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Reduced 2020 Schwinn Grape Krate with major upgrades, $700, shipped

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Price
$700 shipped
Location
Cleveland, Ohio
Zipcode
44120

cbustapeck

Wore out three sets of tires already!
The Grape Krate is the best of the 2020 Schwinn Krates. It's in a lovely metallic purple, with spring forks and a Sturmey Archer drum brake. The rims are aluminum, so they won't rust like many of the chrome plated ones.

The last three on eBay, all bone stock, have averaged $945, with shipping.

I'm offering this one for a limited time at a significantly reduced price because I am a bit overextended at the moment.
  • Metallic purple seat cover, with the correct "S" stripe, to match the original, not yet installed. Note: Factory seat cover has been removed. In removing the rivets for the tag, one of the holes was significantly overdrilled, but it will not show and will work with a decent washer.
  • NOS silver Schwinn streamers
  • Teardrop mirror with purple reflector
  • Transparent purple dice valve caps
It’s in absolutely new condition - never ridden - just one tiny dent in the fender from shipping, and the removal of the seat cover in preparation for the new one, as noted above.


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cbustapeck

Wore out three sets of tires already!

cbustapeck

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Super cool colors!
Thanks!
It looks really great in person, and I have to imagine how amazing it would look riding around, out in the sun.

That's one of the big things that Schwinn does not note in the ad copy, and I think is worth noting: Orange Krate gets a metallic seat but plain paint, Grape Krate gets metallic paint but plain seat.

My feeling: It's a lot easier to install a metallic seat than to repaint a bike in a metallic color.
 

cbustapeck

Wore out three sets of tires already!
too bad they did not price them at a range where regular people would buy one for a kid to ride.
That's fair.

The $125 Wal-Mart Stingray is worth considering, if you can find one, for a kid.

I think that at the $500 that this bike originally sold for, one definitely gets $500 of bike. Spring fork with drum brake, banana seat with shock absorbers - these things are expensive parts. So are the (closely) matched Stingray rear Slik and front tires.

For what it's worth, the $77 that a coaster Krate cost in 1970, adjusted for inflation, is a bit more than $500 today.

You are absolutely right about it being more expensive than the majority of kid bikes - I certainly wouldn't buy one for mine - but it also is about shifting priorities. We are choosing to buy other things for our kids than bicycles today - and that is totally legitimate.
 

cbustapeck

Wore out three sets of tires already!
For everyone following this thread: This bike is for sale in the present state, with a few upgrades that are on the way, for $700 - $250 less than price that the last three bone stock examples have gone for. I've decided that this makes more sense than trying to do massive upgrades.
 
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cbustapeck

Wore out three sets of tires already!
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