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Old 07-09-14, 05:46 PM   #1
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Schwinn Collegiate 3 Bicycle, unsure of year if it's been modified

First of all. I don't know a lot about bikes. I've had this bike for a few years, I bought it out of an antique store. it was reasonably priced and I love it. I've been googling it trying to find what year it is, but I keep finding myself looking at a million bikes like this one, but not the exact thing, so I'm wondering if it's been modified at all or if anyone know's what year it is that'd be amazing. I know it's missing the front fender. I'm currently looking for one. I'm also looking to replace the tires. They are old and cracked and wont hold air.
Here's some images: Schwinn Collegiate 3 - Imgur

Any kind of info would be awesome, thanks a ton.

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Old 07-09-14, 06:15 PM   #2
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The "79 2" on your rear Sturmey Archer hub means that the hub is from February 1979. If the wheel is original to the bike, that's what you got.
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1979 catalog page:

Looks to be in great shape. The tires that bike takes are a Schwinn-specific size, so make sure whatever ones you buy are marked as such. Also new brake pads are always a good idea with an older bike.
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The "79 2" on your rear Sturmey Archer hub means that the hub is from February 1979. If the wheel is original to the bike, that's what you got.
Hey thank you, I was wondering if that's what that meant. I just noticed the sprocket was the main thing different from most of the bikes.
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Looks to be in great shape. The tires that bike takes are a Schwinn-specific size, so make sure whatever ones you buy are marked as such. Also new brake pads are always a good idea with an older bike.
They look to say either 26 or (28 x 1 1/4) I noticed the brake pads are as hard as a rock so I will definitely be changing them. I was also wondering if the front fender is easy to find would it be sort of universal from older or newer bicycles? thanks again.
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They look to say either 26 or (28 x 1 1/4) I noticed the brake pads are as hard as a rock so I will definitely be changing them. I was also wondering if the front fender is easy to find would it be sort of universal from older or newer bicycles? thanks again.
This is probably the closest you'll easily find: http://www.amazon.com/Wald-Steel-Fen...d+26%22+fender

The tires on there are probably 26 x 1-1/4, which is a size that's generally no longer made. What you'll need to find are 26 x 1-3/8 S6, 597mm bead seat diameter. This is different from most 26 x 1-3/8 tires, which have a 590mm bead seat diameter. I believe Kenda is the only company still making tires in this size, in both gumwall and blackwall.
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If you ever have a mind to upgrade it, replace those rims with standard-sized aluminum, for greatly improved handling, acceleration, braking, and tire options.
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This is probably the closest you'll easily find: Amazon.com : Wald Steel Fender Set 89-26 26" Lightweight Chrome : Bike Fenders : Sports & Outdoors

The tires on there are probably 26 x 1-1/4, which is a size that's generally no longer made. What you'll need to find are 26 x 1-3/8 S6, 597mm bead seat diameter. This is different from most 26 x 1-3/8 tires, which have a 590mm bead seat diameter. I believe Kenda is the only company still making tires in this size, in both gumwall and blackwall.
There's a parallel thread happening on Bicycle Mechanics about the Schwinn size tires. It's got links for them:
Different size for 32-597 (26x1 1/4)
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it looks like the rear fender is actually a front fender.

Edit: Nevermind,I see it now... They are funky.

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