Showing posts with label Schwinn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Schwinn. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Schwinn Brighton and Allston

Schwinn's Brighton 1 (top) and Allston 1 (bottom).  Photos courtesy of
Schwinn's Brighton 1 and Allston 1 are steel bikes with fenders, chainguards, and rear racks that go for about $660.  Both bikes have Shimano Nexus 8-speed internal gear hubs.

This is a very practical bike at a decent price.  In terms of elegance and function, it's comparable to the Linus Roadster 8.  Schwinn says the fenders and rear rack "make a utility and fashion statement."  Yes, we agree - we've been saying that since 2008 and hoping for more bikes like these.

Schwinn also says that these models are available "exclusively" at Schwinn signature independent bike shops.  That's a positive development and a show of support by Schwinn for local business owners.

Here are the specs for the Allston 1 (the Brighton 1 has nearly identical specs):





Schwinn steel classic step-thru Dutchi


Schwinn rigid steel



Alloy 3-piece 38T

Bottom Bracket



N/A (F), N/A (R)


Shimano Revoshift

Cog Set






Weinmann ZAC19 alloy 36H


700 x 38


14G stainless


Kenda K-192 700 x 38



Schwinn Bow Tie


Alloy caliper

Brake Levers



Alloy classic riser, 25.4


Alloy quill, 25.4


1" threaded


Classic lightweight springer saddle


Alloy 25.4 x 300 mm



Classic stitched grips, fenders, rear rack

Monday, November 25, 2013

#8 Peter's Repurposed Bikes

Today we return to hearing about readers' bikes with an entry from Peter, who has mastered the art of the repurposed bike (aka "RUB"):

Great blog- I'm happy to see people glorifying repurposed bikes and parts. Like Angus said, there are many bicycles already in existence which, with a little attention and modification, are better suited to many riders' and potential riders' needs and budgets than the majority of new bikes for sale in bike shops and department stores. The problem is simply that people are unwilling or unable to make the necessary adjustments, despite the beautiful simplicity of the bicycle and the many resources available. 

I've only bought one new bike- the rest of mine are salvaged and cobbled together to my liking.

My Schwinn World Sport has more miles on it than any bike I've owned. The 4130 frame is in great shape; I sanded off all the surface rust when I acquired the frame and sprayed it with a two-part hardening clear coat paint. I fitted the frame with Mavic Cosmos wheels and jumbled together old Shimano 105, 600, and ultegra parts to make up the drivetrain. All parts on the bike, aside from the brake calipers, cassette, and 6700 bar-ends, were bought used at the Iowa City Bike Library. Here's the result:

All photos credit Peter Szabo

I've commuted on this bike since 2009, ridden it on many miles of rural Iowa gravel roads, and taken it on its share of centuries. 

This past spring, I finished building up what has been vying for the top spot on my list of favorite bikes I own. (The list changes frequently and there are many ties): 

My Trek 520 has been my new bike of choice for long rides, gravel, trail, and the occasional commute. It doesn't feel as fast as the World Sport does, but on calm days I manage an average speed of around 18 mph on ~50 mile rides. Here it is in Des Moines:

This bike has been wonderful so far, and there is much I look forward to adding to it.

A year ago as I was preparing to move out of my apartment, I looked at my spare parts and thought that “there must be at least a full bike’s worth of parts there.”

I bought the clean white housing and the rear brake cable, but nearly everything else was just waiting to be put to use. I rode it a handful of times this past summer, but not enough to warrant keeping it around. I will probably sell it in the spring. 

Last week, I found a Univega frame at Working Bikes. You can guess why I've decided to sell the Raleigh. I built the Univega up as a beater cyclocross bike, but it is still awaiting a wheelset. It's pictured with the wheels from the 520. I haven't decided if I will race this season, but if I do, all I'll need is a set of appropriate tires:

The build was fun for a few reasons.  The trickiest part was putting together cantilever brakes that would reach from the 26” wheel positioned posts to the rims of the 700c wheels. Here’s how it turned out:

They were both finds in a spare parts drawer, and the springs needed to be replaced in order to suit the position of the arms.  The other wonky thing about this bike is the chain guide.  I wanted to make this bike a 1x9 because I didn’t want to buy a front derailleur, so this is how I’ve kept the chain on its ring so far:

It's parts from a reflector bracket, and so far the chain has not slipped from the front ring. I'll still be cautious while riding, but I've been pretty rigorous with it so far. 

 I'll wrap this up with the bike I'm working on currently. This project has been on the back burner for me for several months, partly because I haven't made up my mind exactly how I want it to end up. I've got a Trek Antelope frame that I'm converting into a three speed. I overhauled a nice Sturmey Archer in August:

Among a few other things, I can’t decide what color I want to paint the frame (or whether to paint it at all).  I’ve considered olive green with tan Big Bens and slate blue with gray cruiser tires, but right now the bike mostly still looks like that.  Feel free to offer advice!

These two are from the Schwinn in the field and the train:

The time I transported my ladder with my b.o.b. trailer and a skateboard:

The four mile trip went... without a hitch... :/

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Jenny and Willy Schwinn

I know this sounds like ad-copy, but really? What's not to love here.

Jenny and Willy look like a winning pair. So much fun, and PRACTICAL: fenders, chaingaurds, racks, easy. Enough gears, but not too many. MSRP $399. Just like your old Schwinn, but new.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Schwinn World GS

The Schwinn 2009 World GS retails for about $500. According to Schwinn's "dealer locator," you can find this model at Nash's Sports at 3339 14th St. N.W. in D.C.

I don't know whether Schwinn will ever recapture its former prestige (used Schwinns are still a better deal than new ones), but this is a step in the right direction. This bike makes the BFROU list because it's affordable and comes with fenders, rack, chainguard, and a bell.

2009 Specs

Frame: Schwinn N'Litened aluminum with Comfort Tuned geometry and replaceable derailleur hanger.

Fork: SR Suntour NEX 4110 suspension fork with 50mm of travel and preload adjustment

Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-UN26 square taper

Derailleurs: Shimano Acera M340 rear, C051 front

Shifters: Shimano EF50 Easy Fire triggers

Chain: KMC Z-72

Rims: Alex ACE 17 double wall alloy 32 hole

Hubs: Formula alloy sealed mechanism front and rear with quick release

Spokes: 14 gauge stainless steel, 32 per wheel

Tires: 700x38C Schwinn Approved city tread

Pedals: Resin comfort pedal with steel axle

Brake Levers: Shimano EF50

Handlebar: Alloy 50mm rise, 15 degree bend

Stem: Alloy quill style with adjustable rise

Headset: Integrated 1 1/8" threaded

Grips: Schwinn Bio Tuned Ergonomic dual density

Saddle: Comfort Tuned Plus with Schwinn memory foam

Seat Post: Alloy suspension with micro adjustment clamp

Extras: Planet Bike Freddy Fenders, Planet Bike rear alloy rack, full chain cover, bell, kick stand and alloy QR seat binder

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Schwinn Coffee Cruiser

Schwinn Coffee Cruiser. Available at Performance Bikes for $250. May also be available at your local Wal-Mart.

2008 Specs:

Frame: 700c Schwinn Classic Sport
Crankset: One piece, 46T
Pedals: Schwinn Bowtie cruiser
Freewheel: 22T
Rims: Alloy 700c 36H
Hubs: SRAM I-motion, 3-spd with coaster brake
Handlebar: Low rise sport
Saddle: Schwinn sport saddle
Rear rack
Fenders: steel

If you have any feedback on the Schwinn Coffee, please leave a comment.