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1962 Schwinn Continental

Old 02-20-18, 10:12 AM
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1962 Schwinn Continental

This is a little different bike than I normally collect but it was in such remarkable condition, I had to bring it home. I gave it a very careful cleaning. Replaced the tires and tubes and the saddle. That's it. (I have the original Lycett saddle but it split completely in half. The "new" saddle is a vintage Brooks.)
Curious as to value. Your thoughts?
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Old 02-20-18, 10:13 AM
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Oops...didn't get the "overall" picture on there.
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Old 02-20-18, 12:08 PM
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Nice job on the cleanup. Around here, Continentals in any shape are hard to sell for even $100. The saddle is probably worth more than you'd get for the bike. But, it looks like it would be a dependable rider. Maybe it's the photo angle, but the drive-side pedal arm looks bent. If you're looking to sell it, you also might want to drop the seat a bit until it's even with the bars.
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Old 02-20-18, 01:47 PM
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Thanks for the feedback. I just checked out the bike and the pedal is fine...so that's good. Agree with you on both the seat value and the seat height but I'm not looking to sell it. Thanks again.
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Old 02-20-18, 01:59 PM
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This is a cool bike; well worth owning and preserving.
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Old 02-20-18, 02:00 PM
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I'd say it's worth closer to $200 considering it's age. That's in the condition shown and not counting the Brooks.

Agree with ~$100 for a 70s Continental.
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Old 02-20-18, 02:02 PM
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I'd say it's worth closer to $200 considering it's age. That's in the condition shown and not counting the Brooks.

Agree with ~$100 for a 70s Continental in excellent condition.
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Old 02-20-18, 03:33 PM
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Agree, early 1960s Continental much more desirable than the 1970s version. $200+/-.
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Old 02-20-18, 03:57 PM
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Nice!
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Old 02-20-18, 04:24 PM
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I like these early 60's ones the brazing and multi part candy paint just look a lot nicer than on the ones from later years. Considering the choice color and that this is a early DT shifter version with great cosmetics I would put the value at $200-250.
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Old 02-20-18, 04:47 PM
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Real nice! I would love to find one of those pre-boom Schwinn lightweights for cruising. Props on finding the coolest color too.

This one is a great example. No rust, great pain and chrome. I'd concur with the other appraisals at around 200.
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Old 02-21-18, 04:24 AM
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Real nice! I would love to find one of those pre-boom Schwinn lightweights for cruising. Props on finding the coolest color too.

This one is a great example. No rust, great pain and chrome. I'd concur with the other appraisals at around 200.
Congratulations, that is a nice find. The Huret wingnuts are fun to see. Are those Normandy hubs? How does it ride?
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Congratulations, that is a nice find. The Huret wingnuts are fun to see. How does it ride?
Not my bike, but I'm going to guess like a Cadillac
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Old 02-22-18, 02:57 PM
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You're right. It rides like a Cadillac. Ha. Shifts nicely. Gets lots of attention and questions when I cruise it through the park. The condition of it is what got my attention...and still does. Thanks again for the information and opinions. Very helpful.
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Old 02-22-18, 03:18 PM
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dig those giant wing nuts!
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Fascinating that cycle came from Ed Lynch's Westwood Cyclery in southern California. Ed was active in amateur racing and operated this shop just a few blocks from the U.C.L.A. campus. He subsequently sold it to one of the mechanics, Charlie Harding, who ran it as Harding's Westwood Cyclery.

Purchased me first "tenspeed" there in 1965, from Charlie.

Ed & Charlie are mentioned in this history post -

https://proteanpaper.com/scart_resul...ords=&srcateg=

Perhaps there is a good story as to how the bicycle traveled from California to Kansas.

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Old 06-28-18, 04:25 PM
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NICE!!! Coppertone, good. Frame size, good. Looks like it’s in great shape, good! That bike is worth $200-$300 or more to a collector as long as the parts are original.
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