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Exactly, it should be sold as a frame and fork,...

Exactly, it should be sold as a frame and fork, which would be worth about $100 in that condition.
09-11-19, 04:32 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

That's a 1967 Super Sport with a 22" (small)...

That's a 1967 Super Sport with a 22" (small) frame in Sky Blue. That was the first year for the Twin-Stik shifters and the last year for the Sprint crankset (and the only year it was offered with a...
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Posted By Metacortex

It is original, the Suburban used the same forged...

It is original, the Suburban used the same forged steel stem as used on the Varsity with drop bars.
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That is true except for Suburbans produced during...

That is true except for Suburbans produced during the first two weeks of April 1974. During that time Schwinn ran out of tubular forks and so they substituted forged (aka Varsity type) forks on the...
08-21-19, 09:56 AM
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Posted By Metacortex

That is a big misconception among many Schwinn...

That is a big misconception among many Schwinn collectors, it was nothing like the auto industry. Back then Schwinn did not start building a given model year bike until well after the start of the...
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Posted By Metacortex

I believe that is a 1974 Suburban and that the OP...

I believe that is a 1974 Suburban and that the OP has mis-read the serial. There are several clues: The color is Opaque Blue, which was last used in '74. The forged steel stem is also a type that was...
08-12-19, 09:52 AM
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Posted By Metacortex

As Kurt indicated I'm talking about the metal...

As Kurt indicated I'm talking about the metal adjusters added to the top of the hoods. Dia-Compe first added these adjusters in 1974 and that year they were knurled, for '75 and later they were...
08-11-19, 05:24 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

They are exactly the same in both thread and...

They are exactly the same in both thread and outward appearance*. I always replace the Weinmann plastic adjusters with Dia-Compe metal adjusters unless it is a 100% restoration.

*Except in '74...
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Posted By Metacortex

Although the stem has been changed, the bars...

Although the stem has been changed, the bars appear to be the original GB Randonneur bars.
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Posted By Metacortex

Yes indeed that appears to be a '72 Super Sport....

Yes indeed that appears to be a '72 Super Sport. Missing too many original parts and a bit rough for my taste but somebody could make a project out of it.
08-04-19, 10:21 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

The decals used at that time were very fragile....

The decals used at that time were very fragile. It is not surprising that they are no longer visible. Post pics of the bike (drive side) along with pics of the serial and badge numbers and we can be...
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Posted By Metacortex

The G0483 number on the chainstay indicates the...

The G0483 number on the chainstay indicates the bike was made by Giant (in Taiwan) in April 1983 or 1993. There should be a 4-digit number stamped in the headbadge that would indicate the day and...
08-01-19, 05:35 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

I recommend Totally Stainless. Download their...

I recommend Totally Stainless. Download their catalog and you'll see you can order stainless steel metric cap screws in high or low strength with many head styles and in just about every thread and...
08-01-19, 11:39 AM
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Posted By Metacortex

The American made Breeze was introduced in 1965...

The American made Breeze was introduced in 1965 and was available through '78 and then again in '83. I believe the name may have been used by what became of Schwinn on imported models after that.
07-30-19, 10:37 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

The Le Tour was introduced in 1974 and was...

The Le Tour was introduced in 1974 and was considered as the replacement for the Super Sport, which was technically discontinued that year. I say "technically" because while the Super Sport was no...
07-29-19, 09:42 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

Schwinn had a conversion spindle to accomplish...

Schwinn had a conversion spindle to accomplish the job:

http://i67.tinypic.com/2hdry9z.jpg

I've found several of these but they are rare. They were made by Shimano and Sakae Ringyo (SR) for...
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Posted By Metacortex

That plastic "starburst" nameplate (headbadge)...

That plastic "starburst" nameplate (headbadge) was used from 1960 through 1963 on several of the higher end Schwinn bikes including the Jaguar. It was unique in that it appeared to be chrome plated...
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Posted By Metacortex

Yeah I think I was wrong about it being a...

Yeah I think I was wrong about it being a 2-speed. The 2-speed had 3 red bands: https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/why-different-colors-in-rear-hub-stripes.47755/
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Posted By Metacortex

That's a 1963 Mark V Jaguar: ...

That's a 1963 Mark V Jaguar:

https://waterfordbikes.com/SchwinnCat/flschwinn_1961_1970/1963dlr_Jaguar.jpg

It is in Coppertone, the most desirable color and it seems to be original except for...
07-17-19, 06:14 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

Wow, thank you so much! That is an excellent...

Wow, thank you so much! That is an excellent resource that I had thought was gone forever. Glad to see it back online.
07-01-19, 10:22 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

Looks like a 1980 Le Tour. The 4-digit number...

Looks like a 1980 Le Tour. The 4-digit number stamped in the headbadge will confirm the mfg. date:

https://waterfordbikes.com/SchwinnCat/flschwinn_1971_1980/1980_06.JPG...
06-29-19, 01:45 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

The T.A. ref #24...

The T.A. ref #24 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=24) tool is an 8mm nut driver, it is for the older domed style T.A. bolts.
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06-08-19, 03:37 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

A 22" size Varsity bare frame weighs 7.5lbs. The...

A 22" size Varsity bare frame weighs 7.5lbs. The 24" and 26" frames are 8.2 and 8.9lbs respectively. The forged steel fork used with the 22" frame weighs 2.8lbs, those for the larger frames would be...
05-11-19, 12:56 AM
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Posted By Metacortex

Yes indeed:...

Yes indeed: https://www.google.com/search?tbo=p&tbm=pts&hl=en&q=ininventor:brilando

The article doesn't mention his most important patents. No. 1 would be the iconic Schwinn double plateau...
04-26-19, 07:47 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

The '74 catalog page indicated "butted top and...

The '74 catalog page indicated "butted top and bottom tubes", however that was true for only the 21" and 23" frame sizes. The 25" size had straight-gauge tubes. There was more detail in the Oct. '73...
04-07-19, 12:06 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

They both used the same model GB randonneur...

They both used the same model GB randonneur handlebars, however GB did change the shape slightly in '74 and later by somewhat reducing the amount of rise along with the upward curve. Better is in the...
03-02-19, 10:21 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

If it still has the original headbadge the...

If it still has the original headbadge the 4-digit number stamped on it will indicate the day the bike was built.
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Posted By Metacortex

I believe it is a custom construction not made by...

I believe it is a custom construction not made by Schwinn.
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Posted By Metacortex

It's homemade, not from the factory.

It's homemade, not from the factory.
02-06-19, 09:12 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

That would be the 1974 LeTour, which was the...

That would be the 1974 LeTour, which was the first year for that model:https://waterfordbikes.com/SchwinnCat/flschwinn_1971_1980/1974_13.jpg
01-29-19, 07:32 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

I've purchased several items from the Bike...

I've purchased several items from the Bike Recyclery, all were correctly described and were good deals from my perspective:

Nervar Cyclotouriste Chainring Set: 50.4mm - 54t & 40t + two Chainring...
01-29-19, 07:07 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

It is almost certainly a 1974 Le Tour built by...

It is almost certainly a 1974 Le Tour built by Bridgestone for Schwinn, with a frame stamped in March 1974. Here was the catalog page:
...
01-29-19, 06:55 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

Check the fork for a date code stamp, which was...

Check the fork for a date code stamp, which was usually closer to the bike build date than the serial stamp on the headtube. Here is an example of a May '74 stamped fork (made by Ishiwata for...
01-21-19, 03:27 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

These are my absolute favorite Schwinn. That one...

These are my absolute favorite Schwinn. That one is indeed the 22" Schwinn frame size and has seen a few changes/upgrades over the years including the wheels, crankset, freewheel, saddle, "World...
01-05-19, 02:33 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

The rims are indeed aluminum. Steel wool will...

The rims are indeed aluminum. Steel wool will scratch, you'll find excellent tips and tricks for polishing aluminum here:...
01-02-19, 12:53 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

It is actually Sky Blue, which according to a...

It is actually Sky Blue, which according to a dealer bulletin replaced Frosty Blue effective with 3/27/79 production.
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Posted By Metacortex

That is incorrect.When Schwinn built EF...

That is incorrect.When Schwinn built EF (electro-forged) frames it stamped the dropout or headtube with a serial number before that component was welded into a frame. Here is some information about...
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Posted By Metacortex

I've got around 50 of them dating from '67...

I've got around 50 of them dating from '67 through '87, however most are from the early to mid-'70s, my personal favorite years.
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Posted By Metacortex

That actually means that the dropout was stamped...

That actually means that the dropout was stamped in December 1969, before it was welded to a frame. The frame was most likely built a month or two later.
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Posted By Metacortex

Back then Schwinn didn't start building a given...

Back then Schwinn didn't start building a given model years bikes until well after the first of the year. However in advance of actually building bikes it did accumulate parts and manufacture frame...
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Posted By Metacortex

The P15 came with a Campy Gran Turismo ('70-'72)...

The P15 came with a Campy Gran Turismo ('70-'72) or the GT300 (rebranded Crane GS, '73-'79). Schwinn never installed the Rally from the factory..
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Posted By Metacortex

The Schwinn Suburban was introduced in 1970,...

The Schwinn Suburban was introduced in 1970, there was no Suburban in 1969. Schwinn stamped the serial numbers into the head tubes before they were welded into the frames so you can't always date...
12-06-18, 07:00 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

The top symbol (logo) indicates the fork was made...

The top symbol (logo) indicates the fork was made by Ishiwata. If the other stamp is 0B then I believe that indicates a Feb. 1980 mfg. date.
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12-06-18, 06:56 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

That's a story I would like to hear, please...

That's a story I would like to hear, please elaborate!
11-22-18, 09:20 AM
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Posted By Metacortex

Besides the cage itself I also believe the cage...

Besides the cage itself I also believe the cage tension (P-Tension) spring is different between the short cage (Crane) and long cage (Crane GS), I assume the long cage spring would be stiffer:
...
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Posted By Metacortex

It is missing the original saddle and I would...

It is missing the original saddle and I would definitely reinstall the original shifters. The biggest issue is the very small frame size, probably only 20", which would limit the market. For those...
10-25-18, 07:53 PM
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Posted By Metacortex

They are 25.4mm at the center.

They are 25.4mm at the center.
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Posted By Metacortex

If it was Opaque Green it was a '72 build The...

If it was Opaque Green it was a '72 build The serial no. only indicates when the headtube was stamped, before it was even brazed to the frame.At that time Schwinn did not build bikes in advance of...
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Views: 2,156
Posted By Metacortex

Unfortunately I do not. What would be the...

Unfortunately I do not. What would be the identifying logo or stamping for those?
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Posted By Metacortex

So far on these I've documented Tange and...

So far on these I've documented Tange and Ishiwata, however there may be perhaps one or two other unknown manufacturers.
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