Sold 1982 Schwinn Sidewinder 5 Speed 26” BMX MTB SW1-5 White Silver Complete CA Barn Find

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Price
500 OBO
Location
Manchester NH
Zipcode
03102

TwoWheels

On Training Wheels
This is a 1982 model (first year of 3 that it was available) made in December of 1980, in Chicago. It wasn’t sold until March 1983, at the Victorville Schwinn Cyclery in Victorville California. It has the original owner’s manual with their stamp and the matching serial number. It has a 6 digit California Bicycle License Sticker on the Seat Tube. This is the 5 speed model. It has dust & grime from storage over the years, and minor wear from use, but appears to be all original, except possibly the Brooks saddle. It’s been stored for many years so the shifter cable isn’t moving in the rear housing. The tires are inflated and holding air fine with no dryrot. The front wheel spins straight. The rear has a very slight warp in one small section, possibly from being dropped onto something while the tire was flat, but that should bend back and true easily since it spins straight otherwise. I was able to ride it around the driveway. It’s noted on the owner’s manual as being sold as White by the original dealer. There are some spots of wear/chipping with finish loss, that have a brown layer of paint underneath, but it looks like primer rather than a repaint. The headbadge, nor fork dropouts are date stamped. The down tube and forks have unique decals. I wish i knew more of the story behind this ride, but it is an estate find so what you see is what you get. Also, the rear brake caliper was replaced with a Weinmann 1024 at some point from the og Dia Compe. Local cash pickup preferred but I do accept Paypal & Venmo, and am willing to coordinate door-to-door delivery locally or through uShip anywhere in the US or your own carrier. I can also partially disassemble/box/ship it for $50 + actual cost (message me with zip for quote). These don’t come up often, especially the first ones, and with provenance so don’t hesitate to reach out to me with interest or any questions.

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Xlobsterman

I live for the CABE
This is a 1982 model (first year of 3 that it was available) made in December of 1980, in Chicago. It wasn’t sold until March 1983, at the Victorville Schwinn Cyclery in Victorville California. It has the original owner’s manual with their stamp and the matching serial number. It has a 6 digit California Bicycle License Sticker on the Seat Tube. This is the 5 speed model. It has dust & grime from storage over the years, and minor wear from use, but appears to be all original, except possibly the saddle. It’s been stored for many years so the tires have gone flat, and the shifter cable isn’t moving well, but I will clean it up more tomorrow if it doesn’t sell before then. The front wheel spins straight from what i can tell. The rear has a very slight warp in one small section, possibly from being dropped onto something while the tire was flat. Local cash pickup preferred but I do accept Paypal & Venmo, and am willing to coordinate door-to-door delivery through uShip or your own carrier, partially disassemble/box/ship it for $50 + actual cost (message me with zip for quote). These don’t come up often, especially the first ones, and with provenance so don’t hesitate to reach out to me with interest or any questions.

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That is not the original owners manual for a Sidewinder!

Here is what an original manual for a Sidewinder looks like:

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RustyHornet

Wore out three sets of tires already!
WOW! Another early example of a white Sidewinder surfaces! This time with proof other than what our eyes can see! Way cool find! Good luck with the sale!

Easy to see why if it’s not the “correct” owner’s manual according to one guy. This was early production and I would venture to say they probably didn’t have the “correct” manuals printed up given that these never even made it into the catalog. That will be shot down as “speculation” though by the “expert” so don’t listen to me!

You’ve got something special there and the next owner will be lucky to have it! Rarest of the Sidewinders. Very cool find. Thank you for posting it up.
 
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