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Men's & Women's 1964 Schwinn Travelers

Old 12-14-13, 05:36 AM
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Men's & Women's 1964 Schwinn Travelers

Hi Guys,

I just found this forum when searching around for information about the two Schwinns that I've had in my basement for about 25 years.

Anyway, they are two 1964 Travelers (one men's and one women's) that are in OK shape except for the tires, which are dry rotted and the chrome, which is pitted and even rusting in some places. The paint, seats, etc. are in pretty good shape. My question is, what would these be worth to sell them as is or is it worth it to fix them? What would be the value if they were in good condition?

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Old 12-14-13, 10:23 AM
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+1 Your best bet is to clean them with soap and water and sell them as projects. Unless you're already knowledgeable about bikes you won't see any return after fixing them up, and could wind up way upside down or do something by accident that kills the value.

If you post pictures we can tell you what they're worth, but in the condition described I'm guessing maybe $50 per bike.
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The Traveler was a fairly high-end model from Schwinn at the time. You can see the dealer spec sheet here and the catalog page here. It had stainless steel fenders, a standard generator light set and a touring bag, and was available in 3-speed, 2-speed auto and coaster brake versions. If the men's bike is a 3-speed and looks like this one it could be worth as much as $600, since that is what this one sold for: https://www.ebay.com/itm/120953616121



Of course that would be the absolute high end of the spectrum, any lesser condition and especially missing parts reduces the value further. 2-speed and especially coaster brake models are worth less than a 3-speed. Ladies' models are worth probably half that of a men's model and are often purchased to be parted out since they were usually ridden less and are often in better condition. $100 for both would be on the low end of the spectrum assuming all of the stainless steel fenders and generator sets are present and in good condition.
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From what I've seen out here in Portland, a near-pristine bike like the one pictured will fetch a number like that. But you get even slightly less perfect and the numbers drop off a cliff. In my limited experience, as described by the OP with pitted chrome and other stuff in "ok shape," the $50-75 each number seems right. There are just too many of them out there to support highish value for a less than perfect example.
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this post caught my eye when I saw traveler, well a while back in one of these forums someone posted a picture of a 80's traveler and was happy to have bought it, anyway it reminded me of the one stolen from under my carport some years back, so I had to ask how much did he pay for it ? said 150.00, and by the pictures it looked really nice condition,,,
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Well in basic working condition rough but rideable get air in the tires and clean lube so there at least rideable pretty easy say $100 each. Like others have said condition is king on vintage Schwinns anything less than great and original and the price drops off a cliff. Rebuilt refurbed is worth half of orginal and rough shape about 1/5.
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Originally Posted by Fastfingaz View Post
this post caught my eye when I saw traveler, well a while back in one of these forums someone posted a picture of a 80's traveler and was happy to have bought it, anyway it reminded me of the one stolen from under my carport some years back, so I had to ask how much did he pay for it ? said 150.00, and by the pictures it looked really nice condition,,,
80s traveler is a different bike than one from the sixties,,the 80's is a 10 speed,,the traveler is an upright 1, 2 or 3 speed

I have a racer deluxe that has no miles on it,,has some very small damage to the paint that happened in storage, has original white wall tires on it,,I saw one go for about 450 is slightly less condition.
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Thanks for all of the input. I finally got around to cleaning them up a little bit and took some pictures while I was at it. There's more rust than I originally thought, but I think all of the parts are there. Attached are the pictures.
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Ask $50, take any offer over $30. Those are rough looking. If you can remove the gen lights and deoxidize them, they can net $25 a set on ebay.
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I actually think the men's bike is worth $200 or more in the right market, it is a 3-speed model and seems original and complete except for the missing touring bag. The ladies' model is a 2-speed automatic kick-back hub which is also good, I'd say an easy $100 or more for that one. Both would clean up very well in the hands of a knowledgeable vintage bike person. The stainless steel fenders and original Miller generator sets can be worth $100 or more alone. If you want maximum value for them take a lot of good pictures and put them on eBay, find a local bike shop to do the packing and shipping. Where are they located?
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Old 12-19-13, 05:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Metacortex View Post
I actually think the men's bike is worth $200 or more in the right market, it is a 3-speed model and seems original and complete except for the missing touring bag. The ladies' model is a 2-speed automatic kick-back hub which is also good, I'd say an easy $100 or more for that one. Both would clean up very well in the hands of a knowledgeable vintage bike person. The stainless steel fenders and original Miller generator sets can be worth $100 or more alone. If you want maximum value for them take a lot of good pictures and put them on eBay, find a local bike shop to do the packing and shipping. Where are they located?
Thanks for the advice. That's more encouraging. We're (the bikes and me) in New Orleans.

I'm going to try eBay.

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There are three almost cream puffs on Detroit's CL, at $150, +/- 10%, that have been on the market a while. SE Michigan is a fairly strong Schwinn marketplace.
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I would give you $250-275 for both of them.
I would restore them as best I could. My wife and I would ride on our local bike paths.
I think the pair are very cool.

It is a long way to Dayton however.
Shipping costs could kill.
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I would give you $250 for both of them.
I would restore them as best I could. My wife and I would ride on our local bike paths.
I think the pair are very cool together.

I live in Dayton, Ohio so shipping costs could kill depending on where you are located.
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Damn, 5 minutes and jjames offer dropped from 275 to 250. whats a couple of hours bring?
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Maybe the supply is higher around here, but I'm always seeing old Schwinns like these in similar condition for sale. They might not necessarily be the 3-speed and I don't see many 2-speeds but I do see quite a bit of these.

Given the condition I stand by my previous estimate of $50 per bike. If someone will pay you more, take it!
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Here's something not the same but relevant. Schwinn Traveler. Ten speed, not three, so I suppose you could say it's a totally different animal if you wanted to.
Late 70s? Early 80s? Good shape.
$100 and not going anywhere fast on Portland CL.

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It was early in the morning and the coffee finally kicked in.
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I'm with OddJob on this one. They're a bit too rusty to make fixing them up worthwhile as profitable flip. If you want to fix them up just for the fun of it, then go ahead, but I doubt you're getting much money out the deal.

Yank the lights and generator kit, clean them up with naval jelly, a quick polish and sell them on eBay. Easy to ship and always somewhat in demand. Then sell the bikes for whatever you can get.
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Originally Posted by jjames1452 View Post
I would give you $250-275 for both of them.
I would restore them as best I could. My wife and I would ride on our local bike paths.
I think the pair are very cool.

It is a long way to Dayton however.
Shipping costs could kill.
Just wanted to let you know that I did see your offer here, but I have not yet had the time to figure out what it would take to box them up and ship them. I'm going to try to get around to it some time after Christmas. Thanks for the offer and I appreciate your patience.
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Just wanted to let you know that I did see your offer here, but I have not yet had the time to figure out what it would take to box them up and ship them. I'm going to try to get around to it some time after Christmas. Thanks for the offer and I appreciate your patience.
Thank you.
I am very patient. I have a bunch of bikes to ride, and my wife will not ride during the dead of winter.
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Sold them for $200 locally (craigslist) and the person who bought them felt he was getting a good deal. Sorry, jjames, but I couldn't it figure it out to where the shipping would have been workable.
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Nice! Glad it worked out for you.
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Good things worked price wise I think you did OK the bikes where nice and complete. But a lot of the components had pitting level rust on the chrome making them not economically retoriable.
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Glad you found a buyer. I am also glad they thought they got a good deal. I hope they enjoy the bikes for a long time to come.
Shipping is a big hurdle.
I recently purchased a "time capsule" Schwinn Tempo to keep at work for $99. The shipping was $75.
The seller went overboard on the packing - great for me - the bike arrived in perfect order. However, it probably cost them well more than the $75 they charged. So for buyer (me) - shipping was 43% of the sales price. For the seller it was likely well over 50%. Local finds are a plum. There is a facilitators thread on BF, but I have never explored it.

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Sold them for $200 locally (craigslist) and the person who bought them felt he was getting a good deal. Sorry, jjames, but I couldn't it figure it out to where the shipping would have been workable.
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