'36 Schwinn Double (curved) Bar Roadster

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Mabuhay

Look Ma, No Hands!
Nice work! My lady says the same thing about my bike room. She says it smells, but I just don’t even notice it anymore and I consider it a nice spouse repellent! 😛
How nice it would be to actually have a bike room, just a few bikes in couple of rooms of our home. My wife would not like the idea of Cochina hanging in the house.
 

Mabuhay

Look Ma, No Hands!
Love Cochina even more. After a lunch run with the Mrs. to our downtown, what incredible fun. I now know why DBR owners love these bikes; they really do ride well. I’m so thankful Paul @rustyjones sold me this DBR and stoked to have her. More to come. BTW, the crank ring sticks out like a sore thumb. I need to find one not so shiny.

47 Our first Cochina ride.jpg
 

Mabuhay

Look Ma, No Hands!
To have a chain guard on this ’36 DBR or not? I debated that for a while.

Yeah, she’s a narrow fender DBR, so more than likely didn’t come with one. I decided I wanted one anyway. The first person I asked, our friend @bobcycles. BobU has come through for me a few times with smalls prior. I asked Bob if he had any prewar hockey stick guards for our straight down tube Cochina. Didn’t have to be in great shape knowing it’s going on this old girl. After a few days, he sent me pictures of this one. Wanted to see the crank rub damage more closely, so Bob removed the paint from the area. Delighted to see the original chrome under the white paint. I wanted a patina’ d chrome hockey stick anyway. “It’s perfect,” I told Bob. “I’ll take it.” The guard was complete too with original and undamaged brackets and hardware. I’m stoked.

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Removing the white paint from the guard. Took around 3-4 applications of paint removal, and look what was under. Ecstatic to see the aged chrome underneath.

51 prewar hockey stick guard (removing paint).jpg


Hockey stick guard after paint removed.

51a prewar hockey stick guard.jpg


After giving it a little more patina, this is how the guard turned out. Glad I decided to get a guard; I like added hockey stick guard look on Cochina. Thanks again Bob for coming through for me again.

52 mounted prewar hockey stick guard.jpg


53 mounted prewar hockey stick guard.jpg
 
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Mabuhay

Look Ma, No Hands!
This DBR originally had a drop stand. Unfortunately, she didn’t come with one and a fender clip. As @tacochris would attest, I’ve always liked the drop stands on old balloon bikes. I have one on my ’37 Rollfast Motobike Sport, and love that feature. Didn’t have a prewar Schwinn at the time, but middle of last year, I asked BobU if he had any Schwinn drop stands. Why? I just wanted one; I suppose in case I found a prewar Schwinn. So Bob sent me a black painted Schwinn stand with Schwinn clip. Thank you @bobcycles. Now that I have a use for it, I removed the old black paint. No longer in silver cad color, more surface rust and age, it’s perfect for Cochina.

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54b prewar Schwinn drop stand.jpg
 
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Mabuhay

Look Ma, No Hands!
It was time to address the damaged tail of the rear fender. I decided to dock the the rear fender tail. You’ve seen this many times, a fender tear from years of the drop stand when up. There is constant pressure placed on the prewar thin metal. Made a template from another Schwinn short and narrow rear fender and transferred to Cochina’s. I didn’t want to make the fender as narrow at the point as the original shape; the idea was to keep as much metal yet still give it that refined profile. More on this later.

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56 nipped and newly shaped rear fender tail.jpg
 
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