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Stephanie Smithson

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 30, 2016
58
36
Bloomington, United States
Hi all,
Been awhile since I’ve checked in but I was recently given a Schwinn and I can’t for the life of me figure out what it is. Can anyone help me out? Is the bike all original? I thought the back fender has been chopped but the original/only owner does not think he did that. The serial number is 4921618. Appears to be a 2 speed. See pics. Any info is greatly appreciated!
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hm.

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Feb 10, 2018
556
Southern California
Not sure of the model but serial number A921618 comes up as a 01/19/59 build date
 
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REC

I live for the CABE
Dec 6, 2006
1,203
Lake Worth, United States
Cycle-Truck Stem, Rear fender is chopped off, Home made Hot Rod from that period of time. May have started out as an American??
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frankandpam

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jan 21, 2016
769
Tacoma Wa
The A still makes it a 59.Probably a Speedster. Single decal on seat down tube. Chopped off rear fender and cycle truck handlebar stem (why it's so long) as noted in above post.
 
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
12,629
Central Arizona
^^^^ I agree, 59 Speedster wearing a chain guard off a different bike. Stamping on the bottom bracket was done by one of the owners. Cool set of bars there.
 

Rivnut

I live for the CABE
Nov 24, 2012
1,611
Shawnee, United States
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Google '1959 Schwinn' and you can find a 1959 catalog. Scroll down and you'll find a description of the Speedster and a part number for each piece of the bike.
 
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Oilit

I live for the CABE
Dec 30, 2015
1,197
Concord NC
Do you know if these speedsters are very collectible.

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Your bike is a little later. The first Speedsters were middleweights with cantilever frames, then in 1965 they became a lightweight with a "camelback" frame (a curved top bar for shorter riders). In the early '70's, the "Racer" name was dropped in favor of "Speedster" and the "camelback" frame became available as the smallest frame size on most of the lightweights. If memory serves, the 26" and 27" wheel bikes used a 17" frame, but yours looks like the smaller version (used with 24 inch wheels) that somebody has made into a Sting-Ray lookalike. The lightweights are the most common Chicago-built Schwinns but yours looks like it's in good shape, so it's greatest value is probably just as a fun bike to ride.
The exception is if that seat is a genuine Sting-Ray item, it may be worth some money by itself. But I don't know enough about Sting-Rays to help with that.
 
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Stratone

On Training Wheels
Jun 6, 2020
7
67
Washington State
Anybody know what size wheel bearings my 1959 Schwinn Corvette takes. I need to replace.
Thanks
 
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