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First Flight said:
1965. The Fleet was a pretty basic model and doesn't have much "collector" value but they can be fun bikes to play around with.
I love the medium weight bikes and this one with a tank and light is awesome IMO of course. :)

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stosh said:
I love the medium weight bikes and this one with a tank and light is awesome IMO of course. :)

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the condition of that thing looks very nice for it's age. life FF says it wont bring you much money but it's super cool. ride it and love it.
 

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Veloculture said:
the condition of that thing looks very nice for it's age. life FF says it wont bring you much money but it's super cool. ride it and love it.
I will be, I'm not going to sell it.
It has a weird flex in the headset when the front wheel is turned all the way to the right. I'm going to tear down the headset at some point and check it out. Other than that it's in pretty good condition.
 

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BobHufford said:
I haven't been following values of these that closely, but I'd guess one in this condition would bring over $300 easily (a crusty one sold on eBay recently for almost $200).
I bought a yard sale 1965 Schwinn Typhoon a couple months ago and have been watching them on ebay since. I can't make any sense out of the values. I see some sell for $50 and others for $3-400. It doesn't seem to be related to condition, or color or any other obvious (to me at least) factor. If anybody can clue me in, I'd appreciate it.
 

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GT_guy said:
I bought a yard sale 1965 Schwinn Typhoon a couple months ago and have been watching them on ebay since. I can't make any sense out of the values. I see some sell for $50 and others for $3-400. It doesn't seem to be related to condition, or color or any other obvious (to me at least) factor. If anybody can clue me in, I'd appreciate it.
I totally agree! I too own a typhoon and I can't make heads or tails out of the value of that either.
I don't see many fleets around though.
 

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stosh, thats a very nice rig :D For a newbie schwinn interested person such as myself, what would people class as the rarer rigs?

I see in the original brochure they weighed 45lbs new? wheres the bulk of the weight in these (no I'm not going to set out on a 66 schwinn weight-weenie mission!), just curious!

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scant said:
stosh, thats a very nice rig :D For a newbie schwinn interested person such as myself, what would people class as the rarer rigs?

I see in the original brochure they weighed 45lbs new? wheres the bulk of the weight in these (no I'm not going to set out on a 66 schwinn weight-weenie mission!), just curious!

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The frames and wheels seem to be the heaviest parts obviously. They didn't use a light steel for the frames thats for sure!
It's always fun putting these big boy's on my repair stand!!

I'm still a NOOB to schwinn buying but I really enjoy it and it gives me something to look for at garage sales. :)

If you see something and you like it buy it, they normally aren't huge investments. :)
 

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scant said:
I see in the original brochure they weighed 45lbs new? wheres the bulk of the weight in these (no I'm not going to set out on a 66 schwinn weight-weenie mission!), just curious!
many thanks :)
If you read any of the books on Schwinn, you'll learn that part of how they justified their high cost (based on the CPI, that $56 Schwinn would cost $400 today) was to essentially guarantee that the bike could be passed down to 2 or 3 younger kids. They were virtually indestructable, which might explain why so many are still around!
To do that, they used heavy steel frames, steel rims, big honkin steel bottom brackets and heavy cranks, steel handlebars, ... (see the pattern here? ;) )

The frames were actually stamped out of sheet steel, folded and welded shut - not made from tubing. See this article on the process.
 

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GT_guy said:
If you read any of the books on Schwinn, you'll learn that part of how they justified their high cost (based on the CPI, that $56 Schwinn would cost $400 today) was to essentially guarantee that the bike could be passed down to 2 or 3 younger kids. They were virtually indestructable, which might explain why so many are still around!
To do that, they used heavy steel frames, steel rims, big honkin steel bottom brackets and heavy cranks, steel handlebars, ... (see the pattern here? ;) )

The frames were actually stamped out of sheet steel, folded and welded shut - not made from tubing. See this article on the process.
Wow, awesome awesome awesome article!!!!
Thanks for the great info. I've only just begun collecting and educating myself.
 
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