Oldest Schwinn Privately Owned

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  1. #21 Posted Aug 23, 2016

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    Now that's a schwinn I'd be proud to own.

    Might be hard to find privately owned any older. 'Cause, yknow. It's private...;)
     
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  2. #22 Posted Aug 24, 2016

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    I wouldn't try riding on them tho- seen a nos looking one peel it's tread right off. :(
     
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  3. #23 Posted Aug 24, 2016

    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    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
     
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  4. #24 Posted Aug 25, 2016

    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    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
     
  5. #25 Posted Aug 25, 2016

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Meh, I have like 10 single riders still in the crates in the basement.....

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  6. #26 Posted Aug 25, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    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...
     
  7. #27 Posted Aug 25, 2016

    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    Those are Sears Free Spirits and I bet you have the 20 pr pack of white knee high tube socks with red stripes at the top packed in there with them! V/r Shawn
     
  8. #28 Posted Aug 25, 2016

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Haha

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  9. #29 Posted Aug 25, 2016

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    That's impossible! Only people that wore Husky pants bought 1898 Free Spirits.
     
  10. #30 Posted Aug 25, 2016

    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    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
     
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  11. #31 Posted Aug 25, 2016

    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    Here are the other pre-1900 Schwinns in the BMA. The womens bike is listed as an 1895, the quint, triplet, and family tandems are all listed as 1896s. V/r Shawn

    1895 womens BMA.jpg QUINT.jpg TRIPLET.jpg FAMILY.jpg
     
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  12. #32 Posted Aug 25, 2016

    I live for the CABE

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    And so said Tony Montana !
     
  13. #33 Posted Aug 25, 2016

    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    Cyclingday is citing from page 4 of the 1898 Schwinn catalog. Ignaz was proud of his product and made sure there was no doubt that his bikes were the finest (according to the catalog)! V/r Shawn
     
  14. #34 Posted Aug 25, 2016

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    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.
     
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  15. #35 Posted Aug 25, 2016

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    Just making a joke! Reference to Scarface and Al Pacino. tumblr_m3lxxiZ6xp1rndxl7o1_1280.jpg
     
  16. #36 Posted Aug 25, 2016

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Its a quote in the catalog as well. sfsdg 001.JPG
     
  17. #37 Posted Aug 25, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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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!
     
  18. #38 Posted Aug 26, 2016

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    Wow Shawn, you are amassing quite a collection, I think you could charge admission..........

    Todd
     
  19. #39 Posted Mar 13, 2017

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    Dumas rocks Marty! What a fantastic read...
     
  20. #40 Posted Mar 14, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    If the serial numbers are consistent on single and tandem bikes, and if your bike is a 98 with # 3678, then my tandem is older with number 3349
    world_tandem_20.jpg
     
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