80's Schwinn Cruiser

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by Leroybrown420, Jun 11, 2015.

  1. Leroybrown420

    Leroybrown420 Member

    Found this 80's Schwinn cruiser with new tires, pick it up for under $40. Getting ready to go through it, thinking about strapin' on a engine. PART_1434064876999_0611151619.jpg

  2. Slogger

    Slogger Member

    Nice find! Lots of room and classic good looks. Those bars look real comfy.
    I'd like one of those with a sprung banana seat on it, and maybe a springer fork if I had the budget for it all.
  3. The_Aleman

    The_Aleman Active Member

    Yeah, those old steel Schwinns make great MaBs. The only 2 things I myself don't like about them is their rear dropouts and lack of provisions for good brakes.

    Of course, despite those remediable "flaws", they still make great bikes!
  4. Leroybrown420

    Leroybrown420 Member

    Got her broken down. Can you find my helper?
  5. Slogger

    Slogger Member

    It took a little lookin but I see he's into bikes.
  6. Leroybrown420

    Leroybrown420 Member

    She back together and peddling fine. Not sure what to do with with her yet. Could use a Springer. I have a super rat just chillin'.
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  7. Slogger

    Slogger Member

    Looks like new, Leroy! That didn't take long. A springer would look great on it. I had a 20" Stingray in 1968. It was gold and white with a chrome fork, 3 speed hub and a silver metalflake banana seat. Had a long shifter on the top tube so I put a 99 cent 8-ball knob on it. As a kid my friends and I lived on bikes. We'd hang out on the street corner, loitering and lollygagging around using the bikes for mobile lawnchairs.
    Your bike reminds me of those days. My bike had a square profile cheater slick with 2 tread grooves running around it. Everything had to look like a hotrod, whether it worked well or not. They even had a Stingray with a steering wheel. I never saw one anyplace but at the bike shop.

    That's going to be a really cool bike, even has the original name plate and stuff.
    Are you planning to use a 2 stroke or a 4 stroke on it?
  8. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    I would be tempted to add a derailleur and stick shifter on it to go with the springer fork. It will be a big hit at the Tour de Fat or Critical Mass ride as is.