1966 Schwinn, another project

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Re: 1966 Schwinn, another project

Postby steady eddie » Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:16 am

to the beach wrote:Thanks Eddie,

I've got the bike all tuned up now and did the gear swap and front brake installation. I installed a modern, vintage-looking seat today too, it's much more comfortable now. I also added a basket which I've stained to match the seat and grips. I'm just waiting on new handgrips, pedals and a set of reflectors. I guess I could include the original parts with the sale of the bike, if that's important to the buyer. This Breeze model is a base model bike in the 1966 Schwinn catalog. The only option it had was fenders. Other options available for the Breeze were 2 or 3 speed hubs, caliper brakes, and a host of Schwinn approved accessories.

As for the front rack, it wasn't a Schwinn approved accessory, so it wasn't important for it to stay with the bike. Interesting that it was manufactured about 50 miles from where I live and as for EBAY, I have the rack listed there:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/181213967700?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


T.T.B.---

This is what I'm talking about:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-SCHWINN ... 0973372580

$125..buy it now price!! Yikes..
Steady Eddie

"If you buy a stock bike, do something to it that makes it the only one exactly like it in the world"...Grant Petersen
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Re: 1966 Schwinn, another project

Postby to the beach » Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:53 am

Sure, they're asking that much, however if you notice it's been listed for nearly a week with no bids at all. I'll watch the bids to see if it sells. This is just another example of people trying to drive the price up. The rarest in the bicycle world are items from before WWII because everyone was turning in any metal objects they could to recycle metals for the war effort. What's left from that era is much more scarce. There must have been tens of thousands of these 50s, 60s, and 70s racks sold, and none were recycled for a war, so there will be plenty still circulating.
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Re: 1966 Schwinn, another project

Postby Renaldow » Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:34 pm

to the beach wrote:Sure, they're asking that much, however if you notice it's been listed for nearly a week with no bids at all.


Exactly. Asking and selling are two completely different things. I would bet the seller bought that for $20 or that neighborhood, convinced they got a bargain and that they were going to make a mint.

My grandparents used to sell antiques at a flea market on the weekends. I remember one of the other people selling there would have laughably high prices, like ridiculous. I remember my grandfather asked the guy if he'd buy something at his prices, and the guy said no, they were way too high. Someone's had the green thruster fixie I bought from walmart for $85, on ebay selling for $340 or something crazy. That doesn't mean people are actually buying them.
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Re: 1966 Schwinn, another project

Postby to the beach » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:19 pm

Well the rack sold at auction for $19.99 + shipping.
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Re: 1966 Schwinn, another project

Postby Nagant » Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:27 pm

Congrats, even after the fees you will have nothing or close to nothing in the bike itself.
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Re: 1966 Schwinn, another project

Postby to the beach » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:11 am

Actually the listing was free because of an EBAY promotion
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Re: 1966 Schwinn, another project

Postby to the beach » Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:19 am

I mounted new tires and grips today. Now the bike is up for sale:

http://nh.craigslist.org/bik/4080034368.html

I'll post the pics here once I size them correctly for the forum.

tom
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Re: 1966 Schwinn, another project

Postby Renaldow » Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:27 pm

That looks great! Good luck with it.
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Re: 1966 Schwinn, another project

Postby Nagant » Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:12 pm

Agreed, it does look great. That will make someone a very nice and functional bike to ride after all the work you put into it.
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Re: 1966 Schwinn, another project

Postby to the beach » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:04 pm

It is genuinely comfortable to ride, goal achieved. I aim for a customer who will feel encouraged to ride and enjoy.
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