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Old 07-03-06, 08:33 PM
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Schwinn question

I recently visited a friend and she had a Schwinn Sports Tourer hanging in the garage. Been hanging there for over 15 years. Yellow, looks in good condition, chrome stays, flat tires, etc. My question is - what quality is this bike, is it low, mid, high ?? What would be a reasonable offer to a friend? Thanks for the help.
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Hi, by any chance, can you take a look at the metal badge on the headtube? If it says "Schwinn Chicago" it is one of the old handmade, fillet-brazed Chicago Schwinns and would be a nice find for $100...... Excellent quality, I love mine!
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The early seventies Sports Tourers had hand brazed chrome-moly frames and were near the top of Schwinn's lightweight model line-up, second only to the Reynolds 531 double-butted lug frame Paramounts. The 1972 Sports Tourer retailed for $196.00 when the Paramounts retailed for $350.00.

You say the stays are chromed, but the early seventies Sports Tourer had painted ends on the seat and chain stays (except for the dropouts), but chrome ends on the front fork.

These are really nice vintage bikes.
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Thanks guys. I'll ask about the Head Badge. I was incorrect about the stays being chromed - the chrome is on the fork. The bike looks like the one in the ad you posted Stan. Do I need another bike? The two I have don't get ridden enough now.
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Heck yes, that's a nice find; no two-ton Ashtabula crank on that model.
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Originally Posted by bigwoo
Hi, by any chance, can you take a look at the metal badge on the headtube? If it says "Schwinn Chicago" it is one of the old handmade, fillet-brazed Chicago Schwinns and would be a nice find for $100...... Excellent quality, I love mine!
The "Chicago" headbadge was also used on Schwinns made in Japan, Taiwan, and China during the 1980's. There are about fifty ways to figure out the age and origin of a Schwinn, but the word "Chicago" is not one of them.

The name "Super Sport" was used off and on by Schwinn for at least three or four decades on models that varied in quality, but generally were toward the top of the Schwinn road bike range. I have a 1987/88 "Super Sport" that was probably made by Panasonic in Japan. A nice bike, but without the "history" that goes with the "Super Sport" models that were brazed by hand in Chicago.
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I'll report back when I have more information. It did have alloy cranks and my guess is that it was purchased maybe in the late 1970s.
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Originally Posted by Skip Magnuson
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Do I need another bike? The two I have don't get ridden enough now.

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Yes, if it's got the fillet brazing, it's a classic. I had to trade in my Schwinn Superior, but I'll always miss that bike. It's got so much style and is a nice ride.
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