Roger A’s Schwinn Traveler III.
So last summer when I started to become obsessed with rescueing OTS’s I saw an ad on Craigslist (CL) for two Schwinn Traveler III’s. I called and then headed over to the sellers house which was in a nearby S. St. Louis neighborhood. The young man had two red bikes which appeared to be a his and her combo, though both were men’s frames. One was a 20 in. frame and the other was much taller. The shorter bike had a mattress seat on it. Another reason I suspected his and her. The seller said they belong to his aunt, and I suspect he got them from the estate or something.
He wanted fifty dollars a piece. I had decided I needed to refrain from buying bikes that I can’t ride even if I planned to re-sell. No use in having something of no use while waiting for it to sell. So I opted for the smaller bike. It had a broken spoke on the front wheel that someone had twisted around another spoke. I couldn’t get him to come down, and he was a pretty good salesman so I gave him $50 and departed
So eventually I got around to cleaning and lubing it. It is a Japanese lugged frame. All Shimano drive train and hubs, Shimano 400 derailleurs. All loose ball bearings in hubs, headset and bottom bracket. I developed the knack for getting them back in while working on this one, though I did use caged bearings on the headset. The rims are Araya steel rims, which in my limited experience usually have far less hop than other old rims. I had minimal work to do on the truing stand after replacing the spoke.
I replace the bar tape and mounted a used Specialized saddle from CL. And now I like it so much that I don’t think I will part with it.