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Schwinn Excelsior 1930s

Old 09-27-16, 02:47 PM
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Schwinn Excelsior 1930s

I have a Schwinn Excelsior that I got 75 years ago in 1943. The bike was made in the 1930s I think and I I would like to know the exact year of manufacture. I have the serial number from below the crank (B50904; I'm almost certain that the letter is a 'B' but it's a little worn and could also be an 'R'). I've asked the Schwinn Company for the serial number history but was informed that the records were lost in a fire. Is there anyone who is expert enough to place a year on this beauty? Thanks in advance.
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It might be 1939 according to this: Bicycle Chronicles

Seeing pics of the bike and serial number would be helpful. If you pull the crank you should see a date in the center of the forging: https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/pre...ank-set.91650/
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Thanks for info.

I do have a photo, but the system won't take the upload. Something about a 'token'. I think the image is too large and I don't have a way of reducing the size. I'll keep trying.

I double checked the serial number and it is definitely a 'B'. If Bicycle Chronicles is accurate then this bike is from 1939. My hunch is that the bike is a little older than 1939, but so far this list from Chronicles is the only information I've found.
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Originally Posted by joechicky View Post
Thanks for info.

I do have a photo, but the system won't take the upload. Something about a 'token'. I think the image is too large and I don't have a way of reducing the size. I'll keep trying.

I double checked the serial number and it is definitely a 'B'. If Bicycle Chronicles is accurate then this bike is from 1939. My hunch is that the bike is a little older than 1939, but so far this list from Chronicles is the only information I've found.
It's very easy to reduce an image file size. Usually, 640 x 480 pixels will get the file size well below 100 kilobytes.

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