1979 Schwinn Collegiate 3
I picked this bike up in early spring 2009 from a guy up in Denton for $40.00. In fact, I drove to Denton in what turned out to be an F1 tornado storm system to get this bike. There were upside down cars and tractor-trailers all the way up I-35.
A spiffy looking Chicago-made Schwinn in the Dallas Cowboy’s “away team” colors:
I mean, seriously, “Go Cowboys!”, right? You might notice that this site isn’t called bikinginphillywiththeEagleswhosuck…….
we’re talking Big D, baby:
Look at this cute little rear fender:
This particular bike is a 3 speed, with a trusty Sturmey Archer rear hub:
Sturmey Archer 3 speed hubs have shown up on a lot of different bikes that I have either seen or owned. I’m a fan of rear hubs with internal shifters, and they were amazingly well-made. The Sturmey Archer hubs often have the year of their manufacture engraved upon the hub. Sometimes that is one of the best ways to date a bicyle, although that isn’t an issue with the serial-numbered Schwinns.
My fondness for these old Schwinns will become rather apparent on this site as time goes by. I suppose that we are all influenced by what was popular and desirable when we were younger. From the time that I was a kid until I was old enough to drive, Schwinns still ruled the bike lanes and roads. My first new bike was a Schwinn Varsity when I was 13 years old, and I rode that bike all over Dallas with my brothers and friends. They were well-made American bikes, and there are an amazing amount of them still around. They clean up nicely and they are pretty easy to get parts for. And while they are heavy, and can be slow compared to some other bikes, it isn’t always about speed. Sometimes, it’s about style.
Michael W. Hubbard
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