Old Continentals, what do I do with them.

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rennfaron

Wore out three sets of tires already!
I have a brochure from the mid 40s time period (don't know exact year, assumed 1946). I guess I glanced over it because I thought these were NWs. I don't think I have seen a tandem with that guard type.

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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Very interesting @rennfaron ! So now the question is, What's What? All the 1946 images of the movie stars on 1946? Continentals are actually 1947 model images? And that T&C tandem has a guard that is not shown on the 1945 image, but the fender stays do look painted.

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SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Great find, those "Continental" models have the New World/Superior style look to them. My blue Continental was a 1947 model. I've never owned a "1945" or "1946" Continental.
 

Oilit

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Well folks, hoping someone could shed some light on this mystery continental that I picked up. Or, if there is another thread for these, please let me know. This continental has a decal set that I have never saw before on one of these. The painted fenders is also an oddity as well as the a s & co sprocket. Has a pencil stand and a non dated three speed. Rims are chrome, not stainless. I know the bars and grips are wrong. Seems like it would fall in line as a first year continental but I was wondering if anyone has spotted this style decal on a continental before, especially the down tube decal? A very gentle refurbishing is in order but it’s going to be awhile before I get to it. Can’t wait, I think it’s a pretty odd duck. Reminds me more of a superior than a continental. View attachment 1452257

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@Jim sciano, if you get the chance, could you post some close-ups of the rims? I'm curious to see if they're any different than the ones from the early '50's. The 1946 catalog posted here (post #70) just says "RIMS: New Schwinn".
 

Jim sciano

Finally riding a big boys bike
They look the same to me. Looks like they have the better chroming process compared to some of the 50’s rims that dulled out easily.
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Oilit

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
They look the same to me. Looks like they have the better chroming process compared to some of the 50’s rims that dulled out easily. View attachment 1453859
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Interesting! I've got '55 and '53 Travelers, the '55 has a straight knurl like yours, but the '53 has a diamond knurl, which I expected yours might be. But while yours looks kind of like the '55, the lines on yours look different somehow, and the stainless rims don't have any knurling at all. All I can guess is that they were trying different variations over the years. These are the rims on the Travelers, see what you think.

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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Interesting! I've got '55 and '53 Travelers, the '55 has a straight knurl like yours, but the '53 has a diamond knurl, which I expected yours might be. But while yours looks kind of like the '55, the lines on yours look different somehow, and the stainless rims don't have any knurling at all. All I can guess is that they were trying different variations over the years. These are the rims on the Travelers, see what you think.

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Definitely different tooling on the feeding rollers. Straight single cut teeth and double cross cut diagonal teeth. 😎
 
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SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Opal green looks mighty nice on a three speed.

I wish they had stuck to the S6 rims, either chrome or stainless. The somewhat later S5 is an interesting rim, but the whole purpose of the shape was so Raleigh could accommodate rod or cable brakes with a single production rim. Schwinn never made a rod brake roadster to my knowledge, so the S6 would be the better choice.
 
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