My first idea was to get an old Raleigh 3 speed and tune it up for her, she was insistent on a step thru bike due to recent hip surgery and those old Raleigh's have a nice low slung frame. I found a complete bike for a great price in the spring and had started servicing the bottom bracket, headset, doing a complete tear down when I realized that the steerer tube was slightly bent. As I serviced the headset I kept trying to figure out why the steerer continued to be rough. Anyway I was getting frustrated with all the eccentricities of the 35 year old parts and sizes. At the time I was over at my local Velocity Co-Op and decided on the spot to donate the raleigh minus several parts (more on that later) and purchased an abused looking Schwinn World step through frame/fork that happened to be in the shop that day. I was attracted to it's theoretically more modern dimensions (headset got me again!), it's solid, rust free frame and of course it's lugged construction. On to the build highlights;
1980's Schwinn World stepthru frame
26 3/8" Wheelset, Dyno Front, 2 spd Rear, Schwable tires
Steel fenders and Brooks Saddle from Raleigh 3 spd
Wald Baskets front and rear
Dyno Head and Tail lights
Velo Orange Crankset and Front Rack
It isn't tough to nail down the largest transformation, as much as I'd like to (and will) point out the neat parts I put on this frame the powdercoating from Groody Bro's in Hint-O-Mint was marvelous. As soon as I got the frame, fork and fenders (rescued from the Raleigh) back with that great subtle greenish color I knew it would be special.
The bottom line is that I delivered the bike just after Christmas to NC and my Mom is already enjoying it. There may be some minor tweaks as she gets used to it but I think it will serve her well in exercise, erranding and just plain recreation for many years!
|My Mom with her Hint-O-Mint Schwinn at the Lake!|
|I have to thank fellow Riv-lister Tom for the sweet Brooks grips he included in my purchase of his Bombadil late last year. They really class up the cockpit and my Mom LOVES them!|
|More local flair, a cork from my favorite Rappahanock Winery! Detail oriented observers may note the lack of a lock ring... That's on tap for fixing at my next visit! :)|
|A Weinmann brake, with a bit of drill work provides the front brake solution with some upgraded Kool Stop Salmon pads. This is another legacy from a previous project having originally graced my wife's Motobecane Mirage Mixte.|