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SHIVER ME TIMBERS said:
How much is one of these things worth...want to know restore it or junk it
I guess that would depend on the condition it was in and what parts were on it.

I would say old Schwinn road bikes were a dime a dozen and not worth much...

This auction is higher than I expected: http://cgi.ebay.com/Schwinn-Paramou...204462546QQcategoryZ98084QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

But if it's like this...not worth much: http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Mens-Sc...204958205QQcategoryZ98084QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
 

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Had it been a Schwinn Super Sport, then it would be worth a little. They looked a lot like the Varsity, but were actually fillet brazed from chromoly tubing. It was kinda funny to use such a nice method of frame building on a bike with an American bottom bracket. I picked one up at Goodwill in really nice shape for $10 and was very encouraged when I found the identical bike that sold on ebay for over $300. I ended up getting only $100 for mine, go figure. Perhaps it was because it did not have the original Brooks saddle? I can't see that making such a difference, but that was the only difference.
 

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I wouldn't say that all Varsity's (Continentals, Suburbans, Collegiates, and other "Electro-Forged") Schwinns were worthless. They made millions of them, but if it was in pristine condition it could bring a bit of money. A really nice '75 Continental brought $430 on eBay not too long ago.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7171347772

The pre-'67 models do pretty well also (as to the fillet-brazed models mentioned above).
It goes without saying that the Paramounts do and will continue to bring decent money.

Condition is everything though ...

Bob Hufford
Keeper of the Schwinn Lightweight Data Book
http://www.geocities.com/sldatabook/cover.html
Springfield, MO
 
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