Saturday, October 24, 2015

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle After Restoration
Kind of crazy but out of the 1000's and 1000's of restorations I have done I have never restored a Schwinn world Sport.  This will be the first.  I actually really don't know much about the World Sport but it does have a Cro-Moley steel frame, it has a nice crank and some very nice components.  It also has some pretty nice wheels on it.  Overall I am impressed with the world sport.  This world sport is in somewhat rough starting shape but should not be a problem at all.

The Schwinn World Sport will get a complete restoration along with new cables, new cable housings, new bearings, new handlebar tape, new brake pads and new tires. I really like the gun metal color of the World Sport and the gold decal accents.  I can't wait to see the results of the restoration and to give the World Sport a test ride.

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before - Handlebars

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before - Stem & Handlebars

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before - Head Tube

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before - Front Brake Caliper

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before - Front Wheel Hub

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before - Front Wheel Rim

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before - Stem

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before - Top Tube

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before - Seat Lug

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before - Down Tube Decal

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before - Bottom Bracket

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before - Crank

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before - Front Derailleur

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before - Seat Lug

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before - Rear Brake Caliper

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before - Rear Derailleur

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Before - Rear Wheel Hub

I stripped the frame of all of the components.  With the frame bare I see a few chips and scratches and a few bad spots on the seat stays and chain stays.  Those few bad spots will get filled later.  Even with those few bad spots I think the frame will polished beautifully, I think there is a real gem under the dirt and dullness.

I gave the frame a deep cleaning and then started working through all the polishing grits.  The frame cleaned great and after polishing the frame is quite stunning.  The clear goat polished perfectly, to a glass finish that the florescent lights do not do justice too.  Under that polished clear coat the gun metal color comes to life with just a enough metallic flake to really sparkle.  I love this stuff!!

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Head Tube

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Head Tube

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Head Tube

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Top Tube

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Seat Lug

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Down Tube

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Bottom Bracket

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Bottom Bracket

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Bottom Bracket

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Seat Lug

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Chain Stays

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Seat Stay Bad Spot

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Chain Stays
1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Fork

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Fork Crown

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Fork Crown

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Fork

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Before - Fork Drop Outs

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished - Head Tube

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished - Head Tube

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished - Down Tube

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished - Top Tube

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished - Seat Lug
Beautiful!!

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished - Down Tube Decal

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished - Cro Moly Decal

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished - Bottom Bracket

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished - Bottom Bracket

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished - Bottom Bracket

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished - Seat Stays

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished - Drop Outs

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished - Fork

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished - Fork Corwn

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished - Fork Crown

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished - Fork Blades

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Frame Polished - Fork Drop Outs

The headset and bottom bracket where in okay starting shape.  The grease was very hard and nasty.  I cleaned all the pieces in the crock pot and polished the headset and bottom bracket on the polishing wheels.  I installed new bearings and grease.  The headset looks great polished and spins great and same for the bottom bracket.  They polished chrome looks awesome next to the polished gun metal paint!

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Headset & Bottom Bracket - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Headset & Bottom Bracket - Polished - Old Bearings Photoed

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Pressing Headset Cups

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Headset Cups - Pressed

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Headset - Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bottom Bracket - Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bottom Bracket - Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Headset & Bottom Bracket - Complete
 I broke down the handlebars, stem & brake levers and did all the cleaning.  With the parts cleaned I worked through the polishing grits.  The stem turned out amazing!  The brake levers also turned out amazing, I really like polishing these brake levers because they polish very nice.  Installed the stem, handlebars and brake levers really pop against the polished paint.  I love this stuff.

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Handlebars - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Stem & Handlebars - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Handlebar - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Stem - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Stem - Exploded

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Stem & Handlebars - Polished

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Handlebars - Polished

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Stem - Polished

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Stem - Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Stem & Handlebars - Installed

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Stem & Handlebars - Installed

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Stem & Handlebars - Installed

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Stem & Handlebars - Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Brake Levers - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Brake Levers - Polished

+1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Brake Levers - Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Brake Levers - Complete

The crank is a very nice Sugino VP.  I broke down the crank and cleaned all the pieces.  I then started work on the polishing wheels.  The crank polished very nice and look fantastic installed.

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Crank - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Crank - Exploded

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Crank - Polished

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Crank - Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Crank - Installed

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Crank - Installed

I have not come across these shift levers very often but I like them a lot.  They look descent and they function really really nice.  They are ratcheted and have a great easy feel.  Installed they look nice with all the other polished pieces.

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Shift Levers - Before
1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Shift Levers - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Shift Levers - Polished

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Shift Levers - Installed

The drive train is interesting on the World Sport.  The derailleurs are Shimano Light Action which where one of the early index shifting systems but the shift levers are not indexed.  The derailleurs are very nice derailleurs even if they are not indexed.  

I broke down the derailleurs and started the cleaning.  The derailleurs took a lot of elbow grease to get clean, the dirt and grease was very stubborn.  I then polished the derailleurs and lubricated all the appropriate areas.  The derailleurs turned out extremely nice and look great installed.  I really love it.

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Derailleurs - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Front Derailleurs - Exploded

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Front Derailleur - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Front Derailleur - Polished

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Front Derailleur - Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Front Derailleur - Installed

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Rear Derailleur - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Rear Derailleur - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Rear Derailleur - Exploded

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Rear Derailleur - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Rear Derailleur - Polished

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Rear Derailleur - Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Rear Derailleur - Installed

I like the slightly "droopy" shape of the brake calipers.  The calipers where rough to start.  I ran all the pieces through a parts cleaner with very strong degreaser and then through the sonic cleaner many times.  With the pieces cleaned I started the polishing.  It took a while but the brake calipers polished beautifully!  Overall I am super happy with the brake calipers and with new brake pads they work great.  Some how I missed a few photos of the brake calipers.


1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Brake Calipers - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Brake Calipers - Polished

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Brake Calipers - Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Front Brake Caliper - Installed

The seat post and saddle are in good shape.  I cleaned all the pieces and polished out the chrome.  The seat post looks good installed.

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Seat Post - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Seat Post - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Seat Post - Polished

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Seat Post - Installed
 That complete the main body components.

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Main Components - Complete

The wheels are very nice.  I did not notice until I got quite a bit into the wheels that they are miss matched wheels.  I believe the front wheel is a replacement but it is a very good matched replacement.  I broke down the wheels and cleaned all the pieces.  the grease was nasty and hard and the wheels both had a clunk inside from the grease and bearings. I polished all the pieces and installed new bearings and grease.  The wheels now spin great, no more clunk.  With the wheels almost complete I installed the new gum wall tires.  The wheels look great installed with the tires and the polished paint.   I am really happy.

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Rear Wheel - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Rear Wheel Rim - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub - Old Grease

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub - Polished

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Wheel Pieces - Ready

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Rear Wheel Rim - Polished

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
New Gum Wall Tires

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Rear Wheel - Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Rear Wheel - Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Front Wheel - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Front Wheel Hub - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Front Wheel Rim - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Front Wheel Hub - Polished

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Front Wheel Rim - Polished

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Front Wheel - Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Front Wheel - Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Wheels - Complete

Time to wire the World Sport.  I chose a more original gray cable housing compared to the darker Ice Gray.  I figured the original gray would go better with the gun metal color, I think it does.  I also installed new black handlebar tape.  The World Sport looks great with the handlebar tape and cables complete.

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
New Cables & Cable Housings

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
New Handlebar Tape

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Brake Levers - Wired

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle - Wired

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Rear Brake Cable - Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Handlebar Tape - Installed

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Handlebar Tape - Installed

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Cables & Handlebar Tape - Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Saddle - Installed
 The pedals look rough but they came back a long ways.  I am very happy with the results.  They also spin great with a little maintenance.

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Pedals - Before

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Pedals - Complete

I mixed up a touch up paint to touch up some of the bigger chips with white primer showing through.  The gray colors are not easy to match.  I got fairly close but the main purpose was to cover up the white primer that stood out like a soar thumb and to protect the metal frame.  I am very happy with the World Sport complete.  It rides much much nicer then I was expecting but I don't now why I didn't think it would ride good?  It looks great and has some very nice components mixed in.  I like the world sport a lot!

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle - Complete

Outdoors is where the Schwinn World Sport really shines.  The color just shines, such a deep paint.  The cable housings  accent the gun metal color so nice.  The bright work just pops and best of all the World Sport rides great!  How does it get better.

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Handlebars

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Stem

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Head Tube

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Brake Caliper

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Wheel Hub

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Wheel Rim

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Handlebars

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Stem

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Half

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Top Tube

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Saddle

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Drive Train

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Crank

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Derailleur - Poor Photo

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Rear Derailleur

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Rear Brake Caliper

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Rear Wheel Hub

1986 Schwinn World Sport Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Rear Wheel Rim
Thanks for looking!
John Z.

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