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Finally! ('72 Schwinn World Traveler)

Old 06-09-09, 12:10 PM
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Finally! ('72 Schwinn World Traveler)

My uncle likes bikes almost as much as I do. He has, on several occasions, mentioned that the one bike he REALLY, REALLY wants is a World Traveler to replace the one that was stolen when he was a teenager back in the '70s. He gets all misty when he tells me how much fun he had riding it, how comfortable it was, how he could ride all day and not get tired or sore. Not sure how much of this had to do with the bike, or just being young, but I've wanted to find one for him in the worst way.

Today, after two years of searching, I finally hit paydirt! A '72 Schwinn World Traveler, serial number E200200 (I take the E2 to mean May 1972, the 200th Panasonic frame exported to the US). Hubs and cranks need servicing, new cables and housing, new bar tape, and a good degreasing and waxing, but it looks to be in very good shape. And it rides quite nicely right out of the chute. $50. I think he'll love it!

I'm hoping that this will bring me good karma in my search for my own 80's Superior, Super Sport, Voyageur, Tempo, Circuit, Peleton etc, etc ...
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sweet score! I hope your uncle likes it.
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I didn't know Schwinn imported bikes in '72. It does look great. Is the crankset the same as the one used on the Varsity, Continental, and Super Sport? It does look the same. What are the derailleurs?
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I was a little surprised to see a single letter code Serial Number...I thought Schwinn switched off the single letter to 2 letter codes in '70 and kept it that way thru the end of the 70's.
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Same Ashtabula crankset as the Varsinentals. The rear derailer is GT100, and the front is GT750 (I think that's what it says).

(From https://www.geocities.com/sldatabook/serial.html)
Bicycles from Japan will have serial numbers located on the left, rear axle hanger, on the bottom bracket shell or on the lower section of the headlug. The number will have a production month letter in either the first or second position and a production year number in the other (first or second) position. Examples: J677123 = September, 1976.

(And from https://www.yellowjersey.org/pana.html)
Tellingly, Schwinn's first outsourced bicycles were built by Panasonic, sold as "World" bicycles in 1972. Panasonic was the only vendor to meet Schwinn's rigid standards when they could afford to be picky. Still and all, the Panasonic bikes met initial dealer resistance as "imports" and were not included in the Schwinn consumer catalog. Schwinn's standard model from Panasonic was the World Traveler. It was priced between the Varsity and the Continental but with a lugged frame and Shimano equipment.
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If you give it a Pastorbob style make over you'll be the envy of us all...Those older flared drop handlebars can be very comfortable. I like the older ones that are narrow for quick running around. They are nice bars and I'd say they are the poor mans nitto.

I'm hoping to score a Schwinn Superior someday.
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Honestly I can't get comfortable on those old narrow bars with the flared drops. I just feel constricted on long rides...they are fun to take corners with though
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I'm hoping to score a Schwinn Superior someday.
You and me both, brother!
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Can't get the photo to link from flickr, so I'll try photobucket instead ...

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Nice bike. I didn't think any color was worse than the Great Pumpkin Orange of my 1973 Varsity. Until now. Still.... nice bike!
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Schwinn's version of Celeste, I guess. They called it "Opaque Green". Looks like mint ice cream. Mmmmm ... ice cream!
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how does it compare weight-wise to a varsity? I assume this is a Hi-Ten steel frame and not cr-mo.
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Originally Posted by CravenMoarhead View Post
how does it compare weight-wise to a varsity? I assume this is a Hi-Ten steel frame and not cr-mo.
40 lbs - '70 Schwinn Varsity (21" frame, all stock plus generator head- and tail-lights, chrome fenders)
34 lbs - '79 Schwinn Continental II (21" frame, all stock)
33 lbs - '72 Schwinn World Traveler (23" frame, all stock)

The World has no stickers identifying the frame material as Cr-Mo.
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Could you help me out then? I'm looking for my first road bike and I found this Schwinn World Sport on craigslist.
https://austin.craigslist.org/bik/1213882064.html
they told me the stand over is 32" is which seems kinda big for a 53cm...but then again I don't know to much.
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Welcome to C&V, Ifc10!

Do the calculation:

Seat Tube (53cm) + Crank Arm (about 17cm) + Distance from pedal in down position to ground (?) = standover

60cm = about 24 inches. Are 8 inches left between the pedal and the ground? Probably pretty close. Best of luck on your decision.
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I kind of like the color, I think it suits it. Your piling up bike karma with this one.

Not to sound like a spoil sport but.... does the fork look sort of steep? It might be turned in the picture, I don't know.

On a different subject, you should join us on some of the NE Ohio group rides sometime. They have been a lot of fun.
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$175 for the World Sport is a tad on the high side for DFW. I don't know for Austin?

PastorBob, interesting idea on approximating stand over height.
I tried with a few measurements I had and found:

stand over height ~= seat tube length (c-c) plus 26 cm

Obviously, the formula cannot be the same for TT bike and a relaxed tourer due the seat tube angle.
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I've had three 1973 World Travelers over the years. They have a great ride quality. If I might suggest, replace the GT100 rear derailleur with a nice Suntour model. I found the GT100 to be very problematic with poor shifting performance.

The color of yours is Opaque Green. A very nice color in my Opinion.

Here are mine:

Cool Lemon


And a pair of Opaque Blue Travelers

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+1 on the derailleur swap. I just swapped a gt100 for a suntour VX last week (had to do the freewheel too)
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Originally Posted by rxda90 View Post
I'm hoping that this will bring me good karma in my search for my own 80's Superior, Super Sport, Voyageur, Tempo, Circuit, Peleton etc, etc ...
I had an '80s Schwinn Tempo. It was a seriously nice bicycle. Unfortunately, it was stolen. I still miss it. . .
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What about this one guys?

https://austin.craigslist.org/bik/1199177215.html

She said for 5'8" or up. I'm 5'7"...I can't tell the frame size. I sent her an email asking for more info. How is the price and everything though?
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What about this one guys?

https://austin.craigslist.org/bik/1199177215.html

She said for 5'8" or up. I'm 5'7"...I can't tell the frame size. I sent her an email asking for more info. How is the price and everything though?


It seems like a larger size. Maybe a 23" frame? It might fit, but it really depends on your inseam measurement.

As far as the price is concerned, too high for it's present condition. I sold one just like it last year for the same $150.00 price. It had all new cables installed, tires, tubes, and a thorough cleaning and polish. It appears to be the same size too. EDIT: Whoops! The one you're interested in is a Varsity. Different model. My bad.



Try and talk the seller down, a lot. Offer $50.00.

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Okay thanks. Would you say if i could get it for around 100$ to buy it?
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Okay thanks. Would you say if i could get it for around 100$ to buy it?
Nope. Shift cables are covered in rust and need replacing, brake cables could be in the same condition and you don't take chances with the brakes.

Lots of paint chips, and if the cables are rusted, there could be rust on the frame.

The wheel are steel and won't stop as well as aluminum rims. Plus the spokes usually rust at the nipples.

Nah, offer $50.00 and not a penny more. If the seller won't budge, look elsewhere.
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Oh okay. How much would new shift cables and brake cables cost?

Really what i want to know is if worst comes to worst and everything you just said needed replacing, how much money would I need to invest to do so...in order to have a decent bike (nothing really special)
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