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Old 10-18-17, 03:08 PM
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Advice on purchase

I have the choice between two bikes. First, let me tell you that I have been looking to buy the bike that I had as a kid. A Schwinn Continental in burgundy. The first choice is a 1972 Schwinn Continental in burgundy. Serial number is KH554560. I know that means it is a Chicago built and was built in October of 1972. The bike is a bit of a Frankenbike because it doesn't seem to have a Schwinn seat and the tires are not like they would be back then, but they are new tires. The other bike I believe is a 1971 Schwinn Continental. The serial number is D103697. I believe that it is a Japan built bike and it looks like this bike has been taken care of very well with all original parts. I will include pictures of both.
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$50 for the 1972
$75 for the 1971

I am even considering buying both.
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Which one fits? They seem to be different sizes.
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I have fond memories of upshifting accidentally with my knee whiles struggling up a hill, courtesy of those exceedingly long stem-mounted shift levers.

The 1972 has a much longer head tube, so I find it hard to believe they both fit equally well.

To me, the seat is not important ... the seat has to fit you, not the 1970s. As for the tires ... would you really ride a bike with 45-year-old tires? Not far,. I'd wager.

Other things a photo doesn't show .... which is more worn? Hubs, headsets, bottom brackets ... does either show any shaking or binding?

Both look pretty clean.

In any case, the only answer ever in this situation is "Buy the one which fits best." Everything can be repaired or replaced except the frame. If the frame is the wrong size it always will be.

(And yes, obviously the frame Can be repaired ... or replaced. But I assume I am dealing with rational readers.)
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AFAIK, Continentials were never made in Japan. Yes, some of the higher end models were, but I believe all the electroforged stuff was American.

As others have said, pick the one that fits. I wouldn't worry about seat and tires. Unless it is not being ridden, you don't want 45 year old tires, and even back then the seat would have been changed out to fit the rider. That said, I had the original seat on my Le Tour until very recently, it wasn't a bad riding seat at all.
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I'd buy the one with "made in USA" decal if their is one

do you have close up pics of the decals?
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Both were built in Chicago.
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