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This old sidewinder has been sitting outside in someone's backyard since new looks like. Everything rusted badly. Used the handlebars for my road bike. Didn't really have a plan for it until it co workers bike got stolen and he needed wheels. The only handlebars I had laying around were from a girls bmx. Used the bars and the front brakes as the front brakes on the sidewinder were rusted solid. After an overnight of soaking derailur and chain in oil, and having to free each chain link individually with pliers, I got drive train working. Adjusted the gears and changed tires and tubes and I had a decent running bike.bike will now being used 5+ miles daily. New owner likes the riding position and says the old schwinn rides better than his bicycle that was stolen 
 

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Nice save. Always cool when something can be made useful again.
 
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