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1972 World Traveler - Modified

Old 01-01-11, 11:07 PM
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1972 World Traveler - Modified

So a few things have come up and I now need to know the value of one of my bikes:

1972 World Traveler made by Panasonic for Schwinn in Opaque Green. Very clean. A few minor scratches/paint chips on frame but no rust. Very minor surface rust only underside of fenders and inner side of chainring guard. I bought this last year in fairly rough shape. Cleaned it all thoroughly, repacked hub bearings, all new cables/housings. New tires/tubes and wheels trued. Tweaked to be more of an upright ride by adding upright bars, fenders, rack, grips, and brake levers from a 70's Varsity. New leather springer saddle (not Brooks).

So... I think it's a pretty unique find, in great shape and ready to ride. Any questions or thoughts on its value would be appreciated, thanks!


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Old 01-02-11, 09:07 AM
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That's a really nice example! I had one new back in '73 or so. I really wanted a Varsity but they were on back order. On the plus side, I beat the living crap out of it over a 15 year period and it took it. On minus side it has a lugged frame yet manages to be heavier than an electro-forged Varsity! How is that even possible? Especially considering that it came with aluminum bars and an alloy stem as opposed to the steel items that came with the Varsity!
I gave the frame away a few years ago but many of the components are still in use on some of my favorite bikes.
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+1 At the end of the day, it's a nicer Japanese version of the Varsity. Really depends on your market. Watch what the real nice Varsities go for in your area, that will get you close. Really nicely done!
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Thanks! Yup, I definitely know it's market driven, so I was just looking for a ballpark. I know we're not supposed to mention that it's a sale thing for some reason, but I need to unload it and just need to know if I can get out of it what I have into it. Thanks for the input!
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