Oldest Schwinn Privately Owned


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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
15,798
16,065
Evans, GA
#23
This is a bike I bought that violates one of my rules; thou shalt not by something thy will not ride! If I get a set of Robert Deans I may take it to the end of the driveway and back just to say I rode it but other than that it will be display only. V/r Shawn
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
15,798
16,065
Evans, GA
#24
I had sent an inquiry to the Bicycle Museum of America in New Bremen, OH asking if they had any pre-1900 Schwinns besides the Schwinn family tandem. They have a nicely restored 1895 ladies bike, an unrestored tandem with a lot of wrong parts--seats, bars, grips, fenders, etc..., a triplet (three rider), and a quint (five rider). So it appears, so far, that tandems seemed to have survived at a far greater rate than single rider bikes. V/r Shawn
 

Obi-Wan Schwinnobi

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 5, 2013
6,591
1,667
39
San Diego
#25
I had sent an inquiry to the Bicycle Museum of America in New Bremen, OH asking if they had any pre-1900 Schwinns besides the Schwinn family tandem. They have a nicely restored 1895 ladies bike, an unrestored tandem with a lot of wrong parts--seats, bars, grips, fenders, etc..., a triplet (three rider), and a quint (five rider). So it appears, so far, that tandems seemed to have survived at a far greater rate than single rider bikes. V/r Shawn
Meh, I have like 10 single riders still in the crates in the basement.....

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volksboy57

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Feb 10, 2012
549
205
Novato, Ca
#26
I was looking through a Bicycle Museum of America gallery somewhere that showed the bikes they had in storage. The tandem they have in the basement is red with straight white pinstripes, not fancy. It is still a rear steer, and the headbadge is still the big old variety. The seats were just like the ones on my bike, making me think that both bikes had the seats replaced around the same time, or the seats are correct. If the seats are correct on the red tandem, and mine, I would like to know how early these seats came out, as an indicator of the age of my bike. Also, my tandem has the detailed pinstripes (albeit, more worn away and crusty) as your bike, so I would think my bike is pretty freaking old...
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
15,798
16,065
Evans, GA
#30
I was looking through a Bicycle Museum of America gallery somewhere that showed the bikes they had in storage. The tandem they have in the basement is red with straight white pinstripes, not fancy. It is still a rear steer, and the headbadge is still the big old variety. The seats were just like the ones on my bike, making me think that both bikes had the seats replaced around the same time, or the seats are correct. If the seats are correct on the red tandem, and mine, I would like to know how early these seats came out, as an indicator of the age of my bike. Also, my tandem has the detailed pinstripes (albeit, more worn away and crusty) as your bike, so I would think my bike is pretty freaking old...

Here is the bike you are talking about and I believe the bars, seats, pedals, wheels, and grips have been replaced. The fenders were added. V/r Shawn

TANDEM.jpg
 

cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
5,316
14,013
Costa Mesa, California. United States
#34
I think the white bearded man that's holding up the roadster on the cover of the 1897 catalog is the Count of Monte Cristo
after he escaped from prison.
Nothing like the freedom of a Schwinn built bicycle after years of solitary confinement for a crime you did not do.

Alexander Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
is a literary classic.

It was even mentioned with great effect in the all time classic prison break film,
The Shawshank Redemption.
 

volksboy57

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Feb 10, 2012
549
205
Novato, Ca
#37
Here is the bike you are talking about and I believe the bars, seats, pedals, wheels, and grips have been replaced. The fenders were added. V/r Shawn

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Did the museum say the fenders were added? If so, the paint looks like a perfect match, unless that is a repaint at some point? I can see the wheels are updated, but I have the same rear rim on my tandem, but no fenders (probably just missing). I think they may have had these tandems for a number of years... Oh, also, isnt that Quint a badass bike?! Talk about not having storage space!
 

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