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    What model/year is this 80's Taiwanese Schwinn? (lots of pics)

    I recently acquired most of an old steel Schwinn. The co-op had tried to make the bike road worthy but the rear dropouts were mucky which let the rear wheel slip around. So they grinded off the derailer hanger and designated the frame as "Single-Speed Only." So I scooped it up and turned it into a fixed gear. It rides great but the model name has been scratched off but I'm still curious as to what it is.
    Here's what I know so far:
    -The main frame is comprised of 4130 chromoly tubes
    -Made in Taiwan
    -Original color is grey with green lettering
    -Came with derailer, gears, and derailer hanger (grinded off)
    -Fits 27inch and 700c wheels
    -Lugged
    -European bottom bracket with square taper
    -rear cable housing was routed on top of the top tube using 3 braze ons (which I've sanded off)
    -came with upright cruiser/North Road-esque handlebars
    -center pull brakes
    -cable guides on top of the bottom bracket shell

    here are some pics:

    When I first got the bike


    Bottom Bracket cable guides


    underneath the bottom bracket; serial numbers


    Seat stay cluster


    73 on the headtube


    Seat tube


    4130 tubes y'all


    Head badge indicates post-1981?



    Anyone familiar with Schwinns?

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    1983 Traveler. G1282 = December 1982. By then they were making 1983 models.

    Not sure how grinding off derailleur hanger makes mucky drop outs less mucky.

    Second time in the last few weeks I have seen someone describe the bottom bracket as European. I don't understand. It is very likely made in Asia (at least original would have been). There never has been a "European" standard bb. Back at that time, there were at least four European "standards": French, Swiss, Italian, and British, all had their own unique threading. The Asians decided to adopt the British standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    1983 Traveler. G1282 = December 1982. By then they were making 1983 models.

    Not sure how grinding off derailleur hanger makes mucky drop outs less mucky.

    Second time in the last few weeks I have seen someone describe the bottom bracket as European. I don't understand. It is very likely made in Asia (at least original would have been). There never has been a "European" standard bb. Back at that time, there were at least four European "standards": French, Swiss, Italian, and British, all had their own unique threading. The Asians decided to adopt the British standard.
    I saw people using terms "euro"and "American" bb when referring to regular bb for three piece cranks vs bb for ashtabula cranks respectively.

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    Bill nailed it. The head badge assembly date, 0113, says the bike was assembled on January 11, 1983.

    1983 Traveler.
    - Stan

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    Thanks for the quick responses! I can sleep easy now.
    I apologize for calling the bb european. I wasn't really thinking too much.

    Thank you again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nametagnarly View Post
    Thanks for the quick responses! I can sleep easy now.
    I apologize for calling the bb european. I wasn't really thinking too much.

    Thank you again!
    No apology required!! If you feel like one is required, then I apologize for my earlier comment.

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    I apologize for apologizing! Haha, I had originally read your response with what seemed like an offended tone, which I am relieved, turned out not be. Apology retracted.

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