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    Schwinn "Hat in the Ring" question

    So what's the deal with the "Hat in the Ring" logo.
    I know it was used on Rickenbacker's WWI aero squadron, but what's Schwinn's connection?
    Last night I surfed over to some links containing old Schwinn catalogs, and I think I've seen this logo on the Racer, Traveller, and Collegiate. I am confused. Was it pretty common among Schwinns in the mid-50's to mid 60's or just a couple of models - lightweights maybe?

    Any thoughts?

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    I'm not sure when it started or why it is tied to Schwinn (other than they just thought it was cool). It goes back to the '37/'38 Paramounts (at least) and has been used through the '69 Deluxe Racers (at least).

    http://www.classicrendezvous.com/ima...n/SchwRC3L.jpg

    http://www.geocities.com/sldbconsume.../69ccpg14b.jpg

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    The decal was used on the Superior and New Worlds of the 30s/40s/50s as well ...

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    This is my favorite use of the image -- tied into the early '60s Traveler decal ...
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    Thanks Bob!

    I can see why you like the traveller version.
    I looked through some catalogs linked in other threads on this board...
    Turns out it's likely a Collegiate, which complicates things somewhat by having a 4 7/8" dropout (approx 124mm

    Hmm, I'd rather 3 or 5, but maybe a Sturmey 8 speed when the time comes...
    Lotta $, though. Oh well, it's mostly disassembled in the basement at the moment. I have a couple of months before I need it.

    Thanks again.

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    Apparently the Hat in Ring was so closely tied to Schwinn that they were using it as a logo on some parts boxes. This example is a pre-WWII set of chain tensioners currently on the 'Bay.

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