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Holiday Schwinns(10 posts)

Holiday Schwinnsfarmerfrank
Dec 20, 2002 10:59 AM
As I do my Xmas shopping I can't help noticing people buying those Schwinnn bikes from Toys R Us & Target. My friend owns a shop that used to carry Schwinnns and I feel for him when buyers are buying that $79.89 bike that he used to sell for $129.00. After the holidays when those bikes are thrashed and broken, those parents will cringe when they bring those bikes to the LBS and pay as much to fix that thing as they purchased it for. I guess it's all a learning experience and a sign of the times. I will not be dictated by big box stores. Support your local LBS when you can. Happy Holidays.
Frank
Back in the day...Uncle Tim
Dec 20, 2002 12:28 PM
...when you got a Schwinn bicycle you know you got something to be proud of. Nowadays, they are Made in China pieces of, uh, trash. Merry Christmas.
Those aren't Schwinns ...Humma Hah
Dec 20, 2002 12:41 PM
... IMHO, those haven't been Schwinns since the late 70's, when they stopped building them in Chicago and started having Giant build 'em. And they're certainly not Schwinn now, with the name being bought by Huffy, and the bikes being sold in Walmart. The only Schwinn family member with a notable role in cycling today works for Waterford.

I'll have a great holiday, fixing up the new garage to house my two Chicago Schwinns, the cruiser and the Paramount.
I got a Schwinn for Christmas once...Gregory Taylor
Dec 20, 2002 1:45 PM
Back in the early 70's. A yellow Schwinn Varsity 10 speed. Cool bike. I still have it.
probably never need fixing...Shad
Dec 20, 2002 1:57 PM
because they'll never be ridden. Disposable bikes really.

I think someone posted a stat here that said the average bike gets hung on the wall after approximately 50 miles of use and is never ridden again. Sounds about right to me.
My first bike was a Schwinn....TREKY
Dec 20, 2002 3:33 PM
...Sting Ray for my 10TH birthday back in 1972.When I graduated from 8TH grade I got a Schwinn Continental.I was born and raised in Chicago and Schwinn was an institution there.What happened to the name is a disgrace.I agree with the other reply that they stopped being Schwinns when they left Chicago.Never give up those bikes.I wish I still had mine.
68 StingrayWhoisJohnGalt
Dec 20, 2002 4:19 PM
I have a 1966 blue boys Stingray that I bought at a garage sale in 1987 for $35. I had just married and thought this would be a cool bike for a future son. The wife thought I was nuts. Now, 15 years and 3 boys later, (ages 8, 9, and 13) the bike hangs in an honored spot on the wall. All three of the boys think it's a "sweet" bike. Of course, it only goes out on nice days and if a rider leaves it laying in the driveway they owe me 50 pushups. BTW, neighbors of my generation really like it!

Yes, back in the day Schwinn was KIng! I never actually had a Stingray though. I had a stingray clone. (Note to readers- buy your kids the real thing if you can-they know the difference!) My actual Schwinn ride was the "American" cruiser. Big and heavy. This one was black, had chrome fenders front and rear, "rat trap" front luggage holder and the rear grill-like trailer. This was used to hold a paper route canvas bag. (for my paper route) That bike became a classic beater, and went to Indiana University with me......

Geez, now I'm and older guy, and still having fun with bikes!
Candy Blue 67 Stingray - for my 5th BirthdayMorgan
Dec 22, 2002 7:02 PM
I loved that bike, road it everywhere. From age five until I graduated high school it was the only bike I owned. Then I made a huge mistake and sold it to the kid up the street for 25 dollars. Needless to say my father wasn't too happy when he found out. That bike was the foundation for me riding to this day. I saw one not to long ago, one thing that struck me was that it was so small and they wanted 1000.00 for it!!!
Schwinns I LoveJaeP
Dec 21, 2002 1:22 PM
It's a shmae what happened to the Schwinn name. My first "real" road bike was an early '90's Schwinn "Pretendamount" (Yup, it came from Japan). It was white with purple splotches. I rode that bike all over Southern California. After two paint jobs and a major repair job (had the top and down tube replace after a bad crash) I still love and ride that bike. Subsequently, I bought two other Schwinns: a '99 Peloton and a '01 Fastback.

Nowadays, my "Pretendamount" is horribly out of fashion with its down tube shifters, 7 speeds and "heavy" lugged steel frame. But I must admit that I still get a kick when I am able to chase down and out sprint some of those carbon coated, tig welded titanium uber bikes on my Saturday morning club ride. I love my Schwinn and my Schwinn has been very good to me.
Schwinns I LoveUncle Tim
Dec 22, 2002 6:19 PM
My favorite Schwinn bicycles go back a little further. I owe my love of cycling to my father, really, a man who never turned a pedal crank. But he had the philosophy that "every kid needs a bike". And, almost always, that bike was a Schwinn.

The first one I remember was a blue single speed w/ coaster brakes that I rode to school in the first through 3rd Grades. I think it was a "Breeze" or a "Breezer", something like that. In those days, we were able to ride them to school and keep them in the bike rack without ever worrying about locking them.

I also remember very well the Schwinn Collegiate, a hybrid type bike that I got for Christmas when I was around 12. I recall it being yellow, but I could be wrong about that. What I am sure about is that it has five speed friction shifting, making me the first kid in the block to have gears.

That bike was stolen and I was devastated. My dad took me to the local Schwinn store and got me a Schwinn Varsity that was a beautiful orange. I was very conscious that while my friends were riding around on Nishikis and other oddly named bikes, I had the Schwinn. That bike, too, was stolen (someone cut the chain while I was at football practice) but the police recovered it for me.

I can't remember how much the Schwinn Varsity cost in 1974 or so, but the price seemed to be excessive to me. The old man came through big time.