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Offline JKid714

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1980 Schwinn cruiser deluxe
« on: November 21, 2018, 12:25:54 AM »
Thanks to Randall for the heads up! Picked up a blue 1980’s Schwinn cruiser deluxe couple days ago At Wilmington, California. I really wanted a black one, but this will do. Not the very best condition, but I can’t complain. Serial Number starting with ER and head badge number 1560. Questionable head badge, but everything else seems to be on point. Overall pretty happy with it, and rides real smooth.

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Re: 1980 Schwinn cruiser deluxe
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2018, 04:41:12 AM »
Thanks to Randall for the heads up! Picked up a blue 1980’s Schwinn cruiser deluxe couple days ago At Wilmington, California. I really wanted a black one, but this will do. Not the very best condition, but I can’t complain. Serial Number starting with ER and head badge number 1560. Questionable head badge, but everything else seems to be on point. Overall pretty happy with it, and rides real smooth.

I am glad you got the bike, it was a decent deal.

As I stated in our pm discussion, I think the serial number and head badge code are just fine. The Cruiser bikes were a hot commodity back in 1980, and I am sure the production line in Chicago was at full capacity, so the bikes were being built as fast as they could to supply the demand. Thus, the small gap in the serial number date, and the final assembly date on the head badge! We were selling lots of Cruisers back in 80 when I was working at the shop in Manhattan Beach, California.

 

Offline Mondo

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Re: 1980 Schwinn cruiser deluxe
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2020, 01:35:37 AM »
Nice find JKid714.  Looks like it could have been my cousins bike.

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Re: 1980 Schwinn cruiser deluxe
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2022, 03:22:40 PM »
Were the spring forks optional on the 1980 Schwinn Deluxe Cruiser? The bike I acquired came without the spring forms and was told it was originally purchased like this. After doing a little bit of reading it would seam that it should have come with the spring forks, but not sure.  Maybe a dealer option?  Serial numbers and dates seam to match.   

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Re: 1980 Schwinn cruiser deluxe
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2022, 03:29:39 AM »
Springer forks came on the Deluxe Cruiser in 1980. What is the 4 digit assembly date on the head badge?


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Re: 1980 Schwinn cruiser deluxe
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2022, 10:26:27 AM »
Head Badge 1741    Serial Number MR712095

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Re: 1980 Schwinn cruiser deluxe
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2022, 01:22:02 PM »
Head Badge 1741    Serial Number MR712095

All righty... this is a good example of the lag time between the frame build date (as indicated by the Month and Year prefix on the serial number) and the final assembly date (as indicated by the head badge stamping). "MR" indicates December of 1980, and 1741 indicates the 174th day of 1981, which was June 23.

The Month letter counts from A in January, with letter I skipped to avoid confusion with a number 1. The Year letter counts from A in 1965, with letters I and O skipped to avoid confusion with numbers 1 and 0 respectively.

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Re: 1980 Schwinn cruiser deluxe
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2022, 04:24:22 PM »
shouldn't this bike come with the saddle seat and  spring forks?  The bike was purchased in 1981 from a schwinn store in Norwalk California as in the photo.

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Re: 1980 Schwinn cruiser deluxe
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2022, 07:26:43 PM »
The missing parts may have been switched with another bike or the chainguard may have been replaced and it's a plain cruiser.

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Re: 1980 Schwinn cruiser deluxe
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2023, 12:43:40 PM »
shouldn't this bike come with the saddle seat and  spring forks?  The bike was purchased in 1981 from a schwinn store in Norwalk California as in the photo.

The Deluxe Cruiser came with the spring fork, it was not an option. BUT.............Schwinn did sell the spring fork as an accessory item for those who wanted to add them to some of the bikes sold without them!