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Old 11-09-11, 02:39 PM
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Schwinn Suburban, could this set-up be original?

Hi folks, I saw this Suburban with a front light set-up and a rack, do you think this could be original from Schwinn? Furthermore, what production year it could be ? I asked the owner but he doesn't know. 3rd question, this is a 22" frame, I'm curious to know what is the standover height. Counting with the other Suburban fans on this site. Thank you.

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Sure it's original.
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Hello custermustache, I just read your thread on the 1974 Suburban, congrats on yours, beautiful one. Thanks for the feedback, I was not sure if Suburbans came with the rack and the light from factory, I know the seat was replaced but I believe that I can find an original one on e-bay. How is your Suburban, still riding well?
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Yes it is original, I have a similar one in the barn. I don't think they came from the factory with the racks and lights. However those would have been Schwinn Approved add ons at the dealer.

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Originally Posted by BRAZUCA View Post
..I saw this Suburban with a front light set-up and a rack, do you think this could be original from Schwinn? Furthermore, what production year it could be ?
Looks like a late 70's blue, hard to tell much from such a tiny picture. Do you have the serial number?

looking at the catalogs from back then, the Suburban didn't come stock with a rack or lights, here's a link to the old catalogs:
https://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...0/1977_10.html

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Old 11-10-11, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr IGH View Post
Looks like a late 70's blue, hard to tell much from such a tiny picture. Do you have the serial number?

looking at the catalogs from back then, the Suburban didn't come stock with a rack or lights, here's a link to the old catalogs:
https://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...0/1977_10.html
Thank you for the catalog, great information. I don't have the serial number.
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Originally Posted by custermustache View Post
Sure it's original.
No, not original, but likely era correct Schwinn accessories that many people put on their bikes.
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Hi everybody, thanks for the reply. The bike is looking great, I saw it during lunch time, however, it's kind of small to me with a 22" frame. I will hold until I find a 24" frame, but those seems to be more difficult to come by.
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Mine rides fine, and is my tractor to haul my daughters trailer. I sold my turn signals because I never got them working right, sadly.

The accessories are not factory installed, but they are correct for the bike/period. Mine has worn the same rack and headlight since it rolled off of the Schwinn dealers floor.
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Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
Yes it is original, I have a similar one in the barn. I don't think they came from the factory with the racks and lights. However those would have been Schwinn Approved add ons at the dealer.

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+1. I worked in a Schwinn dealership from 1979 to 1984. Suburbans did not come from the factory with racks or lights, but Schwinn sold a large number of "Schwinn Approved" accessories. From what I can see, the rack and light are genuine Schwinn Approved.

FWIW: the seat is not original.
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Please excuse me for bringing this thread back to life but it came up in the search engine and seemed recent enough to add a comment to. I recently acquired a rootbeer colored Suburban that included a Pletscher rack and front generator light that still works.

I havenít restored a bike in quite a while but there is something about this old girl that has reinvigorated my desire to get my fingers greasy.

If I might steal this thread briefly, I have a few questions:
-Where is the serial # located?
-Iíve never rebuilt this type of BB, is there anything that I should be looking out for?
-The one I have doesnít have a seat post, what size seat tube is it?
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Originally Posted by rothenfield1 View Post
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I have a few questions:
-Where is the serial # located?
-I’ve never rebuilt this type of BB, is there anything that I should be looking out for?
-The one I have doesn’t have a seat post, what size seat tube is it?
1) The S/N is at the base of the head tube
2) The Ashtabula Cranks are marvelously simple, and requires only basic tools.
3) Mine measures .800" . It's a 1974.
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The one I have doesn’t have that crank or chain guard, but everything else seems spot-on. These are the roughest frame welds that I have ever seen and probably the heaviest bike I've laid hands on, but it does throw me back to the mid-70’s when I got my first “real” bike, a yellow Continental. I’m going to treat her right and do a complete restore. It will be nice to be back in the refurb game again.
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1) The S/N is at the base of the head tube
2) The Ashtabula Cranks are marvelously simple, and requires only basic tools.
3) Mine measures .800" . It's a 1974.
Hi Auchen, you got yourself a nice suburban there! Congratulations, how do you like it? Is it a 23" frame? Thanks.
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Hi Auchen, you got yourself a nice suburban there! Congratulations, how do you like it? Is it a 23" frame? Thanks.
It's a 24" (my best size) and believe it or not, it was trash-picked years ago, just as you see it here (except for a layer of dust and dirt and new rubber).
. . . Those were the days. . .

It's really a pleasant neighborhood cruiser, and much like my Raleigh Sports, it feels much lighter than it is once underway (it weighs just about as much!).
-It won't win any races and I don't much care to attack the hills with it though!
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