Early '70s Sears 20 inch bike


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Kevin LeRoy

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 13, 2017
30
81
53
Sheboygan Falls, WI.
#1
Hi,
Can anyone here tell me who made bicycles for Sears in the early '70s? I have my very first bike which is a purple 20 inch with the slick rear wheel, banana seat with sissy bar and chopper handlebars. My parents bought from Sears I think in 1971 and it has a Sears head badge, but it sure looks like a Schwinn to me. It's all original even the tires. Curious to know if it has any value apart from sentimental and worth hanging on to? Thanks!
Kevin
 

JimK

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 17, 2011
187
82
Central KY
#2
Hello,
A picture of it would go a long way. I do know that Sears sold some Huffy bikes badged as Sears around that time period (I had one myself). But there are a lot of people with much more knowledge than I have. If you can throw up a picture you will most likely have more information that you could imagine.
Also putting this in the Stingray and Muscle Bike section might get more results

JimK
 

Rambler

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 1, 2011
623
365
Auburn Hills, United States
#3
Hello Kevin,

I suspect your bike looks something like the one in the middle of the image below? If so, I believe it was manufactured by Murray then badged as Sears.

1970 Sears.jpg


PS: Don't tell your parents that you now know how much they spent on your bike...LOL

As for current value, condition goes a long way in determining value. You would need to post some good photos of your bike today for CABE members to take a stab at determining current value. But I would venture a guess that today it is probably worth somewhere near what its 1970's value was but possibly more or less depending on condition.
 

Kevin LeRoy

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 13, 2017
30
81
53
Sheboygan Falls, WI.
#4
Hello Kevin,

I suspect your bike looks something like the one in the middle of the image below? If so, I believe it was manufactured by Murray then badged as Sears.

View attachment 645951

PS: Don't tell your parents that you now know how much they spent on your bike...LOL

As for current value, condition goes a long way in determining value. You would need to post some good photos of your bike today for CABE members to take a stab at determining current value. But I would venture a guess that today it is probably worth somewhere near what its 1970's value was but possibly more or less depending on condition.
Hi,
Thanks for the info! My bike looks almost exactly like the middle bike minus the hand brake. Will post some pics when I get a chance to move it out of the garage, not a high priority, I was basically just curious.
Kevin
 

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