Schwinn Monty Conversion (the topic that will never die, until now [hopefully])

This is to anyone wanting to know about the Schwinn Monty Conversion and also how to use the Miyata seat without welding. This is the story…I wanted to do the whole Schwinn Monty Conversion, so I buy an old 20’’ off ebay, but about the same time my friend had given me an old 24’’. Now at the time I wasn’t sure if I could put the tire into the 24 frame. I asked the forum, but with no help I went ahead and put it in the 20’’ frame. Now of course the ultimate dillema, the Miyata seat (add suspenseful music here). I took the seat and uni to my local bike shop, who has helped me since I was just riding bikes and even helped with my unis. They suggested take the seat to a machine shop to have holes drilled. Well since of course I bought the extended seat post I figured “hey good idea”. I called around, found a place near by who said, “sure bring it all down and we’ll see what we can do”. I jumped in my car and within 10 minutes the drilling began. They put in about four holes the first being about an inch and half from the end of the post. I was pretty impressed with their proffessionalism and accuracy with making sure they didn’t damage anything or drill off center. Once the job was finished I jumped on and rode down the floor of the machine shop, then to my suprise so did the man who drilled the holes. Apparently he used to ride unis that his friend received free from Schwinn (former Schwinn employee)! I went home then jumped on again, oh no it felt just a little short especially with the longer cranks. So I set it aside and continued using my 20" miyata. Then it hit me, duh, put it all in the 24" frame (bet you couldn’t see that coming) that would give me a couple of inches. Back to the bike shope it was and yesterday with a big grin I hopped on and wow what a difference I actually had to drop the seat down a hole. So to anyone who is interested in doing to whole Schwinn Monty Conversion I would suggest using the 24" frame and finding a machine shop. BAM! Problem solved. (in case you’re wondering I was charged nothing for the holes being drilled)

Hope I helped someone

Brian Hafdahl

Glad to hear the conversion went well. One of these days I’ll build my Semcycle XLW/Monty for fun.