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Schwinns are taking over the retro board...(7 posts)

Schwinns are taking over the retro board...Djudd
Jun 27, 2002 6:20 AM
the last three projects by members of the retro board have been Schwinns: my World Voyageur; Humma's Paramount project and Lone Gunman's all chrome project. Additionally, all three are fixies. Gee...
Shhhh!Humma Hah
Jun 27, 2002 6:52 AM
Quiet down, fella! We were hoping for a complete takeover before anyone noticed!
How many of you had Schwinns's as kids........Dave Hickey
Jun 27, 2002 7:36 AM
I'll be the first to admit, I don't have a great love for Schwinn bikes. I don't have anything against them, I never owned one. It's probably because my parents were too poor to buy me a Schwinn as a kid. Schwinns were the Cadillac of bikes in my neighborhood. Most of my bikes were department store Huffys. My first real "10 speed" was a Ceito(sp). It was a 14th birthday present. I really loved that bike. In 1974(I was 15) a buddy and I rode from Cleveland to Mansfield(95 miles) to visit some girls. We spent the first night in a farmers field. The next morning, the farmers wife invited us in for a fresh farm breakfast. Boy have times changed. My son turns 15 tommorrow. I'm not sure I'd let him go on a four day bike trip.
My first bike...Lone Gunman
Jun 27, 2002 9:05 AM
I don't remember the age, but I remember the bike. It was a balloon tire cruiser, kid size, and was second hand and I got it when I went to my dad's gas station one day. It was painted blue and white and was probably a Huffy. I learned to ride on it and then my second bike was a Monkey Ward 20" SS with high rise bars and a banana seat.

Some kids had the Schwinn Krate bikes, I really liked them but never bought one. My first real brush with a high end Schwinn was when one of my sisters boyfriends showed up one day on a '72 Paramount, keylime green. I was in awe of that bike. I bought a brown Schwinn Continental with the chrome fenders a few years later. Schwinns sort of faded into the background as the local shop fell on hard times and closed up and I found other interests. The Voyageur I got yesterday was the first all chrome road bike I recall seeing up close and personal. I have seen the polished up Litespeeds, but this is a little different being a lugged steel frame and all.
When I was 7 or so a friend had a Schwinn...Djudd
Jun 27, 2002 12:30 PM
with a banana seat, a shifter like one in a car and a STEERING WHEEL !!!! We all went out of our minds about this bike. Everyone wanted a ride. That Schwinn was the first bike I had ever seen that had "hand brakes"--that's what we called anything but coaster brakes. The guy who owned it was a little older than me and could "pop a wheelie" so I figured he was pretty cool. Before I discovered European bikes Schwinn was top shelf.
Captain Kangaroo said so!Humma Hah
Jun 27, 2002 2:21 PM
I'm a long-term Schwinn fan, of course. My present cruiser replaced a Mk IV Jaguar with the same frame that was stolen, which I rode from about age 12 to age 18.

Compared to the mass-production Schwinn roadbikes of the time, the cruiser rode better, was barely any heavier, was stronger and absorbed road damage better, and the low-quality ders didn't work long anyway, so what good were the gears? Quite honestly, although mass-produced Schwinns were "quality" in terms of frame welds, chrome, and paint, they were pretty poor bikes compared to European roadbikes. They also tended to have non-standard parts that gave you fits when it was time to fix them or modify them.

Paramounts were the exception. The were the equal of the finest European road and track bikes.
re: Schwinns are taking over the retro board...aliensporebomb
Jul 8, 2002 12:27 PM
One of the local Schwinn dealers has an area for stuff
they show the public but nobody can buy.

They've got a Cherry Krate hanging from the ceiling
(the one with the lawsuit stickshift) as well as some
other nice stuff.

The holy grail is the Paramount frame that's under glass
and backlit and in mint condition and in the same case
there's full Campy record components.

All it would need is some hoops and brakes and a
determined builder and it would be ready to ride.

Droolworthy for sure.

And I remember seeing the 1975/1976 Schwinn catalog that
had the Paramount. It has the UNHEARD of selection of
SIXTEEN SPEEDS!

WAY MORE than just TEN.

I had a Red Sting-Ray and a Traveler III, but never could
I afford anything like a Paramount.

That was the bike to get back then.

A friend had a LeTour. That was sort of a holy grail bike
back then too - expensive, but almost affordable.