What is this? And what do I do with it?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by del, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. del

    del Guest

    On the way home from a trip to the grocery store in a neighboring suburb, I saw this bike stacked up along with the rest of the trash ready for the next day's garbage pickup. Needless to say, it became mine... (Attached is a not-so-great pic.)

    Now the questions:

    I haven't found the time to do a detailed examination of the bike, let alone an exhaustive internet search. All I know is that it's a Schwinn Classic Cruiser with a springer front fork. But I have no idea when it was made. Any help?

    And I'm not sure what to do with it. Sell it? Restore it? Electrify it? Put on a 49cc 4-stroke engine? Any opinions??

    Just when I think I have too many projects,
    another one follows me home...

    '07 Whizzer Motored Biker

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  2. JE

    JE Guest

    1990's Schwinn Cruiser.Some of them had a internal hub 7 speed
  3. del

    del Guest

    Thanks for the info, JE,

    Any way you know of for me to verify the date? Like where to find a serial number?

  4. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    just a guess here -- being honest with you
    you might wish to check -- make sure bicycle isn't stolen
    you stated that it was in with the trash

    that is a pretty nice looking bicycle

    when thiefs at times are tired of riding stolen bicycles
    they just dump them -- where ever

    just something that you may wish to check on

    Ride That Thing - Mountainman
  5. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    Sweet find.
    I agree about checking to see if it's stolen. It may keep you out of trouble and it may just make somebody extremely happy to see their baby come back home.
  6. del

    del Guest

    More info, but the fiinal question remains.

    Thanks for the caveats, folks,

    But I very much doubt that the bike was stolen. I found it on the street the evening before garbage pickup day. The rest of the stuff in the pile looked like the results of garage cleaning. And the suburb where I found it is quite affluent. Plus, the amount of grime and surface rust make it look like it hasn't been anyone's beloved toy for quite a while.

    A bit of internet research, and closer examination of the bike have revealed that it was fabricated in Taiwan and assembled in 1994. So, it seems that it is no where near old enough to be worth selling or restoring. And opens the door to some severe hackage without fear of ruining a nice old bicycle.

    But what to do...??? I'm leaning toward an electric hub motor on the front. But the entry fee into electric-land seems kinda steep. I kinda like those little 4-stroke 49cc engines, but folks making the hot setup gear boxes and so on, seem to have more demand than supply. Or, I could turn it into a "real" project and start home-brewing parts....

    Any suggestions?

    Have tools
    Will turn innocent metal into scrap

  7. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Go with an outrunner electric front wheel rack mount chain drive. Motors are cheap, and putting a really big sprocket on the wheel isn't a big deal.
  8. del

    del Guest

    Howdy SS,
    Can you aim me at a source for parts or examples of "outrunner" electrics?

  9. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

    Nice find. If it were mine I would Daxify it with a Titan.
  10. del

    del Guest

    Say what?

    Sorry, I don't understand "Daxify it with a Titan." More
    information please.

  11. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

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  12. del

    del Guest

    OK, I etyougay..

    But that doesn't fit the retro-white-walled look I'm thinking about.

    More research is required..

  13. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

  14. levsmith

    levsmith Member


    nice looking bike. personally i would go with the frame mounted engine if you are wanting a classic look. they seem to look more factory to me. Just my 2 cents
  15. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    No mountainman. Its a honda 4 stroke. It's about 2.5hp.