Shoes, pants and socks. These are difficult things for really tall guys to find. That’s why I will always put up info on the tall bikes I find.
My knowledge of bicycles is driven mainly by what I find in the used market where I am. I would never have hoped that Schwinn Chicago would produce a giant bicycle like the one I am working on now. A few weeks back, I purchased a Schwinn Continental on an online auction. I knew it was tall.
When I measured it, I thought my tape measure was broken. Then, I looked it up by serial number to check the catalogues for production specs that include a list of the frame sizes. By the serial number, it should have been a 1983 bicycle because the second letter is T. It may be an anomaly or something. I found that the Continentals were not included in the 1981 catalog, but in the 1982 catalog, I found this:
28″! That’s 71cm! It’s taller than the Japanese Miyatas and Fujis that I’ve been finding, and it was made in Chicago! Maybe the T stands for “tall”. I don’t know. Maybe they made some bikes that were not included in the catalogues. Maybe this is a custom built bike. I’m out of information.
I will update this post when I finish the bike. It will have new Sta-Tru wheels with double-walled rims. It’s going to be an absolute beast!
I was a little worried that the rear wheel wouldn’t work with the derailleur, or some other unforeseen nonsense. Nothing of the sort. I had to cut the axle of the non-drive side a bit, but no big deal. Here it is!