Schwinn American

Uncle Stretch

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Ok so I'm not a Schwinn fan but it was a deal. Looks in pretty good shape
on the chrome. The paint is marginal. I think its a 50's. Got them stupid 26x1 3/4 tires.
They may be the wrong size. Probably needs the 1 3/8 '' I will have to stick some air
in them and see if they actually fit. Its got the wrong seat and Kenda tires ,but looks
like everything else is original.

 
Feb 28, 2012
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Probably late 50's or early 60's. Looks just like the one I picked up & gave to my Pop's for Xmas. I was told his is a '63. I just went through it, cleaned it, polished it & put some larger 26x2x1 3/4 whitewalls from Chimi. He loves it!

 

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Whats the serial, betting on a 60's, I think they came out in 55 ??? and had a different chainguard (hockey stick style) in the beginning. They were a middleweight bike so the wheels were the 1-3/4 S7 originally. Plus the Bendix red band hubs weren't around yet in 52 :wink:
 
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Schwinn didn't even start making mid-weights until late '53. Check the number of digits in the serial, then check the serial in the database again. I would bet early to mid 60's.
 

Uncle Stretch

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Its been there a while, I'm surprised nobody bought it. There were three people
that called while I was there.
 
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im surprised to I was on that side of town yesterday but I hadn't looked on craigslist.It should clean up nice.
 

Uncle Stretch

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Yeah I looked the other night and saw it and wondered why nobody bought it.
I need this like I need a hole in my head. I will figure out what to do with it.
 

Uncle Stretch

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A set of Chuck alloy rims with stainless spokes and 175 tires and its looking better already.
Lots of the room under the fenders.


Got to snuggle a 2.125 in there with the fenders , but it will fill them up and go
without a problem. Ok I'm done. :lol:
 
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Looks real good now with the black rims and black 2.125's. 8)

Can't go wrong with a Schwinn....a bike from an era that being built in the USA was the best in the world.
 

Uncle Stretch

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Highship I have tried to stop cutting vintage frames. I can scratch build one quicker.

Yeah Sleepy and the brochures say they are guaranteed for life. Wonder where I could
get the warranty work done on my rear hub I had to fix. :roll: :roll: :roll:
 
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It was guaranteed for the life of the Schwinn Co., not YOUR LIFE! :p

All middleweight Schwinns from that time period used a one-piece front hub made in Germany...top quality. They couldn't put that hub on the American because it was supposed to be 100% American made so they used the cheapo 3 piece hub that falls apart eventually. Glad to see you eliminated that front hub on your American. Gary
 

Uncle Stretch

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Yeah Gary, they had so many things that could happen to a bike,that weren't covered
that the warranty wasn't much anyway. Actually these rims are off a Schwinn heavy duti
so it still all Schwinn parts. :lol: With a China flair. :oops: :oops:
Cameron I guess they still like to tout a lifetime warranty. Sounds good anyway.
 

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Thanks Drag I'm going to take the originals and lace them to stainless spokes
after I clean the rims. Its easier that way. Those pesky spokes seem to get in the way. :wink: