Make Your Schwinn Krate Ride Great: A Practical Bicycle Repair Guide for Fixing Your Schwinn Krate, Sting-Ray, Fastback, Manta-Ray, Stardust, Fair Lady, or Slik Chik

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At last! A photo-illustrated step by step guide that will help you get the most out of your vintage Sting-Ray bicycle! Whether you’re looking to adjust the brakes or the derailleur, or take it the entire way down to the frame for a total overhaul, this book has you covered. 378 pages. Hundreds of photos. Large font size so you’ll be able to use it in the workshop. Pro level tips and tricks to walk novice bicycle mechanics through all aspects of Sting-Ray repair.

This is the book you need If you are embarking on a father & son bicycle project. If you are working on a mother & daughter bicycle project, the entire better. Isn’t it time for the kids to learn how to turn some wrenches? This book makes it easy for everyone.

If you are just getting into the hobby, this book will help you avoid common pitfalls and allow you to get the most out of your bikes. If you’ve been in the hobby for a whilst, this book will allow you to take it to the next level.

This isn’t a book of pretty pictures for your coffee table. It is a book for people who need to make their old Schwinn bikes ride smooth and solid, who want their bikes to ride fast and true, bikes that perform as awesome as they look.

This book covers:

– Frames, types and eras and damage modes

– Forks, types and differences

– Headsets, how to assemble and adjust

– Brakes, types and differences

– Pedals, types and eras

– Rear Derailleur, installing, adjusting, tweaking

– Chain, derailleur and coaster, removing and installing

– Cranks, removing, installing, damage modes

– Stik Shifters, 3 and 5, overhauling

– Kickstand, removal and installation and types

– Removing and installing cups

– Freewheels, removal, installation, lubing, types

– 5 speed hubs, overhaul and adjustment

– Atom hub, overhaul and adjustment

– Front hubs, types and how to overhaul and adjust

– Tires, removal and installation, types and designs, aftermarket performance upgrades

– Rims, types and differences

– Removing Rim Dings

– Truing Wheels, plus rim damage modes

– Springer fork overhaul and adjustment

– Bendix coaster brake hub overhaul

– Bendix Automatic Yellow and Blue Band overhaul

– Sturmey Archer freewheeling 3 speed hub overhaul

– Setting up shifter and derailleur

– Setting up and adjusting brakes

– Disc brakes

– Firming up the pogo sissy bar

– Banana seats

– Grips, differences and eras

– Stems, eras and differences

– And on and so on et cetera

Authored by the legendary and reclusive Geoff Greene (aka greenephantom), this book will take you on a dizzying mechanical journey to the center of a 1968 Schwinn Orange Krate. Marvel as we disassemble it piece by piece. Be amazed as mechanical concepts are explained in plain English! Experience awe as you realize that your own hands are now imbued with mechanical prowess heretofore untold! Feel the desire to completely overhaul your own Sting-Ray bicycles grow within your chest like the flame of justice and the power of love. Discover the quiet magic of Chicago steel, American craftsmanship, and the way that time is indeed the revelator.

And what does time reveal? It reveals that which perseveres, and that which falls away.

In short, this book is a mash note to Chicago era steel. To forgotten bicycles still hanging in garages, waiting, waiting. To fathers and sons. To love, to loss. To reclaiming well-made machines from the maw of time. To putting right what one can put right with one’s own hands, and doing it well.

Chicago steel keeps it real.

Cheers, Geoff

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