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Volunteer days are back, in a new format! They're the second and fourth Saturdays, on a smaller scale. See our Eventbrite site at bikex.eventbrite.com for details and to RSVP. Grab your spot and join in on the wrenching for good! See the event calendar for more events and volunteer days.

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Volunteer John Felch is back to his magic this month, but appropriately for the July 4th holiday, his polish and wrenching were spent on good ol' American steel, this time working on a few stylish American vintage bikes from the 60s. Hear about this month's bikes from John below. See more of our past featured bicycles here. 

I have worked on a few interesting bikes this month. One was a 1965 AMC which was built on contract under several different names.

This AMC looks all-original and cleaned up nicely.
This AMC looks nearly all-original and cleaned up nicely.

I repainted the black frame, cleaned and polished the chrome fenders and front rack, and sealed in the patina on the tank, rack, and chain guard with clear enamel. I also swapped the old steel wheels for aluminum 26inch rims with a coaster brake and put some 1.95 " WTB Thick Slicks on it.

The second is a 1966 Schwinn American (ser. no. 7E32451) with a Bendix 2 speed hub and a coaster brake.

The Schwinn American, before volunteer John Felch's magic.
The Schwinn American, before volunteer John Felch's magic.

It is all original except for new bars, which are an exact copy of the somewhat rusty originals, and new tires. I cleaned everything, rubbed out the paint with rubbing compound, and clear coated it with Rustoleum Automotive clear.

The Schwinn American, looking 40 years younger.
The Schwinn American, looking 40 years younger.

These bikes will soon be for sale. Stay tuned to our bike listings on our used bike page here.