how do I tell - how old my bike is ????

Discussion in 'General Discussion About Old Bicycles' started by jet843, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. jet843

    jet843 Guest


    Can you help me ?

    I have 2 Schwinn bikes.
    One is a Le Tour, The other is a Traveler.

    How do I research the age and worth of these 2 beauties ?

    I think they are mid to late 1970s

  2. MartyW

    MartyW Finally riding a big boys bike

    May 26, 2006
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  3. jet843

    jet843 Guest

    I've looked and could not find any serial numbers .......
    Is that possible ??

    The bikes both read "Made in Japan" -- "Aproved by Schwinn"

    They were originally purchased at a Schwinn bike shops.
    The bike shop emblembs are on the frame.

    Your thoughts ....
  4. jpscyclery

    jpscyclery Guest

    there has to be numbers unless they are either grinded off or painted over with a million coats of thick thick paint......did you check everywhere that link suggested? Search the bikes over there will be numbers...
  5. jet843

    jet843 Guest

    I found the Serial Numbers !!!!!!!!!!!!

    The serial numbers on both bikes were on the Left Rear Drop Out, near the rear wheel axle.
    I thought this to be odd - because I thought these were mid to late 1970s bikes.
    The Le Tour, my wife bought new in the mid 70s when she lived in New York.
    The Traveler, I bought second hand here in Chicago, last summer.

    The Le Tour is a --- 4J05281

    The Traveler is a --- E625476

    I looked on the link that Marty W provided, and am still not certain of the date of manufactor.
    What am I missing ? Can someone take a look ?

    I know you guys are the experts, please help if you can.

    Thank you,