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1997 Schwinn PowerGlide

1997 Schwinn PowerGlide

Totally custom recreation of a bike I rode for two years.

Custom 1997 Schwinn Powerglide. In 1996 I bought one of these in black. I added a set of Maxy Cross 80s NOS cranks in gold, and had it painted metallic pink. I rode the shit out of it, and never quite got over selling it. I just hated the 1" Quill stem.

Last summer I decided it was time. I finally found a frame on Ebay, and set to work. The frame has had a multiple stage paint job. It had white primer, several coats of Bazooka Joe pink base coat, then lots of flattening off and masking (ghost stripes and flames) before it got silver flake, and then several coats of clear. The decals are custom, I made those myself. My name being Andrew, if you didn't know. Has a replacement head badge on it too.


1997 (made and sold in 96) Schwinn Powerglide frame. All Hi Ten steel.
Firecloud Sprint fork. 1" threadless. Has V brake lugs. I got it because it is almost identical to the Hydraglide boss fork.
Aheadset 1" threadless.
Stay Strong 1" clamp on race stem.
SST Oryg NOS, with all Oryg cables. These are the ones with the pivots built in, so the luxury version.
90s V bars in chrome. NOS, no idea who made them they just fitted the build beautifully.
Schwinn Typhoon 2 piece grips in pink.
Schwinn logo bar ends.
Source BMX "Jet" levers polished with pink rubbers.
Truativ U.S to Euro BB conversion, Acor square taper BB.
Schwinn cruiser cranks. Rubber protectors on ends.
Shimano DX sealed pedals.
Gusset Sink Chain.
Front brake Lite Pro CNC short V brake.
Rear brake Fly CNC U brake. Evoke clear pads on both.
Proper bikes hanger in gold.
Wheels. Front is a Gsport Rollcage in LTD dayglo pink on a Madera (Profile) sealed hub. Has the volcano bolts.
Rear is a Gsport Ribcage in LTD dayglo pink with a WTP 36 freewheel sealed hub.
ACS Claws freewheel 17t.
Vee rubber 1.65" tyres.
Dragonfly 22.2mm chrome seat post semi knurled. 
Seat Velo gripper reupholstered in pink leather hide.

As you can see, this one was a labour of love. The paint job alone took about two weeks.

  • Freestyle / Flatland
  • Company: Schwinn
  • Model: PowerGlide
  • Wheel Size: 20"
  • Headtube size: 1"