Worth it or not?


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flyingtaco

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jul 20, 2018
53
51
52
Lexington MI
#1
This bike has been sitting in my neighbors yard for sale for a couple weeks now. Long story short I don’t talk to the guy so I haven’t asked him about it. I ride by it daily and it’s getting the best of me. I might swallow my pride and ask what he wants for it. Before I do that does anybody think it is worth asking? I believe it’s a 61.Not sure the model. Are the springer forks worth anything, or is it worth restoring? I think it’s a cool looking bike but not even sure if the parts needed are readily available. I’m pretty new at this so any input would be appreciated.

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anders1

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 18, 2018
619
589
44
Southern California, USA
#3
If you like it and can get it cheap then go for it. It would make a cool little rider project. There are tons of parts readily available either here or on eBay. Welcome to the CABE!
 
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geodehunter

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Sep 3, 2018
10
4
63
Hamilton, Illinois
#5
Like everybody has said it all depends on the price. Around here where I live that would not last but a couple or three days and would be bought up.
 
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videoranger

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 19, 2006
572
168
Omaha, United States
#8
Offer him a $20 bill. It is just sittin' there. Not a rare or very pricey bike. Would make a fun project by adding a tank and a 3 speed or seven speed gear hub wheel set. Worth saving if you can get it cheap.
 
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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
8,487
6,086
Central Arizona
#9
That is a 1962 Corvette 5 speed frame! Frame alone is worth around 80-100 bucks on eBay.

:p Edit.. It's a 61 model. I thought I saw the 62 style cable guides but the picture sucks and I didn't scroll down to the last picture before I posted.
 
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Sven

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 24, 2017
642
1,152
54
Mechanicsville, MD, United States
#10
You heard GTs58.....Go for it!
 

scooter_trasher

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 12, 2015
445
117
#11
the frame is set up for brakes, that alone makes the frame worth 50 to 100, but to replace all the rusted to hell parts gets expensive , unless you find a parts donor bike, around here you could buy a three-speed Corvette for 200 in decent shape, a single speed for speed cantilever Schwinn for around a hundred, I sold this 62 three speed for a hundred, with a garbage paint job & needing tires, the chrome cleaned up nice

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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
8,487
6,086
Central Arizona
#12
Make the seller an offer of $20 and mention you're trying to help clean up the mess in his yard.

Seriously, that's no regular Schwinn cantilever frame and it's worth more than the regular run of the mill middleweight cantilever.
 

vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
11,599
7,420
crown point<indiana
#13
Make the seller an offer of $20 and mention you're trying to help clean up the mess in his yard.

Seriously, that's no regular Schwinn cantilever frame and it's worth more than the regular run of the mill middleweight cantilever.
Can you tell by the serial number if it is a 5 speed frame ?
 

GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
8,487
6,086
Central Arizona
#14
Can you tell by the serial number if it is a 5 speed frame ?
No, but I can see two cable guides, the Corvette 5 seat post decal and the top tube shifter decal. Almost blew out my eyeballs trying to check this one out. Still cannot read the complete serial number.
 

vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
11,599
7,420
crown point<indiana
#15
No, but I can see two cable guides, the Corvette 5 seat post decal and the top tube shifter decal. Almost blew out my eyeballs trying to check this one out. Still cannot read the complete serial number.
OK,I have to enlarge the pic.
 

GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
8,487
6,086
Central Arizona
#16
The cable guide on the lower seat stay is pretty easy to see.

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If the head badge is in good condition, those fetch 50 bucks on eBay.
 

KingSized HD

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 23, 2013
440
596
Herndon, CA, United States
#18
If you get it you’re going to be surprised at how nice the Schwinn chrome cleans up. Those Corvette fenders are stainless steel by the way, not chrome. That’s why they aren’t as rusty as the rest of the bike.
The restoration section will give you cleaning tips for the various parts, just stay away from rough steel wool, it’ll mar chrome or stainless. That’ll be a fun project as a starter, and maybe you’ll find he’s a decent guy too.
 

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