1980 Schwinn Catalog

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8 Responses to “1980 Schwinn Catalog”


  1. 1 mwschmeer July 31, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    A few years later that kid on page 20 is a sulky teen wanting to play D&D — see the D&D ad of the kid in overalls. I think it’s the same kid model.

  2. 4 narvo July 31, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    ^ lol, wow. What are the chances. Crazy.

    When we were talking about the BMX mag wheels you had, I mentioned Skyway Tuff Wheels. The yellow ones on page 34 can either be Skyways themselves, or are some darn good knock-offs. Usually no-name Skyway knock-offs, such as those on the Huffy Pro Thunder bikes from the early ’80s, have a plain spindle in the middle without the cool metal hubs as seen on that pic.

    Here’s what I’m talking about. Btw, I dunno where or when this pic was taken, but it’s gotta be the best looking specimen I’ve ever seen of a Huffy Pro Thunder. My buddy had this bike. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-T2_r2LLAsfE/UjCF_Ob-jAI/AAAAAAAAIV0/Q9PCyYj9fT0/s1600/03+1980+Huffy+Pro+Thunder.jpg

    I also mentioned Lester mags, which were alloy wheels. They made a few different models, and Schwinn’s “Magalloy” wheels on pg. 32 can either be true Lesters themselves, or are knock-offs. This pristine Scrambler SX-500 survivor(!!!) on bmxmuseum.com is credited as having Lesters, but I haven’t investigated any further. Didn’t you say you had a Schwinn BMX bike? Was that it?

    • 5 2W2N July 31, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      I had a Scrambler, but I don’t remember the year or model. I have to dig out the photos…

      That Huffy is gnarly, but they were known exclusively as girls’ bikes in my neighborhood. I took shit for a long time because I had a no name Sears bike before scoring the Scrambler.

  3. 6 mwschmeer August 1, 2014 at 2:42 am

    I had a crappy green Kmart Huffy with a sparkly striped banana seat and ape hangers. I also had one of those motorcycle grip handlebar noisemakers that revved and made a motor sound. I was so lame.

    • 7 2W2N August 1, 2014 at 3:10 am

      You should have traded that in for a Schwinn Lil’ Chik!

    • 8 narvo August 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      No frets. Those were cool at one point or another. But yeah, once ’80 came around, all those ‘nana seats and ape hangers went down the drain. Even in ’79 when I got my Montgomery Wards “Wild Silver” banana-seated bike, it was already out of style. I must’ve rode it like twice before my friends convinced me I had to get a better bike.

      That bike on pg. 36 had to be the last of its kind. I’d feel sorry for any oblivious parent to get their kid that bike, only to have the boy drop to his knees in agony and yell “NOOooooooo!!”


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