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Old 04-19-17, 01:27 PM   #1
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Mid 80's Cruiser?

Hello, found this listed and I'm interested but the only thing that doesn't look classic Schwinn to me is the top tube/bottom tube/head tube junction. All of the older classic Schwinns I've seen have a really sweet radius in that area. For the me classic Schwinn is this clean radius look and the thin forks.

The rest of the frame and all appears original. Did Schwinn make some models back then without the clean radius?

The one on the left is my question, the one on the right is my example of the clean radius I'm used to seeing. I don't see that on the left.
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From the picture provided the second one looks like an electro-forged ('Chicago') Schwinn frame although I wasn't aware of cruiser frames being built that way, only diamond frames like the Varsity.

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Both were electroforged the last years in Chicago. Metacortex would know for sure but mid 1960s on. Roger
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From the picture provided the second one looks like an electro-forged ('Chicago') Schwinn frame although I wasn't aware of cruiser frames being built that way, only diamond frames like the Varsity.
All the "cheap" models were electroforged during a certain era. Cruisers and Sting-Rays included.

OP. Look up the serial number and you will know the production year of that frame. It looks like the last year for electroforged cruisers was 1983 or 1984.

The bike in your photo looks TIG welded, so somebody put an older Ashtabula forged fork on a newer frame.

Edit: Actually, that fork might be one of the tubular forks that mimics the flat blade forged forks. As near as I can tell, it looks like the tubular "flat" fork was introduced in 1995. the on line catalogs are missing pages from certain years.


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My initial impression was that the frames and forks were mismatched on both bikes but the colors are such a good match that I had doubt.
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My initial impression was that the frames and forks were mismatched on both bikes but the colors are such a good match that I had doubt.
The bottom one is definitely not the stock fork. That is a unicrown straight blade BMXish kinda thing. And those weren't even invented when that frame was made.
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The bottom one is the fork Schwinn used in the early 1980s and into the 1990s. About the time production moved to Murray 1983/4. Yes influenced by the BMX movement. Roger
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Thanks guys. For some reason I can't add another photo from my computer, I was going to upload another fork photo.

I think squid is correct, the advert above shows "classic type fork" and this does not look like the original flat blades I'm used to seeing. My 1966 all original tandem has the electro-forged head tube and flat forks. I'd like to add a classic Schwinn cruiser to my stable but the prices are pretty strong for them.

It's very reasonably priced but I think I'll pass. I'll have to pony up for the more classic version that wets my appetite. The look of the electro-forged head tubes is the only look I want, I like the smooth look that is very original.

I've got too many bikes so I need to make sure anything I add is something I really want, not just a whim.

Ah, here we go. It also looks more square across the top of the fork than the blade forks do. I knew something looked off about it. I agree it looks original as Bass noted.
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That is a 1995 and on type fork used after Schwinn was sold off. You see them often on bike in the Pacific ownership era. The bikes are around so just keep looking or stop looking and then you will find one. From Kung Fu "Patience Grass Hopper". Roger
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... stop looking and then you will find one...
This seems to be the #1 truth with a lot of things in life.
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You see them often on bike in the Pacific ownership era.

When was the Pacific ownership era? My Schwinn has Pacific on the BB.
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2001 and forward are Pacific Schwinns. They sell 2 levels of bike. Box stores and bike shops (older Schwinn dealerships). Roger
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