This auction is for a Vintage 1920's - early '30's Schwinn Excelsior bicycle. This bike seems to fit 28" rims better than the 26" balloon rims that are on it. This leads us to believe that its a pre-1930 Excelsior. The last of the 28" wheeled bikes from Schwinn were made in 1932. Schwinn went to the more comfortable 26" balloon tires at the point and onward. This bike highly resembles the B-10E from that 1932-33, but there is just too much space under the fenders (the fenders are not original). The chainring also was not on any B10E's of the '30's.
The most remarkable part of this bike is the amazing original paint. Original blue with red outlined white spears. Some of the paint is starting to be replaced by rust, but most remains. Very little chrome is left on the bar, stem, hubs, chainguard, or chainset.
Also, the original grips - black with red jewels in the end - are in great shape and amazing.
**Not original 26" balloon tire wheelset, Morrow Coaster brake rear hub, no name front hub.
**Not original seat and fenders
Included is the metal banded St. Christopher good luck badge.
Not rideable as the wheels need work. The rear hub needs to be rebuilt. Wheels missing spokes and not true. Tires are unusable.
In 1912, Schwinn purchased the Excelsior Motorcycle company. Schwinn stopped producing the Excelsior motorcycles in 1931, due to the great depression.
Seat Tube - 18"
Top Tube 23"
Stand-over Height - about 30" (tires were flat)
Seatpost - original forward facing solid steel
Saddle - not original Troxel springer style
Stem - flat original quill stem, poor chrome
Handlebars - original bar, braced across the top, about 20.5" across, poor chrome
Headset - original
Crankset - original 1 piece steel with a spider web type design, skiptooth
Pedals - block pedals, very worn, missing blocks, no visible name
hubs - no name front hub, Morrow rear coaster brake hub (Morrow only visible on the brake arm, not on the hub itself
rims - drop center balloon style, steel , showing lots of rust and missing spokes
Was owned by a guy named Jim - his name is painted on the front of the front fender.