I’ve loved Schwinn bikes for the past 5 years, ever since I found my vintage bike (Elsie) at a second hand store. The minute I saw my little brown bike, it was true love. And the fact that three older gents tried to ‘take it off my hands’ while I was purchasing it, made me even more certain I had found a treasure.
My last Schwinn was my constant companion for almost three years of being a nanny. I rode it 7 miles a day to get to and from work and it held together beautifully. While having zero budget for restoring the bits that needed it, I’m definitely saving up to have that restoration happen in the future.
When I heard about the Schwinn ambassador program I knew that I had to apply, even though I didn’t think I had a shot in hell of getting in. I’ve since learned that there were over 500 applicants so I’m really honored that I was chosen to be one of the representatives for the upcoming year. So crazy.
One of the best perks about my new role, is that I was able to pick out a brand spankin’ new Schwinn. Part of me was a bit hesitant to bring another ‘kid’ home, because I didn’t want Elsie to feel like she was being replaced (yeah I name my bikes, get over it) but I found the perfect addition to the family with the Mifflin-hybrid in gold.
I’m still waiting on a new front fender before I take it out on a full ride, but I’ve definitely taken it for a spin up and down the road, and I’m loving the feel. More pictures and posts are to come, but I thought I would share some pics from the process of putting the bike together.
To be perfectly honest, I didn’t do much in regards to piecing it, but that’s because my boyfriend is an engineer. I’m a strong believer that you’re only as good as your team, so he put most of it together (I helped a little with the peddles and fixing the front brake) and I made a delicious dinner. Trade for trade.
Without further ado, here’s the newest addition. I’m not sure yet what to name it, so I’m open for suggestions (seriously, please help me). I’m thinking something from Mad Max because it’s so shiny and so chrome.
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