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WANTED:   Schwinn Woman's 2 speed posted by: Meg Smith on 1/25/2010 at 3:49:17 PM
I'm looking for a Schwinn 2 speed, preferably a Breeze in BLUE. Anyone out there have one that's in fairly good condition? Another color or model will do if the price is right. Thanks.

          RE:WANTED:   Schwinn Woman's 2 speedposted by Gordon on 1/25/2010 at 9:43:30 PM
I have a blue Breeze in decent shape, but it is a 3 speed.

          RE:WANTED:   Schwinn Woman's 2 speedposted by ken on 1/27/2010 at 11:50:43 AM
Like Gordon, I've got a 3-speed Breeze. I took a look at a few of Tom Findley's catalogs
- not all of them by any means- and found that in 1968 you could get a Breeze with 1 (coaster), 2 (Bendix AutoMatic) or 3 (Sturmey-Archer) speeds, which was true of most of the models they sold in the 60s. By 1971, they were only offering the kickback hub on selected niddleweight models and the Breeze was available 1 or 3. Earlier, ca. 1964, there was no Breeze model, but the Racer and Traveler came in women's models with 3 hub options.
You could also find middleweights (Hollywood, etc) with the 2-speed hub.
All that said, IMO the Bendix 2-speed is collectible all out of proportion to its utility. It's heavy and it's inconvenient. On the plus side, to be fair, it's pretty reliable and requires no adjustment (not counting bearings) and no cables. And it is of course cool.
What I'm trying to say is, if you're collecting, low riding or what we used to call profiling, go for it. If you're going to ride far you'll get a lot more for your money if you skip the kickback. Breezes are easy to find, and if you look at derailleur machines the Collegiates and Suburbans are too.
Has anybody bought a Bendix AutoMatic hub lately? How much are they going for?

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