UPDATE: I wrote this post before I learned about ISO numbers. The ISO numbers are also printed on the side wall of the tires. The ISO numbers indicate the inside diameter of the tire. It is imperative that the ISO numbers match as well as the tire size numbers. EXAMPLE: Metric tire size printed on sidewall (700 x 25C) ISO number on same tire (25-622) Another pointer if a tire is marked 27 x 1 & 1/4 DO Not purchase a tire marked 27 x 1.25 It is NOT the same thing. Remembering these things will save you a lot of time and grief. Cheers
The tires and handlebar cork tape finally arrived and I was able to finish this ladies Traveler.(almost)I ordered Kenda 27 x 1 1/4 Gum-Wall tires and received CST Gum-Walls. The price was great, But it would have been nice to have gotten what I ordered. I have had a hard time in the past getting the CST tires to seat on Schwinn wheels (and others). This time was no different. The rear seated fine but the front has been giving me some trouble. I might have to go to a smaller diameter tube. Although it has the correct tube size. And the tire is the correct size for the wheel. The front tire does not want to seat itself to the wheel. So as I have done in the past, I will try one more time to mount it "as is". If I can not get it to fit correctly I will get a 27 x 1 inch (schrader valve) inner tube. And it should pop correctly into place on the rim. I might drill out the valve stem hole in the rim just a tiny bit first. That may allow the tire to drop into place a little better. I may also scrap the rubber rim strips and replace them with some thin rim tape. And I am definitely going to change the pedals! The store was out of stock on the pedals that I wanted. And after looking at the photographs, It is obvious that the pedals that I have on it now are not gonna make the cut. What the hell was I thinking?. Well, tomorrow is another day.
And here (up there) is a pic of my next project. A Baby Blue Fuji "DYNAMIC 10" Actually current project, since I have already started it. Well hopefully tomorrow I will solve the tire seating problem and locate the pedals I want for the Traveler. Before anyone gets excited. I am aware that certain Schwinn wheels require a specific tire designed for S type ( K type or what ever) Schwinn wheels. So before you send me an angry e-mail. It is not the case with these rims. Hopefully tomorrow I will be reporting how the problem was solved. Or reporting on how the Crow tasted! Ride Safe and Remember to Always RESCUE-RESTORE&RECYCLE UPDATE: Changed the pedals I think it looks much better. Went with new Schwinn light weight cage type. Also went to a smaller diameter tube for the front tire. And it solved the problem, tire is sealed up tight to the rim (no problems) Cheers,Hugh
Welcome, My name is Hugh. I grew up in the Metro-Detroit area. My love for bicycles goes back to the mid 1960`s. I was not a bicycle tech by profession. I was a Mason Contractor. I am now retired. As a boy I was taught how to repair and maintain my bikes by my friend Mike Armstrong. I also learned a few things from the guys at Powers Schwinn Bicycle Shop. In 2003 I was told by my doctor that I would not be able to continue working as a mason. So I asked myself, What did I like to do before construction work? The only thing I could think of was bicycles. So one day I picked-up an old road bike to see if I could "fix er up". By the end of 2009 I had stoped doing masonry work altogether. This blog is about that journey. And about sharing some of the things I have picked-up over the years. I hope you find something useful here. I will try to respond to any comments you may have. Thanks, Hugh