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    '74 Schwinn Continental

    Friday I picked up this Scwhinn from a local non-profit called "Newark Bike Project". My goal is to mostly clean and replace worn parts. I'd like to have a bike I can use with a bike seat to carry my daughter around in (she'll be 2 in the spring). I have limited knowledge about building/restoring bikes so this will be a fun little project for me as well.
    '74 Schwinn Continental-j9gdizv.jpg
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    '74 Schwinn Continental-0cejz7f.jpg
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    I ran the serial number and it came back with 1974


    Took my ~2hrs to get the bike broken down. The stem was locked in place so that took me time to get loosened up. Everything else came apart surprisingly easy with no specialty tools.

    The original color is "Chesnut" but I'd call it Copper.. The fork tube shows the original color and I must say in my opinion this is/was a beautiful color.
    '74 Schwinn Continental-vtuvyiw.jpg
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    90% of the parts fit into my evaporust bucket and came out pretty clean. I'm very happy with how they look. Still show their age but are more presentable now.
    '74 Schwinn Continental-yb4hznx.jpg
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    https://i.imgur.com/MJJccoF.jpg

    Only minor set back so far is that I don't know where this spring attaches.. Figure I'll find out when I go to run the chain.
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    '74 Schwinn Continental-r1aw559.jpg
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    Any recommendations on tires? They'll need to be 27"x1-1/4". Would it be too cheesy to buy a continental road bike tire??

    I also need to buy a new chain (6 speed should work) and some cables for shifting & braking. I have no clue where to begin with cable purchases though.
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    Just placed an order for the following:
    Kenda K35 tires
    Kenda Thorn Resistant Tubes
    SRAM PC-830 Chain (6/7/8 Speed)

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    Pics are broken?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rev106 View Post
    Pics are broken?
    They were originally when I tried using Google Photos... I switched them to Imgur.. Are they still not working???

    I'll put links to the photos beneath them.

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    Pics work for me, thanks fr sharing, appreciate your passion and excellent posting, but?

    This is for vintage retro and classic mountain bikes (98.5% of the time at least) and the occasional super rare MTB connected roadie or project.

    So, this'll likely not attract too much attention, just so's you knows.

    Might try TheCabe.com, they'll be all over your project!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Pics work for me, thanks fr sharing, appreciate your passion and excellent posting, but?

    This is for vintage retro and classic mountain bikes (98.5% of the time at least) and the occasional super rare MTB connected roadie or project.

    So, this'll likely not attract too much attention, just so's you knows.

    Might try TheCabe.com, they'll be all over your project!
    Thanks! I know it's MTBR so I figured it would get limited responses. It's nice to document my progress somewhere that I'm already a member though (my MTB is new though)! I'll check out theCabe.com and see what it's all about!

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    All good, not telling you to skeedaddle, just letting you know why you may not get much action.

    I'm a fan of anyone who does a nice job documenting their purchase, process and passion....
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    The spring attaches to the little hook on the derailler cage that's right behind it in your picture. It tensions the chain when properly set up.
    Latitude 61

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    That was my first "mountain bike". I picked one up from a police auction, single speeded it, put newsboy bars with imo Oakley grips, imo Snakebelly tires and a hardware store fake anno rear brake.

    I was only 12 in '82 and the frame was too big and it didn't stop, but I rode it all over the hiking trails in the surrounding hills. I got my first "real" bike, a Schwinn High Sierra two years later.
    Ripping trails and tipping ales

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    ^So you started out on a 29er?^
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Got a lot put back together. Small items left are:
    All Cables
    Chain & Derailleur
    Tape Handlebars

    https://i.imgur.com/L8CydrB.jpg


    https://i.imgur.com/VsW4wwT.jpg


    https://i.imgur.com/NH4jK7r.jpg

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    So the photos in your original post work but in this last post they donít.

    Iím a bit late to the party but:
    Cool bike, I had a brown Schwinn Varsity back in the day. Many years later around 1988 I picked up a 1973 blue Continental. Bought it for $25 from a college girl who was renting a room from my brother. It was in excellent shape and all I had to do was fill the tires and ride it. I used it for a couple of years as a beach cruiser / bar hopper in San Diego. Something I could ride and not worry if it was stolen. Loved that bike though. Congrats on your score and I love that copper color. Keep posting up your progress and please fix the photos in your last post.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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