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    SS Schwinn

    an old Schwinn...with new life and a super kick-ass paintjob.
    the winter ride for my icy roads...from Wisconsin.
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    Let me know how the WI freewheels hold up in -30F. I always run fixed in the winter for the increased control in icy conditions.

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    here's more...

    the WI freewheel holds up in Mars' cold winters. It will out live a dog years. Sealed, no ball bearings, only pawls n' pure golden nugget goodness.

    Here's some pics I took today after leaving the house. 25 mile ride to the in-laws. It was nice and snowy. I had turkey with the family.

    The bike itself impressed me. Good solid Japanese craftsmanship of a frame.
    The studded tires, although loud for six miles, were key for riding the snowy and icy Glacier Drumlin Trail.
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    You have snow? It's dry as a bone up here in Eau Claire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmucker
    You have snow? It's dry as a bone up here in Eau Claire.
    oh yeah we got snow in SoWi. Lots of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ernesto_from_Wisconsin
    ...Good solid Japanese craftsmanship of a frame...
    Great bike, was it a red LeTour in it's former life? Did you do the paint job yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pursuiter
    Great bike, was it a red LeTour in it's former life? Did you do the paint job yourself?
    It was a red Voyager III I got for $10 last summer.
    Paint is powdercoat from Hy-Tec coatings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ernesto_from_Wisconsin
    oh yeah we got snow in SoWi. Lots of it.
    If you're in SoWi, am I in WeWi?

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    I have a vintage LeTour also that I want to SS. Are those 700c wheels on a 27" frame?
    If so, was there enough reach with the C.P. brakes? Nice ride, SS road bikes are cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dms1818
    I have a vintage LeTour also that I want to SS. Are those 700c wheels on a 27" frame?
    If so, was there enough reach with the C.P. brakes? Nice ride, SS road bikes are cool.
    Yes, 700c on 27". I have the brakes to the bottom of their slots, and decided to use v style pads because they have more adjustability. This makes for my new favorite bike. Who needs a $2000 bike when you can find something that rocks just as hard at $10?
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    which tires are those? How are they on the dry road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pursuiter
    which tires are those? How are they on the dry road?
    Kenda Klondike: http://www.kendausa.com/bicycle/studded.html

    Very loud on dry pavement. Perfect for them icy Wisconsin conditions though.

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    What kind of bar are those? I can't do drop bars and I would have to change my brake levers if I go flat MTB. Those look like they would work out fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pursuiter
    Great bike, was it a red LeTour in it's former life? Did you do the paint job yourself?
    I could be mistaken, but I think LeTours had forged dropouts, rather than the stamped ones on the Travelers.
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    I've got a 1986 Chicago LeTour, they're stamped.

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    Oh Holy Hotness, that's a nice bike.

    I spent the last five years on something similar. A decent, 70's steel road frame with 700c's and 38's. Fixed at 48/18, Gary bars, a caliper brake in the front, with V-pads. The bike was my favorite, and my "go-to" bike. A road ride, commuting, light trail work, going to the store ... that was my bike. Alas, in October a funny creak from the front end turned out to be the front dropouts separating from the fork. Just cracked all the way through one, and half-way through the other. Lucky I'm not dead. One day I'll get a new fork for it, but until then I've replaced it with a Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno. Does the same things, with canti's and will take 1.7's. Not bad for $400.

    Thanks for the bike and associated trip down memory lane. How about some more pics. That thing is awesome

    -Rob.

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    NO snow down here...yet. Probably getting some tomorrow. And I'll be out riding in it!
    Just a regular guy.

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    nearly 45 degrees and no snow 90 miles to the west of you brotherman. I like the green. Is the painter local?
    Authorities speculate that speed may have been a factor. They are also holding gravity and inertia for questioning.

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    me too

    Here is my '69 vintage Schwinn Varsity converted to SSAttachment 412728 I just hand polished the bead blasted frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caffeine Powered
    nearly 45 degrees and no snow 90 miles to the west of you brotherman. I like the green. Is the painter local?
    Yes, 10 miles from here in Waukesha. Hy-tec-coatings.com

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