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soddruntlestuntle

Finally riding a big boys bike
I've been around Schwinns since my folks gave me a yellow Pixie for Christmas back in the mid Seventies, but this is my first real venture into the world of Vintage Bikes. Found this poor thing on OfferUp-- listed as a 'Sixties Shwinn'. Wasn't all that interested, but decided to go take a look since the woman selling the bike only lived a few minutes from my home. After checking it out I decided to pull the trigger and bring it home. I checked out the serial number, and thought I had a mid-year '57. But after posting some pictures on a Facebook Schwinn page, one of experts on that page (I believe he goes by the handle GTs58 over here, and a huge thank you to him!), came to the conclusion that based on the seat & seat clamp, brake levers, chain guard, pedals, and hub date, that what I actually had was a very early production Corvette.

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At this point my plan is to simply recondition it and make it rideable. Any information or suggestions that you might have would be greatly appreciated!
 

coasterbrakejunkie1969

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sweet find, good luck with it should clean up real nice. As long as it shifts correctly leave that hub alone just a few drops of light oil.
He is on here same handle, really knows his stuff along with a bunch of other members always someone with an answer. Do your best to search answers from previous posts. It can be frustrating but hang in there.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Welcome to the Cabe! 👍

Glad to hear you're going to clean up and get that Corvette rideable. Lot's of info and pictures here and you can do a search by clicking on Search Forums in the upper tool bar. There is also a Schwinn section All Things Schwinn at the top of the main page. When you're ready for tires, I suggest using the new F&R brick tread white walls. https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/new-s-7-brick-tires-by-an-old-manufacturer.166556/

Have fun, and keep us updated on that 54 Corvette.
 

soddruntlestuntle

Finally riding a big boys bike
Welcome to the Cabe! 👍

Glad to hear you're going to clean up and get that Corvette rideable. Lot's of info and pictures here and you can do a search by clicking on Search Forums in the upper tool bar. There is also a Schwinn section All Things Schwinn at the top of the main page. When you're ready for tires, I suggest using the new F&R brick tread white walls. https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/new-s-7-brick-tires-by-an-old-manufacturer.166556/

Have fun, and keep us updated on that 54 Corvette.
Thanks for the tire suggestion, however I wanted something different, so I purchased a set of Sunlite whitewalls with a diamond pattern— which were advertised as being copies of the BF Goodrich Silvertowns.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Thanks for the tire suggestion, however I wanted something different, so I purchased a set of Sunlite whitewalls with a diamond pattern— which were advertised as being copies of the BF Goodrich Silvertowns.

Never seen or heard of those tires being reproduced for the S-7 rims. The Schwinn rims take a specific sized middleweight tire that is made just for the S-7 rims. The ISO is 54-571. Do you have a link for those tires?

Those must be the CST made tires that has the Goodyear style tread. Sunlite is just a retail distributor sticking their name on everything.
 
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soddruntlestuntle

Finally riding a big boys bike
Welcome to the Cabe! 👍

Glad to hear you're going to clean up and get that Corvette rideable. Lot's of info and pictures here and you can do a search by clicking on Search Forums in the upper tool bar. There is also a Schwinn section All Things Schwinn at the top of the main page. When you're ready for tires, I suggest using the new F&R brick tread white walls. https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/new-s-7-brick-tires-by-an-old-manufacturer.166556/

Have fun, and keep us updated on that 54 Corvette.
Never seen or heard of those tires being reproduced for the S-7 rims. The Schwinn rims take a specific sized middleweight tire that is made just for the S-7 rims. The ISO is 54-571. Do you have a link for those tires?

Those must be the CST made tires that has the Goodyear style tread. Sunlite is just a retail distributor sticking their name on everything.
I bought them on eBay, and they’re definitely S7 tires. Here’s a link: https://www.ebay.com/itm/374170089323?campid=5335809022
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
I was thinking of buying a set to see how they look and ride. I don't mind varying from the brick on some of my bikes and mixing it up.

What's funny is, sometimes those tires are for sale everywhere and then all of a sudden they can't be found for months. I have an old set from the 80's I believe, but they are blackwall so I replaced them with some cheap whitewalls.
 
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