• older1

    Nice Schwinn, Tad! Still looks like new!
    I’m going to guess it’s probably one of the last true 10-speeds that were available, since (most/all?) drop-bar road bikes were 12-speeds by 1986.
    That last photo records many common vintage features:
    -chromed-steel pie plate
    -derailleur hanger
    -solid axle
    -chromed-steel rim
    -spoke-mounted reflector
    -fender stays
    -rack mount
    If it wasn’t for the (indexed) thumb-shifters and cotterless crank, it could almost be mistaken for a 1966!
    This now has me wondering exactly when Schwinn completely abandoned “electro-forged” frames, solid-steel forks and one-piece “ashtabula” cranks, in their adult bikes.