Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Schwinn Collegiate Women's 5 speed

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Schwinn Collegiate Women's 5 speed

Old 12-23-08, 01:40 PM
  #1  
thisiscolin
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 20
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Schwinn Collegiate Women's 5 speed

I was given one of these. It's really cool because it is still in very good condition. Original brake cables still in decent operation. I always have a hard time telling the difference, though, between 26" wheels and 27" wheels, so I put them up to a set of what I knew were 27" and the schwinn wheels were smaller. Then I tried to put 27" tires on it and it was evident that they were not 27" wheels. I read on the internet that they are in fact 26" wheels and that the tires that fit are 26x1 3/8, so I got my hands on a pair, but they don't seem to fit. They are too small. What's the deal??? Please help!!!
thisiscolin is offline  
Old 12-23-08, 01:47 PM
  #2  
bbattle
.
 
bbattle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Rocket City, No'ala
Posts: 12,733

Bikes: 2014 Trek Domane 5.2, 1985 Pinarello Trevisio, 1991 Colnago Master, '06 Bianchi San Jose, 1987 Moulton Fuso, 1990 Gardin Shred, '82 John Howard(Dave Tesch)

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 47 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You need the 26" 1 x 3/8" Schwinn size tire. The S-6 size. Yes, extremely confusing.

Harriscyclery.net has the size you need if you can't find it elsewhere.

info here: http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/tires/597.html

Kenda tire for you: http://harriscyclery.net/itemdetails.cfm?ID=1836
bbattle is offline  
Old 12-23-08, 02:20 PM
  #3  
Old Fat Guy
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 5,280
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A little cheaper here:
http://www.biketiresdirect.com/pkesc...winn_26/pp.htm
Old Fat Guy is offline  
Old 12-23-08, 03:01 PM
  #4  
thisiscolin
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 20
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thank you. You are both life savers.
thisiscolin is offline  
Old 12-23-08, 10:35 PM
  #5  
teambhultima
Go Team BH!
 
teambhultima's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: just outside B-ham, AL
Posts: 238

Bikes: Austro Daimler Ultima

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
What a nice gift! I have a mid-70s ladies Collegiate 3-speed that I fixed up for my wife. It's a cool bike, in almost new condition. I don't remember where I ordered the tires from, but the Schwinn S-6 referred to above is what you need.
Post some pics when you can, please.
Best Wishes & Merry Christmas!
teambhultima is offline  
Old 12-23-08, 10:41 PM
  #6  
501breeze
Hello Portland
 
501breeze's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: PDX
Posts: 184

Bikes: 76 Schwinn Sports Tourer, 86 Pro Miyata, 80s Schwinn World Sport

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
that happened to me too. totally annoying.
501breeze is offline  
Old 12-24-08, 04:15 AM
  #7  
mike
Senior Member
 
mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Snowy midwest
Posts: 5,392
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You got your answers about the tires. For the record, Schwinn used standard tires for 27" wheels, so the tire size problems are only on the 26" wheels. It will be nearly impossible to find these tires 25 years from now when the old Schwinns become even more scarce and the demand drops off to the point that manufacturers drop the item.

The Colleagate bicycles, by the way, are excellent bicycles. They have a really dreamy ride - silky smooth. They are reliable and really give the rider the feel of a transportation vehicle. When you hop on it and start riding, you almost want to keep going until you reach the Canadian border, have an ice cream cone, then come back home.
mike is offline  
Old 12-24-08, 08:29 AM
  #8  
Pompiere
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: NW Ohio
Posts: 2,464

Bikes: 1984 Miyata 310, 1986 Schwinn Sierra, 2011 Jamis Quest, 1980 Peugeot TH8 Tandem, 1992 Performance Parabola, 1987 Ross Mt. Hood, 1988 Schwinn LeTour, 1988 Trek 400T

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 218 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 7 Posts
Does anyone still make the 26x1 1/4 size? That is what is on two Collegiates that I have out in the barn. The 26x1 3/8 looks chunky next to them. My local bike shop was a Schwinn dealer, so he keeps the 26x1 3/8 S-6 tires in stock, either black or gumwall, for the same price as biketiresdirect.
Pompiere is offline  
Old 12-24-08, 08:35 AM
  #9  
Old Fat Guy
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 5,280
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
One of my wife's two identical Collegiates:
Old Fat Guy is offline  
Old 12-24-08, 09:17 AM
  #10  
Esteban32696
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,153
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Good info above ! Just be sure to get the right tire for it. I use a lot of 26" Schwinn tires, & bike commuting has become very popular here. Lately, most of the tires I am replacing are 27". Everyone dragging their old 10spds, etc, out of the shed to ride.
Esteban32696 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
FlamsteadHill
Bicycle Mechanics
8
09-08-17 12:50 AM
lesiz
Road Cycling
20
08-07-12 10:55 AM
woodrupjoe
Classic & Vintage
37
07-27-12 09:09 AM
ngateguy
Commuting
5
01-17-06 07:39 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.