1964 Flamboyant Lime Varsity

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bikerbluz

Finally riding a big boys bike
Pics of my stem on the 66…… I haven’t seen any other stems with the Sprint stamped on the side like this one, although I’m sure they are out there

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60sstuff

Finally riding a big boys bike
I suppose I should have mentioned at the beginning of this F4 thread that this bike was in need of a service, thorough cleaning and detail when I purchased it.
We all have our tried and trued methods on anything old and neglected. My simple methods have been used on all the 60’s items I’ve owned, or still own (muscle cars, wooden boats, Schwinn bicycles).
With a bicycle it’s a complete disassembly, wash with Dawn soap, towel off and gently dry with compressed air.
Polish “Only the Paint” with a cleaner such as TR3 with a watered moisten pad being gentle. Just enough to take off decades of oxidation.
NEVER EVER use any cleaner waxes on Screens, Decals or pinstripes. Do the final wax with 100% carnauba, even on the Screens, Decals, etc.
Chrome - wheels, fenders, bars, etc. I use Bronze Wool with a lubricant such as WD-40. When I was a young boy watching/helping an old man restore a classic 60’s Riva boat he told me never to use steel on steel, as in steel wool. The softer Bronze wool will not rust or scratch an old chrome surface.

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60sstuff

Finally riding a big boys bike
Service:
Lubricate as shown in the Schwinn Reporter. Adjust brakes, derailleurs, seat and bars. Test ride.

My choice of the lubricant is the remarkable Marvel Mystery Oil.
I drop some of this light oil inside all the casings and blow out the other side with compressed air to give a thorough light lube inside.Then wipe the cables with the MMO.
All the pivot points and linkage throughout the bike get this same light lube.

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60sstuff

Finally riding a big boys bike
The only item I did not take apart was the PITA Atom Freewheel.
It looks to have been touched by someone over the years as I see a couple small nicks at the two notches.
I completely cleaned the grease and grime with a role of paper towels, popsicle sticks and Q-tips, plus the spoke protector as good as I can.
The freewheel seems to be very smooth and quiet in operation, so I did not want to fight that!

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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
What's the tooth count on that Atom freewheel? If it's a 15-25 I'll buy it and you can look for the correct Sprint branded Atom 14-28 with the splines for removal.
 

60sstuff

Finally riding a big boys bike
What's the tooth count on that Atom freewheel? If it's a 15-25 I'll buy it and you can look for the correct Sprint branded Atom 14-28 with the splines for removal.
I’m not sure what you are asking?

You can count in my above photo that it’s an Atom 14-28. Plus I’m not into parting out the bike 🙄
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
I’m not sure what you are asking?

You can count in my above photo that it’s an Atom 14-28. Plus I’m not into parting out the bike 🙄

The 1964 models were all branded with Sprint components if you haven't noticed, including the freewheel. The Atom you have, if 14-28, was last used on the 1963 models.

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kostnerave

Finally riding a big boys bike
One thing I notice about the original poster's stem is that it appears to be for the later fork and bearing race diameter. The smaller size is creating a bit of a gap around the crown nut. The same stem that is pictured on the Campus Green bike, with the speedometer, is a newer bike with the newer, smaller fork diameter.
 

60sstuff

Finally riding a big boys bike
The 1964 models were all branded with Sprint components if you haven't noticed, including the freewheel. The Atom you have, if 14-28, was last used on the 1963 models.

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Well, this June ‘64 Varsity has a ‘63 dated crank, so like so many Schwinn bicycles they probably got down to the bottom of the freewheel bucket and pulled out a ’63 14-28 unit for this bike.
 

60sstuff

Finally riding a big boys bike
kostnerave,

I had already noticed that.
The early stems, such as the ‘64 would be 7/8’’ diameter, whereas this stem that’s on my bike is a 13/16’’ which is for the ‘66 and newer models.
I happen to like this stem, so I’ll keep it on the bike.

Thanks, Chris

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