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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Dunlop wheels posted by: Gralyn on 12/8/2001 at 5:59:32 PM
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I posted on the Vintage Lightweight forum: I have a Dunlop front wheel 26 X 1 3/8. I would like to find one for the rear - preferably fixed gear. Was there ever such a thing? Dunlop made in England. Hub says HR Pattern on it. Any info?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Dunlop wheels posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 12/13/2001 at 6:46:54 PM
This is an early front hub, well it's old like 50 years or so because they stoped printing H. R. attern on the hubs but they went on to make millions of these hubs. I6t's not valuable but it it's cool. Yes, there are 26 1 3/8 Westwood pattern and Endrick rims out there.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Tires / Handlebar Tape posted by: Gralyn on 11/14/2001 at 11:35:41 AM
So, where do you find tires and handlebar tape for restoration projects?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Tires / Handlebar Tape posted by (419) 832-3040 on 11/14/2001 at 12:02:12 PM
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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Handle Bar Tape Resource posted by: Gralyn on 11/13/2001 at 8:56:32 PM
I'm finding I am paying more for the handlebar tape than for the bicycle! I've seen it priced anywhere from $6 to $18 - just depends on which bike shop you're in. What goes for $6 - $8 in one shop may be $18 in another shop. Is there anywhere to get this at a decent price? Like under $5? Because really, there's not that much to it...except mark-up. Maybe supply and demand. But, does anyone know of a resource where you can order it on-line, etc. at a good price?
Thanks.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Handle Bar Tape Resource posted by Kim on 11/15/2001 at 6:52:37 PM
It might help to say what color and type you are looking for plastic or cloth ect....The tape for Schwinn Ramshorn bikes get expensive since its hard to get.

Kim

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Handle Bar Tape Resource posted by JimW. on 11/15/2001 at 11:19:00 PM
I got NOS color-matched bar tape for my Continental from Tony Cuevas for about $3.50 a roll. I think that's a fairly common price.

          RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Handle Bar Tape Resource posted by Gralyn on 11/16/2001 at 12:41:50 PM
That's the kind of information I wanted to know. It just seems what I find is a bit over-priced. I usually need different colors and types - depending on what bike it would be for. At the moment - I don't need any...but as soon as I get my next bike - I probably will need some. I just put some on my Ross Gran Tour II....I found some which matched the saddle (the original handlebar outfit was the foam rubber-type grip - which was in very poor condition. Now I have some cork tape which matches the tan color of the saddle. It really looks great. I have as much in the tape as I do in the bike, though.




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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Tires: 27 X 1 1/8 Gum Wall posted by: Gralyn on 11/13/2001 at 8:27:57 PM
Where can you find 27 X 1 1/8" gumwall tires? I have a couple of bikes which originally had 27 X 1 1/8" tires. I am having difficulty finding them. I went to one shop and told them what I wanted - they went back to their storage - then returned with the tires. I left with the tires...and when I got to the car - I saw that they were 1 1/4" tires. I took them right back. They said they would have to order them. They did....after several weeks I finally got them. But they weren't really gumwall tires at all...more like white wall...but not really that either. Where can you get those?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Tires: 27 X 1 1/8 Gum Wall posted by Kim on 11/15/2001 at 6:50:52 PM
It might help to say what color and type you are looking for plastic or cloth ect....The tape for Schwinn Ramshorn bikes get expensive since its hard to get.

Kim

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Tires: 27 X 1 1/8 Gum Wall posted by Kim on 11/15/2001 at 6:51:59 PM
This should be one post up

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   27 X 1 1/8" gumwall tires posted by: Gralyn on 11/11/2001 at 3:57:04 AM
Where can you find 27 X 1 1/8" gumwall tires? I have a couple of bikes which originally had 27 X 1 1/8" tires. I am having difficulty finding them. I went to one shop and told them what I wanted - they went back to their storage - then returned with the tires. I left with the tires...and when I got to the car - I saw that they were 1 1/4" tires. I took them right back. They said they would have to order them. They did....after several weeks I finally got them. But they weren't really gumwall tires at all...more like white wall...but not really that either. Where can you get those?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   27 X 1 1/8 posted by MARC on 11/17/2001 at 3:04:32 AM
CAN I REPAINT MY OLD BIKE AND STILL KEEP ITS ANTIQUE VALUE? THE BIKE PAINT IS FADED AND WORN OFF IN MANY PLACES.THANKS
MARC

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   27 X 1 1/8 posted by Gralyn on 11/17/2001 at 4:18:26 AM
Well,If you ever watch the Antiques Road Show on PBS - they're always talking about how the original finish adds so much value....and if it is re-finished...it takes away from the value. That seems to go for furniture, toys....and I would expect - bikes. If the original paint is just faded..maybe you should leave it on.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   27 X 1 1/8 posted by Vern on 12/31/2001 at 1:55:35 PM
Try K Mart. Some of the older stores still have. I picked up a lot of these last year for a dollar. Probably aren't any left in Georgia!

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   27 X 1 1/8 posted by Vern on 1/2/2002 at 11:07:36 PM
My bad! Forget K Mart, all they had were 27x1 1/4. Try bikepartsusa.com Have used them several times no hassle (shipping a litte high though)




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Straightening Fender Braces (& other) posted by: Kent on 11/11/2001 at 1:39:27 AM
Greetings, I am working on a '54 Schwinn Hornet and need to know the best way to straighten fender braces. I think the handlebars are also a little bent, can that be straightened? I'm afraid of ending up with wavy stuff. Is there professional machinery that can straighten metal (i'm new to all of this). Would auto body places be able to help with minor sheet metal straitening? Thanks in advance for help & advice! Kent

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Straightening Fender Braces (& other) posted by A friend on 11/13/2001 at 2:21:49 AM
Hi Kent, Have you tried a roller pin that would fit right nice in the fender brace? I use things like this too straighten old braces. Put it in a vice which has vise jaws; the aluminum ones. These protect chrome from scraches, and further damage. Just close the vice a little at a time until you like what you see. Remember," this is a old bike, charactor is at times a story in it self. When you ride your bike don't look down at the fender braces, sit tall in the saddle, and put a big smile on your face and enjoy your 54 Hornet as you buzz down the road of freedom. Try not too dwell on the small stuff. If you catch your self every now and then looking at that wavey old fender brace, wave back".

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Straightening Fender Braces (& other) posted by Kent on 11/13/2001 at 2:49:42 AM
Hi A friend, What a kind & thoughful reply, Thanks! If I may; This is a first for me. I recently aquired TWO Schwinn Hornets from the original, twin-brother owners, a black one & a red one. This last weekend was the first time on tearing into it. The results are AMAZING! I am as giddy as a little school girl about the difference a little (LOT) elbow grease and WD-40 makes. I am doing the black one first and it is in really good original condition. One of the braces had a pretty bad kink in it that needed straightened. I walked it down to an auto-body place right down the street and a guy helped out with a vice and got is worked out. Believe me! I am SOOO happy about having such magnificent machines that the few little "character marks" are a-okay with me, and a TALL & a SMILING I will be!
Thanks! Kent

]]"wave back" teeheehee

          RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Straightening Fender Braces (& other) posted by A friend on 11/13/2001 at 3:04:20 AM
Good evening Kent, I didn't realize you were at your computor. How conveniant". If I owned those fine looking rides you got off e-bay, and at the the price you payed, I wouldn't care if they had 4 bent fender braces. You made out like a pirate! I'm glad the bicycles went to someone who has taken a real fancy to them. "Enjoy your self, and remember too wave like your in a parade".




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   1963 schwinn amerian deluxe posted by: michael on 11/8/2001 at 9:49:15 PM
Hello I would like some help I have I think a 1963 schwinn american deluxe ser#j325153 it is in great shape minor rust on the fenders the tires are good but there cracks on the side.I also need a tank horn and a luggage rack.
Can I still get the westwind tires?I would like to restore it to mint condition if possible.I live in the Dallas area.
I found this baby at a yard sale and gave a whole ten dollars for it I did not even try to gip them down.Please E Mail me with any info.Thanks a million
Michael

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   1963 schwinn amerian deluxe posted by sam on 11/14/2001 at 8:13:00 PM
http://users.argolink.net/vbcoft/ mike try this group they hve a chapter in your area and might help you,---sam(San Antonio)

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   1963 schwinn amerian deluxe posted by Wings on 12/3/2001 at 8:50:49 AM
I see copies of the Westwind all the time on newer bikes. Bike shops have them. In the southern Calfifornia area I believe Wheel World had them during the summer in one of their stores. Maple Island had them: 417-682-6655




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   bike frame and forkes posted by: Joseph M.Valley on 11/6/2001 at 6:16:55 AM
I have a Safticycle frame and forks that are need of some straighting and i,m looking for a reputable shop to do the repair work. Can anyone recommend some one? Thanks for any help. cheers, J.M.Valley

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          Pfeiffer Pframes posted by Tom Findley on 11/8/2001 at 11:41:52 AM
http://www.koolbikes.com/Repairs.htm

          Pfeiffer Pframes posted by Tom Findley on 11/8/2001 at 11:43:13 AM
http://www.koolbikes.com/Repairs.htm

          Pfeiffer Pframes posted by Tom Findley on 11/8/2001 at 11:43:25 AM
http://www.koolbikes.com/Repairs.htm

          RE:Pfeiffer Pframes posted by joe valley on 11/14/2001 at 2:14:10 PM
Hello, I have a Safticycle that is in need of having the frame and forks straightened and repaired. I was recommended to you by Mr.Tom Findley.Please if you could E-mail me with your phone number I would call you to get the particulars. Thanks for your help. Cheers, Joe Valley




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   decals posted by: Ryan on 11/3/2001 at 11:33:53 PM
is there any way that i can make my own replacement quality decals for hard to get/custom bikes?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   decals posted by sam on 11/4/2001 at 5:28:24 PM
http://www.ceramic-decal.com/Default.cfm Try this site they sell Ink Jet Water Slide Decal Paper and tell how to use it.I have not used this product and someone said these fade in sunlight--but I also hear you can now buy UV ink for your printer to keep this from happing---sam PS if it works please let us know




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Home Cadmium Plating posted by: Jaymz on 11/2/2001 at 4:01:30 AM
Anybody seen the results of any of the home cadmium plating systems? Found a fairly affordable one on-line but not sure if all cad plating is the same.Thanks in advance.
Link to plating system http://www.samson24k.com/tank.html

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   rust removal/steel cleaning posted by: brian on 10/30/2001 at 10:08:14 PM
Does anyone know about using oxalic acid to remove rust off of old steel rims? Has anyone tried this? Thanks. brian

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   rust removal/steel cleaning posted by steve` on 10/31/2001 at 2:00:00 PM
I don't know about oxalic acid, but I've used muratic acid many times to remove rust. It's the same stuff used in swiming pools to correct the PH balance.

This stuff works great, but watch out for your skin, eyes, and fumes. Also watch out that you don't leave it on the chrome too long -- it will start to eat the chrome.

          a better way posted by steve on 10/31/2001 at 2:11:42 PM
Actually, my favorite way to remove rust from rims uses a battery charger. First, find a tub large enough to hold the rims (this is the hard part). Next, fill the container with water mixed with baking soda. Use two tablespoons per gallon. Third, find a piece of metal to use as an "electrode". This can be almost anything made of metal -- a old piece of sheet metal, coat hanger, etc. Attach the negative cable to the electrode and the positive to your rim (the polarity is VERY important). Fourth, put both electrode and rim into the tank and turn on the current. Make sure electrode and rim do not touch. The rim will start to fizz. Leave in there for a day or so. It won't hurt the chrome -- only rust is removed.

Afer a day, turn off the electricity and wipe off the rust with a cloth. The rust will turn blackish and will wipe off easily.

Spray the rim imediatly with WD-40 and wipe again. If you don't, the rust will quickly return on bare metal.

          RE:a better way posted by Dennis L. REED on 12/17/2001 at 6:53:11 PM
Steve i read your restoration tip on removing rust with a battery charger. I would like to know if the tub that you use can metal or does it have to be plastic . THANKS DENNIS

          RE:a better way posted by Dennis L. REED on 12/17/2001 at 6:53:20 PM
Steve i read your restoration tip on removing rust with a battery charger. I would like to know if the tub that you use can metal or does it have to be plastic . THANKS DENNIS

          RE:RE:a better way posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 12/31/2001 at 5:09:19 PM
Thats a good question




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Someone to paint my frame. posted by: Derek on 10/30/2001 at 5:22:53 PM
Hello-
I need to if someone can lead me in the direction of someone who can paint my frame........in this range $75 to $100. I just want a simple repaint.

thanks,

Derek

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Someone to paint my frame. posted by Stacey on 10/30/2001 at 9:45:27 PM
Two suggestions Derek, Check with the Auto Body instructor at your loca Vo-Tech -- or -- Find a Body Shop in your area, one not too busy or too big. I've found a guy who has a nice neat shop behind his house to do welding and fabrication for me on my recumbent project. When I asked him about painting it he quoted me $50.00 for a simple one color job using some paint that's left over from a prior job. More if I wanted to get fancy or go with exotic paints/colors. As a last resort, you could always get some sandpaper, primer and a couple cans of Krylon and DIY. Please, keep us posted and let us know what you decided and how you made out. :-)

In the wind,
Stacey

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Someone to paint my frame. posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 12/6/2001 at 9:41:55 PM
Don't let them spray paint in the threads in the bottom bracket and fork tube and anywhere else they have threads on a bike. They should stuff a rag in the bottombracket or tape it off or something.
I'll never pay for anything in advance again because getting them to re- do it after they screwed it up is a lot more difficult if they already have gotten the payment for the job. Offer half up front and the other half after it is done. Painting a bike is not easy and they need to prepare the frame surface before they paint it and then it has to sit awhile and cure before you go handling it.
I hope they don't lose parts off of it in the tanks while they are re-chroming parts. I got this call once, "Uh, do you have another one of those do- dad- things? cuz um well, I kinda lost it in down the tank, and I can't find it." I'm going "O S---! as my mind scans the collection to see if I have another part to use and carry on the job. Later they took to calling me trying to buy replacement parts for others customers bikes as they were losing parts or damaging them beyond repair. Then they went under all together. Then there's getting parts back and finding runs or drips in the paint and then finding out that the number is disconnected. Later, they wanted me to wait 6 months to have them re- do it because they are so busy with other jobs he said. I took it someplace else in the end.
Pack it well,and insure it for what it is worth.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Someone to paint my frame. posted by Ron on 12/28/2001 at 12:42:42 AM
I have been very happy with the results when painting my recumbents with Rust-Oleun auto primer and topping it with Rust-Oleum paint. Two spray cans of paint at about 4-5 bucks each. The bikes look good (folks can't belive I did it myself) and the paint holds up very well.

I also have a local body shop that will snadblast and old frame, sand it, prime it, paint it with a standard color, and bake it for $125. If they can use paint from a job they are already doing doing it saves a lot of money and time.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Polishing Aluminum... posted by: Fred Appel on 10/27/2001 at 2:00:47 AM
Try putting some Noxon polish on #0000 steel wool pads for aluminum and chrome parts. It works especially well on seat binder bolts that never really seem to get clean enough. It makes them look almost new.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Polishing Aluminum... posted by Cal on 10/30/2001 at 12:31:56 PM
DO NOT use steel wool!
It will score the chrome and leave spidering. Use Bronze wool instead.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Polishing Aluminum... posted by michael on 11/8/2001 at 10:37:17 PM
Never use steel wool on aluminium I know this causes dissimlar metal corroision the steel wool will inbed itself and it will corrode forever Trust me I have been an aircraft mechanic for 30 years and this is a big NO NO




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Schwinn font? posted by: Lar on 10/21/2001 at 5:27:57 AM
Does anyone know if there is a font that can replicate the Schwinn logo, like the decals on the top tube/chainguard of older Swchinns?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Schwinn font? posted by JimW. on 10/26/2001 at 2:33:22 PM
I doubt that such a font exists. Logos of that type were generally hand-lettered. Your best bet is to find an ad or
brochure from the period of your bike. Scan that logo, clean it up and size it, and use that as artwork for your
decals. Old advertising clip-art catalogs sometimes have logos. I have one of those catalogs from the '80s, and it has the Schwinn logo from that period, not the same as the earlier ones.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   schwinn paint colors posted by: ray-ray on 10/17/2001 at 7:14:21 PM
I was wondering if paint codes exist for old schwinn colors. I have a 1954 schwinn streamliner and would like to paint it green and ivory. I was wondering if anyone knows a brand or color that would match the stock color as close as possible. Any tips or hints would be helpful.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   schwinn paint colors posted by sam on 10/20/2001 at 1:10:53 AM
I've ask this too,all the EXPERTS tell me there are no codes.Look on the part of the fork that is inside the head tub or other parts that are covered.Thak them to a good Auto paint store and you can match from their book or even have them match for you.(I prefer the book match, not perfict but you know the code)---sam

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   schwinn paint colors posted by Doug on 10/20/2001 at 9:46:26 PM
There is just one small problem when you want to get paint custom matched Usually and lately always the smallest amount they will mix is a quart which will paint about 5 to 10 bikes so unless you want a lot of same color bikes your stuck with expensive paint you really might not usetoo bad all us restorers dont wise up and bring our leftover paint to the swap meets and trade with other people so it doesnt have to go to waste lets promote this Idea just be sure the type of paint is always marked correctly.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   schwinn paint colors posted by sam on 10/21/2001 at 1:08:56 AM
Doug you are Soooooooooo right!The Ivory is a good color because it goes with a lot of other colors and they did most painted wheels in this color too--but I don't think I want another deep red bike!(two is the limit)

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