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    Narrow rear spacing on old Cruiser frame

    I have an old Schwinn cruiser. The rear spacing is something like 120. Does this sound right? Have any of you cruiser guys been able to stretch/ bend the frame to increase the spacing?? how'd ya do it?? I would like to build/ play with the frame using my MTB stuff.

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    BMX parts are your new friends. Don't touch that frame!

    try Danscomp.com or a local shop for a rear hub. I'm using the Shimano DX on mine, no freewheel, uses cogs like MTB and ez to change.


    Quote Originally Posted by nmcculloch
    I have an old Schwinn cruiser. The rear spacing is something like 120. Does this sound right? Have any of you cruiser guys been able to stretch/ bend the frame to increase the spacing?? how'd ya do it?? I would like to build/ play with the frame using my MTB stuff.

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    The old Schwinns have 110mm spacing, which is the same as a BMX hub. I built up my 67 Schwinn Racer with a Schwinn XS high flange hub, and have had no problems. Any 3/8" axle hub will do. Be careful not to get a 14mm axle hub. Those axles are too fat to fit into the old dropouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood
    BMX parts are your new friends. Don't touch that frame!

    try Danscomp.com or a local shop for a rear hub. I'm using the Shimano DX on mine, no freewheel, uses cogs like MTB and ez to change.


    Can the wheel be built w/o dish? I may try it myself and do not have a dish guide.

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    no dish required for a single cog

    Quote Originally Posted by nmcculloch
    Can the wheel be built w/o dish? I may try it myself and do not have a dish guide.
    But, if you choose to spread the stays to accommodate an MTB hub, be aware that it's smart to re-align the dropouts afterwards. Just cold setting the stays to a wider dimension results in the dropouts canted inboard, which forces the hub axle to bow to accommodate their angle. Any decent shop has a pair of "H" tools (the Campy designation) that are used to gauge and align dropouts. It's like a 3-minute job and well worth doing if you don't like busted rear axles.

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    What typ cogs??

    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood
    BMX parts are your new friends. Don't touch that frame!

    try Danscomp.com or a local shop for a rear hub. I'm using the Shimano DX on mine, no freewheel, uses cogs like MTB and ez to change.
    does the DX hub use the same cogs as, say, an XT freewheel hub?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmcculloch
    does the DX hub use the same cogs as, say, an XT freewheel hub?
    It uses DX/Novatec/Mosh cogs, or a King/Boone if you want to splurge. same splined interface like the XT, just set up to use a single cog is all.
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    DX hub side note

    Quote Originally Posted by nmcculloch
    does the DX hub use the same cogs as, say, an XT freewheel hub?
    there is a DX "kit" available that comes with the hub and 3 or 4 cogs. Check shop or eBay.

    However, this is a freewheeling hub, i.e. no brake, and your cruiser probably doesn't have brake posts. In that case you may just want to use a coaster-brake hub, have posts brazed on, go fixie, or Fred Flinstone it at the stop signs

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