Late '41 Schwinn DX "defense model"

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Casual dreamer

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 29, 2017
185
38
Fresno, CA, United States
This is my latest score, my good buddy and fellow CABEr decided to sell me this great bike! I have wanted it since I first saw it and I'm elated to add it to my collection. Last night I added the repop US Royal chain tires and did a minor tune-up, it rides great! Now I'm on the hunt for a set of correct Torrington pedals for it, I might have been bitten by the prewar bug!
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BFGforme

riding a'41 BF Goodrich deluxe autocycle deluxe
Nov 28, 2016
2,259
50
Oceanside CA
Super cool, now just need to find the correct front struts for it! Cool colors!
 
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tryder

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 12, 2014
810
San Anselmo, CA
This is my latest score, my good buddy and fellow CABEr decided to sell me this great bike! I have wanted it since I first saw it and I'm elated to add it to my collection. Last night I added the repop US Royal chain tires and did a minor tune-up, it rides great! Now I'm on the hunt for a set of correct Torrington pedals for it, I might have been bitten by the prewar bug!
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Cool Bike!
 
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Casual dreamer

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 29, 2017
185
38
Fresno, CA, United States
The '42 models used the earlier fenders, I think you are right about using the leftover parts.

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Casual dreamer

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 29, 2017
185
38
Fresno, CA, United States
Here's the serial number.
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The '42 catalog was a recycled '41 catalog using the same pictures, the text about the models is different however.
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fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
21,139
East Los
IIRC this very bike was discussed here not long ago. My guess is those Murray trussrods and plate were added much later. Most likely that bike that never came equipped with trussrods due to the war effort.(Or the originals were removed along the way)
 
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
12,546
Central Arizona
Here's the serial number.
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The '42 catalog was a recycled '41 catalog using the same pictures, the text about the models is different however.
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Schwinn did recycle their catalog pictures/images using them for sometimes up to three different years! And when a model had a few changes they sometimes updated a few of those items but not all the changes. You definitely can't go by the catalog images to know what it was actually built with.
 

Casual dreamer

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 29, 2017
185
38
Fresno, CA, United States
My guess is the truss rods were dealer installed when it was new.
 

p51mustang55

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 10, 2019
42
41
Spokane
I have a couple sets of truss rods with mount to fit this DX. Send me a message if you are interested. I can send you pictures of what I have.
 
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Autocycleplane

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 6, 2010
2,213
NorCal, United States
Totally a Defense model, I would bet that bike didn’t leave the factory until after the attack on Pearl Harbor. I don’t think the wheels are original, and obviously the guard and truss rods have been added. Some came with chainguards despite what the catalog says, @Kickstand3 has a minty version of this exact model and color.

Cool bike. I’ve always wanted a 42.

What about the serial numbers? The photo shows deep fenders
Note the text next to the Defense model picture describes the narrow 3” fenders, not what was shown.
 
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