Mass produced Schwinn bikes have been data-coded since1965 by the first two letters in the serial number.
The firstletter tells production month, the second tells production year.
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"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting 'what a ride! Live as if you'll die today." Here's the scoop on 82 and older Schwinn's Schwinn's 1982 and older had two letters, first one is the month and the second is the year, then it is followed by five or six numbers which is the sequence number. Its first two serial numbers are KG according to the seller. So either Ken C is wrong, or the lady read the letters wrong. I can't clearly read the first 2 didgits in the SN#. K It arrived today and i was hoping to submit b4 and after piks of this rare bike while i build it up again.
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.
Note: This scheme is for all Chicago built non-Paramount models excluding 1962-1963 Superiors, 1964-1969 Super Sports and 1968 S/S Tourers (whose Serial Numbers are located on the left rear axle hanger and consist of a single letter code for the month [again, skip "I" and "O"], the last digit of the year and a 3-digit sequential build number -- e.g.
'K6018' is the 18th frame built in October of 1966).Schwinn Bike.com, however, does not have a huge classic bike index to compare older models with.On e Bay, look closely at bikes that have a clear number of the serial number so that it will increase the likelihood that you are using an authentic Schwinn as a comparison to the bike you are interested in.For example, a serial number starting with AA means it was made in January 1965, BA corresponds to February 1965, CC corresponds to March 1967, and so on. Distinguish Le Tour or Super Le Tour Schwinn models by looking for the "S" in front of the serial number. The serial numbers will have a letter in the second position representing the month it was produced, and a number in the third position representing the year. Take the date of production gathered from the serial number, the model printed on the bike itself, and the overall visual design and compare it to a Schwinn pricing table like that found at Old Old will provide some information about Schwinn bikes and pictures of them. Do a quick search online at sites like e or Schwinn to find other photos of that particular bike model to compare to the bike your interested in.Limited Production Schwinn Bikes include Paramount, Letour, and Sting model names produced in the United States.