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1965 Schwinn Heavy Duti King Size

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sworley

Finally riding a big boys bike
I recently acquired this bike out of a central Iowa barn. The seller had 5 bikes (4 Schwinns and one CWC) that he got from his uncle but I was only interested in this one.

I was glad I inquired for more pictures as the original ad had one photo and was taken from a perspective that by about the 3rd bike, you couldn't tell what was back there. I just had to know what else he had as it appeared all were men's cantilever frames. When I got the texts of the individual bikes in daylight I was elated that one of those cantilevers was a King Size. I told him I'd come that night and buy at least one.

Thankfully he was willing to sell bikes separately and I also picked up a '57 Hornet from him for $125 each. I didn't make a dime on the Hornet when I resold it but felt bad only buying one bike off of him as I think he wanted to sell the five as a lot. The others were an uninteresting Typhoon, a heavyweight skiptooth Schwinn repainted and missing all the cool bits and the CWC.

The pic below is from after I washed the barn grime off. I already have new tires and a correct rear reflector coming for it. The plan is to go through it this winter and add it to my collection.

Luckily this looks to be in decent, straight condition and should be easy to get back into good shape. Has the correct CT forged crank, extra welds and original parts sans seat. The Sturmey Archer S3C must've been added later as it appears to have a 79 date stamp. I wish it had the Bendix red band still but at least they re-used the S7 rim and thick gauge spokes...

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Maxacceleration

Look Ma, No Hands!
Beauty ride!
So King Size is a taller frame with a taller head tube? Is that only on a Heavy Duti? Or various models? I was not aware of those.
It seems (and I am just learning) there are quite a few models of Schwinn from the 50's through the 60's that are very similar. All based off the cantilever frame? Just accessories and trim changes?
A Corvette, is a Typhoon, is a Hornet, is a Cruiser, is a Heavy Duti??? The frames look near identical. Sorry if its a dumb question as I am merely trying to learn Schwinn better.
My Schwinn knowledge stops at Sting Ray, Suburban & Paramount of which were in my family & friends circle back in the day.

Is there a link to all, or many of the Schwinn models through these Chicago Schwinn years?? TIA
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Beauty ride!
So King Size is a taller frame with a taller head tube? Is that only on a Heavy Duti? Or various models? I was not aware of those.
It seems (and I am just learning) there are quite a few models of Schwinn from the 50's through the 60's that are very similar. All based off the cantilever frame? Just accessories and trim changes?
A Corvette, is a Typhoon, is a Hornet, is a Cruiser, is a Heavy Duti??? The frames look near identical. Sorry if its a dumb question as I am merely trying to learn Schwinn better.
My Schwinn knowledge stops at Sting Ray, Suburban & Paramount of which were in my family & friends circle back in the day.

Is there a link to all, or many of the Schwinn models through these Chicago Schwinn years?? TIA

Use this link for the Schwinn catalog scans. https://waterfordbikes.com/schwinn-catalog-scans/
 

Maxacceleration

Look Ma, No Hands!
Thanks sworley, you are clearing it up, thanks.
And then are the middleweight and heavyweight Schwinns with only tires width differences? Or is there more?
I gotta ask the questions to clear out my fog! lol
Anyway, your Heavy Duti is bad ass. I love the 3 speed coaster. My Corvette is 3 spd freewheel, which for me puts too many cables on the bike having caliper brakes.
 

sworley

Finally riding a big boys bike
You bet! Middleweights used the 26x1 3/4 (S7) wheels and heavyweights used 26x2.125 (S2) wheels. There were some other differences over the years but that’s about the biggest one. Many models were offered as both over the years and the transition to middleweights began around 1956, 1957 for many Schwinn models.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
You bet! Middleweights used the 26x1 3/4 (S7) wheels and heavyweights used 26x2.125 (S2) wheels. There were some other differences over the years but that’s about the biggest one. Many models were offered as both over the years and the transition to middleweights began around 1956, 1957 for many Schwinn models.

Don't forget to mention the frames were different between the middleweights and Balloon models. The rear stays and forks were wider on the balloon models
 

Callahooney1

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nice bike, good find. I especially want to say "Thank You" for sharing your story on the find. Behind all the finds are some cool stories but most folks don't share the details for whatever reason. However you provided enough info as if we were there too. It's cool to hear the details- how you found it, pics, strategy to score what you wanted, price you paid, and how you went about it. Your story prompted some good info on the bike. I learned some good stuff reading others comments. Again Thanks for sharing your story on the find; it's a nice wheela.
 

razinhellcustomz

I live for the CABE
A little progress. The replacement rear reflector came and so did the new tires. I went with the Sunlite cst241 tires as they’re big and tough looking.

I also cleaned up the front wheel and removed an old bike license sticker on the rear fender that took forever to remove!

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Man, this KING SIZE looks really nice. Only thing I would have done is put on some wide white walls. They would Jazz it up a little more. Welcome to theCABE and RideOn. Razin.
 

schwinnbikebobb

I live for the CABE
I almost never have sellers regret since I don't sell unless I'm sure and not very many even then. But here is one I sold that I've always regretted. I had a KS American so thought I could let it go, my mistake. Anyway here is what it looks like with whitewalls if you want to see one. I think the original tires were Tractor tires.

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