Owning a piece of American Bike History

Schwinn Continental Manual Photo courtesy of Schwinn Lightweight data book.

Last friday, RL and myself headed to RPM cyclery to check out a couple of Tandems that Scott had for sale. In her letter to Santa, my oldest daugther is asking him to bring her a Tandem bike so she can ride with dad (isn’t that special). But I digress, Scott had a couple of old bikes in the rear part of his shop. There was one that caught my eye, it was a Schwinn Continental that actually fit me.

Schwinn Continental

The bike was in OK condition, but with a little TLC it can be rideable. At first I thought, ‘fixie conversion’, but after looking up the serial number, this is a 1972 Schwinn Continental made in Chicago.

Schwinn Continental

I then realized that I own a piece of Americana. Nowdays 99% of the bikes are made overseas, American bikes are hard to come by unless they are custom made. As for me, I will be restoring this bike so I can keep it and ride it. I don’t consider myself a collector, just a bike geek that really enjoys bikes and their history.

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