Gallery: Jeff’s Schwinn Suburban

Thanks for sharing a very resourceful site for us enthusiasts. Wonderful images, great insight, and well comprised and useful bicycle information. I too have often pondered the thought of owning “Just one bike”. My fascination with vintage style bicycles only dates back a few short years, thus making me a kid in a candy store. I do own a few enjoyable bikes that I’m not ready to part with just yet. Here is my first purchase that I would like to share:

  • 1970’s Men’s Schwinn Suburban (Chicago Built)
  • Wald front basket
  • Vintage military panniers

I have a Brooks Flyer and cork grips that I have been holding off on installing…originality is getting the best of me.

Every bike has a story. Mine is simple – Collect and recycle cans,bottles,etc. Cash it all in and purchase a bike to restore. Repeat process three more times. Now our family of four all have a bike to enjoy for under $250 bucks.

Enjoy your saddle time!

8 Responses to “Gallery: Jeff’s Schwinn Suburban”

  • Jae says:

    It’s nice to know you can have a fantastic bike for the cost of a pedal set. =) I ride restored ’80s Schwinn myself.

  • Bob B says:

    Nice bike! I own and ride 1964 & 1972 Chicago built Schwinn Collegiates. These have Schwinn S6 26″ x 1-3/8″ wheels instead of the 27″. Both are 5-speeds and have most of their original steel components as well as fenders, chainguards & kickstands. The ’72 even has a 70s Wald Paperboy rack on it. My son commutes to school on his grandpas 1972 Schwinn Varsity that we restored last winter. These bikes have proven to be very reliable. They are also cheap and easy to work on. They are wonderfully pleasant riding bikes and get compliments often.

  • Scott says:

    The Suburban is the perfect all-around city/suburb bike. Sturdy, reliable, very low-maintenance, rolls well enough for fairly long rides (despite the weight), fenders, chain guard (on some), comfortable upright position, etc. And they aren’t a magnet for thieves. (I’ve got an old Varsity basically set up as a Suburban.)
    You really can’t come close with anything new without spending a ton of money (LHT, Rivendell, European city bikes).

  • SB Tim says:

    Nice Suburban Jeff. If yours has the same grips as ours, I’d say keep em’. My wife has a 1974 10 speed Suburban that is the “chestnut” color, and the grips have that air pocket along the top with the finger grips on the bottom – comfy. It tends to be the bike she grabs most often when commuting to the coffee shop to get work done with the laptop. She says it fits like a glove and keeps pointed through all the rough spots.

    It is a solid frame with solid components – steel rims, steel fenders, two steel pie plates, etc. It is heavy, but it seems like the one bike in our garage that will be around the longest. I love the smooth brazing at the head tube joints. I do wish I could find 27″ tires wider than 1 1/4″. Anyone know a source for some wide 27s?

  • Erich Zechar says:

    Man, these Schwinns were heavy and a real pain in the neck to work on. I hate seeing them in the shop I work at. That said, they’re also smooth, simple, and great comfortable commuters. I agree with the statement that you can’t find a better cheap commuter than a vintage Schwinn, except maybe a vintage Raleigh. Keep riding them, just keep them off my repair stand! ;)

  • doc says:

    “I do wish I could find 27″ tires wider than 1 1/4″. Anyone know a source for some wide 27s?”
    Kenda makes a 27″x1 3/8″ cross tire. They’re a decent ride, but I found them difficult to mount on Shimano 600 rims.

  • Bob B says:

    These bikes are heavy! My ’64 Collegiate is supposed to weigh 40.25 pounds. The ’72 is definitely heavier with front and rear Wald racks. They aren’t the only heavy transpo bikes, consider a Yuba, Dummy, Madsen, Dutch bike, Bakfiets, Worksman etc. I’ve considered a 650B or 26″ 559mm conversion for my S6 bikes, but the cost of a new wheelset kind of goes against the bargain “people’s bike” way of these sturdy old bikes.

  • Rex says:

    Changing the grips is debatable but I can’t imagine that the Flyer would detract in any way :-)

    On the other hand it would necessitate some locking solution for the saddle that you currently don’t have to worry about.

    @SB Time and @doc, I had a set of the Kenda 1 – 3/8 tires. They were fine but I suspect their 1 – 3/8 designation is fudged a little (Sheldon describes the practice as mostly but not universally abandoned Anyway, I now have a set of 1 – 1/4 tires and for the life of me can’t see a difference with my eyes. As for riding comfort they are probably similar at the same pressure but I’ve also changed saddles, stem and bars since then so it’s hard to say.

    I have to say it would be nice to find something comparable to a 35mm tire in 27in though :-(

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