[CR]Some old frame are welded -- Tig is new but welding is not


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From: Wornoutguy@aol.com
Date: Sun, 19 May 2002 20:07:43 EDT
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Some old frame are welded -- Tig is new but welding is not

Here in my office feet from my computer are two 1938/39 Schwinn Superior track frames - for those not familiar with the name this was the second level down Schwinn track frame. It is made from seamless cro mo aircraft tubing.
   This is the interesting part this bike was build a long time prior to the invention of TIG. It is welded just like a modern TIG welded bike and the welds are beautiful. I have been MIG welding for many many years and would be hard pressed to make my welds as nice as these two bike frames. I wonder if anyone was saying it would not last back when it was new. The complete bike built up the original equipment is 21lbs with modern equipment it would be much less. Both bikes are ready to ride, not bad for 64 years old. Guess welding can hold up after all. Too bad the wooden rims and leather saddles don't fare as well as the steel. Sam DiBartolomeo Riverside, CA