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Old 05-31-16, 07:39 AM   #1
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Identification help - Schwinn Traveler

Good morning!

New member, first post, looking for some help nailing down the year of a recent Craigslist purchase. I've done a bit of sleuthing to figure out where the serial number of this bike is, but can't pull it up in the databases I've checked. The head badge has "0072" stamped on it, and the serial number is puzzling - it looks like there are either backwards Cs or misstamped 0s in the middle and at the end, but it looks like 200869?









Any help identifying the year would be much appreciated - I'm treating this as my "learning" bike (complete noob here) and would really like to get to know this bike inside and out, so being able to download the correct owner's manual would be a big plus.

Thanks in advance!

PS - sorry the pictures are configured wonky - I swear I took them oriented in the right direction on my phone, but can't seem to figure out how to edit them in this forum.
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Old 05-31-16, 08:50 AM   #2
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January 7, 19(8)2. I use parenthesis because you have to guess at the decade.

I had a 1980 men's version in their wonderful blue color that I bought in 2008. I moved my components to a better frame and donated the frame before I moved out of the country. I think it was Panasonic built, and fine for a lock-up city bike, but ultimately nothing special, and I used practically no original parts. Does it say if it was made in Japan or Taiwan (which would be a Giant-built frame)?

The original manual won't do you much good, but have fun anyhow.
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Thanks - there's a "Made in Taiwan" decal on the seat tube. This is my first bike since I was 15, so I'm looking forward to learning some basic bike maintenance. First up - cleaning and lubing the chain, replacing the brakes, and probably cleaning the shifter housing and replacing the shifter housing and cables (thanks, YouTube!).
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