Dating vintage schwinn bikes
The sequence was changed in 1981 when facilities weremoved to Wisconsin, to include the letter "W" followedby a production month letter and several numbers, thefirst two signifying year of production (81 = 1981, etc.). Le Tour (and Super Le Tour)numbers (1978- on) include the letter "S"with year of production (8 = 1978, 0 = 1980). Sting 20" racing bikes have aproduction month letter "T" signifying that it is a tri-ovalframe (with three frame tube ends ovalized). Imported Schwinn serial sequences depend upon countryof origin. "BICYCLING DON'TS: Stunting, doing wheelies, or 'dirt biking' places stresses on bicycles far above design intentions.
Bicycles from Japan have a production monthletter in either the first or second position and a productionyear number in the other (first or second) position. Taiwanese imports have aseparate date code number on the right rear fork end thatincludes the letter "G" followed by a two-digit month code(01 = January etc.) and two more digits for the productionyear (80 = 1980 etc.). Also Note that if your bike is after year 2001 the Schwinn/Questor bankruptcy, It has been foundthat ( Pacifc Cycle ) bikes do not use this dating. Damage such as broken welds, bent forks, and 'flat spots' on rims will result" -- Breaking all the bicycling rules since 1977.
Prior to this time, only special team tandems (like Olympic bikes) were made.
It was a sequence consisting of a letter followed by two digits, starting with A10, followed by A11 and so on until A99. Here’s a table of the codes and their manufacturing dates: For example, H7634 is the thirty-fourth frame or fork scheduled during August of 1976.
If thefirst letter is a "A" through "M" it refers to production month("A" = January, "B" = February, etc.).
The letters "I" and "O" are not used, to avoid mistakingthem for numbers.
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