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1920's Schwinn Motorbike Bicycle

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Rare vintage Schwinn motorbike. Unique frame and five-heart chainring!

1920's Schwinn Motorbike Bicycle

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This auction is for (what we believe to be) a 1920's Schwinn Motobike. 

This bike looks like a 20's Motorbike, but there is no fork truss - very similar to the earlier Schwinn Worlds.  The unique bar and 5 heart chainring, along with the 28" wooden rims, should make this bike fairly easy to date and figure out the model, but there is very little information on bikes similar to this pre 1930.

The bike was blue - there are  few spots that still show through, but most of the bike is rust color.  Under the cracking blue paint on the front fork are the remnants of red.  So, red bike repainted blue?  The head tube seems to be a grey primer type color - originally white? Very hard to tell with the condition of the paint.

*Frame has a crack at the juncture of the midtube and the down tube - see pictures
*We sent the bike to a local framebuilder who repaired the crack in the downtube/midtube junction.
*Missing on of the chain adjusters on the drive side
*Rear fender has been remounted, which left the original hole a little further back from the brake bridge
No chainguard or rack

We sent the bike to a local framebuilder who repaired the crack in the downtube/midtube junction.

Measurements:
Seat Tube - 19"
Top Tube - 22.5
Stand-over Height - 30.5"
Specifications:
Seatpost - small diameter solid L bend post
Saddle - Troxel springer style saddle, double rail, saddle is rideable but not in perfect condition
Stem -  flat original quill, no real finish left except for some silver paint
Handlebars (cm center to center) - Texas longhorn style bars, very wide at 24", no chrome/nickel left but are straight, no grips
Headset - original
Crankset - original Schwin 1 piece drop forged 5 heart design, skiptooth, same crank seen on early Schwinn world models, Excelsior bikes, and the 20's Schwinn motorbikes
Pedals - block style pedals, probably not original, very worn but they spin
hubs - New Departure CC rear coster brake hub, with oiler, nickel (chrome?) is still mostly good on the hub, front hub is a New Departure Model M, missing lots of chrome/nickel
rims - 28" rims, metal clad wood rims, good shape - no breaks,
tires - Gillette Ambasador rear tire, chain tread front tire - front is completely trashed, but the rear tire might be salvageable.
Freewheel (number of gears/tooth range)

Serial #D5U559
Reference #10717

Additional Information

Manufacturer Schwinn
Country of Origin USA
Used or New Used
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