What's stronger?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by mikesova, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. mikesova

    mikesova Member

    I was wondering what is stronger, an old steel 1950's schwinn or a new chinese made bike from wal-mart? Which one will hold up to being motorized better? Just curious, because I'm working on an oldie.

  2. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    I can say one thing
    those 1950's Schwinn's have some VERY STRONG FRAMES
    and of course -- that is also when they were made in the USA !!!

    serveral years working in bicycle shops
    NEVER -- NEVER - saw a broken Schwinn 50's, 60's or 70's frame...

    Ride That Thing - Mountainman
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2008
  3. JE

    JE Guest

    Deffinitly the vintage frame.
  4. terrence

    terrence Member

    Imagine the steel on the truck in my avatar(1956). Now imagine the steel in a new car of today. One drawback is weight.
    Is weight an issue? This may help your decision.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2008
  5. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    Weight can't be an issue when a bike is motorized unless you have to pedal it for extended periods in "no motor" areas. Go with the old frame if you can find one.
  6. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    yes - I am riding a motorized mountain bicycle

    starting to wonder if ---
    a little extra weight -- might even be a good thing ?

    I am sure that at higher speeds it would feel better...

    thinking about MB #2
    maybe a heavier MB - all round

    as we Ride That Thing Mountainman
  7. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    My bike is pretty heavy with all the extra stuff on it- rides relatively smooth and stable.
  8. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    you know HoughMade

    I think that some would be willing to straight out -- buy -- if they could
    a MB such as you have made.

    they have a biker meeting down the road every Friday night
    I am talking Harleys and bikers
    these guys would get a real kick - much enjoyment seeing your MB !!!

    have you ever thought about producing a few so as to sell ?

    Ride That Thing - Mountainman
  9. az cra-z

    az cra-z Guest

    Many people see the nice smooth joints on old Schwinns and think they're fillet brazed. They're not. Here's a great article on how those frames were built: http://sheldonbrown.com/varsity.html
  10. DougC

    DougC Guest

    It's hard to say.
    If both were in like-new condition, the old frame would be better.
    Rust never sleeps though--so to a degree, it depends partly on how old the frame is.

    I have seen a few pre-WW-II bicycles that I thought looked cool, and I thought about buying them and hanging them on the wall. I would not really ride them however, either with an engine or without--and if you ask on road-bicycling forums, you will hear the same things.
    Two reasons-
    1) parts can be VERY TOUGH to find for these bikes, the wheels/bearings/tires/bottom bracket are not the same as modern versions,,, and
    2) they have been rusting away (inside and out!) for 50-75 or more years. You cannot fix, or even see all the rust damage they may have.

    People do have bicycles that old, that occasionally do get GENTLY ridden. But they don't get on the things and crank as hard as possible, or do anything to stress them hard, because they know what will happen.
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