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Removing a 1970s Schwinn Bottom Bracket

Alan is correct. Here's a diagram of this type of crank. Sheldon describes it with words but sometimes a picture helps. The left side in the picture above is missing both the locknut and the ...
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Removing a 1970s Schwinn Bottom Bracket

This is what's called a 'one-piece' or 'Ashtabula' crank. There is a nut you have removed (or that was already missing) on the threading. Then you remove the left cone via the slot in your second ...
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Can I use substitute modern wheels for my vintage bicycle?

Assuming the frame in question is steel, you have four options. Theoretically it is possible to cold set (bend) the drop outs (the parts of the frame and fork where the wheel is set) so they fit ...
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Can I use substitute modern wheels for my vintage bicycle?

Rather than replace the whole rim and wheel to use modern tyres, consider that 27" tyres are still made and can be purchased new. Downsides are there are still at least two sizes and the ...
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Looking for name of Schwinn Le Tour variant above "Super" (mid 1980s)

Here's an old catalog from 1980. The most expensive model listed seems to be" Voyageur". You can also see some other catalogs here. This page Show Le Tour Luxe.
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Can I use substitute modern wheels for my vintage bicycle?

I ride more or less this bicycle (1980s Raleigh, nothing special, but same problems from the dimensional point of view). I cold-bent the forks (eventually) with an improvised jig---before then I just ...
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Can I use substitute modern wheels for my vintage bicycle?

You’ll need to measure the distance between the dropouts (OLD) to figure out what sort of hub you need. A regular tape measure or ruler is fine. https://www.halowheels.com/frame-spacing-hub-o-l-d-...
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Schwinn Collegiate 26" Front Wheel Cone Lock Nuts?

I believe this is an exploded diagram of what you are looking at: for wheel installation you are right to say: tighten the washer side of the hub, then adjust the non-washer side when I have the ...
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What type of lever is this cable for?

You wanted a barrel end brake cable for straight brake levers. What was sent to you is a curved or racing lever brake cable with a pear cable end (we called them mushroom). Cable end terminals (...
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Schwinn Meridian Adult Tricycle not easy to turn left. Turning right is fine

Some trikes drive only one rear wheel, so that when you're turning with that wheel on the inside, it will handle differently than when you're turning with that wheel on the outside. So that might ...
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Schwinn Johnny Pro Stationary Loud Noise Near Sprocket

From your description it sounds like the 'bottom bracket' bearings have become damaged. These are the bearings that the crank axle runs in in the frame of the bicycle. To confirm, turn the cranks by ...
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Schwinn runabout trailer/seatpost attachment

You need a seatpost shim, with an inner diameter that matches your existing seatpost, and an outer diameter that matches the inner diameter of the clamp. Any decent bike shop will have these. The ...
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Shift Cable for 1963 Schwinn w/Sturmey Archer Shifter

Based on the information provided by @P.Barney and @NathanKnutson, I realized that while the cable will most likely work in my shifter, the housing is the wrong length for my particular application. ...
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Schwinn Meridian Adult Tricycle not easy to turn left. Turning right is fine

As Adam Rice surmised, your tricycle is designed so that the chain only drives one of the rear wheels. Based on your description, it's probably the left that is being driven. During a tight right turn,...
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Schwinn Circuit Identification

Does it look like this? That's a top of the line model for the time, weighing in at 9 kilos, for a steel bike. Here's the year's specs for 1988 And here's a story with more info
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I have a Traveller 3. What year and where was it built?

Assuming it's a Schwinn Traveler III According to bikehistory.com Schwinn used that name from 1978 to 1979 The catalog name is "Schwinn-Approved Traveler III" 1978 page 1979 page From the ...
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Need to know what bike I have the serial # is LP9 0246 badge # is 0589

According to the Vintage Schwinn serial number lookup page your bike was made in 1978. Assuming the bike is all original it has 26" wheels the parts match the picture in the catalog... In 1978 ...
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Need to know what bike I have the serial # is LP9 0246 badge # is 0589

That serial number is consistent with a Schwinn frame produced in Chicago in November 1978. The numbers on the headbadge refer to the 58th day of 1979, which presumably was when the full bike was ...
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convert 7 speed cruiser bike to single speed, keeping hand brakes

Personally I'd recommend fixing it. Even if you only choose to ride in one gear in the future. Parts definitely needed: A new right-hand shifter for the handlebars. You need a 7 speed shifter, and ...
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Schwinn Kids Bike brake caliper spring not attached. Help!

Unless my brain is broken, that spring is distorted. When in place it should look something like: The spring needs to push the arms back open. Its uncompressed state should be more flat, as opposed ...
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Looking for name of Schwinn Le Tour variant above "Super" (mid 1980s)

Possibly the LeTour Luxe In 1985 the lineup starting with the LeTour went like this: LeTour Super LeTour (sport) LeTour Luxe (touring) Voyageur Voyageur SP Tempo Super Sport Peloton Here is the spec ...
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What are the specs for a 1980 Schwinn Superior Road Bike?

According to https://bikehistory.org/bikes/superior/?expand_article=1 there either wasn't a specific 1980 model, or they don't have info on it. There is info from the 1978 and 1981 catalogues. ...
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Can I use a lay back post on a Schwinn Meridian 26" tricycle?

You can use a setback or lay back seat post. You'll need to find one with the right size post diameter. The best way to find the right size is to measure the one you have. Sizes range from 25.0 and up ...
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Clunking noise on Schwinn Meridian

Based on the limited information given, I would suggest taking it back to the bike shop that assembled it to resolve the clunking issue. The shop is supposed to deliver you a safe, functional bicycle, ...
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convert 7 speed cruiser bike to single speed, keeping hand brakes

Never try to ride a bicycle designed to use a rear derailleur without a rear derailleur. The chain will not stay in place. And that can be dangerous. Again: you can not safely run a rear-derailleur-...
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Noisey clunk in freehub, how to R&R the Hub

I am no expert on freewheels, but it look like this model freewheel has no splines or notches to insert a tool to remove the freewheel. If this is the case, the easiest way it to dismantle the ...
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I am trying to identify who made my bike

Here is a bike with the same down tube/seat tube arrangement: Here is a bike with the same top tube arrangement, and it looks like it might have the same down tube/seat tube arrangement:
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mechanical disc brake replacement for Schwinn Protocol 1.0

That is a Post Mount caliper, which is bolted to an International Standard (IS) mount adapter. Upshot - you need to keep the adapter, mounting bolts, and spherical washer sets when you fit your new ...
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Is there a front derailer clamp diameter that is near 29.6 or 29.7mm?

Looks like Saint Sheldon was right, but elsewhere. http://www.sheldonbrown.com/schwinn-braze.html says under 1962 to 1978: Schwinn Fillet Brazing In the Bicycle Boom The fillet-brazed CrMo frame ...
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Schwinn Circuit Identification

It's an 88 if it originally had a white seat and handlebar tape and it's an 89 if it had a black seat and handlebar tape. So yours is an 88.
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