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Old 05-26-16, 01:33 PM
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vintage Schwinn ID by serial number?

Friend gave me a old Schwinn bike frame that his coworker gave to him... looks like it was a project in progress.. frame mostly sanded down, the Schwinn Super Lite bicycles sticker is still on it. Serial number is 8B05652.. everything I see online starts with a letter

It's blue with chrome fork/fork ends
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Serial is on the left rear dropout
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Schwinn used the "Super-Lite" designation in 1977 on bikes weighing less than 30lbs: Schwinn 1977 Bicycles And Accessories -- Lugged vs Electro-forged / Super-Lite Bicycles

According to the serial number it might be a '78 model, however in that case the decal would read "X-tra Lite" instead: Schwinn 1978 Cavalcade of Bicycles -- X-tra Lite Bicycles

Post an overall pic as well as close-ups of the head tube and the top of the seat tube. The fork should also have a date code stamped in the steerer tube (it must be removed from the bike to read it).

If it still has the original headbadge there will be a stamped 4-digit number that will indicate the day and year the bike was assembled (you have to look close as it can be hard to read):

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I believe it is a Japanese model.. Appears to have had the round headbadge
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You could try this: Schwinn serial number lookup tool

I didn't have any luck with the lookup trying to identify a frame I got recently, but I found this: https://thirtythree.org/projects-unco...n%20Frames.pdf That seems to indicate your bike was made in Asia in 1978. Maybe a LeTour or a Traveler?
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Schwinn Serial Numbers and Date Codes
Japan built, from 78
Schwinn catalogs, 1971 - 1980
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Looks like a '78 Le Tour III or Traveler III in Pearl Blue:




EDIT: Based on the small 19" size it would have to be the Traveler III, the smallest Le Tour III was 21".

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I was thinking 78 Traveller because top of the fork is painted blue

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I was thinking 78 Traveller because top of the fork is painted blue
The fork crown on the Le Tour was also painted, the only difference there is that it was then covered with a removable chrome cap:



But in the end the 19" size clinches it as a Traveler III.
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+1, 1978 Schwinn Traveler III, contract manufactured in Japan by Matsu****a, who marketed bicycles (and other products) in the USA under their Panasonic brand.
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If I can hijack this thread now that the OP's frame has been positively identified...I recently picked up a Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 frame (original decals in place, so no mystery there). I think it's a 1980. The head badge is missing, but the holes for it indicate that it was the round badge, and the seat tube decal confirms that it was made in Japan. The oddity is that the serial number starts with a W.



Any ideas as to what this might indicate?
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
If I can hijack this thread now that the OP's frame has been positively identified...I recently picked up a Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 frame (original decals in place, so no mystery there). I think it's a 1980. The head badge is missing, but the holes for it indicate that it was the round badge, and the seat tube decal confirms that it was made in Japan. The oddity is that the serial number starts with a W.



Any ideas as to what this might indicate?
Assuming it is circa 1980, that may be the Bridgestone serial number format, in which case it would have been manufactured during the 23rd fortnight of 1979, which would make it a 1980 model. I'd be removing the fork and checking for stampings on the steerer column. Most Tange and Ishiwata forks are stamped with their name/logo and a date code.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Assuming it is circa 1980, that may be the Bridgestone serial number format, in which case it would have been manufactured during the 23rd fortnight of 1979, which would make it a 1980 model. I'd be removing the fork and checking for stampings on the steerer column. Most Tange and Ishiwata forks are stamped with their name/logo and a date code.
Cool, thanks! I didn't realize Bridgestone made any Schwinns. I was thinking this was a Panasonic. Plus, now I'll have a reason to use the word "fortnight" once in a while.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
Cool, thanks! I didn't realize Bridgestone made any Schwinns. I was thinking this was a Panasonic. Plus, now I'll have a reason to use the word "fortnight" once in a while.
Sheldon Brown has documented Grant Peterson as stating that Bridgestone built about 1 million Schwinns during 1971-1979. So, everything seems to fit. It's definitely not the serial number format seen on Panasonic bicycles.
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+1, 1978 Schwinn Traveler III, contract manufactured in Japan by Matsu****a, who marketed bicycles (and other products) in the USA under their Panasonic brand.
I like how the web site censored the manufacturer's name here. Those four letters do happen to occur in words that are not profane. (sorry for the minor rant)
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Originally Posted by nashvillebill View Post
I like how the web site censored the manufacturer's name here. Those four letters do happen to occur in words that are not profane. (sorry for the minor rant)
I guess I could have typed M-a-t-s-u-s-h-i-t-a to get around the auto-censor, though most members could probably identify the manufacturer and not accidentally mistake it for M-a-t-s-u-f-u-c-k-a, which I berlieve is a Japanese "adult toys" manufacturer.
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