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Old 03-30-07, 11:42 AM   #1
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70s era schwinn banana seat bike

My parents in law were cleaning out their garage and gave my wife her pink banana-seat schwinn bike from her childhood. We aren't sure what to do with it. My first thought is to clean it up, get it in good working order and give it to our 2.5 YO girl when she gets tall enough to ride it in a few years, but someone told me that this thing is a "classic" bike that is likely to get stolen. Right now its in pretty bad shape. There is significant surface rust, and the paint job is toast. The hubs have quite a bit of resistance to them also.

Anyone out there have any advice?
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Old 04-02-07, 07:15 PM   #2
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It sounds like a nice thing for your wife to share with your doughter. Banana seat sissy bar chopper handlebars, they're called muscle bikes by collectors and some can be very high priced. The boys schwinn stingray gets good money thrown at it, the girls not so much. I dont think it will be any more likely to get stolen than any new kid's bike. If you post this in classic/vintage forum you will get a lot of good advise about restoring it. I have had a couple cheap ones and kids still love em, the look is timeless cool
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If I were in your shoes, DogBoy, I'd get help from the folks in the C&V forum, take the time to restore it to its former glory, give it to your little girl to ride, and teach her to use one of those small U locks from day one. Get her a pretty basket to keep it in.

I had one of those bikes when I was a girl. I came home from kindergarten on my 6th birthday to find it in the garage. It was pretty, a total delight to ride, and I was able to use it from ages 6-12. No one makes bikes like that anymore. Single speed with a coaster brake - I learned some good skills tearing around the neighborhood with it.

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