Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Brian C's Schwinn Copper Tone Traveler Restoration - Best Color Ever and a Very Underrated Bicycle!

This is Brian's 1960 Schwinn Traveler, Brian is the son of my friend Dave.  First off the Traveler is the best color ever!  I love the Schwinn Copper Tone color.  What isn't know much about the Traveler is it is a great riding bike.  It is heavy but that doesn't affect the ride, in fact it makes it a little better.  The Traveler is a great bike for cursing the town, getting a few things at the market or just hitting the coffee shop or getting ice cream.  It is a very underrated bicycle.

The Traveler is a 3 speed which makes it even better in my book, most everyone knows how much I love three speeds.  The Strumey Archer hubs are almost indestructible with maintenance. The Traveler is in pretty descent starting shape.  I think the paint will come back a long way.  I think the chrome will polish like new.  I can't wait to see the results and to test ride the Traveler!
Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
Handlebars

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
Head Light

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
Head Tube

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Brake Caliper

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Hub

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Rim

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Hub

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
Head Tube

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
Seat

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
3 Speed Cable Bracket

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
Drive Train

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
Crank

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Wheel Caliper

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear 3 Speed Wheel Hub

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
3 Speed Wheel Hub

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Wheel Rim

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
Pedals

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Reflector
With the Traveler broken down to the frame I think the paint is in descent shape.  It has some dullness and grime and maybe a little blotching but I think it will clean well and polish very well.

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Top Tube

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Down Tube

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Down Tube

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Lug

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Tube

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Kick Stand

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Area

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Stays

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Drop Outs

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Drop Outs

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Drop Outs

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Fork

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Crown

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Crown

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Blade

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Drop Outs
I gave the frame a deep cleaning and then started working through the polishing grits.  The frame polished beautifully.  The blotching polished away.  The color came back much brighter and the decals whitened beautifully.  I am very pleased with how the frame polished!!  There are a very paint chips but not bad at all.

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Head Tube

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Head Tube

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Head Tube

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Top Tube

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Down Tube

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Down Tube

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Seat Lug

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Seat Tube

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Seat Tube

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Bottom Bracket

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Bottom Bracket

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Bottom Bracket

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Seat Stays

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Drop Outs

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Drop Out

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Drop Outs

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Fork

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Fork Crown

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Fork Crown

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Fork Blade

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Fork Blade

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Fork Drop Outs

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration - Frame Polished
Fork Rust Removed
I had a hard time removing the stem, you can see the rust around the stem.  I also had a hard time breaking the headset lock cap free, I had to use heat and a 3 foot wrench.  Eventually the headset broke free.  There was a good deal of rust inside the fork tube but that should clean up well and a coat of grease on the stem and inside the fork tube will prevent it from happening again.

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration
Rust on Stem

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration
Rust in Fork Tube

Brian C's 1960 Schwinn Traveler Restoration
Rust on Headset

More to come.


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