Above: In the immortal words of Yogi Berra "It`s like Deja Vu all-over again". Some of you might remember that I posted a Continental almost identical to this one on 05-18-10. This is kind of a unique opportunity. You know how sometimes you finish a project and think, Maybe I should have done this or that differently? Well, I was just looking at photographs of the May Continental. I remember thinking of a few things I could have done differently.
|Schwinn Continental posted 05 - 18 - 10|
Above: In my opinion the hoods on the brake levers look fine. But natural cork tape or dark cork would look much better than the black. Also the saddle. I think the black/gray saddle looks ok... But, a brown Leather saddle would look 100% better. Now I might not be able to afford leather. But I CAN afford brown. As for the pedals, I`m good with the old style pedals with traps and straps. I would not want to make a change there. But the tires? On the May Continental done the way it was, black-walls would have looked better. But had I made the fore-mentioned changes, then the Gum-Walls would have been the way to go. So I will probably go with the gum-walls this time around. And I`m even considering fenders. Not the shorty`s it has now, but full touring /commuter fenders. I`m thinking the fenders I took off the Motobecane Special Sport might look real cool.
Above: Here`s most of the stuff I stripped off the Continental. I do need to locate some handlebars. I have plenty laying around,I just have to decide which ones to use. There is a Le-Tour mixte awaiting restoration that has a sweet looking set of bars. I might borrow them for this project. I also need to get busy locating a saddle if I`m gonna go with brown or leather. I have the original levers with suicide levers. The suicide levers have blue plastic sparkle or flaked covers on them. God do they look stupid. I`ll have to cut the posts off the lever-frames to eliminate the suicide-levers. No problem there, since I`m gonna install gum-like hoods anyway. I wonder if I could find Aero-levers with gum hoods, that might look cool. I have lots to think about.
Above: The other Schwinn project is a Varsity. I have it stripped down to the frame
but I will not work on it till I have done all I can do on the Continental and am waiting for parts to arrive. That is the great advantage of having multiple work-stands. This makes it much easier to work on two bikes at the same time. I also have a third stand that breaks down easily to take in the truck for repairs. (and adjustments when delivering a bike) I have learned from experience to bring all the tools necessary to make any adjustment that may be needed for the customer.
Above is a photo I took while test-riding the Quantum. This canal is actually part of a larger canal system that runs through an older sub-division here. It`s like the Michigan version of Venice. I never noticed (or I forgot) it ran behind the VFW Hall till I rode back there on my bike. It`s true, you really do notice more when riding a bike. Well I think that`s all for now. I will post the progress on the two Schwinns as soon as there is some. Till Next Time, Ride Safe and remember to always RESCUE,RESTORE&RECYCLE. Cheers,Hugh