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    Klunker/Bomber Schwinn circa 1979

    Recently acquired this from the original owner who worked in a PA shop back in the late 1970's.* They scavenged together some bits from the shop basement and went out "bombing".* The bike shows a lot of evidence of being used hard and put away wet, including a few frame/handlebar repairs.* Kinda neat to see what folks were doing before there were official "mountain bikes"

    More pics and details (including original owner commentary) @ MOMBAT: 1968 Schwinn Bomber/Klunker






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    looks like a lot of fun to ride. Did the original owner tell you why the strap/tube thing is between the seat and top tube was for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefmiguel View Post
    looks like a lot of fun to ride. Did the original owner tell you why the strap/tube thing is between the seat and top tube was for?
    I've seen this before (I think on a Morrow DC bike) and it was to prevent the seat from slipping backwards. The posts had really cheap clamps that just don't hold up to rough use.

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    Klunker/Bomber Schwinn circa 1979-bomberseat.jpg

    The original owner thinks it was a modified fork blade and would have been used to keep the seat from slipping which happened frequently with small seat post, cheap clamp and lots of leverage!

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    One of my friends achieved that effect with a loop of cable and a turnbuckle. Problem with that setup is that you can't raise and lower the saddle.

    The original purpose of having a quick release seatpost clamp was that tall riders would have a foot or more of the wimpy tubular seatpost showing, and if you bounced on it hard, you would bend it. Lowering the saddle protected the seatpost, and incidentally improved downhill handling.
    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    ...wimpy tubular seatpost....
    Were you using solid posts?

    Did you buy them or make them?


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    Quote Originally Posted by THE ARS View Post
    Were you using solid posts?

    Did you buy them or make them?
    First choice at the bike store was a Schwinn Exerciser seatpost. It was really long, which put a lot inside the frame and protected the seat cluster. After that it was solid aluminum bar stock.
    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
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