Jaguar mark iv questions

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ADReese

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 18, 2016
293
Spokane, United States
I usually collect balloon tire Schwinns, but I could not pass up the opportunity to own this Aug of '60 Jaguar. I know very little about middleweights. Where could I obtain a new or used lense for the headlight? Has anyone swapped the handlebars successfully to create a more laid back riding position? More like the balloon tire bars. Not sure what I can get away with considering the hand brakes and shifter. I'll keep the original bars, just want to make it more relaxed to ride.

Thanks!
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,813
Central Arizona
That's a dang nice Jag! Sure looks NOS on my screen. Give @Classicriders a jingle about a lens. If he doesn't make them for Schwinn Pumpkin maybe he can give you a lead.

That style of bars is called Northroad and I picked up a set that were branded Sunlite just to see if they were close to the originals. The rise is more at 3" verses the 2.5" and the width is greater at 23" due to a longer pull back of 1.5" more than the original Schwinn's. These will look somewhat original but that 1.5" added to the pull back might ? be enough.
 

ADReese

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 18, 2016
293
Spokane, United States
Thanks! It's like a brand new bike. I wish I could find a balloon tire bike in this shape. Came from the family of the original owner. Spent its life in an attic. I'll give classic riders a message and see what they offer. I see ball light lenses being reproduced on Ebay. Do all of the ball light styles take a similar lense?
Thank you for the heads up on the bars. I googled them and think they might be exactly what I need!
 

ADReese

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 18, 2016
293
Spokane, United States
While we're at it, are there any recommended places to get original style brake pads? What do the stock ones look like? I like these because they are soft on the wheels but they look far too modern.
 
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ADReese

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 18, 2016
293
Spokane, United States
I need to buy the whole assembly to replace these pads. I see some on Ebay that are listed as
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replacements for krates with red rubber. Are those close?
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,813
Central Arizona
There are quite a few variants of the old Weinmann on the market today. During the 50's and 60's it was the salmon color 6 bump pad and the housing was open at one end for pad replacement and used the acorn mounting nut. If you just want close to original there are plenty of the 7 bump salmon color complete with closed end mounting housing.

I'm not a purest when replacing brake pads on all of my old Schwinns because the prices for NOS originals are absurd. These were dirt cheap from Niagara a couple years ago so my riders have these.
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ADReese

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 18, 2016
293
Spokane, United States
Awesome, thank you for all of the insight!
 

OptimusJay

Look Ma, No Hands!
May 6, 2010
70
Olivet, United States
what a bike! sure looks minty to me. I've replaced some of my old Weinmann salmon colored originals to these salmon colored KoolStop Continentals on a few bikes over the years. Kept the originals but stopping safety was important for the bikes I rode and these seemed to be a nice compromise. I've also gotten some of the black ones like GT posted, also worked well. http://www.koolstop.com/english/continental.html

Jay
 
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,813
Central Arizona
Here's some pics of the originals and the Sunlite @ADReese . I'll flood your thread with these and then delete them later unless you want them here. @schwinnlax was also interested in the comparison. Over all width center to center at the very end of the bars is 22.25". Rise is 3".

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Adding one more that's a kind of a down view looking at the top of the bars. I was holding the camera above my head and blind aiming with most of these shots. lol

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ADReese

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 18, 2016
293
Spokane, United States
Excellent pictures! Please leave them up for future reference. Thank you again!
 
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