My first build - 1960's Schwinn

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  1. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    Is there anyway you can redirect the tracking of the chain a bit to give more tire clearance? Those tires are so sharp. Worth the trouble in keeping them clean, I think. Somebody here on the forum said that Mr. Clean wipes work really well.
    SB
     
  2. ridemybikebro

    ridemybikebro New Member

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    Thanks for the tip SB, I'll pick some up and I bet I use a lot of them cleaning the tires for the first few rides. There is about 1/5 inch between the chain and the tire.
     
  3. ridemybikebro

    ridemybikebro New Member

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    Today was really FUN! Got everything hooked up and gas'd up the bike and took it for a spin and everything worked fine! Chain stayed on and motor didnt vibrate loose from my sketchy mounts. I did about 5 miles and had a blast. Got back to the house and rolled up in the garage with a big smile on my face.

    Thank you to all who contribute to this forum I learn so much from this place it rules!

    Gas tank is leaking some from the petcock, so looks like I gotta add another layer or two of teflon tape to the threads. Is teflon tape ok to use or should I go get that gas tape stuff?

    Cheers
     
  4. Allen_Wrench

    Allen_Wrench Resident Mad Scientist

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    Man! A classic Schwinn with a two-speed bendix. You lucky dawg!
     
  5. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    Glad you her going. That first ride is something to remember and just the beginning of a lot of smiles to come. I don't know what it is exactly, but these things are just so much fun to ride. Now get a picture of you smilin' on your cool bike, something to frame and put on the wall. Way to go, Bud!
    SB
     
  6. joep4567

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    i don't think gas and teflon mix well.
     
  7. darkhawk22

    darkhawk22 New Member

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    Looks like a great ride! I purchased a 3/8 tap and used a brass fitting with some teflon and it worked a-ok. I ran it to a glass bowl filter.

    Your ride looks similar to my AMF cruiser. Now all we need is someone to crank out some in expensive tanks to fit in between those bars. in the mean time I have found some decent leads on better looking tanks for the top bars.
     
  8. BADBOOH

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    Cool looking ride!!! I like!!!! The sky blue wheels look good would never thought of that.
     
  9. BADBOOH

    BADBOOH New Member

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    plus it matches ur plant water-er and tiles!! big plus! ha!
    btw this is badbooh's wife not him :)
     
  10. ridemybikebro

    ridemybikebro New Member

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    ridemybikebro New Member

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    Hey all

    I've been riding and having a blast! Many thanks to this forum! I have learned so much by just reading threads so thanks everybody.

    I've put about 200 miles on her now. I miss the white rear tire... the chain chewed it up something fierce. Any ideas on spacing the chain out some?

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  12. David D.

    David D. New Member

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    A fifth of an inch is plenty of clearance between your chain and rear tire... should not be "chewing up" your tire at all if the chain is tensioned properly most of my bikes have about 1/8" clearance... when you roll the bike with the clutch in does the drive chain get tight then loose then tight... if so you will need to re-center the rear drive sprocket.... that has to be perfect....pretty sure norm has a thread on that...if its not your chain will slap the tire and eventually your motor mounts will fail....beautiful bike you built, i love the old schwinns..... David
     
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    I think the black looks great makes the blue rim nicer on the eyes.

    Adam
     
  14. Build-a-beast workshop

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    if anyone caught that thread at motoredbikes(i think)....the one where the guy's front fender support caught his tire, wrapped around it, bent the rim into a lima bean shape and threw him over the handlebars. his front support wasn't a pressed piece of steel like your's though, it was the thicker kind on newer fenders. and i hate being a drag like that, but its something to consider for everyone running fenders. nice bike though....wish i would find one like that at the scrapyard. props on all the work involved with the rear wheel...internal geared hubs are infinitely interesting/a pain in the @ss upon reassembly.
     
  15. Allen_Wrench

    Allen_Wrench Resident Mad Scientist

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    Love the bike, man. She's hot.
     

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