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Old 12-28-11, 08:32 AM
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A Schwinn collectors image collection. Part 2 (Forum newbie)


Some of you may know of me, I have a popular Schwinn web page very highly Google ranked. (why I do not know) My name is Jim, I'm from the Lafayette Indiana area. Grew-up in the bike business, I'm 54-years-old.
Some members who are into classic road bikes suggested that I post some of the heavy, middle, and light-weight Schwinn bikes in my collection as there are many people who dig these as well.
I have been collecting since the early 1990s. I like vintage road bikes the most and I ride them but have a little bit of everything going back into the 1940s.
I have almost 50 Schwinns but this selection of images are the ones that are some of my favorites.
I know that the women's bikes have almost no value but I have bought them at yard-sales for dirt cheap money (some for free). 90% of my collection is pre-ebay purchased in the early-mid 1990s.


1964 Schwinn Collegiate - 5-speed (My favorite rider! This one is so cool!)The BLING: I have it accessorized with period pieces including the genuine "Schwinn approved" comfort grips, leather wheel hub cleaner straps, generator light set, front and rear luggage racks and water bottle cage. The seat is a modern replacement for comfort.

Our original paint 1966 Schwinn Deluxe Twinn 5-speed tandem in Violet. I have the original seats, they are too uncomfortable to use. Traded even a fused together-ball-of-rust coaster brake Apple Krate for it back in 1994

Our original patina 1971 Schwinn Stingray with period correct monkey handlebars and sissy-bar. Another $10.00 yard-sale find in 1998. Lots of scratches, a few not correct parts, but nice patina

1971 Schwinn Hollywood (NEW) - single speed coaster brake. I bought this at an estate sale in 1992. Seriously, it can't have two miles on it. Got the books, sales receipt, and violet matching Schwinn chain lock.

Only one year of production, the 1971 "Grey Ghost" is the rarest KRATE that exists. Our restored Grey Ghost is a single speed "Coaster Brake" model. Coaster Krates were only five dollars less expensive than the five-speed stick-shift model with caliper hand operated brakes. Consequently, so few coaster models were sold that they are now extremely rare, making this one the absolute undisputed rarest of all Schwinn Stingray Krate bicycles. Absolutely too valuable and too nice to ride. I bought it in 1991 from an ad in the Lafayette Indiana paper. Common to find that the grey-ghost will have terrible paint. As they oxidized badly. I restored it myself using Pete Aronson stuff and buried the decals in Polyurethane clear.

Our original paint immaculate 1972 Schwinn Breeze with kick-back 2-speed coaster brake rear hub. Another $10.00 yard-sale find in the 1990s - I've got that original seat, this one is on loan to our town post-master. She rides it almost every day in the summer for exercise. She drops in occasionally for air and lubrication.

Our original paint "kool orange" 1972 Schwinn Paramountt P15-9. 15-speed touring bicycle. I have a matching pair of these. A husband and wife ordered them new in 1972. (I upgraded to 700C wheels in the summer of 2011. Don't worry, the Campy/Weinmann wheels are safely tucked-away)

Our other (NEW) original paint "kool orange" 1972 Schwinn Paramount P-15. 15-speed touring bicycle.

Our original paint "silver mist" 1973 Schwinn Paramount P10-9. 10-speed road racing bicycle. I used to think that is was too valuable and too nice to ride, but in the summer of 2011 I gave her a full service, new tires and a modern seat. I have put several hundred miles to the pedals since. What a blast it is to ride this almost 40-year-old racing bicycle. - A yard-sale find in the summer of 1998 (I upgraded to 700C wheels in the summer of 2011. Don't worry, the Campy/Weinmann wheels are safely tucked-away)
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Absolutely awesome collection. And just think, I was trying to advise you on Sports Tourers!!! I remember the Grey Ghost in the catalog when I was shopping for my Sports Tourer waaaaaay back in 1971. I thought the color (shade) was beautiful, but it was simply not available in the Sports Tourer.
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Nice to view. My first Schwinn was a 3 speed Stick Shift Sting Ray, really bummed when it got stolen less than 3 years later. The prices of a decent example keep me from looking too seriously for my son.
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That '71 Sting-Ray brings back that lust when I was 8 years old. In my neighbourhood that was the bike to have. Unfortunately I got a Kent and have not been right since.
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Kobe -

Nothing buying a new De Rosa wouldn't cure

OP - you need a Town n' Country Triplet!
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True story. I had a friend that had a Stingray, this was about '65. A whole gang of us were riding our bikes down a steep grassy hill, he pulled a wheelie and his front wheel dropped off. He tried to ride it out on the back wheel but he couldn't hold it and the bike came down on the front, embedding the fork in the turf. He was instantly launched between the handlebars like a rocket and landed on his back, rolling. Lucky he wasn't killed. That did the bike in, needless to say.
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Send me the wreck !
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I had the same thing happen to me on a Murray BMX as the front wheel came of I thought "just flip it backwards" as it started coming down, I pedaled faster & faster trying top pick it back up it was all in slow motion I was at my top speed for one wheel when the forks dug into the tar.......... next thing I remember was the tar coming up really fast ": Yet still in slow motion for some reason my eyes kept focus on where the forks dug into the tar , I must of went from 25 MPH to 0 in bout 2 inches " Next thing I remember after that was my buddy picking gravel out of my forehead elbows and knees.
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