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Old 11-14-17, 05:03 PM   #1
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Thrift store find - Schwinn Predator Team 24 - What year?

As soon as I saw this bike I immediately knew it was 'old school' and when I saw the price ($24.95), I immediately bought it!
But I can't figure out what year it is - and the serial number doesn't start with the year like a lot of bikes do. Can someone tell me what year this bike is or how I can tell?
I believe it's all original + it looks like it's never been ridden! Even the tires still have the "hairs" on them (see close up photo of back brake)!
Were 'Schwin Maximizer' tires the original tires?
It also has frame & handle bar protection pads with the name 'California Lite' & what looks like 'Johnur'? Were these part of the original bike?
Finally, they have cool grips with little bumps all over them & a big bump on the outer edge (you can't see that one)
Once again I greatly appreciate any help!
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Old 11-14-17, 05:05 PM   #2
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That's a cool one. Nice score!
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Old 11-14-17, 05:06 PM   #3
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I just realized you can see the outer edge with the large bump on the hand grips in a lot of photos! Were these original to the bike?
Again, much thanks for any info
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Old 11-14-17, 05:52 PM   #4
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Looks like 1984 based on the graphics. This site has catalogs: Gene`s BMX - Schwinn BMX Catalogs Time Line

and the '84 model here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/genesb...57649287282382

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Old 11-14-17, 05:52 PM   #5
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And again - wiping it down with a wet sponge I found this on opposite dropout, but I don't think it's a serial number (1st photo) + a look at her after a light cleaning!

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AHA! Just found out that G0184 on other dropout means it is a Jan 1984 model!
Now if everything - especially those tires with "hair" - are original, then this bike was hardly, if ever, used!
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Old 11-14-17, 09:20 PM   #7
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Very nice 84 cruiser. Even has chainguard. I really like those wide bars
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Old 11-15-17, 04:42 AM   #8
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I thought it was a bmx model? If I want to list it correctly do I call it a cruiser or a bmx bike?
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AHA! Just found out that G0184 on other dropout means it is a Jan 1984 model!
Now if everything - especially those tires with "hair" - are original, then this bike was hardly, if ever, used!
I just recently bought an '84 Schwinn as well, and have looked into the Schwinn story from this era. I understand that Schwinn, for a number of reasons, began contracting with Giant in Taiwan to produce frames and/or complete assembled bikes for Schwinn. A "G" number on the drive side rear dropout is an indicator of a Giant-produced frame.

For example, my bike's frame is marked G1183, indicating a November 1983 production. The Schwinn badge on the head tube is stamped 3473, indicating the 347th day of 1983 (December 13th, 1983). My guess is Giant produced the frames in batches, and then bikes were later assembled either by Giant in Taiwan or by Schwinn in one of their United States facilities. I'm guessing the Schwinn badge on the head tube indicates the day the bike was actually assembled (I understand yours doesn't have this).

I've learned that the Schwinn BMX bikes were generally regarded pretty highly, but it was one of those "too little, too late" scenarios, and Schwinn's significantly improved Giant-produced bikes in the mid-1980s were not enough to turn the company around before the brand name was ultimately sold. I would definitely call your bike a BMX bike. I presume it has 20" wheels?
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Old 11-15-17, 09:20 AM   #10
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Scwinn was not that sought after back in the day but the name is well known and for BMX 24's (and 26's) in general are sought after as more adults can still ride them. That and being original (I suspect tires are original) makes this a very nice score. One of the black MX brakes alone with the large (unlike the new ones still being made) dial are worth more that what you paid for the bike. The tires have value as well. I would clean a little and sell as is, very original.
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Old 11-15-17, 08:09 PM   #11
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It sold this morning after only 6 hours on eBay for $425 + $75 shipping. This Predator will be living in Iowa now!
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I was thinking about $400 would be a nice price in that condition. I came across one earlier that didn't appear quite as original. Or was different pics if yours. Is on SD CL listed at $800, but that is high for a mid range non USA built bmx.
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AHA! Just found out that G0184 on other dropout means it is a Jan 1984 model!
Now if everything - especially those tires with "hair" - are original, then this bike was hardly, if ever, used!
The G0184 indicates that the frame was built by Giant in Taiwan in January 1984. The 4-digit stamp on the headbadge will indicate the actual day the bike was built. Post a close-up pic of the badge number for more information.
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