lets see those americans


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spoker

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 3, 2011
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Minneapolis, United States
#27
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
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Oilit

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 30, 2015
464
307
Concord NC
#29
Here's a pretty nice "1955/57" American that sold on EBay last weekend.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Vintag...IQGadkg4tBfGhtT7ia038%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc
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?
 

GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
7,865
5,251
Central Arizona
#30
Here's a pretty nice "1955/57" American that sold on EBay last weekend.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Vintage-1955-039-57-SCHWINN-AMERICAN-26-034-Boys-2-speed-Caliper-Coaster-Brakes-/202075523283?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&nma=true&si=ChgItPIQGadkg4tBfGhtT7ia038%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc
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.

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Oilit

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 30, 2015
464
307
Concord NC
#31
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.

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That brace between the two front down tubes is something I don't see very often, either. Nice bike!
 

pedalpower17

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 20, 2010
134
85
Michigan
#32
That brace between the two front down tubes is something I don't see very often, either. Nice bike!
i have 2 1956 americans that came with the front schwinn rim brake from the factory,aiso just gt a 59,the 56 models also came with a 2 speed manual,one of schwinns attemps to compete with the imports,one of the things that seperates the cabe from the other sites is the great participation!!!!!!!!
i have 2 1956 americans that came with the front schwinn rim brake from the factory,aiso just gt a 59,the 56 models also came with a 2 speed manual,one of schwinns attemps to compete with the imports,one of the things that seperates the cabe from the other sites is the great participation!!!!!!!!
Built in Sept 1962....Kennedy was very busy with the pesky Russians trying to put some toys in Cuba!

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Oilit

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 30, 2015
464
307
Concord NC
#34
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 View attachment 692784 View attachment 692785 View attachment 692785
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.
 
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