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    My "vintage" clunker build...

    Been wanting a clunker for a long time.
    An 80's Schwinn Heavi Duty popped up on the local Facebook Marketplace too cheap to pass up, and he happened to have a bunch of bikes and parts he was getting rid of, which happened to include the quilted BMX seat, and the cruiser bars.
    Got it home, immediately yanked the basket, fenders, chain guard, seat and bars off.
    Aired the tires up, slapped on the seat and bars, and took it for a spin around the block.
    Once I knew everything was free and spun freely, it was time to clean it up.
    Washed it, oiled the chain.
    Had some daylight left, so filled my "wheel derusting tub" with white vinegar, and sat the wheels in it, one at a time, rotating a little at a time over the course of the evening and wiping the rust off. I would usually only do this to a fully disassembled wheel, but was feeling lazy...
    Also swapped out some old beat up bear trap pedals.
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    That was on a Saturday.
    I took a chance that the tires and tubes would hold up for at least one ride, and rode it about 10 miles sunday morning with the weekly BMX groups ride.
    Guys were stoked about it.
    I have since put some older'style looking 2.4" wide knobbies on it, and am looking at options for some pads.
    I need to rebuild the wheels. They have a couple broken spokes, and are very un-true. I straightened them enough for the tires not to rub the fork. but they are definitely egg shaped.
    So much for the heavy duty wheels and spokes being real tough. Was hoping that would be one thing I wouldn't have to deal with.
    More pics of progress to come...

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    nice!

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    Love the color!
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    looks good.

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    Thanks... It's progressed a little more...
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    2.4" wide knobbies
    Brooks saddle
    bar pad
    grips (but they are new repops, and look out of place...)
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    Well this sucks. Bought this Brooks a couple weekends ago at a swap meet, and first day riding on it and this happens.

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    Oh man that sucks. It doesn’t look like the leather was bad from what my old eyes can see.
    A garage full of steel frames means happiness.

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    You can still ride on that saddle. Kind of charming in a wicked way..
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    You can still ride on that saddle. Kind of charming in a wicked way..
    I rode about a mile back to my house on it...
    Funny thing is I have three Brooks, or Brooks-style saddles that have the noses torn off like this. Yet I see many tales of guys riding the same Brooks saddle for decades. I think these just sat in their barns or sheds neglected too long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indianadave View Post
    I rode about a mile back to my house on it...
    Funny thing is I have three Brooks, or Brooks-style saddles that have the noses torn off like this. Yet I see many tales of guys riding the same Brooks saddle for decades. I think these just sat in their barns or sheds neglected too long.
    All mi sidi shoes desintegrate on me. Soles, plastic covers... it all turns to little pieces of rubber. I gave up on Sidi dominators and i love the fit. Meanwhile i read about people still riding on 15 yr old sidis. It´s like you and brooks saddles.
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