Monday, April 17, 2017

1941 Schwinn New World

There's nothing quite like a nice evening for a bike ride - 70 and sunny. This 1941 Schwinn New World is still a great riding bike.

 The graphics are worn a bit, but still in pretty good shape. The iconic Schwinn cross is mostly there.
 This bicycle is deceptively light - lighter than a similarly sized Raleigh Sports bike. The ride would certainly be familiar to Raleigh riders, but it would just feel a little "zippier".
 The red paint is a bit faded and worn in spots, but the overall presentation is pretty good.

One of the surprising things is just how good the old Wald-made parts are on this bike - the handlebars and stem. Wald became known for cheaper parts in later years, but these pre-WWII Wald parts were used on the lightweights of the late 1930s and early 1940s. This stem also appeared on many balloon tire bikes of the era. They're well-made, with good plating.

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