| I found this bike in a shed at the park where I work, ugly orange color, shimano 600 with end shifters, japanese brand alloy wheel w/shimano hubs, tourney brakes(the first tourneys I've ever seen that stop really well) SR stem and tourney 165 mm cranks, on a 25.5 frame. fairly ornate maruishi headbadge.|
its a great find, cleaned up real well and even the wheels were true. getting ready to ride it there and back on the Katy trail in MO. anyone have any idea about when this bike might have been made so I can answer when asked? I have twelve bucks into it for bar tape and lube, it tickles me that I will be riding a virtualy free bike.(replaced BB with sealed unit, new cables and replaced the stem since I eventualy had to cut the SR out. two weeks of liquid wrench and tapping was my limit. all this stuff was already in my bins, and if I bought it a year ago, it don't count.)
| I'm guessing mid 70's with the 600/tourney equipment. If the frame has brazeons for cables and derailleur stops, it would be slightly later.|
| I finished the restoration of an 80's Univega Superstrada 12 speed over the Christmas/NewYears holiday. It turned-out quite well for my first attempt. Rides smooth and quiet and rather comfortable for a 63cm frame when my TREK 1000, 2002 mfgr, is a 58cm. Anyway, I'm in search of a catalog of the Superstrada or a scanned copy if anyone has/had one. I'm curious to know what the exact factory specs and components were. Thx in advance, Thom. |
| I cannot help you with original specs, but congrats on your successful restoration. Warning: this hobby can be addictive.|
| Is this one of the Italian Torpado-built bikes? I sold a very nice one (too small for me) a few months ago. Check the classicrendezvous.com site and the message archives there. I think you'll find something.|
| Hey I was given a really rough 70's Sportabout and just spent the last week rubbing rust off it...;o)|
Oh, I know, I know...I'll be nominated Queen of the Low End bikes if I keep it up ( my last post was about my $20 Motobecane Mirage)but I just couldn't resist keeping this bike out of the junk pile.
I put new gumwalls on it and had the bike shop unfreeze the freewheel and replace the chain. It is all original and complete. OK...I even ordered a couple of decals fron eBay to add a finishing touch.
I guess my question is...should I leave the original Canary Yellow paint or may I paint it pink?? Will anyone ever care about old Sportabouts and if they are original or not??
| Go ahead and paint it pink.|
I don't think it is ever going to be a collectible bike, at least in our lifetime, and not worth much. Do with it what makes you the happiest.
| The paint doesn't look that bad in your photo. If it were mine, I would strongly consider cleaning up and preserving what's left of the original finish. |
| Paint it pink.|
I have one....a men's model.....I took the heavy steel wheels - and painted them red - and put them on another old schwinn bike.....kind of made a franken-bike....The frame of the sportabout is still hanging somewhere.
Really bottom of the line.....feel free to do as you wish with it.
| Welthanks guys...|
"Little Birdie" is still yellow and putting in faithful service as a taco trike...;o)
I wonder how many years these old Schwinns can last? She's built like a tank...
| I've got an old Schwinn (serial # B3897) 26" front wheel, rear missing, maroon paint, fenders w/ the pressed flat end on the front, the chain is skip link as well as the crank. The inside of the crank reads "K AS & CO 25" on one side and "6000" on the other. The drop outs are forward facing and the kickstand is welded on which would put it past or around '48 (right?) but why the skip tooth or link set-up? Any Schwinn guys out there know age and/or if this has been cobbled together. BTW decal on downtube faded "Schwinn New World" and head badge gone.|
| In 48 they were using skip-tooth chain on these bikes.Rear hub most likely was New Departure.Is the crank cottered or one piece--Schwinn used both--the cottered being the up-grade.|
| one piece, i've deciced to sacrifice an old breeze and use the crank, chain and wheelset to make a whole frankenschwinn. hanging the chainring from skiptooth on bike room wall as a decoration, btw thanks for the info|
| Just wondering if that crank you have will work with a normal sprocket, or does it need to be a skip tooth? I may have one soon with a "K AS & CO 25"|
| I have a bright red VINTAGE WARRIOR men's 26" middleweight bicycle (1969?) It is in excellent condition having spent most of its life in a garage. I can't seem to drudge up much information about it, and I am interested in finding out its value. Any information would be much appreciated. |
| There is a '69 Firestone Warrior in the picture database and there is information on them in the archives. |
For pricing, I'd consider them a standard middleweight, so do a search in the price guide on this site for bikes with 26 x 1.75 tires.