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Old 01-25-14, 06:12 PM
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Like when I was a kid.

Overcome by a wave of nostalgia for my childhood days, I bought this old Schwinn for $80 today. The serial number stamper guy in Chicago must have been having a bad day when he did this frame. The only thing for sure is that this bike was built sometime between 1959 and 1969. Not really into the Rat Rod look, so changes will be forthcoming.
The kid that had this back in the '60's took way better care of it than I did with my bikes.
It needs some attention, but is a totally rideable bike. And heavy as hell.

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Old 01-25-14, 06:18 PM
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Shp4man, They didn't seem heavy when I was a kid fixing flats on mine. Looks to be a fun project, have fun.

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Old 01-25-14, 06:36 PM
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this is the bike all modern day cruseres are copying...

Great find - I could never forget the ones I rode...

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This type bike was my first big one to ride in the first grade - In 1960 my Dad brought one home from point Magoo to fix its flats and ride back and forth from Oxnard till he could fix the alternator on the Ford - It was Navy Grey and marked Flight Line...

I had to lean over all the way to touch the pedals with the seat and post removed - I remember blasting through some headges and being ejected into the air - My first thoughts upon getting up was worry that I had damaged Dads ride...
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I had some sort of non-descript 24" balloon-tire behemoth back then - possibly a well-used/repainted Montgomery Ward - before i got my own 26" Sears 3-speed for my 12th b-day.
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Old 01-25-14, 08:03 PM
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Kinda cool! Heck, with that much steel, you could sell it for scrap and break even. Enjoy a nostalgic ride.
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Old 01-26-14, 09:35 PM
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Went down to the local bike shop that was the Schwinn dealer a few years ago to buy a front axle and bearings and a Wald 13/16 seatpost. Amazingly, the front hub was in good condition, but the caged bearings were shot. I trued the wheels, tightened up the fenders and took it for a ride today. It's a ***** when you grab for brake levers that aren't there. Coaster brake!
The coaster brake internals that I never messed with as a kid seem simple now.
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I had a green Corvette-style bicycle with those same beautiful lines when I was a kid... in the 50's (I think I got it in '56). Of course... in my memories it isn't at all heavy.

What a great project.
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Old 01-26-14, 10:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Shp4man View Post
The serial number stamper guy in Chicago must have been having a bad day when he did this frame. The only thing for sure is that this bike was built sometime between 1959 and 1969.
Post a close-up pic of the serial number stamp on the dropout, we may be able to figure out exactly what it is.
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When I was a kid, the concept of heavy bikes was normal. Then again, I wasn't "into" bikes.

I remember the first time I heard of Trek- a friend said "they're so light you can lift them with your pinky."
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I was a kid on a bike in the early 60's, and it was all "middle-weights" for us boys. Western Flyers were common, as we had a local Western Auto store. Even back then we were looking for lighter weight, as we stripped everything off that didn't matter.
Even though there was a Schwinn dealer in town, I don't think I ever saw a Schwinn middle-weight. Our dads tried to give us old balloon-tired bikes, but we wouldn't have them unless it was all you could get.
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It's a 1964 Typhoon per the serial number.
Here's the thing with a 50 year old kids bike.. every dropout is bent , and alignment of the wheels is a big issue. The fork was a little bent, fixed it with a couple of 2x4's and a 1/2 inch bolt. The rest was do-able with a 12 inch Crescent wrench and a good eye. I replaced the rusted old chain with a SRAM PC-1 and replaced the tires ($40.00!). They are ISO 571 / 26X 1 3/4. The rims are called S-7 Schwinn and not the same as regular beach cruiser tires. The chainring, "chainwheel" in beach cruiser speak, was replaced with a Sweetheart ring.
I've ridden it about 10 miles so far, and it's not too bad. I don't remember caring about gears when I was a kid, so...

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Remember having a Schwinn Spitfire in the early 60's. Blue and white. Heavy but very simple. A Sears/Puch 3-speed came next for me.
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Is it finished yet? I don't know.

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Shp4man - You know, a lot of us (myself included) tend to fixate on European triangle-framed derailleur bikes from the 60', 70's, or 80's, but these old Schwinns really did have some very classic lines - every pre-pubescent kid and paper boy knew it then, despite that they were all "heavy as Hell".

Thanks...You reminded me of what we saw in these old Schwinns BITD.
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Shp4man - You know, a lot of us (myself included) tend to fixate on European triangle-framed derailleur bikes from the 60', 70's, or 80's, but these old Schwinns really did have some very classic lines - every pre-pubescent kid and paper boy knew it then, despite that they were all "heavy as Hell".

Thanks...You reminded me of what we saw in these old Schwinns BITD.
Thank you, sir!
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