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What's the story of the Schwinn "Sprint" model?

Old 05-29-05, 10:11 PM
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What's the story of the Schwinn "Sprint" model?

Where and when were they made, what kind of steel, are they road worthy, etc. Thanks!
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I explained that he could never pay me enough cash for the amount of work I had put into that bike and the only way to compensate me for it was to ride the hell out of it.
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So the Sprint was made in Chicago ? What decade? Thanks
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Using "google" you can find a ton of information on the Varsity. Sheldon Brown's site has several good Varsity articles. The Sprint was essentially a cheaper version of the Varsity. So, if ya gotta have a Varsity sort of Schwinn, get a real Varsity, or its "swank" brother,the Continental.
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I explained that he could never pay me enough cash for the amount of work I had put into that bike and the only way to compensate me for it was to ride the hell out of it.
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recently got a varsity from 71 the bike is in gooD! condition i rode it home! after a little air i think i like the old schwinns but i too present a good example of chi town MUSCLE. if you ride a old schiwnn you have too most are 45.lbs plus
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Well, I just bought a Schwinn Sprint (like new for $20 at a yard sale) and researched the crap out of it and this is what I found so far. The first Sprints were made in '74 and '75 and had "S" shaped seat tubes to make the wheelbase shorter. They reappeared in '78 with a straight seat tube and SunTour 7 group. From what I've read so far the '78 and later Sprints were made for Schwinn by Giant. My Sprint has the SunTour HERO group and I believe it was made in '80 (still working on that, could be later). In any case the frames are CrMo, heavy, and indestructible (at 240lbs this last one appealed to me). I rode it today and it was great, the gears are pretty wide though.
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I think that the sprint frame is the coolest of the varsity/continental variants. I'd really like to find a paramount sprint tandem, though. If anyone sees one lemme know.
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Sorry to raise an old thread from the trash heap, but someone might be interested and I didn't think it warranted a new thread.

While driving out to our annual vacation spot, we like to hit a few thrifts along the way. At one particular thrift, a Salvation Army in Grass Valley, CA, I spied a Schwinn Sprint. It was a heavy beast, priced at $70, and I didn't really have room - so I left it there.

The good news is that is really was in excellent shape. Looked to be all original and showed very little use. Not really any rust on it to speak of, and all the chrome bits were nice and shiny - dork disk, shifters, dérailleurs, etc. It had the cool "S" shaped seat tube, and even had a Pleischer rack.

Someone go get it.
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At one particular thrift, a Salvation Army in Grass Valley, CA, I spied a Schwinn Sprint. It was a heavy beast, priced at $70, and I didn't really have room - so I left it there.
The next time I see a Salvation Army pricing bikes like that, I'm calling the main offices. Every time I come across high prices like that at S/A, you can usually trace it back to the employees on the floor pocketing the profits (just try and get them to give you a reciept!)

For that matter, the majority of the Miami, Florida Salvation Army stores are scams such as this. If you even come close to suggesting exposing them, they'll threaten to call the police. Don't bother trying the managers above them - they're all in league with each other.

This particular location is CONFIRMED as pocketing money for themselves:

Salvation Army Family Store
9790 Bird Road
Miami, FL 33165
305-554-9669

(Here's hoping this page gets high on the Google search engines!)

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Kurt,

I've known quite a number of Salvation Army officers (who are very much clergy like me), and I can't imagine that they would do such a thing. Now with that said, some of the characters I've seen working in their thrift stores, are not ordained officers, and thus not beyond doing what you suggest. Have you tried contacting a real SA officer and asked about how they handle what you suspect? I'd encourage you to try this.
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh View Post
Kurt,

I've known quite a number of Salvation Army officers (who are very much clergy like me), and I can't imagine that they would do such a thing. Now with that said, some of the characters I've seen working in their thrift stores, are not ordained officers, and thus not beyond doing what you suggest. Have you tried contacting a real SA officer and asked about how they handle what you suspect? I'd encourage you to try this.
Not sure what you mean by "officer" - around here, we have a general store manager (who is well in the theft-ring of that store), and then an area supervisor who oversees about four/five stores, and a supervisor over him.

The area supervisor said - with an obvious care-less attitude - that he'd look into it that week. Called up a week later and left a message to ask status, never got a reply. Made a few repeat calls the following week and was ignored.

The supervisor who looks over that fellow wasn't interested in bothering with the problem.

At that point, I let it go, for I was quite busy those months, but had I time, I would have gone up the ladder - to the top if necessary - until I received action.

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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
The next time I see a Salvation Army pricing bikes like that, I'm calling the main offices. Every time I come across high prices like that at S/A, you can usually trace it back to the employees on the floor pocketing the profits (just try and get them to give you a reciept!)

For that matter, the majority of the Miami, Florida Salvation Army stores are scams such as this. If you even come close to suggesting exposing them, they'll threaten to call the police. Don't bother trying the managers above them - they're all in league with each other.

This particular location is CONFIRMED as pocketing money for themselves:

Salvation Army Family Store
9790 Bird Road
Miami, FL 33165
305-554-9669

(Here's hoping this page gets high on the Google search engines!)

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Just curious: who or what has "confirmed" this activity, besides you?
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Originally Posted by Coyote2 View Post
Just curious: who or what has "confirmed" this activity, besides you?
All right, not "confirmed" as in "definitely," but I've talked to enough folks that frequent that particular thrift that the actions of the salespeople there raise alarm bells right and left. If you were there, you'd understand.

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Umm, sure. Please forgive me for thinking that you are simply complaining about their (perceived) high prices.
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Umm, sure. Please forgive me for thinking that you are simply complaining about their (perceived) high prices.
I beg your pardon. High prices or not, that is not the issue I wished to point out.

When a salesperson at the S/A enters $1 into the register (for a $60 purchase), refuses to give me a proper receipt (under incoherent explanations), and finally explodes - shoving my $60 back into my face and telling me to get out or he'll call the police - well, my friend, that isn't complaining about, and I quote, "(Perceived) high prices."

Mind you, I was about to buy a couple of bikes with that $60. If I thought the prices were high, would I have considered buying them? Eh? There goes your theory.

When a fellow on the sales floor gladly haggles the price with the aggressiveness and pushiness of a stereotypical used-car salesman, refuses to give customers a paper trail of purchases that could expose their fraudulent activities, and then threatens police action for politely inquiring for a receipt, I'm darn tootin' going to have a problem with it!

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So the Sprint was made in Chicago ? What decade? Thanks
Most of the Sprints that I have seen were made in Taiwan. I am guessing in the late 80's?

The Taiwan Sprints are of marginal quality - not at all collectible and hardly worth any rescue attempt - cheap components. Unspectacular from almost every perspective.

I toured with one several years ago. Nearly every single component failed. By the time the tour was over, I finishted the last few miles with only one gear remaining. I left the bike right where I finished the tour. The only thing I took from the bike was the saddle which was not original to the Sprint.
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