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Old 04-09-22, 05:33 AM
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Mystery Schwinn

Hello. I found this bike for sale, the seller doesn't seem to know much, but claims it's from the 40s or 50s. I'm really stumped on it as I can't find anything that quite looks like it. Anyone know approximately what year it is? Any guess of model?

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Late 50s-Early 60s Racer 3 speed that someone converted to a 10 speed using garbage-tier department store bike components.


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I'd say that it's a "Frankenbike" made from one of these.

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Mystery indeed! Quick research on Schwinn multi-speed bikes with derailers, shows 1960 (1959 ?) as the first year of production of the 8 speed Varsity (quickly moving to 10 speeds). The head badge on the OP’s bike is similar (if not identical) to the 1960 catalog pic of the Varsity. Unfortunately, that confirms little to nothing. The mystery bike could possibly be a late ‘50s “concept” prototype put together for a manufacturer’s trade show but honestly, in its current configuration, looks more like a “Franken-bike”! The stem, brake levers and stem shifters seem out of place on a “racing” bike.
I’m going to qualify all of the above with “I’m clearly NOT an expert on vintage bikes”! It is fun tho to speculate.

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Old 04-09-22, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by sovende View Post
Mystery indeed! Quick research on Schwinn multi-speed bikes with derailers, shows 1960 (1959 ?) as the first year of production of the 8 speed Varsity (quickly moving to 10 speeds). The head badge on the OP’s bike is similar (if not identical) to the 1960 catalog pic of the Varsity. Unfortunately, that confirms little to nothing. The mystery bike could possibly be a late ‘50s “concept” prototype put together for a manufacturer’s trade show but honestly, in its current configuration, looks more like a “Franken-bike”! The stem, brake levers and stem shifters seem out of place on a “racing” bike.
I’m going to qualify all of the above with “I’m clearly NOT an expert on vintage bikes”! It is fun tho to speculate.
I’m going to vote with the two replies prior to mine (posted while I composed mine) that proposed the OP’s bike is a lame attempt to upgrade a 3 speed Schwinn Racer! The pulley near the seat tube-top tube junction should have been a clue to me (but wasn’t at the time).
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Marginally impressed that someone found a front derailleur that fit, a few used "undersized" seat tubes but not that many
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They obviously had to change the hub, or more likely the whole rear wheel, so it could have been a single speed, or 2 speed kickback Racer too, but definitely a Racer.
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Originally Posted by tkamd73 View Post
They obviously had to change the hub, or more likely the whole rear wheel, so it could have been a single speed, or 2 speed kickback Racer too, but definitely a Racer.
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I could be wrong but the pulley at the rear of the top tube is an indication/remnant of a multi speed IGH that’s obviously been swapped out for a hub with a freewheel .
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
Marginally impressed that someone found a front derailleur that fit, a few used "undersized" seat tubes but not that many
Millions & Millions of "Varsinentals" made over many decades.
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Originally Posted by sovende View Post
I could be wrong but the pulley at the rear of the top tube is an indication/remnant of a multi speed IGH that’s obviously been swapped out for a hub with a freewheel .
Good catch, I missed that. Guess I should have looked a little more, at the Schwinn ads, in the previous posts.
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Originally Posted by tkamd73 View Post
Good catch, I missed that. Guess I should have looked a little more, at the Schwinn ads, in the previous posts.
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I wondered what the pulley was for until it was mentioned the original "corpse" for the Franken-bike was Schwinn Racer! I noticed it but didn't realize the significance . I'm hoping to not get the "don't post if you don't know WTH you're talking about" scolding .
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