Showing posts from October, 2015

If it's good enough for Captain Kangaroo, then why shouldn't I have one!?

'70 Schwinn Racer finds new home in Newkirk collection

Since I started riding again a few years ago, I've toyed with the notion of buying an older bike to enjoy. I did end up with one, the '86 Huffy Bay Pointe I sold last fall, but I set my sights a little higher - OK, a lot higher - and decided I'd not take the plunge again until I came up with a Schwinn.

And, on Oct. 18, 2015, I finally got the one I really wanted:  A 1970 Schwinn Racer.

Finished in Schwinn's ever-popular Campus Green, this one came from the son of its original owner, who purchased it at the old Art's Schwinn Cyclery in Evansville, Ind.

It's a simple bike, with just one speed and a sturdy Bendix 70 coaster brake hub that works as nicely now as it did when new.

Its one real frill is the battery-powered chrome bullet headlight, which only halfway worked when I got it ... It took some doing, but I got it cleaned up and working.

The bike has new Kenda K-23 blackwall tires (it was on its origi…