When did Schwinn stop making bikes in Chicago?
The last Chicago-built Schwinn bicycle rolled off the assembly line in 1982, and while the brand name is still embossed on the badges of various Chinese imports, anybody who buys a new one is bound to hear the inevitable cranky lament from a passerby: “they don’t make ’em like they used to.”
How do I tell how old my Schwinn bike is?
The serial number on a Schwinn frame will tell you the date that frame was manufactured. It will not identify the model of the bike, only the year the frame itself was manufactured.
What is an original Chicago Schwinn?
The Chicago Schwinns were among the most bomb-resistant bikes ever built, and they were built with unique technology . With the exception of the Sports Tourer, Super Sport, and Superior, they are welded, not brazed. The head tubes look as if they were fillet brazed, but they weren’t.
Are Schwinn bikes still made in Chicago?
Schwinns today are made overseas, save for one model: a limited run of the Collegiate, manufactured in Detroit. As our questioner pointed out, there are still remnants of the company in Chicago, like the building on Kostner, which is now home to a company that brews hard cider.
Are old Schwinn bikes worth anything?
Price varies significantly, depending on the condition, age, scarcity, and desirability of the model. For instance, a vintage Schwinn Breeze in need of restoration sells for as little as $70. On the other hand, a 1920s Schwinn Excelsior with the original paint can retail for as much as $900.