velo Mule

Thanks dddd . The paint that was on my...

Thanks dddd . The paint that was on my Continental frame looked more like the Raleigh that you have the picture of. You are really close on your thoughts on how the Schwinn radiant paint colors are...
07-30-20, 04:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 484
Posted By Velo Mule

For Tricycles try looking at Rat Rod Bikes for...

For Tricycles try looking at Rat Rod Bikes for inspiration. There are some mildly modified bikes and some that are wildly modified. https://www.ratrodbikes.com/

I am saving a Schwinn exercise...
07-29-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 529
Posted By Velo Mule

That is a 27 year old bike! I'm getting old. It...

That is a 27 year old bike! I'm getting old. It seem modern to me. Thanks for posting. It is amazing what is C & V.

BTW, nice son you have there.
07-24-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 830
Posted By Velo Mule

Yes, I built my wife's Panasonic Mixte with them....

Yes, I built my wife's Panasonic Mixte with them. I think the size works well since I was starting with 630 (27"). I wanted something wider, softer and shorter than the 27" x 1-1/4" tires. This...
07-17-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 731
Posted By Velo Mule

Nice comparison picture. Thanks for taking the...

Nice comparison picture. Thanks for taking the effort to remove the saddle from your bike for the purpose of the picture. It is a close copy.

I would think this would be used on a Raleigh...
07-15-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 477
Posted By Velo Mule

Since it came with 32mm wide tires already, it...

Since it came with 32mm wide tires already, it sounds like it pretty much is perfect for a gravel bike. You also have the drop handle bars already. If you have steel rims, you could replace the...
07-15-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 814
Posted By Velo Mule

You were good with the cows until they sniffed...

You were good with the cows until they sniffed the Brooks saddle. Then you were in trouble. "No milk for you".
07-14-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,536
Posted By Velo Mule

That is a good looking hub. I love the shape. ...

That is a good looking hub. I love the shape. And it looks sealed too. Not that that is a must. I like the hubs with cones. If it were me, I would reuse the hub.

The spokes on the Bike Hub...
07-13-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,378
Posted By Velo Mule

You bring up an excellent point Notso_fastLane ,...

You bring up an excellent point Notso_fastLane , the speed and red light cameras are often used where there is a bad intersection or roadway. Often a better solution would be a redesign to make that...
07-05-20, 10:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 913
Posted By Velo Mule

Graphics arrived and are on the frame. Now I...

Graphics arrived and are on the frame. Now I can't hide the low endedness any more. The good thing about such a bike is that I have artistic licence. If this were a Raleigh, I could probably find the...
07-04-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,374
Posted By Velo Mule

Until recently, I always thought of tubes as...

Until recently, I always thought of tubes as commodities. That changed when I ordered Schwalbe tubes. They seem to be well made and the valve body is threaded and has a nut even for a schrader...
06-17-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 711
Posted By Velo Mule

While you are looking at tires, one of the...

While you are looking at tires, one of the features of this bike is that it can fit wider tires and fenders. And the tire size is 700C, which means that there are lots of choices available.
06-17-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 711
Posted By Velo Mule

Nice bike in excellent condition. Thanks for...

Nice bike in excellent condition. Thanks for posting pictures. Just ride and enjoy. If you are riding on paved roads and paved trials, I would change to smoother tires. But that is me. The tires...
06-10-20, 09:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,030
Posted By Velo Mule

This is a Forged and hardened Craftsman wrench...

This is a Forged and hardened Craftsman wrench that my friend heated until red with an oxy acetylene torch and bent to the new shape. It bent easily once hot. There are no cracks. This was done to...
06-10-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By Velo Mule

Thanks for the pictures Nubra . I have Tourney...

Thanks for the pictures Nubra . I have Tourney brakes that are more traditional looking center pull calipers with a traverse cable. These are center pull too. Shimano was clever and eliminated, the...
06-06-20, 05:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 314
Posted By Velo Mule

I like vintage Blackburn racks. Period correct...

I like vintage Blackburn racks. Period correct too. That is my opinion.

Here is an example in black anodize:

Blackburn rack...
06-06-20, 04:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 281
Posted By Velo Mule

Zeus frame pump

Back in the early 80's lived near the U.S. distributor to Zeus products. One day a took a visit. I had some idea of what they had and I was still young and inocent. It was a candy shop. At this...
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