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Old 10-05-08, 06:06 AM
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Back to the Fifties - Schwinn Corvette

My first new bike was a Schwinn Corvette in 1957, a 3 speed. I used it on my paper route. I found a website about the 50's and the first picture was a bike just like mine. Wish I had it back.
http://oldfortyfives.com/TakeMeBackToTheFifties
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Old 10-05-08, 06:14 AM
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My first new bike was a Schwinn Corvette in 1957, a 3 speed. I used it on my paper route. I found a website about the 50's and the first picture was a bike just like mine. Wish I had it back.
http://oldfortyfives.com/TakeMeBackToTheFifties
Hi, Bob!

I remember a 2nd hand single speed in the late 40's, and my first REAL bike was a used Hercules 3 speed.

I also had a Schwinn 3 speed Sturmey Archer Hubbed as a paper boy bike when I was a sophomore in high school, when I had a paper route. Man was that bike heavy, especially when loaded with 125 bagged papers, or about 50 bagged Sunday papers.

But, I have about 6 years on you, as I am approaching 69 years old.

Now I have 4 bikes sitting around, all with lots of different gears, etc., including two road bikes (we used to call them "racers"), a mtn bike and a trainer in the basement (old mtn bike).

I wouldn't mind riding that 3 speed just for the fun of it, though.
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
Hi, Bob!

I remember a 2nd hand single speed in the late 40's, and my first REAL bike was a used Hercules 3 speed.


I wouldn't mind riding that 3 speed just for the fun of it, though.
You have just gone up in my estimation A Hercules 3 speed.

I am certain that the reason it got that name- was because you had to be Herculean to ride the damn things. They were so heavy that I even remember my Father bringing one home one night as one of his colleagues gave it to him. It went in the shed and stayed there. It was so heavy- He would rather walk to work than ride the thing. And that was in the early 50's and he was still not yet 30.

Next encounter was about 10 years later when one of my friends offered to swop bikes on a ride with me. Once again a Hercules 3 speed and compared to my BSA S/S it seemed great. One turn of the pedals and I realised why my dad never rode his.
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A freind of mine found three old bikes in his rental property a few
years back. He gave them to me. I kept the early 60's Schwinn
Traveler with the two speed kickback hub and passed along the
Hercules and Hiawatha three speeds. In retrospect I should have
kept all three bikes.

Here's the Schwinn, I just need to find some stainless fenders to make it
complete.


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Gosh,
Guess at 59 I'm the "whipper snapper" here, but I did remember nearly everything in that movie. Thanks. My first bike was a Schwinn 24" cruiser, single speed, coaster brake with a sheet metal fake gas tank. Man that thing must have weighed 50lbs.

I don't remember what brand my second bike was, but I got it for my 12th birthday so that would have been in 1961. It came from Western Auto and it was called an "English Racer" 3-Speed and looked very much like the posted bike. Don't remember it being called a Schwinn Corvette though, but I absolutely loved that bike. It was light compared to anybody elses bike and I rode it all over town. I think I remember that bike cost $59.00, which my folks had a fit over. I guess in today's dollars that was like about $750 which would be a little steep for a 12 year old.
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Someone in Michigan is selling one for you!

http://detroit.craigslist.org/bik/869391145.html
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I still have my Hercules (a '57 according to the date stamped on the S/A hub) and it works great! It's my go to the grocery store bike, so it has panniers front and rear.

Of course, it's far from stock (alloy bars, stem, seatpost, rims, etc. but it's still a Hercules under all that! I got the bike free, since it was abondoned at a local bike shop (the owner brought it in for repair, then he died. His widow didn't want it, so I got it)! That was about 1980 or so.

I put the Sella Italia saddle on when the Brooks died (from exposure, I guess).

I rode it on the Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour where there were quite a few other Hercules touring about!

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My first decent bike was a Corvette in Jr. High School, S. Cal. maybe 1960. It was stolen out of the rack at Northridge Jr. High. I was crushed.
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I still have my Corvette in the basement. It's a thing of beauty. It was at my parent's house for years. It needs a complete rebuild, which I'll do someday. I rode that bike everywhere, but dropped it like a rock when I got my first car....glad to still have the Corvette and the car (which needs to be rebuilt too!).
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