Little help. Century Cycle Co. Not Schwinn.

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GreenLakeMike

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 7, 2018
30
594 145th Ave, Caledonia, MI 49316, USA
I have read so many conflicting things about the i.d. of this bike, I had to come here. The Badge says Century.
Century Cycle company on the bottom. Not Schwinn. I get so many dates for this bike... Can anyone nail this down a bit more for me? Thanks in advance. And for petes sake i hope I've done this right!

Mike

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Cory

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Feb 23, 2013
2,085
HUNTINGTON BEACH
Great Schwinn! I want
Straight down tube, my favorite.
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cds2323

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Nov 20, 2009
2,224
Lacota, Mi
Welcome to the CABE!

Even though the badge doesn't say it, your bike is indeed a Schwinn. I believe that model first appeared in 1937 and was around for a couple years.
 

cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
6,890
Costa Mesa, California. United States
I had one of those, and it was considered to be a 1937 Christmas special.
It's a Schwinn built C model, but was actually sold as the first of the DX line.
Schwinn would design a specific DX model for 1939, but this one was being marketed as a Christmas special in 1937.
The Century badge was just one of the many Jobbers that sold Schwinn built bikes.
Some badges have the AS&Co designation down at the bottom of the badge and some just have the Century Cycle Company on them.
 

cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
6,890
Costa Mesa, California. United States
Congrats!
Be sure and tell all the Schwinn Nazi's that it's a DX model, so that you can get into a full on brawl over it.
Then zap them with the spec sheet and shut them down!
Everybody that looks at it, is going to tell you that it's a C model, but it is actually the very first D model.
Schwinn was surplusing out the old C model stuff, so I guess giving it a new letter designation made it sound like it was an all new model.
 

Cory

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Feb 23, 2013
2,085
HUNTINGTON BEACH
They are pretty rare and you won't see many at all on The Cabe (), So I am providing a picture of my favorite bike I own. My tall frame (20 inch) MEAD CRUSADER Badged Schwinn C model with hanging tank in origianl red paint.
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GreenLakeMike

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 7, 2018
30
594 145th Ave, Caledonia, MI 49316, USA
They are pretty rare and you won't see many at all on The Cabe (), So I am providing a picture of my favorite bike I own. My tall frame (20 inch) MEAD CRUSADER Badged Schwinn C model with hanging tank in origianl red paint.View attachment 784297

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That is a beautiful bike!
 
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