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Old 04-07-10, 08:33 PM   #1
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Help identifying Schwinn and Louison Bobet

New guy here. Looking for some help identifying what Model of Schwinn this is. Serial # H252086 located on left rear dropout (which I believe makes it a 1951). Two-speed rear hub w/ coaster brake. Appears fairly original. Grips say Schwinn Approved, but may have been replaced at some point.

Also, I have this Louison Bobet, which I believe is from the very late 60's or early 70's, and I believe it's a mid-level French bike. I understand were imported/sold via Cyclopedia in Michigan.

Any help anyone could provide on an estimated value range for either of these would be a great help. Thanks.
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Old 04-07-10, 10:57 PM   #2
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Your Schwinn looks like a World Traveler. It needs brakes and a shifter for the hub. Great condition.
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Your Schwinn looks like a World Traveler. It needs brakes and a shifter for the hub. Great condition.
what? are you talking about the bike on the left with the "touring" bars? I am no expert but from what I learned here isn't a two speed hub a 'kickback'? and why do you need brakes if it has a coaster brake?

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I'm guessing the Schwinn is a late fifties/early sixties Racer, probably with the two-speed coaster brake option.

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Your Schwinn looks like a World Traveler. It needs brakes and a shifter for the hub. Great condition.

what? are you talking about the bike on the left with the "touring" bars? I am no expert but from what I learned here isn't a two speed hub a 'kickback'? and why do you need brakes if it has a coaster brake?
You're right, Bianchigirll. That's a Bendix "red band" 2-speed hub and is shifted by back pedalling briefly. It also has a coaster brake so caliper brakes are not strictly needed.
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Thanks!

Thanks for all of the info. Funny they marketed these as "lightweight". Indeed it does have the Bendix "red stripe" two-speed "kickback" rear hub w/ internal brake that shifts by rocking back slightly on the pedals. (The first time I rode it I couldn't figure out why sometimes it felt like it was in a steep gear, others a low gear...I had no idea it was a two-speed!) Any idea what these are worth? I need to make some room and sadly these need to go.
Thanks again for all of the great info.
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