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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Schwinn Collegiate posted by: Nancy on 3/19/2007 at 6:21:39 PM
We have "his & hers" Schwinn Collegiates from the mid to late '60s, as close as we can tell. They were my husband's parents' bikes. Are they worth refurbishing and is this commonly done and how much does it cost?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Schwinn Collegiate posted by nate on 3/20/2007 at 5:20:12 AM
You can determine the year of the bikes by looking up the serial numbers on the Generla Resources section of here.

You could take them to a bike shop for new tires, cables, grease, etc and should cost around $40-50 per bike, depending on where you live.
After that, just clean up the chrome and ploish them. Never repaint them, it will kill their value.
"It's only original once."




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Removing Old Decals posted by: Al on 3/13/2007 at 8:01:41 PM
I have a vinate Pinarello frame whose paint is still in very good condition. However, the decals are cracked and peeling. They were not oversprayed with clearcoat. I have new decals, but was wondering if anyone knew a trick or two for removing the remnants of the old decals. Thanks in advance.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Removing Old Decals posted by TommyO on 3/14/2007 at 11:23:28 AM
Nail polish remover works great for removing old decals.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   how to make handle bars posted by: drew on 3/3/2007 at 4:18:45 AM
i am currently restoreing a old dragster and it needs new handles because the handles i have are beyond restoreation and my brother said you should be able to bend some your self (i have no idea how?) can enybody teach me how to bend it properly or what i should and shouldnt do?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   how to make handle bars posted by mark on 3/4/2007 at 11:12:37 AM
your not gonna be able to just bend tubing, it will crimp. You'll have to get some sort of pipe bender. Thick walled conduit MIGHT work but don't know for sure. Can get at any home improvement store, bender too. Good luck, Mark

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   how to make handle bars posted by Ron on 3/30/2007 at 11:35:54 AM
I haven't done handlebars but I have bent conduit successfully by filling it with dry sand, heating and bending it. The sand will keep it from colapsing but it will also stay hot for a very, very long time. I learned that the hard way. Ron




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   1954 Schwinn Corvette graphics posted by: jhazz on 2/25/2007 at 6:13:44 PM
I have a 1954 Schwinn Corvette. The lettering is worn of the chain gaurd. I am going to repaint the letters myself I just need to find A good picture of the lettering, any Ideas where I could find a good sized quality picture to work from? thanx

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT: 1954 Schwinn Corvette graphics posted by JHazz138 on 2/28/2007 at 12:51:30 PM
Looking again at the serrial number I do not think I have a 1954 I can't seem to figure out the year from the chart it is D048364 this doesn't seem to match anywhere am I looking at it wrong?

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   1954 Schwinn Corvette graphics posted by Rick on 6/19/2007 at 9:56:48 PM
Hi just saw your message tonight. The serial number of D048364 according to my chart puts the date of manufacture 04/22/1960




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Restoring Cadmium Finish posted by: Michael Glasgow on 2/6/2007 at 9:59:21 AM
Hi,
I was wondering if anyone had a tip about restoring the finish on old schwinn kickstands? I believe the flat silver original finish had something to do with a Cadmium surface treatment, but I'm not sure. I want to recreate the flat silver finish the steel parts came with originally.
Thanks in advance,
Michael

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Restoring Cadmium Finish posted by Nate on 2/7/2007 at 6:28:31 AM
I've tried a few things for a cad-like finish.
First of all realize that cadmium is highly toxic - not a do-it-yourself plating job.
I've tried flat silver spray paint. I've tried sanding and then covering with wax or with oil. The closest I came to a decent look was the flat silver paint.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Restoring Cadmium Finish posted by Ron on 3/30/2007 at 11:39:10 AM
The automotive guys use 3 paints that come in a kit from Eastwood for cadmium but I think the flat silver is more like a galvanized finish also available in one can or a dip I believe from Eastwood. Ron




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   new schwinn caliente posted by: Ryan Parr on 2/3/2007 at 8:40:55 AM
Recently I assisted in clearing out an old bike shop and found a new schwinn caliente in a box. I have been looking for a serial # to find out how old it is but all I can find is the 4 digit stamp on the front emblem. On the direction sheet it has model RD-TY20. Any help would be appreciated. The 4 digit # is 3460. Some #'s on the box are 0811910 P.O.NUMBER C90120M Net Weight 15.2 KGS

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   new schwinn caliente posted by chris on 5/17/2007 at 6:47:48 PM
I have an old nishiki royale and am in the process of fixing it- when searching for a new rear derailer I searched for the model number on the back which also happens to be rd-ty20 its a shimano sis. I dont have any other info just thought maybe there is some connection?




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Sturmey Archer posted by: Ed. Torbeck on 12/6/2006 at 10:28:06 PM
Which is the more desirable hub to use? The AW or the S3C? They are both coaster brakes. Thanks for the offer on the brake upgrade, will keep it in mind for when I know more about what I am doing.


I am having a dealer order a 28 spoke rim and lace one of the hubs in it. I need to know which one I should use.


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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT: Sturmey Archer posted by Aaron on 1/29/2007 at 8:14:37 PM
Ed my choice would be the AWC I feel it is a stronger hub, at least it isn't the TCS. LOL

Aaron

          shcwinn paint chips posted by Pat Liberteli on 11/16/2007 at 2:58:57 PM
Where can I get the paint chips, chart for swhwinn road bikes?? Also detail on how to paint the original Phantom Front Headlight?

          Can anyone identify this serial number TY51003162 posted by Pat Liberteli on 11/16/2007 at 3:36:02 PM
Can anyone identify this serial number, TY51003162, What bike company used this serial number, Tks for looking, Pat




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   D.P. Harris prewar balloon tire bike posted by: Brandon on 12/6/2006 at 9:43:15 AM
I'm new at this, just aquired a womens D.P. Harris & Co New York prewar Rollfast balloon tire bike that I'd like to restore. The paint is original, and the decals, tank and torpedo light are in excellent condition. The serial number makes no sense. Unfortunately, The back tire is horribly split, and it's missing a seat and the rack on the back.
Is there a way to get the rust off without ruining the paint job? There's not much, but the top bar of the frame is the biggest problem, with the rust covering half the bar. Also, I've looked everywhere for parts and I've found a lot of stuff for Schwinns and Releighs but pretty much nothing for Harris. Both tires are 26 x 2.125

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   D.P. Harris prewar balloon tire bike posted by Brian on 1/4/2007 at 5:13:40 PM
In order to remove the rust you will have to remove the old paint down to bare metal. If it is only on the top bar, maybe you can just sand that smooth, prime an spray with a close or contrasting color. You can do a suitable job with spray cans if you take your time and make 3 or 4 thin coats rather than try to make a single heavy coat. Just sand down that top bar, amd mask off the rest of the bike with newspaper and masking tape. Try Memory Lane for parts. http://www.memorylane-classics.com/

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   D.P. Harris prewar balloon tire bike posted by clare snyder on 9/27/2007 at 6:07:36 PM
Don't be too quick to strip that paint. Try scotchbrite and phosphoric acid. If the paint underneath is still sound, but pourous, you may get the rust off leaving a decent pain-job underneath that will clean up and look pretty good with a couple coats of wax.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   sturmey archer hubs posted by: Ed. Torbeck on 12/5/2006 at 8:32:47 PM
I have two rear hubs. one is a AW 72 date, and the other is a S3C, both with coaster brakes. I am in the process of updating a middle weight make with a three speed hub so this old guy can ride it without pain.
These hub are for a 24 spoke rim and I can't find any 24 spoke wheels. Are they available? I can only find 36 spoke wheels

Can you get a 36 spoke housing to convert the unit, or am I stuck with orpham hubs.

Any help is appreciated.

ed.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   sturmey archer hubs posted by nate on 12/6/2006 at 6:27:49 AM
Those are great hubs. Too bad they have only 24 holes. Maybe they were for cycles with 20" or 24" wheels.
I'd post this question under the English Roadster topic. They people there know a lot about Sturmey-Archer hubs and wheels.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC: sturmey archer hubs posted by Antony on 12/6/2006 at 3:44:51 PM
I have a new brake upgrade for the S3C/
AW hub, unused. The one you have has 3 "pads" inside, and SW came out with a much better version- included in the later S3C II hub. I also have the shifter. Let me know if you need either one.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC: sturmey archer hubs posted by Ed. Torbeck on 12/12/2006 at 7:38:42 PM
I'm interested in the upgrade you mentioned.
please advise of the cost.

Thanks for your response.

ed.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC: sturmey archer hubs posted by Ed. Torbeck on 12/30/2006 at 7:55:05 PM
Do you still have the upgrade parts?

Email with price if still available.

Thanks,

ed.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Fizit Bicycle posted by: Bill on 12/1/2006 at 12:06:56 PM
In cleaning out my grandmothers basement I found a Bicycle that had years of dust and is in need of cleaning. I found this website very helpful on what I can and should not do. I cant seem to find anything about the bike manufacturer though. It says "Fizit" and "Made in West Germany" on it. Obviously it is Post WW2 my guess is early 50's. Does anyone know anything about this Company? Any websites which might help me identify the year/model?

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   'Robin Hood' posted by: Finn on 11/30/2006 at 2:51:09 AM
I have just aquired a rather rusted 1954 Raleigh Robin Hood. It has 'Robin Hood' written on the bar. Can anyone advise how best to respray without loosing the insignia?

Thanks

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   'Robin Hood' posted by nate on 11/30/2006 at 6:26:11 AM
I don't think you can really re-spray without stripping everything off the frame. You know, most times a new paint job wrecks the value of an old bike. Usually it is best to just clean it up.
Robin Hoods were made in England. Post a message to the English Roadster section of this site - I think someone there sells decals.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   firestone bike stem and head removal posted by: mike on 11/13/2006 at 3:30:03 PM
I have an old firestone possibly late 50s early 60s. I just started a total restoration. I have not been able to remove handlebar stem. Bolt came out, not broken. But I cannot get the main head nut to break loose. Any suggestions, I've been trying for about 3 days with steady wd-40, rust penetrator, liquid wrench to no avail. Thanks any tips helpful.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   firestone bike stem and head removal posted by George on 12/1/2006 at 8:00:12 PM
Put the bolt back in a few threads, but not tight and give it a wack down with a hammer to loosen the wedge and the stem should just lift out.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   firestone bike stem and head removal posted by clare snyder on 9/27/2007 at 6:15:32 PM
unless the stem was all the way down. I have had good kuck after soaking with a good penetrant by putting a punch up the bottom of the head tube (center of fork) and knocking it loos with a hammer.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:    posted by: Nancy on 10/22/2006 at 6:37:58 AM
I found a vintage 1950ish Roadmaster Flying Falcon and was wanting to restore it for my father. Any suggestions.

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   2person/seat schwinn bike posted by: phillip on 10/11/2006 at 11:22:18 PM
Hi i've got a bike that i'd like to restore .I don't know how the blke looked new ,and where to bye parts needed to restore the bike . Need advice on where to start my task.Thanks for any help

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   old schwinn 2 person bike posted by: phil on 10/11/2006 at 7:29:05 PM
my son bought a house .at this house i found a old bike it's a 2 seater schwinn .shape is ok how do i go about finding out yr model. how to start restoring the bike back to the new state.part s ect.tube

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   old schwinn 2 person bike posted by mark on 10/11/2006 at 8:12:44 PM
find the serial # then go to bunch o bikes schwinn serial # page. Depending on the year the # may be under the crank (pedal arms) on the frame, the rear dropouts (where the rear wheel bolts on), or on the front by the schwinn badge. Good luck and enjoy

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   old schwinn 2 person bike posted by Henry F. McCann on 10/27/2006 at 3:18:23 PM
Have a ladies single speed Schwinn....colors are ivory &
something like maroon. 26" coaster brake bike.
Any chance on getting these colors as a match in a spray can ?

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   old schwinn 2 person bike posted by Ned on 1/7/2007 at 12:42:55 PM
My local car quest parts store has a analyzer gun and they can make up spay cans for you in a matching color.

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