Monday, August 8, 2016

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration

This is Tansy's Schwinn Breeze.  Te coolest part of Tansy's Schwinn Breeze besides the red paint is that it was her Grandmother bicycle.  The history of a bicycle doesn't get better then that!

I like Schwinn Breeze bicycles a lot.  They do what they where intended to do very well.  They are great for cruising the neighborhood, running around town to get groceries and running errands or just exploring all day.  They ride great and are very durable.

Tansy's Breeze has some rough areas and some very good areas.  The paint has some chips, scratches and some tough dried substance but overall I think the frame paint will come back beautifully. Tansy's Schwinn Breeze will receive a complete restoration along with new cables, new cable housings, new bearings, new brake pads, new tires and tire tubes and a new seat. 

I think the Breeze will turn out beautifully and everyone already knows how much I love 3 speed bicycles.  I can't wait to see how the Breeze turns out and give it a test ride.

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Handlebars

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Brake Levers

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - 3 Speed Shift Lever

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Stem & Handlebars

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Head Tube

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Front Brake Caliper

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Front Fender

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Front Wheel Hub

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Front Wheel Rim

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Stem

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Head Tube

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Fork

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Front Wheel Hub

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Top Tube

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Down Tube

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Seat

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Seat Tube

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Crank

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Chain Guard

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Seat Binder

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Rear Brake Caliper

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Rear Brake Caliper

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Rear Wheel Hub

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Rear Wheel Hub

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Rear Wheel Rim

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Before - Rear Fender
 The the Schwinn Breeze broken down I can see that the frame does have a some chips and scratches.  It also has a hard glue like substances that took some time to chip off.  But overall not to bad.

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before - Head Tube

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before - Down Tube

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before - Top Tube

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before - Schwinn Decal

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before - Seat Area

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before - Bottom Bracket

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before - Bottom Bracket

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before - Bottom Bracket

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before - Seat Stays

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before - Chain Stays

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before - Drop Outs

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before - Fork

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before - Fork Crown

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before - Fork Crown

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before - Fork Blades

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before - Fork Drop Outs

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Before - Fork Blades
 I gave the frame a deep cleaning.  It took a good deal of work to remove the hard glue like dirt.  Maybe that hard dirt was old tape?  With the frame cleaned I started with a course polish and worked up to the next grits.  I then had to go back for one more time with the course polish.  After working through all the grits again the frame turned out very nice!  I am very happy with the results.

In the photos below of the frame polished the chips and scratched have not been treated and filled yet.  I am currently mixing a match.  When the touch up dries I will then will apply a coat of sealer wax and buff it out. 


Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished - Head Tube

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished - Head Tube

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished - Top Tube

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished - Down Tube

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished - Seat Tube

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished - Bottom Bracket

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished - Bottom Bracket

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished - Bottom Bracket

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished - Seat Stays

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished - Chain Stays

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished - Drop Outs

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished - Fork

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished - Fork Crown

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished - Fork Crown

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished - Fork Blades

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished - Fork Blades

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Frame Polished - Fork Blades
Check back soon.  The components have been polished and are waiting assembly.

First thin is always the headset.  I like Schwinn headsets a lot.  They are not very light but they are heavy duty and work super smooth and last for ever.  The headset for the Breeze cleaned up very nice and polished beautifully!  The chrome and the polished red paint looks amazing together!

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Headset Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Headset Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Pressing Headset Cups

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Headset Cups Pressed
The handlebars and stem had a little bit of rust and a lot of dullness.  I gave everything a good cleaning and then worked at the polishing wheels.  The handlebars and stem polished beautifully and look amazing installed!  I love this stuff!!

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Handlebars & Stem Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Handlebars & Stem Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Handlebars Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Handlebars Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Stem Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Stem Exploded

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Stem Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Stem & Handlebars Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Handlebars Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Stem & Handlebars Complete

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Stem & Handlebars Complete

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Stem & Handlebars Complete

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Stem & Handlebars Complete
 A lot of the photos are a little washed out.  The step through frames sit very high in the stand so the bike is kind of up in the lights.

The seat post and seat binder clamp are in descent starting shape.  Some time on the polishing wheels and they look great.  Installed the shine looks amazing with the red paint.  As I get closer to completion I will install the new saddle that will really bring the Breeze together.

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Seat Post Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Seat Binder Clamp Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Seat Post Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Seat Post & Binder Clamp Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Seat Post Complete

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Seat Post Complete
 I like these brake levers a lot.  They feel good and always restore beautifully.  These where no exception.
Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Brake Levers Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Brake Levers Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Brake Levers Installed

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Brake Levers Installed
 I like these brake calipers.  They restore beautifully and work very smooth properly lubricated.  Best of all is how they look installed.  that red paint is really really nice and just pops with polished chrome and alloy.  New brake pads will have the Breeze stopping better.

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Brake Calipers Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Brake Calipers Exploded

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Brake Levers Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Brake Caliper Installed

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Brake Caliper Installed

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Brake Calipers Complete
The classic Strumey Archer shift lever.  My favorite version with the clear plastic cover. The shift lever was flushed and lubricated and after polishing it looks amazing.  It should function very smooth on the road.

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
3 Speed Shift Lever Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
# Speed Shift Lever Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
3 Speed Shift Lever Compelte

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
3 Speed Shift Lever Installed
A part that can really make a restoration but you might not notice it is the cable guides.  The cable guides restored perfectly.  Installed they look amazing with the polished paint. These are the details I love!
Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Shift Cable Guides

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Shift Cable Guide Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Shift Cable Guide Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Shift Cable Guide Installed

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Shift Cable Guide Installed
 The crank and bottom bracket where last on the main part of the bike.  The crank was dull and had a little rust.  A little time hand polishing and it looks great!  The bottom bracket turned out very nice too but you might not notice it.  You sure would if it wasn't restored.  The crank spins super smooth!

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Crank & Bottom Bracket Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Crank Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bottom Bracket Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bottom Bracket Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Crank & Bottom Bracket Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Crank Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bottom Bracket Cup Pressed

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bottom Bracket Bearings Packed

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Crank Complete

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Crank Complete
I usually save the fenders for after the wheels but I really wanted to see the chrome fenders go on that red paint.  The fenders where dull and had some areas of rust.  Some time carefully removing the rust and polishing on the polishing wheels and the fenders turned out fantastic.  Installed with the red paint and all the other chrome they look amazing.  The Breeze is starting to come together.

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Fender Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Fender Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Fender Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Fender Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Fender Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Fender Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Fender Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Fender Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Fender Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Fender Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Fender 
Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Fender Installed

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Fender Installed

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Fender Installed

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Fender Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Fender Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Fender Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Fender Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Fender Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Fender Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Fender Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Fender polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Fender Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Fender 
Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Fender Installed

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Fender Installed

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Fender Complete
I started with the front wheel first.  The front wheel has a few areas that are rough.  I broke the front wheel down and gave everything a good cleaning.  With everything clean I worked through the polishing steps.  The front wheel really polished nice.  The front rim turned out almost perfect.  New bearings and grease and the front wheel spins for ever.  I couldn't be happier with the front wheel.

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Wheel Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Wheel Hub Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Wheel Rim Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Wheel Hub Old Grease

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Wheel Hub Polished

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Axle Ready

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Wheel Bearings Packed

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Wheel Complete

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Wheel Rim Complete

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Front Wheel Installed
 I am currently working on the rear wheel, it should be done in a day or two.  A few before photos below.

Check back soon!

The rear wheel had some rough areas and the internal hub was pretty guncked up but overall I have seen much worse.  The rims polished beautifully they look like new and are pretty amazing for where they started from.  The internal hub took a lot of flushing and cleaning but it now works super smooth.  I am thrilled with the results of the rear wheel!  Hard to beat how it turned out.

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Wheel Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Wheel Rim Before
Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub Gunked Up

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Wheel Hub Flushed and Lubricated

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Wheel Drive Side Pieces Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Drive Side Bearings Packed

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Wheel Drive Side Complete

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Non-Drive Side Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Wheel Non-Drive Side Pieces

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Wheel Non-Drive Side Pieces Ready

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Wheel Complete

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Rear Wheel Complete

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Wheels Complete
 Time to install the new tires.  The tires look fantastic installed.  They are bringing the Breeze together.

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
New S-6 Tires

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Tires Installed
I thought about the color of the cable housings for quite a while, in the end I think the only way to go is the light silver color with the braided affect.  I think the cables look perfect with the polished red paint!

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
New Cables & Cable Housings

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Wired

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Wired

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Wired
 Next I cleaned the handlebar grips.  They looked pretty rough to start but after some treatment they turned out fantastic!  They look great installed!

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Handlebar Grips After

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Handlebar Grips Installed
 Time for the new seat.  I had to modify the seat coupler to get it to take a modern style seat but now the seat fits quite nice.  The seat looks great installed!  Really bringing the Breeze together.

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
New Seat

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
New Seat

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
New Seat 
Installed
 Pedals always take a beating  these pedals are not the worst.  I gave them a good cleaning and then a good polishing by hand.  They did not come back like new but they look much better and spin great.

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Pedals Before

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Pedals After
 Next I installed the chain and repaired the rough spots on the chain guard.  Installed the chain guard looks great!

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Chain Cleaned and Installed

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Chain Guard Installed
 I took the Breeze for a test ride this afternoon.  The front wheel was giving me some troubles, it was not as smooth as it should be.  I took it in and adjusted it some and it is better now but not there yet.  I took it in again and adjusted some more but now its raining and will test it again after it is done raining.

While I had a little less cloud cover I took the final photos.  The Breeze looks just plain stunning!  The red paint came back a long long ways and with the chips filled it looks great!  I love the brown seat and the gum wall tires, I think they give the Breeze a lot of character and a classic look.  I also like the light silver brake cable housings a lot.

I love the bicycle like the Breeze, they do very well exactly what they where meant to do.  They  are work hoses, they are practical and they ride great.  Best of all they are durable as can be and the three speed hub with maintenance is almost bullet proof.  I love this stuff! And I really love 3 speeds!!

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Handlebars

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Head Tube

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Brake

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Wheel Hub

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Wheel Rim

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Stem

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Handlebar Grip

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Head Tube

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Fork Blades

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Wheel Hub

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Down Tube

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Half

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Saddle

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Drive Train

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Crank

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Rear Brake

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Rear Wheel Hub

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Rear Wheel Hub

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Rear Wheel Rim

Tansy's Schwinn Breeze 3 Speed Restoration
Bicycle Complete 

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