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Old 07-27-16, 12:23 PM
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Schwinn Traveler

Schwinn Traveler that's been outside near the beach and salt air in Southern California since new and has the rust/corrosion to prove it. I believe it's from Feb 1980 from the stamp on the frame.









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Old 07-27-16, 12:51 PM
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Old 07-27-16, 12:58 PM
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Thanks. Just wondering about value in it's current condition, and whether I decoded the serial number correctly.
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Old 07-28-16, 12:10 PM
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Thanks. I'm just wondering about value in it's present condition. Is Feb 1980 correct?
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Old 07-29-16, 04:27 AM
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Date of manufacture code? This is stamped on the front badge. If this is the Julian date + single digit year, does this mean March 14, 1980?



Frame stamp says B029629 which I assume decodes to Feb, 1980. If so, does that mean the frames are made prior to final assembly?

What is the value of this bike in it's current condition?
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Old 07-30-16, 04:19 AM
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Originally Posted by bluetraveler80 View Post
Date of manufacture code? This is stamped on the front badge. If this is the Julian date + single digit year, does this mean March 14, 1980?



Frame stamp says B029629 which I assume decodes to Feb, 1980. If so, does that mean the frames are made prior to final assembly?

What is the value of this bike in it's current condition?
Badge date code indicates 74th day of 1980. In that condition, I'd put the value at $25.
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Old 07-30-16, 07:16 AM
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You've nailed the date, but it's got a plain gauge (18 ga.) 1020 carbon steel frame and is in very rough shape.

I concur with Bill's assessment; if you're looking for something worthwhile to restore and ride, I'd keep looking.
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Old 07-30-16, 09:08 AM
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Thanks. It's a surprisingly heavy bike. Still confused about the date codes. The frame stamp would indicate Feb 1980, but the other stamp March 14th 1980? Does this mean the frame was manufactured in Feb, and the bike was assmebled in March?

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Old 07-30-16, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by bluetraveler80 View Post
Still confused about the date codes. The frame stamp would indicate Feb 1980, but the other stamp March 14th 1980? Does this mean the frame was manufactured in Feb, and the bike was assmebled in March?
That is *exactly* what it means.
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Old 08-01-16, 12:42 PM
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Thanks. So... I take it this bike is not worth much AS-IS because even fully restored it wouldn't be worth much, and so therefore not worth the time and expense of restoring?
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Old 08-01-16, 06:45 PM
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See posts 6 and 7 above .
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Old 08-06-16, 09:46 AM
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One more question... what style of handle bars are those?
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Old 08-06-16, 01:09 PM
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They are traditionally called "North Road" handlebars: Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Glossary N - O
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Go get these items: empty plastic spray bottle, large pizza box, & 1 liter diesel fuel. Fill the spray bottle with diesel. Place bike on ground w/pizza box underneath. Take the brake pads off. Start sprayin that bad boy down. Let it soak in. Wipe off the rims with rag soaked in alcohol. Put the brake pads back on. Ride it like the beater it is.
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They are traditionally called "North Road" handlebars: Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Glossary N - O
Thanks very much! And nice glossary.
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Old 08-07-16, 11:39 PM
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Go get these items: empty plastic spray bottle, large pizza box, & 1 liter diesel fuel. Fill the spray bottle with diesel. Place bike on ground w/pizza box underneath. Take the brake pads off. Start sprayin that bad boy down. Let it soak in. Wipe off the rims with rag soaked in alcohol. Put the brake pads back on. Ride it like the beater it is.
I'll let the next owner do all that stuff.

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Old 08-08-16, 05:19 AM
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Sorry, thought you were going to say,

"Go get these items: empty plastic spray bottle, large pizza box, & 1 liter diesel fuel. Fill the spray bottle with diesel. Place bike on ground w/pizza box underneath. Start spraying that bad boy down. Light pizza box on fire. Walk away...."
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
Badge date code indicates 74th day of 1980. In that condition, I'd put the value at $25.
i'll see your $25, and raise you $5........
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No, seriously... diesel fuel works wonders. It's one of those old timey repair tricks that I learned from hanging out with dirt poor mechanics. But, if you want to torch it - I'd recommend gasoline instead.
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