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1967 Schwinn Delux Racer

June 19, 2008


Front, originally uploaded by brunoj.

I’ve posted about this bike before. I’ve just finished upgrading / restoring it and I just put a bunch of photos on flickr (check the notes for detailed information).

The major work was:

  1. Cleaning, shining, rust removal and paint removal (especially on the crankset and chain ring).
  2. New wheelset, parts bought from Harris Cyclery. The rims are both chromed steel ISO 590mm. The rear hub is a new Sturmey-Archer 3 speed (originally this bike was a three speed, but with an external cassette, then I converted it to a single speed, now its back to three speed, but with a slick internal gear hub).

  3. Changed the saddle, now its an old Avocet touring saddle that’s in pretty good shape.
  4. Re-cabled the replaced some worn parts (like the cable stop) in the front brake, also upgraded the pads to Kool-Stop “eagle 2” brake pads which have really awesome stopping power even on an old single pivot caliper brake.
  5. Re-packed the overhauled the bottom bracket and headset bearings.

There are still a few things on my todo list.

  1. Cleanup and re-install the chromed fenders and the rack (or might replace the rack with something in better shape).
  2. Figure out a better solution for the housing stop on the chain stay.
  3. Re-mount the shifter below the saddle on the seat stay.
  4. True both wheels a bit better. I’m not terribly good at this and I don’t have a proper trueing stand.
  5. Replace the pedals (which are devilishly slippery and quite rusted).

But it rides pretty sweet right as is. Shifting is perfect, braking is good, and it only weighs in at 35 pounds!

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