My 26” Schwinn bmx bike project

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  1. #1 Posted Dec 21, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Hey all. Here is the start of my next project. It’s going to be a 26” bmx inspired Schwinn. I’ve never really messed with the modern day bmx stuff, but it really interests me. I’m having V brake mounts put on the frame and forks and and going to run profile 3pc cranks, SE racing wheels and some other cool stuff. Should be a pretty cool bike for an old guy trying to be a kid again. Here’s the frame and fork I’m starting with. It’s an 82 Chicago frame and the forks are from an 82 women’s cruiser. I just found a guard from another Caber and it’s on the way. More pics to come as I progress. Any tips or hints would be appreciated. I’m kinda stuck on what tire to run. I want a tire that will go in the dirt and be fairly smooth on the street. I’m also looking for some ideas on a laid back seat post (since I’m 6’3”) and suggestions on a comfy saddle that will look correct for the style of bike I’m going for.

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  2. #2 Posted Dec 21, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Wouldn't a comfy saddle be incorrect for a BMX bike? I thought they were all equipped with a plastic asshatchets. :p
     
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  3. #3 Posted Dec 22, 2017

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    Yes that’s is true, but I’m 43 and plastic isn’t an option! Lol. I have to find one that looks the part, but won’t kill me.
     
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    I have comfort saddles on all my collectible Trek road bikes. No care what looks like, it's my A.. not yours. Albeit, I save the originals for photographs or, in case of resale to some hard-A.. [grin]
     
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  5. #5 Posted Dec 22, 2017

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    I have a few 26" BMX bikes that I ride regularly. A Brooks B-17 or Brooks Pro is my choice. They are very comfortable for long rides and look great .
     
  6. #6 Posted Dec 22, 2017

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    Awesome. That’s what I’m looking to hear. I will check those out. Thank you!
     
  7. #7 Posted Dec 22, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Yep I say go with the Brooks leather. The B72 and the Brooks Pro are also good ones. I even have a lady Brooks Pro that fits the fat ass really good. Go for the pros with the big copper rivets and ya got some style too!
    Btw; I’m 6’1 and 66 years old. At this point; we don’t have to grow up!


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    Anyone heard of the C-17 from brooks? I came across that in a search and love it’s look. I have never heard anything but rave reviews about brooks seats.
     
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    I saw the women’s versions and liked their looks because they look more like a beach cruiser seat. All of those brooks seat look very nice.
     
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    C-17 does not have a leather top.
     
  11. #11 Posted Dec 22, 2017

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    Otherwise similar? Should still be comfortable?
     
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    Gel seats are a comfy choice and finding the right one can be time consuming. Some of the 90’s early 2000’s from Trek have been good. Look for the Bontrager name.


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    The lady version of Brooks saddles will have. “S” denoting lady version.


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  14. #14 Posted Dec 23, 2017

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    You could use a quilted Troxel seat, especially if you're going for a 1970s bmx look.

    Lots of choices for laidback seat posts. Most bmx posts were 7/8". You may be limited by your tube diameter. Search "old school bmx laidback seat posts" on ebay for options.

    Also, rather than pay huge money for vintage bmx cruiser bars (if you can find them) or use repop stuff, find some used Honda SL70 bars or equivalent. Very 1970s bmx moto. Have used them on a few projects.

    I'd also score a cebe or slimline double clamp stem. They're available for relatively cheap money.

    I personally only ride new rubber. There are a few suppliers making a reissue Comp III skinwall tire. They are great in the dirt and pretty good on pavement. They come in 26" x 1.75" for the rear and 2.125 for front. That model is an early 80s style, but you probably won't find a Comp II cruiser tire for less than the cost of a human arm and leg.

    Search "Kenda K50 Comp III skinwall tires"

    I'd go with 26" Araya 7C hoops laced to Shimano, ACS, Suzue, Sunshine large flange hubs. The 26" Araya 7x hoops are more plentiful (and stronger), but date from about 1980 and newer. The 7C would be more appropriate for a 70s build.

    Get yourself some Preston Petty or OGK MACH grips, an Ashtabula, Sugino or Takagi MX OPC.

    I'd go with a Shimano center pull rear caliper and a Dia Compe "red dot" straight lever.

    Or none of the above. Enjoy.
     
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    I ride Kenda K-rad tires on my klunker. They're fatter (26x2.30) and have a square knobby pattern.

    Work great on trails, and smooth on street, and last a long time.

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    Agree great klunker & BMX tire.........
     
  17. #17 Posted Dec 25, 2017

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    Thank you!!! I have been looking for a tire that look aggressive but should roll smooth. This is it. And it’s fatter! Perfect. I just ordered a pair on eBay. Thanks again.
     
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    You're welcome. I've had them on my DX klunker for over a year. The bike sees more streets than trails (sadly,) and still have a lot of tread. You should be happy with them...
     
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    I’m sure I will be. Thank you again!
     
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    If you need any custom clunker parts made specifically for the schwinn frame, check with Mr tick on facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/Mr.TickBicycleParts/

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