The original wheels were trashed (though I may eventually resurrect the rear hub). The paint was and still is largely theoretical. The saddle was gone, and the saddle clamp, a famously non-standard Schwinn part, was missing as well.
It may have been the missing clamp that led to the bicycle’s consignment to storage. The owner–or whoever had possession of the Schwinn at the time–probably couldn’t figure out a way to attach a new saddle to the old post.
I, on the other hand, decided to attach an old saddle to a new post. Economically, you can consider that to be the first of several mistakes. Because there’s no way it makes any sense to return this bike to the road.
Except for the fact that it was a lot of fun to work on.
Neato! Love it.
It’s no Bilenky, Julian.
Nice! Yeah, sometimes restorations don’t exactly pencil out in the logical sense (don’t ask me how many hundreds of dollars I’ve poured into my Raleigh Wayfarer over the years) but they definitely are fun. And a great way to get a unique bike! Now I just wish I had a junk box stocked with Brooks saddles. 😉
The last bicycle I rode with cotter pins had a 50-inch front wheel and solid tires. I’m hoping your Wayfarer is easier on cotters than my old Kennedy Ordinary. I never went on a long ride without spares and a wrench. One of the reasons I eventually let it go.
Apdx: Just the one–so far.
Sam, my hat is off to you! I am standing in front of the computer clapping with great zest. This right here is the work of a wizard and/or a mad man. Regardless, you have done it. I felt that same way with the house…
All that was necessary was the desire to rid myself of certain currency denominations. And so it is that today I find myself truly spent.
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