1976 Schwinn Sierra Women's Road Bike - Fuchsia
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.
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