1976 Schwinn Sierra Women's Road Bike - Fuchsia

1976 schwinn sierra women's road bike - fuchsia - side view
Always make sure the reflectors are clocked correctly

I wish I'd taken some photos before I cleaned this 1976 Schwinn Sierra women's road bike, because its transformation from filthy, rust-encrusted jalopy to gleaming fuchsia jewel was remarkable. But wish in one hand, and so on, so oh well.

A Schwinn Sierra is a heavy steel bike with big chrome pie plates on the front and rear sprockets, wedge-armed one-piece cranks, chrome headset-mounted Schwinn stem shifters, an alloy quill stem with an embossed "S" logo, and the usual Schwinn Approved parts arsenal: front and GT-500 rear derailleurs, type LC 2.3 center-pull brakes, high-flange alloy hubs with a quick-release front, and a black vinyl Comfort Form sprung road bike seat.

Normally, that adds up to a reliable but uninspiring old 10-speed. But the Sierra's lugged chrome fork and glowing fuchsia paint job make it jump right off the wall. The worn cloth tape on the upswept alloy handlebars gives it a rugged urban look. And the seat-tube-mounted rear pulley, front brake headset guide plate, and brazed frame cable guides add all the brake-routing excitement that I can handle.

With a set of upright handlebars, a light brown Brooks saddle, and maybe a new back tire, this Sierra would make a great city cruiser.

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1976 schwinn sierra women's road bike - fuchsia - angle view
I think the seat's too high
1976 schwinn sierra women's road bike - fuchsia - front end
Yup
1976 schwinn sierra women's road bike - fuchsia - handlebar side view
Perfectly worn cloth handlebar tape
1976 schwinn sierra women's road bike - fuchsia - seat side view
My favorite part (of course): the rear brake pulley
1976 schwinn sierra women's road bike - fuchsia - comfort form seat
Springs, vinyl and padding = comfort
1976 schwinn sierra women's road bike - fuchsia - stem and shifters
Stem + shifters = SSS
1976 schwinn sierra women's road bike - fuchsia - head tube
Everything's going on in this shot
1976 schwinn sierra women's road bike - fuchsia - front brake and fork crown
Type LC 2.3 brake, type LC (lugged chrome) fork
1976 schwinn sierra women's road bike - fuchsia - side fork view
Chrome fork on fuchsia frame
1976 schwinn sierra women's road bike - fuchsia - schwinn sierra decals
Frame decals with patina
1976 schwinn sierra women's road bike - fuchsia - seat tube decal
Schwinn quality Chicago seat decal, also with patina
1976 schwinn sierra women's road bike - fuchsia - front sprocket, crank, pedals
Chrome pie plate
1976 schwinn sierra women's road bike - fuchsia
Another chrome pie plate
1976 schwinn sierra women's road bike - fuchsia
One more shot of the pulley? Why not!