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Need some older Schwinn advice...(10 posts)

Need some older Schwinn advice...SenorPedro
Jan 23, 2004 6:05 PM
For those of you out there who are fans of schwinns and the like, I have come a cross a few bikes that could be had for cheap and I would like some input into whether or not I should try and pick them up.

First is a Schwinn path racer style frame, actually looks to be possibly a New World model that has been repainted and in pretty nice condition - I think it would be an excellent coffee bike. Coaster brake, electro formed headtube, mini fenders, etc. ~ $20

Second is a 20" BMX style Chicago Schwinn, good condition, flat blade fork. Don't know anything about these. ~$15

Thirdly is a Triumph English racer with SA 3 speed hub, generator headlight, nice frame, really good condition. ~$25

I apologize for the poor pictures, but I stumbled across these this evening and am considering picking at least the first Schwinn up. Any input on these bikes and whether it would be worthwhile is appreciated. Thanks,

Jan 23, 2004 6:06 PM
Looks like a $10 bikeDave_Stohler
Jan 24, 2004 1:59 AM
Where'd you find it? Salvation Army?
Jan 23, 2004 6:08 PM
Yikes! Call the <b>stem police!!!</b>Dave_Stohler
Jan 24, 2004 2:04 AM
This bike, of course, was likely made by Raleigh of Nottingham, England. Probably worth keeping. Looks like it's in good shape.
Love those....Dave_Stohler
Jan 24, 2004 1:58 AM
..'sissy' fenders from the late 60's, and those 'DWI-Bird' bars! Looks like a cobbled-together mess. Perfect Phred bike.
ThoughtsAndy M-S
Jan 24, 2004 4:28 AM
I like the blue bike...there's a certain class there, and if the frame fits, I'd buys it--and change the chain immediately, from the look of things.

I've never been into BMX, so I'll pass on giving opinions on that one.

#3 looks very nice, but the fact that it was made by Raleigh, combined with the cottered cranks, should give you pause. It was likely made in the days when Raleight used the Nottingham standard for parts, which means you won't be able to get replacement parts (BB, headset(?), threaded items, maybe more) easily or at all.

But definitely get the blue bike...
No, no, no!!!Dave_Stohler
Jan 24, 2004 6:55 PM
Raleigh only used the whitworth standard on their own bikes, but used english standard bits on customer bikes. Still, a few things will be unusual for today-headset diameters, bar diameters, pedal bolts, etc.
Another vote for the blue oneContinental
Jan 28, 2004 8:43 AM
There's an elegance to the simplicity of it. There's the history of an electroforged Schwinn. Plus it's the same color as my old 1974 Schwinn Continental
An update...SenorPedro
Jan 28, 2004 7:24 PM
I ended up picking up the blue Schwinn, with an online serial decoder it turns out to be a 1965 model which will coordinate perfectly with my '65 Dart. Cleaned it up a bit, put an old French leather saddle on and am trying to figure out a good set of bars for the time being. I had forgotten how much fun a coaster brake bike is! I'll try and update with a pic sometime.