Being a Chicago born myself... I can say it's not a Schwinn if it ain't made in Chicago... It's sad that what were once arguably the best made bikes in America, are now trading off the history of the Marquee and made in China.
Now that's a pretty bike and possibly a decent ride too with the nexus and all, but to a vintage collector I don't think year matters once it's not made in the USA.
Definitely Chinese Schwinn, but it looks to be the branch of the ones they made for bike shops and slightly better than the box store models. If the price is right, buy it for the 3 speed wheelset, but the bike itself has no collector value.
thanks 4 all the great replies,dont remember if i asked if i should buy it if it wasnt an "80 lb bike made in chcago"that negativity about a bike not being made in chicago is really gettin old,thats a fine opinion for one of the other sites where attitudes are kinda snobby,dont see much creativity or imagination over there,thats why i prefer this site restoring the ballooner tanks from chicago is pretty much in the tank,restored paint by number schwinns when there was stillamrket for them,the market for restored heavy weight bikes is very limited,i flip hybrids now as thats the onlybig that flips now,im on social security so my flip money enables me to build unstock bikes,the girls bike in the pick has ww typhoons and already built wheels,i will be gettin that and yesterday gor a 67 typhoon 1 owner with a yellow band hub,the girls bike will cost me $60 and i paid $25 for the typhoon,didnt know toll i got there that it had the yellow band and westwind tires,the"chicago built will be a detail and flip"also a canti criusier from the"schwinn"plant in hungary,has schwinn knobbies on it$paid $20,put it on face and cl,crickets,
I rode a 76 Schwinn Traveler from Tampa to Jacksonville FL way back in 1978. It was a Panasonic (Japanese) made bike. Later on they were made by Giant. Other than the crank bearings being cheap, it rode great. I could cruise in 9th gear all day (or two in that case). I bought it used from a bike shop and someone pointed out later "That ain't no Schwinn!". I was at first disappointed that it was made overseas but it was a good bike, lighter than the Varsity.
with the advancemt of materials used in newer bikes they are able to make bikes as strong or stronger and lighter than the old heavy gauge steel.iv had old bikes,especially coumbias break the down tube off of the bottom braket,BUT the bike mass produced for the big box stores are usually made from inferior material and poor workmanship,profit is number one with them,no or little grease in bearings,paying kids to assemble them,the more they put together the more they make,u dont see a bike commind out of a bike shop with the forls on backwardsso its not totally where its made,its what the end product is intended for,in my opinion,some dissagree and thats ok!
Schwinn's Classic AL 3 features Schwinn’s 1955 classic cantilever frame made from lightweight aluminum and updated with an easy-to-use 3-speed internally geared hub for a little help with the hills. And, like a true Schwinn cruiser, it comes with Schwinn Typhoon balloon tires, wide handlebars, a cushy saddle and beautiful scooped fenders. Plus, the aluminum rims and stainless-steel spokes will keep this beauty rust and corrosion free for a lifetime of excellent riding.
Private party $106 Surprised if its any good most china bikes I come across are just parts.
Didn't mean to ruffle you. I only meant value to a vintage collector. But don't bang on those Chicago Schwinns either. They're as light as any other 50's or 60's bike and way better built. Just look at the electroforge welds. As for snobby, it's just the truth, but I'll cut any bike to get it to what I want. I chopped my '59 Typhoon last year and sold off all the extras it came with for good money. You surely know it's all the extras that make a flip, front and rear racks, teardrop tail lights and those red, yellow or blue 3 band hubs. Truth of it, there's a lot of Schwinns out there, especially here in the midwest. I think partly because of the proximity to Chicago and partly because they didn't rust away like the Columbia you mentioned. But why do you think the bottom fell out of the Schwinn market? I wonder if Chinese built had anything to do with it? There a lot of buyers don't know the difference and get burned.