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Old 07-05-04, 06:41 PM
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Old Schwinn questions...

Hey all - first time here. I did a search but came up null, and Google hasn't been much help.

I just bought an old Schwinn World Traveller from a goodwill store for $10. It is a 10-speed in yellow. It says it's made in Japan. There's a "bicycle license" sticker on it for 1975-76, so the bike must be at least that old.

I was wondering how old this bike might be (when were they made)? The bike shifts into all gears fine and shows no rust, but if I needed to service it, are there websites that explain how? One of the tires is starting to crack from age - what size tires do I need to buy for it?

This is the first bike I've had in 10 years - just wanted something to go out and ride on - so I don't know much about bikes in general, and certainly not much about this one. Thanks in advance for any help!
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Old 07-05-04, 09:28 PM
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I've recently aquired a few old schwinns myself, and I'd like to get some more. Check out oldschwinn.com for info on dating your bike. Bikeforums.net is a pretty good site for information on servicing. Sheldonbrown.com is another good site for all around information on bicyles.
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Old 07-06-04, 11:01 PM
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Doesn't it say on the badge where it's been made? Something like Chicago... If I am not mistaking, somewhere in the early 80s, a Schwinn bicycles were primarily assembled on Chicago plant. Then they had few plants somewhere in the South and after that most Schwinns were coming from Asia.

Congrats on the purchase.
I hope it will give you good service, as did mine - early 80s Traveler aslo purchased for 20$.
You might need to change wore out or damaged components, but if a frame is in good condition, it most likely will not cause any troubles throught the bike's life.

Good luck.
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Try this link: https://www.geocities.com/sleeping.geo/bike.html then go to one of their Schwinn links. Get the serial number off the frame and check it on one of the Schwinn sites to get the age. I work on a lot of old Schwinns and ride a 73 Continental that I've regeared and put back in top form. I installed aluminum rims and new hubs. It runs great now. The tires are usually 27" x 1-1/4". Hope you get it in good shape and have a great time riding.

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Try this link. The guys on this forum are really good with this kind of stuff.

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