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'68 Schwinn Mini Twinn

Old 05-14-17, 12:11 PM
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'68 Schwinn Mini Twinn

Thought I'd share a new acquisition - '68 Schwinn Mini Twinn tandem. Bought from the 2nd owner. He indicates when they bought it 11 years ago from the original owners, they had it equipped with the two seats in the photos when originally purchased, instead of the banana seats.

It's very clean for an original, some normal wear and tear and patina. It's the red stripe rear coaster brake single speed model.
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Rear would have been a banana seat, front was as shown. The shop where I worked back in the '80's had 2 of them for rent, along with 2 "standard" Schwinn tandems.

From: Schwinn catalogs, 1961 - 1970 (630 of 765)





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Rear would have been a banana seat, front was as shown. The shop where I worked back in the '80's had 2 of them for rent, along with 2 "standard" Schwinn tandems.

From: Schwinn catalogs, 1961 - 1970 (630 of 765)





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Yes, rear was a banana as was the front seat, but a short banana with springs under the pan.....is that what you meant? thanks
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Yes, rear was a banana as was the front seat, but a short banana with springs under the pan.....is that what you meant? thanks
Actually, I don't recall them having anything unusual on the front seats. The catalog says "Sting-Ray style saddles", which seems to be something particular to the Mini-Twinn. Interesting.
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I have a mini twinn in coppertone color. Mine has 2 banana seats, & the front seat is a mini banana seat of sorts, w/ springs. Schwinn made another tandemn w the standard S seats, w same or similar frame, but didnt have the high rise bars.
Gets a lot stares, but not a comfy ride...
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Found the correct front seat, looking for a good rear full size 18" banana seat, close to this color if possible (realize pattern won't match) and a sissy bar if anyone has these items available, thanks!
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Found the correct front seat, looking for a good rear and sissy bar if anyone has one, thanks!
Unfortunately that saddle is not correct. Do some more research and you will find what you need. This is what you are looking for:

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Unfortunately that saddle is not correct. Do some more research and you will find what you need. This is what you are looking for:


Thanks I realize it's a bit different than yours presently in appearance. The pan and springs are identical to yours, correct? I bought it knowing the handle and cover pattern were not correct.

I thought I'd use it now as-is and then remove the rear bar and have it recovered to match the rear seat.

Let me know if I'm mistaken, thanks.
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I'm not sure the pan and springs are correct as I can't see them.
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Thanks, here you go, much appreciated!
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Unfortunately that saddle is not correct. Do some more research and you will find what you need. This is what you are looking for:

COLON CYCLES: 1968 Schwinn Mini Twinn with 2 spd Kickback Hub
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I believe that is correct, a recover with the correct material should finish the job.
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I believe that is correct, a recover with the correct material should finish the job.
thanks for checking and confirming! Much appreciated.
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Updated Seats

Added some banana seats - will recover front to match the rear at some point
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I think Schwinn only made the "String Ray" looking tandem for one model year. There was another post about one here, like a year ago. Back then just about every bike shop sold many types of banana seats. Cheers
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