What washers were used for rear wheel

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Schwinnbikedude

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 21, 2020
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50
Illinois
I saw a picture of a 1951 Panther same year as mine with washers with some type of teeth on it then what looks to be a second washer. Wondering if it's correct since mine has 2 different washers on the back and I have been trying to find what's correct. Thanks
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
12,620
Central Arizona
What's in the picture above is what's on my 53 Phantom and 55 Corvette. Serrated lock washer and a flat washer. I don't think the second flat washer was used on the 60's bikes, none of my early 60's 10 speeds or middleweights have one.



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Schwinnbikedude

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 21, 2020
56
50
Illinois
Correct me if I'm wrong but by what your saying about your 53 phantom and 55 corvette I'm guessing that the 2 sets of washer (serrated & flat) would be correct. But would you happen to know if this is correct for 1951 schwinn bikes? Thanks
 

Rivnut

I live for the CABE
Nov 24, 2012
1,609
Shawnee, United States
Here's an illustration of a New Departure Model D parts list that shows all of the nuts and washers. Perhaps you can find a similar illustration for your rear hub assembly. In this illustration the rear drop out would fit between the lock nut D-15, and the axle washer D-14. It appears that the axle washer is serrated. That would correspond with the picture of the rear drop out showing serrations marks on it. Make sure you have threads sticking out beyond the axle nut.

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Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,542
Los Angeles, CA, USA
I prefer galvanized steel washers; the 5/16" loose-fit "USS" washers fit rear 3/8" axles, and don't seem to ever have that shiny problem.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
12,620
Central Arizona
I looked at the lit details on some of the Schwinn made hubs and it seems they only had one washer, and probably it was their serrated lock washer. Like I mentioned earlier not one of my 60's bikes had the flat washers, just the serrated one. I'm thinking the New Departure rear hubs Schwinn had came complete from ND with the flat washers and the nuts so when the wheel was installed on the frame they just added the serrated lock washers and reinstalled the ND supplied flat washers and nut.The reason I think this is, why would you need double washers and why would Schwinn spend the extra $'s on hardware that really wasn't needed.
 
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