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Old 04-27-10, 10:37 PM
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help identifying a vintage schwinn please.

Hello,
i have recently purchased a vintage schwinn. it seems like everything on the bike is original because everything says schwinn on it or has the letter s.the only problem is the letters in white where it had the model name of the bike are chipped so i have no idea what type of frame it is.all i know about it is that it is a april 1979 bike. i was wondering if there was anyone on this forum that can identify the bike for me or at least give me an idea of what it could be. i bought it for 20 bucks so the reason im trying to find out what frame it is is to see how much this bike is worth to sell it.. ive looked and similar bikes online and it kind of looks like a varsity but the chipped letters that are too long for it just to say varsity.. maybe a collegiate..? thanks for the help


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Old 04-27-10, 11:03 PM
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looks lke a ladies continental
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Old 04-27-10, 11:42 PM
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Originally Posted by pat5319 View Post
looks lke a ladies continental
I don't think so. The bladed fork and side pull brakes indicate a lower model, I would put my money on ladies varsity.
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If you paid $20 you got a fair price. If you're thinking you're going to be able to sell it for a profit, you might be mistaken.

You'd need to put some time into the bike, but even in flawless, original, minty condition the bike would likely only fetch around $100 where I live.
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+1 In that condition, you would not be making money on it around here. Bottom end step through frame bikes with poor paint condition have minimal value. Might be able to get $30 or $40 for it as is. Restoration except for personal use would not be cost effective. You could also part it out, buyers on ebay are always looking for Varsity stuff.
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Originally Posted by pat5319 View Post
looks lke a ladies continental
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I don't think so. The bladed fork and side pull brakes indicate a lower model, I would put my money on ladies varsity.
Early 70s varsity not '79. they had 3-piece cranks by then.

this is indeed a 1979 Continental II. Catalog page:

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I know its silly to split hairs over whether its a Varsity or a Continental because they are essentially the same bike just sold with different components.

The main thing is that Continentals have cable stops for Centerpull Brakes and in the case of a Ladies model a Pulley at the top of the seat tube.

I don't see the pulley attached to the seatpost binder (which looks to be on backwards) and I don't see a cable stop on that seat tube in any of these pics so I'd Say its a Varsity, but a pic of that seat tube will answer that question best.


As for Value....the OP paid what its worth...actually for 20 bux its worth it for the Pletscher Rack alone.
please adjust that rack. Racks that aren't straight make Baby Jesus cry.

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E, it looks very similar but I do note some differences: The QR front axle, chrome socks and tubular fork, and center pull brakes. Thats funny that they used that football shaped decal, I always associated that with the varsity. The Continental II seems like a funny model all together, and it's funny to read "top of the line" in the ad.

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Early 70s varsity not '79. they had 3-piece cranks by then.

this is indeed a 1979 Continental II. Catalog page:

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Its more resistant to abuse than 30 Pound Sport Bicycles !

...and only 6 pounds heavier
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