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Schwinn Racer...Is This Worth Purchasing?

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HARPO

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
I've never had one of these, and I have these two photos of the bike. A three speed with incorrect handlebars, and looking like a late 50's early 60's version. Any idea from what you can see as to value? 🤨

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Nashman

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
I've never had one of these, and I have these two photos of the bike. A three speed with incorrect handlebars, and looking like a late 50's early 60's version. Any idea from what you can see as to value? 🤨

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Not my taste, but we all like different things. These seem to be a blend of the late 50's Jags and Corvette's and the English racers that were storming the market. Not either, but a hybrid. Even the late 50's early 60's middleweights are on the bubble with me, but I have a nice green '58 Jag ( I had 2!) that has a place in my heart and stable. As @phantom says, not allot of collector value there, BUT you could detail the tires off it and it would probably look sweet at the right price.

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Nashman

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
I paid $50 for my 1965 3-speed racer in similar condition. I'd say @phantom is spot on. It is one of my favorites. Very smooth ride and the gearing works very well.

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That's true I bet. Unfortunately this was the slow death of the Classic American ballooner and middleweight. People wanted lighter/faster/ more nimble. I can vouch as being an Canuck, most of our full size 26" bikes all through my era ( I'm 65) were English or European light weights/3 speeds ( that where Sturmey Archer came from my friends) or coaster brake, or German 2 speed kick backs. We did have muscle bikes in the 60's/70's CCM and Raleigh to mention 2 that were somewhat comparable to the Krates.

@Cam_from_Canada shared this with me a couple months back:
Not sure if ever shared on The Cabe before under Muscle Bikes but a great piece on CCM’s contribution!


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tacochris

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
I have a really solid, original black Racer up for sale local for $100 with zero bites in a month or two if that gives you any indication of the value. Really cool bike though....

Side note: I think its a very cool bike and still has alot of vintage flavor and should be worth more honestly but sadly the market indicates otherwise.
 

49autocycledeluxe

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
here in the Bay Area people try to get the big bucks for them but they just don't sell as there are not enough people interested in them. they try for 300 -400 on Craigslist, and they just sit there. My racer is fenderless with HD S-7's and a 2 speed kickback. as far as just the way it rides and handles it is my favorite old bike.

I'd like to get a black one with the correct parts some day if one ever shows up at a decent price.

not much cool factor compared to a fendered fat tire bike. I would not recommend buying one for resale only.
 
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