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Old 04-08-18, 12:02 PM
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1974 Schwinn (Continental?)

I found what I believe to be a 1974 Schwinn Continental in ride-able condition in my parents garage as they were moving. It seems to be a 24" frame, which would make it far larger than either of them could use. Perhaps from my brother (who is 6'5"), though he disavows it.

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All parts look original except or the saddle, handlebar tape, peddles, and brake pads. Possibly the tires/tubes as well. The shifting works well, as do the brakes.

Head badge serial is: 0694 (picture included)
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Head tube serial is: BV520453 (picture included)
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The rear derailer seems to have been spray-painted I'll try to get a close-up of that and add it to this post.
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Old 04-08-18, 03:35 PM
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That's an '84 Continental with a 26" frame. The serial no. indicates the frame was stamped in Feb. '84 and the badge indicates the bike was built on Friday March 9, 1984. Note that '84 was the last year for the Continental and that year they were built by Murray in Lawrenceburg TN. Here was the catalog page for that bike:


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Old 04-08-18, 04:31 PM
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Much thanks! That makes quite a bit more sense. Any information on the possible value once I can get the hose out and clean it up a bit? (darn Chicago weather)

One additional note: the brakes on that brochure Schwinn seem to be side-pull where mine are most certainly center-pull, with Schwinn branding. Is this a newer or replacement brake set then?
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$50+/-

As far as the brakes, catalogs are sent out to be published months ahead of actual production, so don't expect everything to match. Has no bearing on the price. I would consider those center pulls a better brake than the side pulls.

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Sad.

Thanks for the information!
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I believe the early '84 models had center pull brakes (using up the '83 and earlier inventory), later in the year they changed to side-pull. I concur with the ~$50 valuation.
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I believe the early '84 models had center pull brakes (using up the '83 and earlier inventory), later in the year they changed to side-pull. I concur with the ~$50 valuation.
The decal package is sure a head scratcher for a 84!

Can we get a photo of the bottom bracket?

One of those odd partial elctroforged frames we discussed before.

From what I'm seeing, it looks like the Chicago production bike of old.
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I sold my father's garage hanger Schwinn Continental a few years back for $120. He bought it used in the late 70s and never road it. A few years before I had replaced the tubes/tires in hopes he used it so they were somewhat new. It went to a guy in his late 20s who wanted to start commuting.

It depends on your market, but I had a few interested parties when it was listed.
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Originally Posted by momo608 View Post
The decal package is sure a head scratcher for a 84!

Can we get a photo of the bottom bracket?

One of those odd partial elctroforged frames we discussed before.

From what I'm seeing, it looks like the Chicago production bike of old.

In Mexico for a few days, but I'll get a bottom bracket picture when I get back. Does it need to be disassembled like the one you attached?
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In Mexico for a few days, but I'll get a bottom bracket picture when I get back. Does it need to be disassembled like the one you attached?
Hey Thanks!

No it doesn't. A pic from the kickstand side would be great!

Hasta la vista
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Hey Thanks!

No it doesn't. A pic from the kickstand side would be great!

Hasta la vista
Let me know if it would help if I retook any of these:

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Those pics confirm that the bike is a Murray build.
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Thanks again.

Like he said, Murray built.

It is said the electroforging equipment was scraped after the closing of the Chicago factory. There is very little solid info on the construction of these frames but it appears they were all made from leftover Chicago parts. Your bike is a rare Continental, the decal configuration are also obviously leftovers. What caught my eye is that they are different from the brochure and a march 84 bike to boot.

BTW, where is this bike located?

This is what the bottom bracket looked in the Chicago manufacturing days. This is an 82 bike.

Bicycle bones makes those decals thanks to me if you want to fix it up.

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Could get over 100 euro in Germany
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Originally Posted by momo608 View Post
Thanks again.

Like he said, Murray built.

It is said the electroforging equipment was scraped after the closing of the Chicago factory. There is very little solid info on the construction of these frames but it appears they were all made from leftover Chicago parts. Your bike is a rare Continental, the decal configuration are also obviously leftovers. What caught my eye is that they are different from the brochure and a march 84 bike to boot.

BTW, where is this bike located?

This is what the bottom bracket looked in the Chicago manufacturing days. This is an 82 bike.

Bicycle bones makes those decals thanks to me if you want to fix it up.
It's currently in Chicago, I picked it up in the Quad Cities, Iowa. Thanks for all the information! That was a really neat video!

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$50-$100
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