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Old 06-24-07, 11:59 AM
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Most desirable Schwinn?

What is the most desirable bike Schwinn ever made, and what are others that fallow?
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It's all relative....

I would say the Paramount, but others who like muscle bikes would say the Sting Rays and Krates. Then there are those who love the 50's middle and heavy weight bikes.

What kind do YOU like?
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For me, the Paramount Track.
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Originally Posted by fish0n
What is the most desirable bike Schwinn ever made, and what are others that fallow?
OK, somebody break out the popcorn.

There's no "correct" answer, just lots of opinions.

If desirability is related to rarity and having the distinction of being the genesis of a line of world class track, road racing, and touring bicycles, then IMHO the first Paramount - conceived by Frank W. Schwinn and executed to perfection by Emil Wastyn in 1938 - is the most desirable Schwinn ever made.

Paramount Number One.

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Originally Posted by Scooper
Paramount Number One.
Yeah, that's a pretty good one.
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Old 06-24-07, 11:39 PM
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I'd agree with Schwinn Paramount #1!
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While Iím a big fan of lightweights and agree with Scooperís choice of Paramount #1, Iím surprised that no one has mentioned the Aerocycle. Schwinnís history would most certainly have been much shorter without the success of itís balloon tired bikes and what better representative than the Aerocycle?

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Alan, I agree with you. Schwinn's early 1930s introduction of balloon tired bicycles in North America created a whole new market, and the B-10-E Motocycle together with the streamlined Aerocycle led that revolution. Another very significant Frank V. Schwinn development was the 1939 "cantilever frame" patent (U.S. Patent No. 2,151,533). The cantilever frame was first used on the pre-war B707-1 Autocycle DeLuxe (with springer fork) and B607-1 Autocycle, both advertised as having "the graceful arch of the cantilever type frame". These frames went on to be used in the Black Phantom and Sting-Rays, and are still used today - nearly seventy years later - in the 2007 Schwinn Deluxe 7 cruiser.
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Originally Posted by apw55
Schwinnís history would most certainly have been much shorter without the success of itís balloon tired bikes and what better representative than the Aerocycle?
Hmmm ... maybe the Phantom? (depends on your generation I guess ...)

I like the Green.

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The most disirable schwinns might be the 5 place pacing tandems of the late 1890s that introduced America to paced track racing.
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Bob, the Phantom was every kid's dream bike when I was growing up in the late forties and early fifties.
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Scoop's right about the correct answer and opinions, so in that spirit let ol' alf throw out there that his most desirable Schwinn would be a gorgeous-condition mens 20 or 22 inch 10-spd Campus Green Suburban w/gold pinstripe fenders, a Front Freewheel, a Positron II rear derail, and a couple Schwinn bags mounted.

Don't think the C/Grn was offered concurrently with the FF and Posi so we'd need a thrift-shop donor bike or two to assemble this most desireable.
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Originally Posted by frameteam2003
The most disirable schwinns might be the 5 place pacing tandems of the late 1890s that introduced America to paced track racing.
Now having one of those would be a hoot!

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I know the Schwinn I want. A red or Black Paramount made between around 1965 to 1969. The racing model. With all of the original components and in "like new" condition.

Of course, I also have been wanting a date with Sophia Loren since about 1965...both of my wishes seem to be requiring some patience.
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A first year (1960) Varsity with perfect factory paint and decals and all correct original components.

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Two of my favorites ( I own a Volare) . . . The Stingray and the Volare. The Stingray was the Cadillac of all bikes for a 5th grader back in 1963. I never got one, though my parents did get me a Japanese knock off, but it still wasn't the real thing. The Volare appears to be a rare Schwinn, produced only two years, 1977 and 78. It is just as nice as a Paramount in my own HBAO, and quite a bit more scarce on the open market.







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I lusted after the same Sting Ray, but in Sky Blue.

I agree, the Volare is a very nice Schwinn. Too bad it didn't come out about 5 or 6 years sooner!
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Black Phantom.

Although I'd say my favorite would be a Sting or that gorgeous 75th anniversary Paramount with the gold fork.
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...any Schwinn which catches your eye and causes you to smile. There are so many different ones. Even a model so mass produced as the Collegiate has a certain charm and appeal about it. Utilitarian yet beautiful at the same time.
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Originally Posted by miamijim
or that gorgeous 75th anniversary Paramount with the gold fork.
Hmmm ... that will be a nice one if they make it in 2013. I think you're thinking of the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition models (1988 -- some were out in '87):

http://www.raydobbins.com/paramount/index

The "limit" on these kept creeping up from the initial 500 to about 650 when all was said and done. The sequence number is on the BB shell. Most of these are seen in black, but they could be ordered in any Schwinn color. I've seen whites, reds, blues, and greens out there.
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Hmmm ... that will be a nice one if they make it in 2013. I think you're thinking of the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition models (1988 -- some were out in '87):

http://www.raydobbins.com/paramount/index

The "limit" on these kept creeping up from the initial 500 to about 650 when all was said and done. The sequence number is on the BB shell. Most of these are seen in black, but they could be ordered in any Schwinn color. I've seen whites, reds, blues, and greens out there.
After I posted I went looking for pictures an realized I made a mistake. I remember back then. The shop I worked at sold 2 or 3 of them. A customer ordered a red one. We opened the box to look at it and the customer kept it there. To this day I dont know if he ever took it out of the box. I think we built up a balck one.

Did the black have gold metallic? The black one in your link with the gold Campy is stunning. Is it yours?

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My most sought after Schwinn for many years (until I found 2 of them at once) was the 1971 fillet brazed Sports Tourer. There was just something very special about the Sports Tourer for me, personally anyways. Now I guess it's Schwinn 3 speeds w/ S/A hubs


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Originally Posted by miamijim
The black one in your link with the gold Campy is stunning. Is it yours?
No, it belongs to Ray Dobbins. I can't have really nice bikes ...


Originally Posted by bigwoo
My most sought after Schwinn for many years (until I found 2 of them at once) was the 1971 fillet brazed Sports Tourer. There was just something very special about the Sports Tourer for me, personally anyways. Now I guess it's Schwinn 3 speeds w/ S/A hubs
I like both of these as well. As a matter of fact, I just unboxed a screaming yellow Sports Tourer frame that came to me (gratis) from forum member Eric Amlie (Sierra). He was nice enough to grace me with a blue '62 Schwinn Traveler 3-speed a few months back as well. What a guy!!

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