You will read in many places that no serial number lists exist prior to the fire at the Schwinn factory in August of This is not exactly true. Enough bikes have positively been dated by records such as invoices, build sheets, dealer ledgers, and dated photographs that a decent idea of serial number ranges can at least get us in the ball park. Other things such as how the bike was equipped and who sold it can also provide clues to when the bike was built. Before using this information make sure you have a Schwinn. Also keep in mind a serial number will not tell you what model, options, colors or any other specific information like an automobile vehicle identification number VIN will. There are also no breakouts on exact production figures of models. Schwinn only released total annual production numbers as did most other manufacturers. A few words regarding the online lists. The bikehistory.

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There have been many tires from Schwinn. In fact Schwinn patented, invented, and introduced to America many types of improvements in tire science or as they refered to it “tire art”. Do not fit Schwinn rims.


The Chicago Schwinns were among the most bomb-resistant bikes ever built, and they were built with unique technology. The head tubes look as if they were fillet brazed , but they weren’t. The head tube and the tapered segments that lead into the the top tube and down tube were actually made from two special forgings that were “electro-forged” welded together down the centerline, then ground smooth, so the seam is not usually visible.

There are necked-down parts that fit into the top tube and down tube, like internal lugs. Marc S. Muller has a very detailed explanation of this process, in his superb article: Inside the Varsity , which is now on this site. Mike Rother has an excellent overview of the fillet-brazed lightweights , also on this site. The flat-bladed forks were also forged. The Typhoon probably dates from the late ’50’s or ’60’s. If I recall, it was what Schwinn called a ” cantilever ” frame, where the seat stays pass by the seat cluster and continue on in a graceful curve to join the bottom of the head tube.

Older Schwinn ” cruisers “, such as the Excelsior that was the inspiration of the first mountain bikes, used a straight lower top tube from the bottom of the head tube to the seat tube. They also manufactured their own rims in the Chicago factory, the “Schwinn Tubular Rim”.

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There’s an easy way and a more time-consuming method to find out the year your Schwinn Stingray was made. Modern Stingrays — those made in the 21st century — have a date code stamped into a specific area of the bike. Date codes, if you know how to read them, will tell you what year Schwinn manufactured the bike.

26x/8x/4 Kenda Schwinn S-5, S-6 Bicycle Tire () – Black w/ Whitewall. Sold Out – $ This is one (1) 26 x /8″ x /4″ Kenda S-5/6 Tire​.

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Contents. Schwinn Folding Bicycle 1 The tires have the proper amount of tread, no bulges or excessive Model Number: Date Code: Note: The​.

Kostner Ave. Our museum artifact stayed on the road for a solid 50 years, in fact, serving most recently as the trusty steed of a young Japanese immigrant in the s. She zig-zagged the streets of her new Chicago neighborhood each day, learning the lay of the land on a bike that some of her neighbors might have once had a hand in building. The basket attachment also came in handy.

Some buyers just like the look and feel of the old classics, while others are trying to tap into something more personal and sentimental. Schwinns occupy plenty of pages in the flip-book of Baby Boomer nostalgia, after all, coasting through idyllic suburban summer days with the sound of baseball cards buzzing between the spokes. Crew-cutted Eisenhower kiddos had Schwinns on their Christmas lists because Schwinn was already the name their parents knew and respected.

The brand was deeply embedded into the culture from the dawning of the 20th century onward.


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MASS PRODUCED Schwinn bicycles had serial numbers located under the pedal crank housing until A. Balloon tires since (with separate inner tube)​.

With the increasing interest in collecting vintage road bicycles is a growing interest in authenticating and documenting individual bicycles. Waterford acquired a collection of Schwinn Paramount production which can help with this process. The records, which start in through , show varying levels of information about individual frame orders.

A few years ago, Waterford introduced an authentication service which we call the Provenance Report. When ordering a Provenance Report, you provide Waterford what you know about your Paramount. We require the serial number and ideally the size and color. We then locate any information we have on your bike based on the serial number. For most bikes, this information includes the original dealer to whom the bike was sold, the model, size, color and approximate production dates.

The quality of record-keeping varied considerably over the 30 years covered by our records, with a few gaps where no records exist in the period. In rare cases, Schwinn produced custom geometry frames for which we have the drawings. Most of the time, the report matches the information you provided us.

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Jim loves Schwinns of all varieties. Two of Jim’s most prized possessions are a pair of s schwinn-built balloon tire bikes. A Schwinn-built B. Both are in original un-restored condition. Only in the past few years has data been assembled to pin-point by serial number exact model years of bicycles built prior to this fire.

It featured Schwinn Typhoon whitewall tires, full fenders with pin stripes and darts​, a kickstand, a luggage rack, a nice So we check out the serial number.

What are we looking at? The steel frame is made from Reynolds tubing, brazed into fairly typical racing bike geometry. The seat tube is laid-back at a shallow angle, giving the rider good leverage to muscle around a heavy gear. This is a medium to large bike, and the size seems odd. In this era seatposts were not intended to extend very far beyond the frame, likewise the handlebar stem is just a few inches above the top tube. The saddle is a Brooks, handmade in England.

Campagnolo furnishes some of the equipment of course with their hubs, shifters, and Gran Sport derailleurs managing the ten gear choices.

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