June 30, 2010

New (old) bicycle – Schwinn Hollywood

Posted in Adventures, Bicycles, Personal Projects tagged , , , at 1:52 am by Brown Boots

I’ve been obsessing over buying THE perfect bike for 2-3 months now. I haven’t ridden a bike since I was a teenager, so I had to learn all about what makes good bikes good and what I should look for since I’ll just be riding around the city. In the end I decided on a single-speed vintage Schwinn (which may or may not be a girl’s bike). Old Schwinns are amazing because they’re American-made, high quality and have the vintage aesthetic that I’m always into. Many 50-year old Schwinns are still around and fully functional today.

I started looking and found a few different bikes in Brooklyn but unfortunately didn’t act fast enough before they were sold. Then this past weekend I was walking around my neighborhood and some dude was selling this on the corner for $125! I bought it right then and there, and it was absolutely worth it. This particular bike is a Schwinn Hollywood probably from around the 1960s. I got this pretty cheap all things considered, so I’m going to buy some new parts for it and fix it up over time.

The first thing I plan on switching out are the grips. I’m going to get either leather grips or cork grips to replace the current childish ones.

I also have a few other bike-related purchases coming up now. I plan on getting a new messenger bag from Archival Bags for when I’m out with my bike for the day. My current bag is way too large to wear over the shoulder comfortably. I also need some new shirts for biking, because it’s been 90+ degrees in NYC lately and madras shirts just aren’t cutting it.

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1 Comment »

  1. Lisa said,

    Hi! Great find! I own this exact bike. It’s 1970. I thought mine was an earlier model when I bought it. This Schwinn has classic lines doesn’t it?! Enjoy! 🙂


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