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Old 09-14-20, 04:17 PM
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Help identifying old Schwinn balloon tire bike

I'm hoping I chose the correct sub forum for id'ing an old Schwinn bike. If not, send me that way, please. I'm new here.

So I bought a bike this summer and started going through it cleaning it up and making it ridable again. Obviously, as I went through the cleaning process my curiosity wanted to know what year this was made and which model this is.

What I know is the serial number is under and in line with the crank. When I type in the serial number into the lookup tool over at bikehistory.org it says 1959. But in 1959, I read the serial number is on the rear dropout. The serial number has 2 letters in the beginning followed by 6 numbers, which is confusing.

The decals say "Cruiser" and I cannot find any mention of a model named Cruiser until the 80's.

The model of the bike, I can't seem to get started on without the year. Can anyone tell?

Can the hive mind please help educate me on the path to understanding, as I hope many more Vintage Schwinn find their way into my garage.
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Old 09-14-20, 04:21 PM
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I'm hoping I chose the correct sub forum for id'ing an old Schwinn bike. If not, send me that way, please. I'm new here.

So I bought a bike this summer and started going through it cleaning it up and making it ridable again. Obviously, as I went through the cleaning process my curiosity wanted to know what year this was made and which model this is.

What I know is the serial number is under and in line with the crank. When I type in the serial number into the lookup tool over at bikehistory.org it says 1959. But in 1959, I read the serial number is on the rear dropout. The serial number has 2 letters in the beginning followed by 6 numbers, which is confusing.

The decals say "Cruiser" and I cannot find any mention of a model named Cruiser until the 80's.

The model of the bike, I can't seem to get started on without the year. Can anyone tell?

Can the hive mind please help educate me on the path to understanding, as I hope many more Vintage Schwinn find their way into my garage.
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Old 09-14-20, 04:23 PM
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Old 09-14-20, 05:56 PM
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Definitely made after the Chicago factory shut down. By the Headbadge date code I would go 1989 or 1999.
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What's that black sticker on the seat tube say?
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Definitely made after the Chicago factory shut down. By the Headbadge date code I would go 1989 or 1999.
Made the 29th day of December in a year that ended in 9 , so the model year probably ends in 0
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I read the serial number under the crank to be EZ894441. Over at bikehistory.org this serial says 1959. They also say 48-52 serial numbers are under the crank. The serial numbers moved to the dropouts in 52 through 71. Is this incorrect data?
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Originally Posted by BradCon View Post
I read the serial number under the crank to be EZ894441. Over at bikehistory.org this serial says 1959. They also say 48-52 serial numbers are under the crank. The serial numbers moved to the dropouts in 52 through 71. Is this incorrect data?
That data is correct for Chicago built Schwinns, but this is not a Chicago-built Schwinn. This is a 1990 Schwinn Cruiser- men's version pictured in the 1990 catalog:

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Thank you for the help. I see I was looking at the older bikes. I havenít seen much on the newer stuff, say mid 80ís to today. Seems a bit vague, but I have learned quite a lot already. Willing to learn more if anybody is willing to teach.
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Thank you for the help. I see I was looking at the older bikes. I havenít seen much on the newer stuff, say mid 80ís to today. Seems a bit vague, but I have learned quite a lot already. Willing to learn more if anybody is willing to teach.
You could start here:
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/chicago-schwinns.html
Scroll through that web page and you could read a huge amount of info.
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