I haven’t yet posted anything about the frame Nova unveiled in the latest What’s In The Box? video. I guess I was waiting until I decided what I was going to do with it. I’ve yet to decide for sure but in the meantime I threw some parts on it and have been riding it.
The frame is a Chinese knock-off of a Schwinn straight-bar. Unlike the old Schwinns though this frame is aluminum and takes a 1 inch fork and a 7/8ths inch seat post. The fork I picked up at a local bike shop. The wheel set is the first I ever built many years ago, the rear wheel having an old Bendix 2 speed kickback. The handlebars I had and lengthened them slightly. The Brooks saddle is shared between this and another bike.
Seems like anytime I post a photo to social media of a bike I’m working on that was taken in the garage, I’ll get this question… “What’s that green bike in the background?”. I put together a quick video to explain it.
Another cheap Chinese made bike from evil Walmart. The Schwinn Low Glide 29er. I can’t help myself. I thought it looked pretty cool and retro and it was of course cheap in price. I do spend money at my LBS though upgrading and accessorizing these bikes though so that lessons the guilt some.
It’s an aluminum frame and wheels, a 7 speed Shimano and linear pull brakes. Low Glide seems a funny name for a 29″ wheeled bike.
Unboxing the bike…
Here is what the bike looks like in its original state.
Here is what I’ve done so far…
Replaced stock saddle with a Brooks.
Replaced grip shift with thumb. Replaced bars and stem.
Removed fenders and rack.
Added a water bottle cage. Used zip ties for now as there are no bosses.
Greased wheels, headset and bottom bracket. Adjusted brakes.
I didn’t like “Low Glide” so I sanded that portion of the chainguard (the decals had been cleared over) and repainted with paint I had that was a pretty close match. My mother made me a new decal to replace it.
The frame is a little big for me but that’s not a real problem with the type of riding I do. In the 2 days since I put it together I’ve put 35 miles on it with no issues.
I may eventually put on a more functional rear rack and possibly put the fenders back on.
“You Have Won An American Flag Bell”
That’s an e-mail I received from Electra Bicycle Company today. I had submitted a photo for Electra’s Veterans Day Photo Contest.
Here’s a screenshot from their FaceBook page. My bike is bottom left. That top photo is awesome and the bike just happens to be an Electra.
Also free… the other day I was given this Schwinn shirt from a friend.
The other day I posted about several bicycle home decor items we spotted while out shopping. Here is the one thing I couldn’t resist buying even though I’m not a fan of the replica metal signs. Found it at Hobby Lobby.