Enjoy a Blast From the Past With a Vintage Schwinn Bike

Whether you'd like to go back in time by owning the same model of Schwinn that you rode in your youth or you simply appreciate the style and quality of a vintage Schwinn, you can find the bike that you're looking for on eBay. These bikes were built to last, and as a result, there are plenty of affordable used Schwinns for you to choose from. 

Styles of vintage Schwinn bikes 

Schwinn was founded in 1895, and the company created a variety of different styles of bikes throughout the years. There are varying opinions of what classifies an item as vintage, but a bike that is 20 years old will generally be called a vintage bike. Some people consider a 15-year old bike vintage, so if you are looking for a certain age, make sure to check the year that it was manufactured. The following styles of inexpensive vintage Schwinn bikes can be found on eBay:  

  • Suburban
  • Varsity
  • Camel Back
  • Excelsior

Ensuring your bike is a good fit 

Being comfortable while you ride your bike makes for a more enjoyable riding experience. To ensure maximum comfort, you want to choose a bike that fits you. Since you can't sit on a bike that you buy online, you will want to know your inseam length when you're making a Schwinn selection. Then, look at the height listed on the product description. Make sure that there will be a minimum of 12 inches difference between the top of your inseam and the top tube of the bike. There shouldn't be a difference of more than 36 inches because then your feet won't touch the pedals. 

Are vintage bikes usable? 

The used vintage Schwinn bikes that you find on eBay are normally sold to be used, not displayed. If you are looking for a bike solely for display purposes, you can find those as well. Sometimes on an old bike, the tires will have deflated. In this case, the product description will indicate that the tires are new or not original. For riding purposes, new tires will hold up better. However, a vintage bike in mint condition, including the tires, is still a good buy. 

Tire sizes of Schwinn bikes 

Schwinn manufactured every size of bike from child-sized to adult. When you see a size designated, this indicates the size of the tires. Schwinn manufactured its own rims, and these rims will be stamped with a specific designation, such as S-7 or S-5. If the rim is not stamped, it is not an original Schwinn rim. The most common Schwinn tire sizes are listed below:  

  • 20 inches
  • 21 inches
  • 24 inches
  • 26 inches
  • 27 inches

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