Schwinn Caliente Fun Bike

I always wanted to build an old-school, steel bike from scratch. I found a 1979 Schwinn Caliente and bought it for $35. It was a hoss, and weighed in at 39.5 lbs. I stripped her down to the frame and then began the two month long chore of hand sanding it down to bare steel. When I finished, I had it powder-coated clear. You will notice that the curing (baking) process on powder-coating turns the steel a bronze-like color.
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As pictured here she weighs in at 22 pounds with Brooks B27 saddle, mustache bars, dual sided (spd and platform) pedals, and Ksyrium SL wheels. This is one sweet bike build and continues to go through various iterations, including flat-bars, different wheels, fixed gear instead of single speed, and experiments with various gear ratios.
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I even found an old vintage Schwinn head badge on eBay to add to the look.
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It’s not the lightest bike out there, but it definitely one of the coolest!
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It’s been nearly a year since I put this baby together and this is the current iteration. Changed the Ksyriums for more vintage-looking wheels, lowered the gearing to make it better for in-town cruising, and went with the flat bar, Brooks leather grips and saddlebag.

Riding my baby to my daily breakfast joint.

Riding my baby to my daily breakfast joint.