Friday, February 19, 2010

1960 Schwinn Continental sold

I made a blog posting about this bike a while ago, while it was hanging out in the woodshop at the bikeshop. Some asked for pictures and I took some quick ones in poor light. Someone else just asked for better pictures so I brought it downstairs to take better ones in natural light.
The Continental is a lot like the Schwinn Varsity of the time, also with the Simplex rod front derailleur(sometimes referred to as a 'Suicide front derailleur')
The bike is all original- except the front wheel and the handlebar grips are of course wrong.
serial number- B029208


here is an outline of the parts from Schwinn Lightweight Data Book-

"First year for the derailleur Continental. 10 speed. Stronglight 47/50 chainset. 15-17-19-22-25 Atom freewheel cluster. Simplex Competition front derailleur and Simplex Tour de France rear derailleur. Weinmann side pull brakes. Tubular painted fork with chromed tips. Forged alloy stem with double clamp bolts. Steel? drop bars. Tire size is listed as 27 x 1 1/4 (correct) in the consumer brochure, but as 26" (incorrect) in the model and price sheet. Rims were Rigida steel with knurls on the sides. Hubs were alloy high flange (Normandy?). Yellorex chain. Ideale saddle (#43). Colors were Radiant Red, Radiant Blue, Radiant Green, Radiant Coppertone, and Black. Options included thorn-resistant tubes at $2.00 extra cost and southwest tires and heavy duty tubes for $4.50 extra cost. Frame sizes were 19", 21" and 23". $86.95 "


Toast Ghost said...

always thought that bike was cool...

bikeville said...

I always thought you were cool.

Unknown said...

Had one of those at age 11. I was lighter then than on any other bike I ever owned, but it seemed like the best bike I ever owned, and I've had a few. It shifted fast and sure. Never had a problem with the front derailer. Didn't need anything other than what it had. No guards no frills. Loved it. Road a few varsity's, not anywhere close.