'45 Schwinn DX mutt

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  1. #1 Posted Sep 28, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Picked up the frame, fork, and chain guard from Nickinator. The intent for this bike is to end up with a simple, reliable, comfortable daily rider.

    Have a new alloy wheelset coming with a Nexus 7 speed hub, Fat Franks to mount on them, and Schwinn clamp on front brakes.

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  2. #2 Posted Sep 28, 2016

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    These are really attractive bikes. I had one I was going to build with a multispeed hub. It was dark red, had the wing tank, and all the accessories. I traded it away for a pre war New World several years ago. Cool bikes, but I just ride the lightweights more.

    Nice bullet nose. My first vehicle was a 1951 2R pick up.
     
  3. #3 Posted Sep 28, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I sold a '52 2R6 in January to pay for a new car. Wish I still had it!

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  4. #4 Posted Sep 29, 2016

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Did this one with a 7 speed Nexus too....love the ability to drop gears.

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  5. #5 Posted Oct 5, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Getting close.

    Had to get persuasive with the hydraulic press to straighten out the fork.

    Wheelmaster aluminum wheels, 7 speed Nexus hub, Fat Franks, modern bb conversion with alloy crank setup, alloy MeetLock pedals, Brooks Cambium C17 saddle. Waiting on new handlebars, and have to install the shifter.

    Don't have enough clearance to use the chainguard, though I just ordered a wider crankset to fix that issue. License plate is a '45 South Bend, Indiana plate; a nod to my love of Studebakers.

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  6. #6 Posted Oct 6, 2016

    I live for the CABE

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    Love the SB plate, my mom was born in Elkhart in 1924 and her brother in 1921, he still lives there in the summer winters in florida
     
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  7. #7 Posted Oct 7, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Handlebars were waiting on me when I got in from work.. Went by the shop, buttoned everything up, added and adjusted the shifter, and took it for a ride around the industrial park after dark. Love the 7 speed hub already.. First is great for pulling wheelies. I'll get some pics tomorrow. It's a really sweet riding bike.

    Only change at this point will be swapping out the crankset for a wider one (new one will be here next week) and adding the chainguard at the same time. Very pleased with the outcome. :)
     
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  8. #8 Posted Oct 8, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Replaced the plastic shift cable housing with stainless. Waiting on some parts to build a new front brake cable setup, but I got the calipers cleaned up with new pads and put them on anyway.

    Really, really nice riding bike. I like it.

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  9. #9 Posted Oct 8, 2016

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Great looking Mutt. Installing the chain guard would definitely make it.

    For a resto tip, the nut on the seat post clamp goes on the right side. ;)
     
  10. #10 Posted Oct 8, 2016

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    I never was good at Paint By Number. :)
     
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  11. #11 Posted Oct 11, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Stick a fork in it....

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  12. #12 Posted Oct 12, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    A couple of pics in the sunlight...

    As much as I love the original, stock, untouched bikes (and I've owned a few), there's something to be said about a "modernized" one.. I bought the remains of a bike that had been parted out and put some fresh life back into it. It's a comfortable, reliable, versatile daily rider, and I don't have to worry about dirt or scratches.. Could not be happier with the way this DX turned out.

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  13. #13 Posted Oct 12, 2016

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    I'd ride that! Glad to see you got the crank changed so the guard could be put back on. Cool build.
     
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  14. #14 Posted Oct 13, 2016

    I live for the CABE

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    Chrome fenders Wald brand would look so friggin sweet on that bike
     
  15. #15 Posted Oct 16, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Nice one!
    Most of the time, when people attempt to add modern parts to old frame sets they tend to look kind of wrong
    (In my opinion ;) ) . This one looks great!
    The DX lends itself well to the job, compared to a straight bar or canti frame...I like the switch to black on the front chainring especially and the black pedals, look perfect withe the black Franks.
     
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  16. #16 Posted Oct 16, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Thank you sir.. You see exactly what I was going for.
     
  17. #17 Posted Oct 17, 2016
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    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Looks more like a well aged purebred. Super Kool!

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  18. #18 Posted Nov 17, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I've bought another Studebaker and I need to prioritize the toys.. I'm not quite ready to post an ad yet, but if anyone is interested in the DX, drop me a note.
     
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  19. #19 Posted Dec 15, 2016

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    I've got one in the batter's circle maybe to give a niece and it would take months for me to get to that kind of dough...the reason I have Tempest is because I wanted a DX and this Rollfast came up complete to ride for $50...nobody even looked at it, I had no competition and won it easily.

    I would build one that way, if my skills were only that good.
     
  20. #20 Posted Dec 15, 2016

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    See my convo, I think I can help you find a buyer here on the CABE.