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SirMike1983 06-19-23 07:44 PM


Originally Posted by capnjonny (Post 22925630)
Here is a 1971 Schwinn Racer I just overhauled and cleaned up.

Thw paint took a lot of touching up and it's no show stopper but with a new clear coat and some shiny bliing , not too bad.
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b6e039ba92.jpg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...3f8cf4e7d7.jpg
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5af6507943.jpg
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...0cf64848c6.jpg

Looks like it cleaned up nicely. That style of frame is sometimes used by guys who build up 26 inch wheel "muscle bikes" because the originals on the small wheels are too small for an adult. That frame size is good for a smaller adult as well. Color looks good on that bike.

SirMike1983 06-21-23 09:12 PM

Lots of daylight today to go for a ride after work. We've had some trouble getting truly good weather for rides here lately. It has been kind of cool, damp, and sometimes smoky (the wildfires in Quebec were sending smoke down this way for a week or so). But tonight was great - 1941 Schwinn New World 3 speed.

https://blogger.googleusercontent.co...621_180913.jpg

https://blogger.googleusercontent.co...621_180832.jpg

This one has a kind of unusual art deco "planes and trains" badge.

https://blogger.googleusercontent.co...621_180929.jpg

Unca_Sam 06-22-23 09:33 AM


Originally Posted by SirMike1983 (Post 22930709)
Lots of daylight today to go for a ride after work. We've had some trouble getting truly good weather for rides here lately. It has been kind of cool, damp, and sometimes smoky (the wildfires in Quebec were sending smoke down this way for a week or so). But tonight was great - 1941 Schwinn New World 3 speed.

https://blogger.googleusercontent.co...621_180913.jpg

https://blogger.googleusercontent.co...621_180832.jpg

This one has a kind of unusual art deco "planes and trains" badge.

https://blogger.googleusercontent.co...621_180929.jpg

A pre-rationing wartime bike is something you don't see every day.

Sedgemop 06-22-23 01:06 PM


Originally Posted by SirMike1983 (Post 22930709)
Lots of daylight today to go for a ride after work. We've had some trouble getting truly good weather for rides here lately. It has been kind of cool, damp, and sometimes smoky (the wildfires in Quebec were sending smoke down this way for a week or so). But tonight was great - 1941 Schwinn New World 3 Speed.

Beautiful bike, Sir Mike. Thanks for posting.

thumpism 06-22-23 04:47 PM

Real pretty loop Tourist is not cheap but might be worth it.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...20437403508829

https://scontent.fric1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...EQ&oe=6499395A

ascherer 06-26-23 12:49 PM

A cousin spotted this at a tag sale and texted to ask if I was interested. For $10 I couldn't say no! I believe I see a twist shifter, no chainguard and some very creatiuve fulcrum placement. Beyond that, I am scratching my head over the date (68 latest?) and lower-end fender stays, rims and saddle, not to mention that it's unusual to see this color (colour? colorway??) so anyone with deeper knowledge than mine, please chime in. I'll have it in a bit more than a week, until then this is all I have to go on.

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...8a1ae48ee5.jpg

clubman 06-26-23 01:10 PM

@ascherer, '64 - '66 was the typical timeframe for the twist grip. Pretty clean for a sawbuck!

The women's cables were a longer length, hence the messy fulcrum.

ascherer 06-26-23 01:21 PM


Originally Posted by clubman (Post 22935437)
@ascherer, '64 - '66 was the typical timeframe for the twist grip. Pretty clean for a sawbuck!

The women's cables were a longer length, hence the messy fulcrum.

I've certainly paid way more for much crustier examples! I wondered if the shifter had been moved from one of the compacts like the Shopper or Twenty and that's why the cable was so short.

clubman 06-26-23 01:33 PM

I could see that. Twist grips looked cool so someone could have made that choice, not realizing that they just didn't work well for long.

thumpism 06-28-23 07:11 PM

Norwegian, not English, but for $150 it's a time capsule waiting for you in MA.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...36251302456643

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net...aQ&oe=64A1D31F

DesmoDog 06-29-23 05:18 PM

Well the hub is an English 3 speed anyway...

A 1956 Schwinn Racer I picked up last year. I was searching for a '62 but this had cooler graphics and head badge so it came home with me. I didn't do a restoration obvivouly, just cleaned it up and gave it some TLC. Judging by the date code on the rear hub it was late '56 so maybe sold in '57. Or a Christmas bike? Who knows.

The first picture is "pre-TLC"
http://teamyikes.com/Racer/Racer_6558.JPG

http://teamyikes.com/Racer/Racer_6863.JPG

http://teamyikes.com/Racer/Racer_6861.JPG

http://teamyikes.com/Racer/Racer_6860.JPG

The "temporary" seat is too high in those photos but even so the frame is too small for me. I found a '62 frame in the next size up so I'll probably be putting another one together at some point.

SirMike1983 06-30-23 09:36 AM

1953 Raleigh Lenton out for a ride yesterday.


https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f9f9c79a7d.jpg
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5943e53808.jpg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...8b4ef9101e.jpg

bluesteak 06-30-23 03:20 PM

I very much appreciate SirMikeís ride photos, and the attention to detail on his bikes. It is to Smokey here for me to do a ride today.

On another note, this hobby takes you to strange places. eBay showed me a 1934 KB hub. I thought, oh, it has the indicator, so I bid.
I now have a hub, with no bike to fit it to, and no real prospects of finding one, or having room for if I did find one.

The plus side is it appears to work, brakes, and three gears, and I have a spare indicator for my 37 Raleigh Utility roadster.

jamesj 06-30-23 03:49 PM

My wife saw me open this and she said ohh you can buy that for me if you like.
I said its all the way in Cleveland, she goes, and?



Originally Posted by thumpism (Post 22931454)


SirMike1983 06-30-23 04:45 PM

Took my Schwinn Traveler out for a little while this afternoon. The weather is good today, but the Canadian wildfire smoke is starting to filter back down here again.


https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...9b9daed99e.jpg
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...dcdc58fc0c.jpg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...23bf04f744.jpg

thumpism 06-30-23 05:03 PM


Originally Posted by jamesj (Post 22940190)
My wife saw me open this and she said ohh you can buy that for me if you like.
I said its all the way in Cleveland, she goes, and?

You married well.

gster 07-01-23 02:59 PM

1957 Robin Hood in Toronto
Listed on Facebook Market Place @ $175.00
Looks to be in very good condition
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...34d2b4b522.jpg

thumpism 07-01-23 05:30 PM

This is much less rusty than an identical one at a junk shop near me, and it's cheaper. $60 in MD.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...78768460384528

https://scontent.fric1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...YA&oe=64A5DCE9

gna 07-01-23 06:26 PM


Originally Posted by jamesj (Post 22940190)
My wife saw me open this and she said ohh you can buy that for me if you like.
I said its all the way in Cleveland, she goes, and?

Road trip.

There's a similar one here in the Twin Cities. Slightly cheaper, but still expensive:
https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/a...613721058.html

Sedgemop 07-01-23 08:11 PM

Just let my '69 Sports go to someone who needed basic transportation. I think I'm going to continue this practice. Buy up inexpensive 3 speeds for sale locally, ride 'em awhile and give them to someone who needs reliable transportation. Would love to see more of these great bikes out on the road being used.

52telecaster 07-01-23 11:54 PM


Originally Posted by Sedgemop (Post 22941336)
Just let my '69 Sports go to someone who needed basic transportation. I think I'm going to continue this practice. Buy up inexpensive 3 speeds for sale locally, ride 'em awhile and give them to someone who needs reliable transportation. Would love to see more of these great bikes out on the road being used.

That's beautiful. I give bikes away now and then. It's fun when you see them being used.

vintagebicycle 07-02-23 04:55 AM


Originally Posted by DesmoDog (Post 22939140)
Well the hub is an English 3 speed anyway...

A 1956 Schwinn Racer I picked up last year. I was searching for a '62 but this had cooler graphics and head badge so it came home with me. I didn't do a restoration obvivouly, just cleaned it up and gave it some TLC. Judging by the date code on the rear hub it was late '56 so maybe sold in '57. Or a Christmas bike? Who knows.

The first picture is "pre-TLC"
http://teamyikes.com/Racer/Racer_6558.JPG

http://teamyikes.com/Racer/Racer_6863.JPG

http://teamyikes.com/Racer/Racer_6861.JPG

http://teamyikes.com/Racer/Racer_6860.JPG

The "temporary" seat is too high in those photos but even so the frame is too small for me. I found a '62 frame in the next size up so I'll probably be putting another one together at some point.

Nice bike, I've got a few Schwinns here myself, one a blue '56 Traveler in 23", a black '62 Traveler in a 24" frame, a red '65 Racer in 22", and one campus green '72 Speedster in with a 24": frame. The two Travelers are apart, both were in bad need of fenders, and the Traveler had damaged threads on its fork. I just found two pairs of new old fenders and a fork. The 56 still has an original pair of US Royal tires on it. I found it while traveling through AZ about 30 years ago, I bought it and carried it around for two weeks in the back of the RV.
I tend to go back and forth between my Schwinn bikes and my English bikes. The Schwinns have been on the back burner for a few years, but now that I've found fenders, they'll get pushed to the front of the line soon.

Sedgemop 07-02-23 07:29 AM


Originally Posted by 52telecaster (Post 22941465)
That's beautiful. I give bikes away now and then. It's fun when you see them being used.

Yeah, and we gotta spread the gospel on how ideal these bikes are for short, flat commutes. They're perfect for getting around the city. Feel like people may have forgotten or haven't been hipped.

noglider 07-02-23 07:37 AM

@ascherer, you will want to replace the twist shift. Itís pretty bad. I had one on my 1967 Hercules.

@thumpism, $250 is dirt cheap for a tourist here in NYC. A Sports in good condition is $400-500. A Tourist is more.

browngw 07-03-23 09:28 PM


Originally Posted by noglider (Post 22941694)
@ascherer, you will want to replace the twist shift. Itís pretty bad. I had one on my 1967 Hercules.

@thumpism, $250 is dirt cheap for a tourist here in NYC. A Sports in good condition is $400-500. A Tourist is more.

An excellent Sports here in Ontario might grab $300, most go for $100-$150. I sold a very nice Tourist for just over $400 last year. Guess we need to get these bikes to NYC! Sold this 71 Robin Hood Dropbar for just over $300 this spring. It was sold with a B17, I kept the B67 for my 72 Raleigh Sports.
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1606773ca6.jpg

thumpism 07-04-23 06:23 AM

This Allegro looks a lot like my Swiss Condor. It's a $50 bargain in DC.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...71048854039657

https://scontent.fric1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...YQ&oe=64A966F7

1989Pre 07-04-23 07:27 AM


Originally Posted by SirMike1983 (Post 22939774)
1953 Raleigh Lenton out for a ride yesterday.

How far of a ride did you take? Did the Lenton Sports handle the hills (if any) well?

1989Pre 07-04-23 07:32 AM


Originally Posted by browngw (Post 22943401)
An excellent Sports here in Ontario might grab $300, most go for $100-$150. I sold a very nice Tourist for just over $400 last year. Guess we need to get these bikes to NYC! Sold this 71 Robin Hood Dropbar for just over $300 this spring. It was sold with a B17, I kept the B67 for my 72 Raleigh Sports.

The bike is beautiful. Do you have any information on the clamp-on water bottle cage? It made me wonder what the first examples available in the U.S. were. Mansfield? T.A?

gna 07-04-23 08:32 AM

'70s DL1 for a C-note in the MPLS area:
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...4-0f91ab0a3a77
Lady's DL1 converted to rim brakes/coaster:
https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/h...634438111.html

SirMike1983 07-04-23 06:11 PM


Originally Posted by 1989Pre (Post 22943617)
How far of a ride did you take? Did the Lenton Sports handle the hills (if any) well?

15 miles or so, pretty much all hills around here. The Lenton has a 22 tooth rear cog and handles hills pretty well.


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