Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Need Help Identifing 1950s Schwinn Bike

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Need Help Identifing 1950s Schwinn Bike

Old 07-05-14, 01:03 PM
  #1  
bike01453
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Need Help Identifing 1950s Schwinn Bike

Hello Everyone,

I came across an old schwinn bicycle today and I'm trying to identify it. The owner stated that it was a 1953 Schwinn, and that about all that was known. It's a medium blue boys bike and has the following: tan leather seat with 2 exposed springs, tank, chain guard with the word "custom" inscribed on it and a chrome suspension spring just in front of the fork nameplate. That's about all I remember. My first impression was it was a middle weight schwinn like a Jaguar or corvette. I did somoe research and Cannot find any Schwinn model with the name "Custom". It looked all original and was in beautiful condition. I'm interested in buying this bike, and any help identifying it would be much appreciated. Thanks for any help. bike01453
bike01453 is offline  
Old 07-05-14, 01:25 PM
  #2  
rhenning
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3,652
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 380 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 103 Times in 77 Posts
If you want an answer take a picture and provide a serial number. The serial number sould be on the left rear drop out. Many sellers think all old bikes are Schwinns but many are not. Roger
rhenning is offline  
Old 07-05-14, 01:57 PM
  #3  
curbtender
Senior Member
 
curbtender's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: SF Bay Area, East bay
Posts: 7,959

Bikes: Miyata 618 GT, Marinoni, Kestral 200 2002 Trek 5200, KHS Flite, Koga Miyata, Schwinn Spitfire 5, Mondia Special, Univega Alpina, Miyata team Ti, Santa Cruz Highball

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1341 Post(s)
Liked 1,637 Times in 842 Posts
They may have used a newer chain guard to complete the bike. Could be a reproduction also. Did it have patina?
curbtender is online now  
Old 07-05-14, 05:34 PM
  #4  
bike01453
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
They may have used a newer chain guard to complete the bike. Could be a reproduction also. Did it have patina?
Thanks for the replies. I didn't have an opportunity to take a photo or get the serial number. There is no question that it is an original Schwinn and it did have some typical wear, that you would expect for a 60 year old bike. I'll try to get the serial number, is it on the rear axle mounts?
bike01453 is offline  
Old 07-06-14, 08:18 AM
  #5  
curbtender
Senior Member
 
curbtender's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: SF Bay Area, East bay
Posts: 7,959

Bikes: Miyata 618 GT, Marinoni, Kestral 200 2002 Trek 5200, KHS Flite, Koga Miyata, Schwinn Spitfire 5, Mondia Special, Univega Alpina, Miyata team Ti, Santa Cruz Highball

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1341 Post(s)
Liked 1,637 Times in 842 Posts
Schwinn Serial Numbers and Date Codes
curbtender is online now  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Daverb
Classic & Vintage
1
04-07-18 05:49 PM
Bretborn
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
1
07-31-17 09:18 PM
Triestino7
Classic & Vintage
1
05-26-17 05:41 PM
Sephiroth0327
Classic & Vintage
8
06-22-11 06:34 PM
tornback
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
2
07-04-10 03:58 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.