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Old 05-30-08, 04:58 AM   #1
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A thing of Beauty...

So I HAVE to share this superb bike find with others!! My hubby and I found it at a thrift store..on sale!! It was marked down from $14.96 to $3.98. YES folks..a $4 bike! I mean if you ignore a few small details, like the fact thats its from Montgomery-Ward, and it looks like a rolling advertisemnt for Levi Strauss (and all the rust and the ridiculous reflectors) ...it's kind of a neat bike. I mean, how often do you see a classic beauty like this with the saddle AND handlebars covered in DENIM?!?!?!?
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Old 05-30-08, 05:39 AM   #2
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Now you need the AMC Gremlin that came with denim seat covers to match.

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Old 05-30-08, 07:05 AM   #3
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Hmmmmm......interesting:

http://oldtenspeedgallery.com/owner-...dude-10-speed/
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Old 05-30-08, 07:30 AM   #4
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Oh no...I thought I had something rare
Geez, spent $4 for nothing...Im sad
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Old 05-30-08, 07:48 AM   #5
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Eye of the beholder, as they say.
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You may. Without closeup images, it maybe this is a Schwinn frame. The front fork is chrome, correct?, the stem shifters and the suicide brake handles, and even the cable routing, are all features of the Schwinn builds for that era. Also M.Wards was Chicago based as was Schwinn a partnership is possible.

Are brakes center pull or side? Rims steel?

Is a serial number located on steer tube, right side base (from the rider's position)?
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Schwinn or no, that is a sweet old-timey ride. I love the lollipop wheel reflectors. Also, any rideable bike for under $10 automatically counts as a score!
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$4 for any bike is a great score. I paid $10 for my Falcon at a garage sale. They offered to give it to me, as they could tell I was a cyclist and would give it a good home.

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That was my bike.

So sad that it was stolen.
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You may. Without closeup images, it maybe this is a Schwinn frame. The front fork is chrome, correct?, the stem shifters and the suicide brake handles, and even the cable routing, are all features of the Schwinn builds for that era. Also M.Wards was Chicago based as was Schwinn a partnership is possible.

Are brakes center pull or side? Rims steel?

Is a serial number located on steer tube, right side base (from the rider's position)?

Well, I have no clue if the brakes are center or side pull. I dont even know what that means!! Feeling like a dork I must confess, my husband and I are just getting into the whole road bike world. I think the term is "noob"
There is a serial number- 5045574 and on the left side there is this EIL 80338P. On the shifter it says Shimano Eagle. The rims are a little rusty right now...so I dont know if they are steel or not. Wait, if they are rusty...does that mean they are steel?!?! How can you tell if the fork is chrome? Oh geez Im confused!! So much to learn!!

Oh- the bike is fun to ride! Even though hubby has only been like 10 feet on it (have I mentioned flat tires and a rusty chain?) he says that it just "feels right" Guess it WAS a good $4 after all!

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$4 on a bike that rolls and makes you smile is well spent.
$4 that makes you and your hubby smile is a great 99% discount....
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