1962 Schwinn Traveler...maybe?


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Siestabikes

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 29, 2016
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#1
A buddy has a '62 Traveler that I'm thinking of buying for $90. My concerns are...i dont need/want another bike and the scratches on the top tube would bother me. the first concern can be overlooked but the scratches cannot. would a polishing compound help remove or diminish them?

overall the bike has decent patina, very original including the schwinn white walls, and came from the family of the original owner

what is the tire size? The chain guard doesn't have the "schwinn traveler" graphic but rather the elongated line with a single star graphic, is this an aftermarket piece?

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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
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#3
I would call that top bar scrapped up, not scratched. A polish will work on superficial scratches and scuffs but won't help if the paint is missing. Touching up black paint is somewhat easy if one wants to go thru that process. You say the bike is a 62 with a non decaled guard so I'd say that the serial number is a November thru December 1962 serial but the bike is actually a 1963 model. The 62 model had the Traveler decal on the guard but the 63 models did not. The 63 seat mask decal was also new and matches the one on the bike you posted. Here's the 63 catalog image.

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Jeff54

I live for the CABE
Sep 11, 2013
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Ft Myers, Florida
#6
I wouldn't wait..Black bikes are an easy sale. Worth that in parts.

Don't agree. Schwinn Lightweights are a tough sale. Black is a better color and that badge is worthy for quick sale;$25-50 buckaroos but, unless you sell at ebay b/c few here are interested in the rest, hardly any on Craig's list and have plenty time to wait on long-shot and package the rims, frame and leftover parts individually U gonna be looking at them long time. It's a good too decent looking bike, a plus for badge, decals on bar and the front fender b/c that's last year, 63 for that fender. But, U buy that @ 90 b/c you like it :) or, you've got plenty storage, tons of patience, are walking distance to post office, fedex or UPS and love fabricating indestructible shipping boxes. .
 
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Siestabikes

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 29, 2016
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Warwick, United States
#7
Thanks for the clarification regarding the year. I find, fix and flip bikes, mostly 70's and up mid-level roadies and hybrids, so space is very limited for something i may use a couple times a year. i have my personal collection of mostly sport/touring road/mtb bikes but i would like ONE (1)..only ONE low cost older Schwinn but i'm not sure if this is the one. visually i like the style of the Corvettes but i do like the originality of the Traveler

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stpeteschwinn

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 8, 2011
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153
St. Petersburg, United States
#8
I would call that top bar scrapped up, not scratched. A polish will work on superficial scratches and scuffs but won't help if the paint is missing. Touching up black paint is somewhat easy if one wants to go thru that process. You say the bike is a 62 with a non decaled guard so I'd say that the serial number is a November thru December 1962 serial but the bike is actually a 1963 model. The 62 model had the Traveler decal on the guard but the 63 models did not. The 63 seat mask decal was also new and matches the one on the bike you posted. Here's the 63 catalog image.

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That's interesting GT. I've never seen that '63 black seat up until yesterday. Picked up a June of '62 Traveler with that seat on in. Efkade...made in Holland.
 

stpeteschwinn

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 8, 2011
173
153
St. Petersburg, United States
#9
Don't agree. Schwinn Lightweights are a tough sale.
I respectfully disagree, at least for this model. Travelers can be an easy sale. They are all about condition, and because they weren't kids bikes, like alot of old Schwinns, some beautiful examples are still out there and are very desireable. I agree though about the rest of Schwinn's lightweight models. Those can be tough to move.
 

Oilit

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 30, 2015
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307
Concord NC
#11
A buddy has a '62 Traveler that I'm thinking of buying for $90. My concerns are...i dont need/want another bike and the scratches on the top tube would bother me. the first concern can be overlooked but the scratches cannot. would a polishing compound help remove or diminish them?

overall the bike has decent patina, very original including the schwinn white walls, and came from the family of the original owner

what is the tire size? The chain guard doesn't have the "schwinn traveler" graphic but rather the elongated line with a single star graphic, is this an aftermarket piece?

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The tires are a size proprietary to Schwinn (Chicago). Most 26' lightweight tires use a 590mm bead seat diameter, Schwinn used 597mm. Kenda makes new replacements that are the right size, but they're the only ones that I know of. You often find these bikes with the smaller tires wedged on, but they won't seat right and they're a pain to get back off. There's a sticky at the head of this section with more details.
 
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bikemonkey

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 25, 2016
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#12
The tires are a size proprietary to Schwinn (Chicago). Most 26' lightweight tires use a 590mm bead seat diameter, Schwinn used 597mm. Kenda makes new replacements that are the right size, but they're the only ones that I know of. You often find these bikes with the smaller tires wedged on, but they won't seat right and they're a pain to get back off. There's a sticky at the head of this section with more details.
Sunlite makes the 597 gumwalls if there is ever a need for that look. They also make other Schwinn size tires.
 
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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
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#14
Sunlite makes the 597 gumwalls if there is ever a need for that look. They also make other Schwinn size tires.
JFYI, Sunlite is just a major distributor of bike parts and they don't make anything. Possibly a Taiwan based company. Seems that name is on everything these days and their tires are actually made by Kenda. I purchased a pair of headset bearings and found out later they were distributed by Sunlite. Couldn't find any manufacturer stampings on the retainers so I'm guessing they were also made in China.
 
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bikemonkey

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 25, 2016
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North Carolina , Albemarle, NC, United States
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JFYI, Sunlite is just a major distributor of bike parts and they don't make anything. Possibly a Taiwan based company. Seems that name is on everything these days and their tires are actually made by Kenda. I purchased a pair of headset bearings and found out later they were distributed by Sunlite. Couldn't find any manufacturer stampings on the retainers so I'm guessing they were also made in China.
Thanks for the info - our shop deals with QBP and Hawleys and I cannot get a Kenda or Sunlite 597 gumwall from either distributor.
 

Siestabikes

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 29, 2016
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38
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Warwick, United States
#17
Well, I ended up acquiring the bike for about about 2 hours of labor working on dept. store Huffys and Magnas. It cleaned up much better than expected. I spent a few hours tweaking the crank, hubs and wheels and fixing the broken fender tab near the chainstays....by sliding down the fender and drilling a new mounting hole. In the end, I sold it to a friend who will sell or trade it for musical instruments. It was a brief 48 hour affair with little regret and a better understanding of what I want in a vintage Schwinn

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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
7,874
5,261
Central Arizona
#18
Looks very presentable. So all that shimming is needed to make the fender/tire reveal look better than factory?
 

bikemonkey

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 25, 2016
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North Carolina , Albemarle, NC, United States
#19
Well, I ended up acquiring the bike for about about 2 hours of labor working on dept. store Huffys and Magnas. It cleaned up much better than expected. I spent a few hours tweaking the crank, hubs and wheels and fixing the broken fender tab near the chainstays....by sliding down the fender and drilling a new mounting hole. In the end, I sold it to a friend who will sell or trade it for musical instruments. It was a brief 48 hour affair with little regret and a better understanding of what I want in a vintage Schwinn

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