Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Last Project of the Year

I have spent the fall catching up on projects sitting in my barn. This included the Manton & Smith, 1959 Schwinn Tiger, and a 1940 Schwinn New World.

This particular New World arrived as a bike "core": frame, chain guard, fenders/braces, fork/headset, seat post, partial crank set, stem, front brake caliper, and handlebars.

I took apart the core down to the frame, cleaning up everything. Here is the frame along with a complete, 1947 New World for comparison. They're very similar and the differences are subtle, but present.

I also have an array of really nice parts for this build. This box includes: Arnold/Schwinn "AS" stamped pedals; an uncommon, aluminum alloy Sturmey Archer hub from 1954; an original Schwinn script front hub; a matched set of Schwinn brake levers; and a matched set of "Schwinn Built" calipers.

The rims will be Sun CR18 aluminum rims in the English (ISO 590mm) size. Spokes will be straight gauge DT Swiss stainless. I also have a pristine, original Sturmey Archer quadrant shifter to add a nice, period touch to this relatively early New World.