1973 Speedster

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Ernbar

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 12, 2019
212
66
Central Florida
I finally took my Lemon Yellow Speedster on a long ride this morning and was
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surprised how well Blondie handled. I’m used to my lighter 74 Le Tour but my 15 mile ride was very relaxing. I zeroed the Schwinn speedometer after buying it so it has up to date mileage.
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spitshineschwinn

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 1, 2019
150
67
montgomery, al
Very nice Speedster, and I approve of the saddle you have on it - I have the exact one on my 58 Corvette and it's the best riding seat on any of my Schwinn bikes.
 
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Ernbar

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 12, 2019
212
66
Central Florida
Thanks spitshine. Yep the seat is comfy all right. The 3 gears limit the pedal resistance and did most of the ride on the middle gear. I have my eye on a brown 10 speed Suburban in very good condition complete with tail and headlight dynamo setup. The guy lowered the price to $80 but I may get it for less.
 

spitshineschwinn

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 1, 2019
150
67
montgomery, al
All but one of my bikes is a 3 speed (7 total) and I seldom use 3rd gear on any of them. The 10 speed Suburban at $80. would be a great deal if in good condition. Be sure and post some pics if you get it.
 
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Ernbar

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 12, 2019
212
66
Central Florida
All but one of my bikes is a 3 speed (7 total) and I seldom use 3rd gear on any of them. The 10 speed Suburban at $80. would be a great deal if in good condition. Be sure and post some pics if you get it.

The pictures in the ad don’t show any scratches or nicks, no rust that I can see. The saddle looks like a replacement and I think it’s a 1980 model. I’ll know better once I actually see it but it looks to be in like new condition except for the tires that need to be replaced. I think that even if it’s in great condition the replacement saddle and needing new tires would drive the asking price down some.
 

spitshineschwinn

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 1, 2019
150
67
montgomery, al
Suburbans take 27 X 1 1/4 tires, I can't say how easy they are to get or how expensive. Might want to check on that too.
 

Mr. Monkeyarms

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 30, 2018
926
Colorado
There is a large selection of tires in 27"x1" thru 1 1/4". Cheap tires up to nice Vittorias, Continental, Panaracer, etc. Blackwall, whitewall, skinwall, colors, blah, blah, blah. Easy to find a tire to your liking for 27" wheels! ;)
 

Ernbar

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 12, 2019
212
66
Central Florida
Suburbans take 27 X 1 1/4 tires, I can't say how easy they are to get or how expensive. Might want to check on that too.

eBay has 2 tires and tubes sets for $35 including shipping. More concerned about not having the correct mattress style saddle.
 

schwinnlax

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 14, 2016
120
53
La Crosse, WI
Yes, those seats generally run around $20 and there were two different styles. One has springs running horizontally front to back under the seat pad. The "cheaper" version has a metal plate under the front with horizontal springs only under the back part of the seat.

Your LBS should have tires in stock that fit a Suburban. As Monkeyarms said, it's a common tire size.

By the way, nice Speedster. I'd like a yellow Schwinn, but that's a 70s only color, and I prefer earlier Schwinns.
 

Ernbar

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 12, 2019
212
66
Central Florida
Well saw the Suburban today and it looked good so it climbed up into my Tundra bed, final price was $50. The paint and chrome looks very good and needs some cleaning and polishing having lots of dust and grime from storage. The rear light is missing so that will eventually get replaced. The tires are dry rotted , originals and holding air but I will be putting on some white walls to pimp up the ride. The serial # puts it built June 1980. I rode it around my block when I got home and was pleasantly surprised at how smooth and solid it rides.
Here are some pictures how it looks now. I will post pictures later on once I clean and polish her. The original salmon color pads are in like new condition.
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Sven

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 24, 2017
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Ernbar

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 12, 2019
212
66
Central Florida
As Artie Johnson used to say in Laugh In, Verrry Interesting! I happened to notice the sprocket turning while I was coasting this afternoon and wondered about that. Thanks for pointing this cool feature out and for posting the link.
 

razinhellcustomz

I live for the CABE
May 28, 2018
1,089
59
kiel wisconsin
I finally took my Lemon Yellow Speedster on a long ride this morning and was
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surprised how well Blondie handled. I’m used to my lighter 74 Le Tour but my 15 mile ride was very relaxing. I zeroed the Schwinn speedometer after buying it so it has up to date mileage.
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I love your Speedster bike. I just picked up a brown 5 speed collegiate for $10.00 last weekend. Not near as nice as yours, But still rides and shifts just fine. Ride on. Razin.
 

razinhellcustomz

I live for the CABE
May 28, 2018
1,089
59
kiel wisconsin
Well saw the Suburban today and it looked good so it climbed up into my Tundra bed, final price was $50. The paint and chrome looks very good and needs some cleaning and polishing having lots of dust and grime from storage. The rear light is missing so that will eventually get replaced. The tires are dry rotted , originals and holding air but I will be putting on some white walls to pimp up the ride. The serial # puts it built June 1980. I rode it around my block when I got home and was pleasantly surprised at how smooth and solid it rides.
Here are some pictures how it looks now. I will post pictures later on once I clean and polish her. The original salmon color pads are in like new condition.
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I had one of these suburban blue girls bikes. They are really sweet rides once you get used to the Free Wheel sprocket. Enjoy your new ride. Razin.
 
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Ernbar

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 12, 2019
212
66
Central Florida
Well my cheap bike is turning out to be not so cheap. Yesterday Evening I rode it around the hood and the shift cable connection snapped inside the stem shifter. My bike mechanic says If I want to keep it as is I need to get Positron Shift Cable kit or replace the rear derailleur to a standard set up. He may also need to replace the chain to match the new derailleur.
 
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Ernbar

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 12, 2019
212
66
Central Florida
So does anyone have one of these cables for sale?
 

schwinnlax

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 14, 2016
120
53
La Crosse, WI
Yes, the Suburbans are great riders. Your 1980 bike likely has a better shifter than the early '70s Suburbans had, which is the main problem riding the early ones. IMHO, these are the best riding deraileaur bikes Schwinn ever made. Never had a FF bike. I could have bought one a few years ago, but decided against it because of all the cautionary comments I read online.
 

Ernbar

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 12, 2019
212
66
Central Florida
Yes, the Suburbans are great riders. Your 1980 bike likely has a better shifter than the early '70s Suburbans had, which is the main problem riding the early ones. IMHO, these are the best riding deraileaur bikes Schwinn ever made. Never had a FF bike. I could have bought one a few years ago, but decided against it because of all the cautionary comments I read online.
Hey thanks. Can you share some of those comments?
 

schwinnlax

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 14, 2016
120
53
La Crosse, WI
Hey thanks. Can you share some of those comments?
Hmmm.... it was a few years back. The main sentiment was what you have already experienced - if something breaks the shifter parts are not interchangeable with non-FF. It was sold as a system where you could shift gears without having to pedal. So, you could shift gears while coasting. Might also be easier to shift gears while braking, because you don't have to pedal. As Sven said, most people didn't see the need for the FF system, so it didn't last long, making parts more difficult to locate.

It's an interesting system, and should work fine once you get your new cable.
 
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