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Discussion in 'All Things Schwinn' started by spoker, Oct 23, 2015.
My 62' American
MY 1962 SCHWINN AMERICAN DELUXE by cyberpaull posted Jul 28, 2012 at 10:06 AM
'63 American I restored last winter. I have a blue '64 that will be done this winter.
1962 and 1964 Deluxe Americans. Great riders!
I have one just like it!
" 100 percent American made" sticker still intact.
My 1962 in "as found" beater condition....but it still sports its front sticker too
heres one of my 55s,classic bike that was kept outside its whole life,i took the factory rim brakes to keep em out of the elements,still has the 2 speed manuel with the hard to fing og clamps,knob is not factory but fairly old
here's my '64 barn find- cleaned it up as best as I could and threw some Wald Stingray style bars on it.
Here's a pretty nice "1955/57" American that sold on EBay last weekend.
I'm guessing that the first generation Americans with the manual two speed always came with rim brakes in front, but I've seen a lot with caliper brakes, like this one. Since the calipers weren't American-made, they must have been added later, but there are enough of them that it looks like the forks must have already had the holes for the calipers. Is this correct?
Pretty much correct. The flat rear fender/brake bracket was also used. The drilled fork and flat brake bracket were pretty much the norm on all the bikes, gears or not, during the first couple years of the new middleweights since most all of the models were available with multiple gears. Here's my original 1955 Girls Corvette coaster that came with the flat rear bracket and drilled fork.
That brace between the two front down tubes is something I don't see very often, either. Nice bike!
Built in Sept 1962....Kennedy was very busy with the pesky Russians trying to put some toys in Cuba!
My 62 American
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Speaking of great participation, may I suggest more and better pictures? It doesn't matter if they're not shined up pretty, original bikes tell their own story.
I take it the three speed was added later? Since the three speed hubs weren't made in the U.S. But a pretty bike for sure!
sure buy me a better camera!
A bit off topic but just saw this on eBay; a 1956 photo of a loaded American. Maybe someone here could match it to their bike.
1955 schwinn American, I added the rat trap on the front
Darcie your white American is sharp!
Maybe we can work out a trade, what kind of bikes have you got?