Thursday, June 29, 2017
1947 Schwinn Continental
It's hard to believe that it's already the end of June. It's truly summer here now, with temperatures around 90 and plenty of humidity. The evening and the early morning are the best times to ride, and I take a little over an hour each evening to ride.
This 1947 Schwinn Continental has a great combination of an American-made, fillet brazed frame; classic American-style bright parts; a great tint of blue; and the excellent Sturmey Archer 3-speed AW transmission.
I really like the chainring on these Continentals: it's simple, elegant, and functional. The three-piece bottom bracket that Schwinn used is based on what the Birmingham-made English bikes used, and seem to be closest to the Brimingham Hercules family of parts.
This bike also has a really neat, two-piece stem. This stem has a steel pillar, but an aluminum neck. The bolts are monogrammed with the company logo: "AS". Balloon tire bicycle collectors seek out this style of stem for their bikes, and you even sometimes see these bikes missing the stems and for sale with either the wrong stem, or no bars/stem at all. This one is intact, and it's great.