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Offline jimbo-1

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1955 schwinn bike
« on: February 02, 2012, 08:37:30 AM »
hello to all, i am looking at this bike on craigslist, according to the seller the serial number dates it to 1955. its a 3 speed, he says that it says schwinn on the cross bar but no model name on it.
it has 26 1 1/4 tires.
also he says that under or around the badge there is a silver sticker that says b.f. goodrich.
this bike is about 5 hours away from me and if its a desirable model i am going to take a road trip to purchase it. the price is $100 for it.
i am new into this hobby so any help would very much be apreciated,,,,,,,,,,, jim
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Re: 1955 schwinn bike
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2012, 09:22:52 AM »
Hello and welcome to the forums.

I did a tad bit of research on it and it given what you have told me it could be a Tiger.  (I'm no expert.)

http://www.schwinncruisers.com/schwinn-catalogs/1955-schwinn-bicycle-catalog/

It isn't that rare of a bike, but the picture shows it looks to be in decent shape (after you take the rear rack off).  100 is a fair price for it, I think, but 5 hours is a bit of a stretch for me to go get.  (but I'm not buying it.)

It all comes down to opportunity cost; if you like road trips and 5 hrs doesn't seem like a long drive, then go for it.  I would pass on the bike personally because I wouldn't think a 5 hr trip is worth it (just MO.)

Let us know what you decide. 
« Last Edit: February 02, 2012, 09:23:30 AM by dale88chevyss »
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Re: 1955 schwinn bike
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2012, 09:31:37 AM »
yes, i know the 5 hour trip has got me wondering.  maybe i should be patient and wait to see what else comes up on craigslist, e.t.c. i live in jersey and am looking for a winter project, but not to much of a project.  i dont mind the paint or bearings, e.t.c part of a resto but dont want to do the re-chroming part of it.
maybe someone closer to new jersey has a nice bike they want to sell.
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Re: 1955 schwinn bike
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2012, 09:44:46 AM »
Welcome to the forums!....   There are a lot of bikes showing up in Jersey.... I would be patient.
1939 Maroon New World
1954 Black Phantom
1955 Blue Corvette 3 speed
1961 Black Corvette 2 speed
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1972 Ladies Burgundy Super Sport
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Re: 1955 schwinn bike
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2012, 10:52:24 AM »
the guy selling this bike just called with the serial number  s13925, i am going to see if that tells me anything
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Re: 1955 schwinn bike
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2012, 11:15:49 AM »
If you are really interested and since it's a ways away, maybe ask the seller to email more pictures so that you won't be wasting your time. I wonder why people always show the opposite side of the chain guard.  ::)  From what I can see in the one pic, the fork looks like it's bent back.

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Re: 1955 schwinn bike
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2012, 01:59:02 PM »
Zooming in on that one low-res photo supplied is showing me areas of concern: there's what looks like some area of gray discoloration about halfway down the front fender. The top bar shows similar gray patches from the center on back. The rear fender looks a little pranged from a rear-end collision, with what looks like a buckled edge about halfway down between the end of the carrier and rear brace. The front rim is rotted, the back tire is flat and the kickstand is drooping. There are no vintage accessories, or in fact accessories of any kind aside from a rough carrier.

I'm afraid I'm just not seeing anything here to justify a 5-hour road trip (one way; is that right?). Sorry...

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Re: 1955 schwinn bike
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2012, 02:24:17 PM »
the more i have looked at that picture the more i agree, 5 hours one way, i am glad i didnt just jump in the truck after this one!
i am going to keep a look out for a nicer one, i want a 2 speed or 3 speed middleweight. and keep saying to myself (be patient).  thanks for the replies, its been good for me to read them,
i would rather buy a nicer speciman and pay a little more. i got the bug!
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Re: 1955 schwinn bike
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2012, 02:52:55 PM »
Welcome to the forum!

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Re: 1955 schwinn bike
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2012, 03:36:23 PM »
Welcome Jimbo: Just because that is a 55 3 speed I'd be on it at that price if it was maybe an hour away, but basically, I'm a flipper.... Before I consider a trip I estimate gas and add it as a cost to the bike. In this case a 10 hour round trip at let's say an avg speed of 50 mph ( city and hwy ) 500 miles at 22 mpg = 23 gallons of gas @ $3.45 = $79.35 ( obviously this doesn't include burning an entire day ) That's in the range that you could have a bike shipped to you, providing a seller is willing to. Just a thought. P.S. I have a nice 60 3 speed middleweight if would like pics and price + shipping just PM me.... Thanks
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Re: 1955 schwinn bike
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2012, 04:01:20 PM »
i would rather buy a nicer speciman and pay a little more.
To be honest, you may end up buying a nicer specimen and paying a little less. Keep haunting the local garage sales and estate sales in your area. Show up right at opening time (if not even earlier) and you'll be amazed at what you find, and what goes out the door in the first 15 minutes. (There's a guy currently selling a Sting-Ray taillight that he says he got from an estate sale, and I don't get the sense that he's really aware of how high the price is going to go on that thing.  ;))

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Re: 1955 schwinn bike
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2012, 06:05:23 PM »
i want a 2 speed or 3 speed middleweight.

the nice thing about an interest in 2 speeds is if you find a single speed you can always add a multi- speed hub.  3 speeds are a bit different however.
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'67 Breeze