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Old 08-18-09, 09:23 PM   #1
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Trash find: Schwinn World Tourist

My wife came home with a 62cm Scwhinn World Tourist tonight that she rescued from a neighbor's garbage identical in every way to the one pictured below.



Unfortunately the handlebars and fork are badly bent as though someone backed over it in a car and the crankset is missing, but the frame looks really nice. Does anyone happen to know anything about these bikes?
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Check out the Classic and Vintage forum (e.g. http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in.../t-222773.html)

You can date the bike here http://www.bunchobikes.com/serialnumber.htm
You may be able to get some additional info @ www.oldroads.com
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Old 08-19-09, 07:49 AM   #3
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Thanks. I posted in C&V ans I'll check those links out when I get a chance.
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http://www.velo-orange.com/vopoha.html get those for it
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For 26 bucks, those are awesome. Thanks. I'm thinking of restoring it to how it should be but as a single speed.

I was actually able to straighten out the fork with some very careful pulling (one side was squished inward but nothing was twisted) and aside from all the paint chipping off where I bent it back, it looks perfect.
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or you can put it back in the garbage
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Its better then the collegiate, or varsity cruiser type. The only bikes that belong in the trash are suspension department store bikes.

Saddles gotta go though. Yuck. Good find though. I love building up junk bikes, as a hobby. (Not to say I don't have nice bikes.)

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Yeah...from what I understand, the World Tourist is one of the better old Schwinns and the lugs actually look pretty nice. I'm looking forward to making some sort of budget cruiser out of it.

Either that or I'll "put it back in the garbage".

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if someone backed over it with a car then the liklihood of the frame being straight are pretty bad.

there's tons of unbent hi-ten bikes in the dumpster out there, just seems like a terrible base to work off of.
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Frame is perfect. The fork and front wheel and handlebars were bent. I don't know for sure if someone backed over it and neither do you.
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does it fit you? If it does, awesome find!, if not, I'm sure a local bike co-op would love a new frame to be added.
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Saddles gotta go though. Yuck. Good find though. I love building up junk bikes, as a hobby. (Not to say I don't have nice bikes.)
On the contrary; I converted my Varsity to a tourist style bike. I had the orginal Schwinn racing seat but got an old Schwinn touring seat like you have and let me tell ya, it's the perfect seat for the bike. Frankly, I don't think a bike like that rates a Brooks. You have the next best thing.
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does it fit you? If it does, awesome find!, if not, I'm sure a local bike co-op would love a new frame to be added.
You know...you may be right. I don't really need it and it is a bit big. I don't have a local co-op...where are some in the city? Is Bikes Not Bombs a co-op?
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Contact rumrunn6. He's just west of Boston. I think he's tall, too. He might like that bike.
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cool man, hope it serves you well.
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You know...you may be right. I don't really need it and it is a bit big. I don't have a local co-op...where are some in the city? Is Bikes Not Bombs a co-op?
Bikes Not Bombs is the only one I've gone to. It's in JP iirc.
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Right on. Thanks j3ffr3y.
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