1961 Schwinn Firebolt help condition/value

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Superman1984

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 28, 2019
72
35
Pageland South Carolina
Would you guys give me your opinions on this bike's condition & maybe what it's worth IF Anything ? I am not Really a fan of these frames nor red :confused: .I know you guys have said Schwinn uses specific tires on some rims so would this be 1 of those type bikes? I can get it for less than $100,
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Is it worth having around as a nice cleaned original ?
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
17,968
Evans, GA
Would you guys give me your opinions on this bike's condition & maybe what it's worth IF Anything ? I am not Really a fan of these frames nor red :confused: .I know you guys have said Schwinn uses specific tires on some rims so would this be 1 of those type bikes? I can get it for less than $100,
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Is it worth having around as a nice cleaned original ?
I think you answered your own question. If you don't really care for the bike or the color then don't buy it unless you plan on a flip and frankly I see no meat on the bone for that here. Save your money for something you like instead of just buying stuff. V/r Shawn
 

John G04

I live for the CABE
Oct 17, 2016
1,555
57
Bethlehem, PA, United States
Looks like a $50 bike as is or $100 with $50 tires and lots of work. Just hold out for a little and go to a few swap meets and i’m sure you can find a nice middle weight thats more equipped for $100.
 
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Superman1984

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 28, 2019
72
35
Pageland South Carolina
I think you answered your own question. If you don't really care for the bike or the color then don't buy it unless you plan on a flip and frankly I see no meat on the bone for that here. Save your money for something you like instead of just buying stuff. V/r Shawn
That was my thoughts and I would hate to jus' stash it in a corner 'cause we all know "Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner!" Lol. I just thought I would ask. If anyone is interested this bike is on FB and can be had for $50-60 ...for that I would at least rat rod it
 
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,924
Central Arizona
The fork is bent too. Looks like it's a Typhoon, not sure what the heck a Firebolt is.
 
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Superman1984

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 28, 2019
72
35
Pageland South Carolina
The fork is bent too. Looks like it's a Typhoon, not sure what the heck a Firebolt is.
Sorry it is a Typhoon but I was thinking about someone's '64 Columbia Firebolt as I was uploading pics.
 

farkasthegoalie

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 22, 2016
101
43
Fort Wayne, IN, United States
Be a good beer bike (other than the bent fork)- $50 and ask the seller to throw in 2 30 packs of Strohs for the basket...
 
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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
17,968
Evans, GA
I may just save up and buy a nice rider .... somethin' cool different & show'able worthy ;)
Sounds like a good plan. I’d rather have one bike that I really liked rather than ten that didn’t do anything for me. It may take a little longer to get there but you’ll be much happier. Do some research and see what you like that fits your budget. Then do a lot of research so you know what “right” looks like. This way when you come upon the deal you know whether or not to pull the trigger. V/r Shawn
 

Superman1984

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 28, 2019
72
35
Pageland South Carolina
Sounds like a good plan. I’d rather have one bike that I really liked rather than ten that didn’t do anything for me. It may take a little longer to get there but you’ll be much happier. Do some research and see what you like that fits your budget. Then do a lot of research so you know what “right” looks like. This way when you come upon the deal you know whether or not to pull the trigger. V/r Shawn
Yeah that is what I am trying to do vs just jumping on every $50+ bike like I was. I was using the mindset of ; I don't have a Columbia, Monark, etc & I was thinking $100 or less for vintage bikes was easily better than a Chinese made new 1. Lol. After my last 2 purchase fails I am learning & Really Appreciating y'alls OG bikes that jus' shine up with Patina . Hopefully you guys don't get ill of me asking ?s regarding this. Jim I still love the looks of your '64 Columbia and hopefully I get to ride it when ever we meet up :tonguewink:
 
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Andrew Gorman

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 15, 2008
2,894
Pasadena (Hastings Ranch), United States
Times like this, I am glad I live in a tiny city apartment with a Model T garage I share with a four door Mazda.
 
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Superman1984

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 28, 2019
72
35
Pageland South Carolina
Times like this, I am glad I live in a tiny city apartment with a Model T garage I share with a four door Mazda.
So No Country with wide open spaces for a garage & more room than a broom closet ? :tearsofjoy:. Idk how some people do it .... lived in a 600 sqft apartment with a 1/2 Asian girl & female German shepherd .... wasn't a lot of space to do much man wise BUT the dog was a great girl :tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy:
 

Wanted33

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 6, 2019
75
66
Concord, NC
I think you answered your own question. If you don't really care for the bike or the color then don't buy it unless you plan on a flip and frankly I see no meat on the bone for that here. Save your money for something you like instead of just buying stuff. V/r Shawn
@Freqman1 , This is what I really like about this forum, and it's veteran members. Being a newbie (still) I appreciate the answers to my not so smart questions being answered without any snide remarks about my intelligence, etc. Being on a forum with adults is a rare, and enjoyable experience.

BTW Shawn, I think I've found me a basic good (not so old) rider until I find that perfect old one that fits me. It's a Jamis Boss 6 speed for 40 bucks. I'm guessing it's in the neighborhood of 10 years old, and in exceptional shape. Needs zero work. That should get me through until.........

Oh, I still, and will continue to ride that old Collegiant. I like that bike. Thanks for all the help my friends.
 
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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
17,968
Evans, GA
@Freqman1 , This is what I really like about this forum, and it's veteran members. Being a newbie (still) I appreciate the answers to my not so smart questions being answered without any snide remarks about my intelligence, etc. Being on a forum with adults is a rare, and enjoyable experience.

BTW Shawn, I think I've found me a basic good (not so old) rider until I find that perfect old one that fits me. It's a Jamis Boss 6 speed for 40 bucks. I'm guessing it's in the neighborhood of 10 years old, and in exceptional shape. Needs zero work. That should get me through until.........

Oh, I still, and will continue to ride that old Collegiant. I like that bike. Thanks for all the help my friends.
On both the Charlotte and N. Augusta rides we welcome all riders regardless. We just like talking about and riding bikes! Hopefully the weather cooperates for 8 December in Charlotte and you can get out with us. V/r Shawn
 

Wanted33

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 6, 2019
75
66
Concord, NC
On both the Charlotte and N. Augusta rides we welcome all riders regardless. We just like talking about and riding bikes! Hopefully the weather cooperates for 8 December in Charlotte and you can get out with us. V/r Shawn
@ Freqman1, Me too Shawn. Don told me about that ride, but we will be out of town. However, me and my bride will definitely make a ride with you good folks one day. Hopefully there will be another in the spring. BTW, the wife had trouble with her balance on a two wheel due to nerve damage on her left side from a car accident years back. So, I bought her a 3 wheeler until she can get the strength back in her left leg. She was a bit worried that she couldn't ride with y'all, but Don said not to worry, all is welcome. She was quite happy about that.
 
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