When I first got into bikes, I did not find Schwinns very appealing but somehow, as I learned more about them and worked on more of them, they grew on me. By some twist of good fortune, as I wrote about before, I now have my very own electro-forged Schwinn 3-speed, albeit heavily modified. Without further adieu, I have decided to share here the colorful assortment of Schwinns, electro-forged or brazed, that I have worked on.
Green 1972 3-speed pair for me and my sister
Mr. & Mrs. Schwinn, '64 Racer and '71 Collegiate Tourist 5-speed
1972 Super Sport, fillet brazed chromoly frame, looking for a new owner
Edit: New owner found.
'74 Collegiate Sport (turned Tourist) and '82 Continental with big cruiser bars
Lugged & brazed and made in Taiwan: '83 Collegiate with Shimano 333 hub, '80 World Sport red-repainted-blue
Lugged & brazed but made in Chicago: '86 Sprint for a friend who wanted it to look "as '80s as possible"
Lastly, completely de-rusted, restored, repainted, modified '76 Varsity for a good friend
Aside from the ones that have passed through my hands, I still see vintage Schwinns rolling around campus on a daily basis. Unlike the drab-looking Raleigh 3-speeds that I tend to prefer, Schwinns seemed to come in every color but black. I did find a black '69 Racer a little while ago and did a double take.
That Racer with an apparently-stock seat set-back and a '70 Breeze single speed next to it.
A Varsity or Continental with shift cable braze-ons and serial number ground off, frame powder coated and converted to single speed. Interesting choice of bike for SS conversion, though ...
Also, a red Varsity in the background with a similar 24" frame
Japan-made with one piece crank: Red Traveler and Yellow World Sport.
Yellow one was being ridden with a flat tire - apparent lack of mechanical sympathy
Two Suburbans that I forgot the model years of. Probably ~1978
Orange '71 Varsity with Gatorade bottle muddguard and '60s Varsity in our garage
'73 Suburban and newer, teeny 19" Collegiate with my Raleigh DL-1 in the background
Two Continentals: a '78 and one unknown. Blue '60s Breeze in the background, one of two that park there often.
' 70s Continental II (seen here) and Le Tour mixte
A NEW Racer, single speed flip-flop hub with '80s font on top tube
This only a small percentage of all the ones I've seen - only the ones that I bothered slowing down to take photos of. There's a lovely, metallic lime green Suburban that I can never catch because I only ever see it when I'm driving the truck. The other day, I was at work when I saw a guy riding a squeaky '76 Collegiate with the tires low so I offered him my air pump. The whole time he was filling his tires, he kept talking about how OLLLLLD it was. I guess it goes to show how much abuse these bikes can take from the average kid and still be trucking along after decades.