Continuing our celebration of Independence with all things Schwinn! Get a load of this OTSG First short wheelbase 1974 Schwinn Sprint sent in by Daniel G.
For your consideration,
Here is my second contribution to OTSG. This is a 1974 Schwinn Sprint in opaque red. that I acquired this (and a used Brooks saddle) winter after trading it for a Schwinn Collegiate. It is one of my favorite bikes and one I’m proud to own especially because the shorter frame style was only made in ’74 and ’75 and this color was only made in ’74. It has essentially the same components as a Schwinn Continental except that the wheelbase is shorter. I’m not sure where the chrome front fork came from; it was on the bike when I got it (but not factory.) Due to the shorter frame, the kickstand was welded to the bottom bracket.
Since acquiring this bike I’ve cleaned all the chrome and aluminum parts, gave it a good detail and wax job, new handlebar tape, matching Schwinn approved rear rack, polar water bottle for the longer rides, and new tires. The bearings have been overhauled and set correctly. The Brooks saddle may look familiar; I took it off the World Sport I submitted last fall.
I love riding this bike and the way it looks, especially where the fillet-brazed Electro Forged welds come together. The shorter frame makes for climbing hills especially easy.