|MY FIRST, BUT PROBABLY NOT MY LAST: This 1970 Schwinn Racer|
is the latest addition to the Newkirk stable. It's in really fine condition for a
bike that has 45 years behind it.
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 original Carlisle-made Schwinn Straight Side Nylon Touring tires when I brought it home) and included its original owner's manual, an extra chainguard decal, and a pair of new glitter green grips (say that 10 times fast!).
Stay tuned for more on this one!