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1955 Schwinn Catalog


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Famous Schwinn Guarantee
The Famous Schwinn "Long as you own it" Guarantee fully protects every Schwin bicycle against all defects in material or workmanship as long as it remains in the possession of the original purchaser.
Schwinn Loss Guarantee
The Schwinn Loss Guarantee is included with-out extra charge with every Schwinn Cyclelock equppied bicycle. It protects the owner against loss by theft for one year after purchase as explained on the Loss Guarantee Tag.

Every Schwinn bicycle is guaranteed "long as you own it"

Schwinn's long standing reputation for superior quality, backed by three generations of specialized experience in designing and building fine bicycles, makes the Schwinn Guarantee the most complete, most dependable ever offered on any bicycle. 1955-schwinn-logo 1955-schwinn-catalog-intro Yes, more Schwinn Bicycles are sold, year after year, than any other make -- a fitting tribute to Schwinn’s reputation for superior styling and unmatched quality standards. The Schwinn line of fine quality bicycle is the World’s most complete selection -- lightweight styles -- the popular new Middleweights -- balloon models in juvenile and full sizes -- racing, touring and delivery bicycles -- a full assortment of fine quality bicycle for every purpose, in every price range.

Schwinn Middleweights


1955-schwinn-middleweights a great new achievement combining the best in popular lightweight features with balloon-type dependability The new Schwinn Middleweights have already won widespread popularity because they are ideally suited to the special requirement of the American market. The light, easy handling of lightweight bicycles has been achieved by combining the new Schwinn Tornado 1.75” tire with multiple gear hubs and hand brakes. Yet the sturdy dependability of traditional balloon-tire design, so necessary for safe, trouble-free service in the hands of youthful riders, has been retained. Schwinn Middleweights are the only American Middleweight style bicycles using full size wheels with true 26”x1.75” tires and specially designed “narrow” frame, fork and guards. See the difference in their graceful lines -- perfectly balanced for smooth riding.

Schwinn Corvette



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Boys 26-inch Model F17

Most luxurious of the new middleweight models, with 3-speed gears, front and rear caliper brakes, stainless steel fenders, chrome headlight, whitewall tires and a handsome spring-type front luggage carrier on 26-inch models. Also available with coaster brake.

SPECIFICATIONS


FRAME- Boys middleweight cantilever, girls middleweight. FORK- Forged, narrow middleweight design. REAR HUB- 3-Speed or coaster brake. BRAKES- Front and rear calipers on 3-speed model; coaster brake only on coaster brake models CARRIER - Aluminum front carrier, spring-type (26-inch models only). FENDERS- Stainless steel. TIRES- Shwinn Tornado, 1.75” whitewall. RIMS- Schwinn tubular S7, chrome. COLORS- Opal red, blue or green; also black enamel.

MODELS


Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS F17        F67       26-inch       Corvette 3- speed                       60  58 F27        F77       24-inch       Corvette 3- speed             49 1/2  49 F13        F77       26-inch       Corvette (coaster brake)             59  58 F23        F73       24-inch       Corvette (coaster brake)      47 1/2   47

Schwinn American



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Boys 26-inch Model F14


Every part of this thrilling new Schwinn American middleweight is made right here in the United States--Bendix Multi-Speed hub with power coaster brake-- Schwinn front caliper brake.  Also available with coaster brake instead of Bendix Multi-Speed and front caliper brake.

SPECIFICATIONS


FRAME- Boys middleweight cantilever, girls middleweight.
FORK- Forged, narrow middleweight design.
REAR HUB- Bendix Multi-Speed or coaster brake.
BRAKES- Schwinn front caliper on Bendix Multi-Speed model; coaster brake only on
coaster brake models
TIRES- Shwinnn Tornado, 1.75”
RIMS- Schwinn tubular S7, chrome.
COLORS- Opal red, blue or green; also black enamel.

MODELS


Shipping Weight lbs.
BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS
F14        F64       26-inch       American Multi- speed                58  58
F24        F74       24-inch       American Multi- speed          49 1/2  49
F12        F62       26-inch       American (coaster brake)            57  55
F22        F72       24-inch       American (coaster brake)     46 1/2   46
F32        F82       20-inch       American (coaster brake)            43  43

Schwinn Tiger




boys 26-inch Model F10

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The popular Schwinn Tiger offers al the advantages of true middleweight styling and performance. It features 3-speed gears, front and rear caliper brakes, the new 1.75” Schwinn Tornado tire and the superb styling of Schwinn cantilever frame.


SPECIFICATIONS
FRAME- Boys middleweight cantilever, girls middleweight. FORK- Forged, narrow middleweight design. REAR HUB- 3-Speed. BRAKES- Caliper brakes, front and rear. TIRES- Shwinn Tornado, 1.75” RIMS- Schwinn tubular S7, chrome. COLORS- Opal red, blue or green; also black enamel.
MODELS
Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS F10        F60       26-inch      Tiger with 3-speed           56 1/2  56 1/2 F20        F70       24-inch      Tiger with 3-speed           48 1/2  48

Schwinn Flying Star




boys 26-inch Model F11
This popular priced bicycle offers top middleweight performance at low cost. The Flying Star is equipped with the Bendix Multi-Speed hub with power brake, Schwinn 1.75” Tornado tires and Schwinn’s sturdy single-bar frame-- an outstanding combination for speed and dependability.
SPECIFICATIONS
FRAME- Schwin single bar middleweight, girls middleweight. FORK- Forged, narrow middleweight design. REAR HUB- Bendix Multi-Speed. TIRES- Shwinn Tornado, 1.75” RIMS- Schwinn tubular S7, chrome. KICKSTAND- Detachable. COLORS- Spitfire red, blue or green; also black enamel
MODELS
Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS GIRLS SIZE DESCRIPTION BOYS/GIRLS F11 F61 26-inch Flying Star 54 54 F21 F71 24-inch Flying Star 50 50

Schwinn Balloon Tire Models


Finest quality balloon-tired bicycles. America’s best-selling line -- most complete selection, in every price range. The balloon-tired bicycle, which has become so popular for hard-riding American boys and girls, was first introduced in this country by Schwinn in 1933. Its sturdy construction and comfortable riding characteristics make it the characteristics make it the ideal bike for safety and dependability, especially junior sizes. Schwinn balloon-tired bicycles are famous for their superb styling and exclusive quality features. They are offered here in a complete range of models, both equipped and unequipped, with prices to suit every purse.

Schwinn Phantom




Boys 26-inch Model B19
The Phantom is the most famous balloon-tired bicycle in the world, with beautiful styling and lavish equipment.  The Cantilever frame, chrome-trimmed tank, spring fork, chrome fenders with built-in fenderlite and genuine leather saddle make the Phantom the best bike money can buy.
SPECIFICATIONS
FRAME- Schwinn balloon cantilever, girls balloon. FORK- Schwinn patented spring fork -- no Cycelock unless ordered extra. REAR HUB- Coaster brake. CARRIER - Streamlined -- no stop and tail light unless ordered extra. FENDERS- Chrome plated, extra wide. SADDLE- Deluxe, top grain leather. RIMS- Schwinn tubular S-2, chrome. TIRES- Schwin Typhoon whitewall. COLORS-  Red with black trim, black with red trim, green with black trim; also two-two tone blue on girls model only.
MODELS
Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS B19        B69       26-inch       Phantom                                     67  / 67

See our detailed Schwinn Phantom page.

Schwinn Jaguar



26-inch Boys Model D17

A Smartly styled balloon-tired bike with 3-Speed gears, front and rear caliper brakes, chrome fenders, chrome truss rods, whitewall tires and Schwinn Cantilever frame-- an easy riding bike that’s a delight to own.
SPECIFICATIONS
FRAME- Schwinn balloon cantilever. FORK- Forged, with chrome truss rods. REAR HUB- 3-Speed. BRAKES- Front and rear caliper. FENDERS- Chrome plated. TIRES- Shwinn Monsoon whitewall. RIMS- Schwinn tubular S-2, chrome. COLORS- Opal red, blue or green; also black enamel.
MODELS
Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS D17        --         26-inch        Jaguar                                    61     --

See the complete history of the Schwinn Jaguar.

Schwinn Streamliner




Boys 26-inch Model D16
Here is distinctive design in a fully equipped balloon-tired model with the super-strong Schwinn Cantilever frame.  Its quality equipment includes streamline tank with horn, Rocket Ray headlight, sturdy luggage carrier, chrome truss rods and whitewall tires.
SPECIFICATIONS
FRAME- Schwinn balloon Cantilever. FORK- Forged, with chrome truss rods. RIMS-  Schwinn tubular S-2, chrome. BRAKES- Caliper brakes, front and rear. TIRES- Shwinn Typhoon whitewall. COLORS- Opal red, blue or green; also black enamel.
MODELS
Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS D16        --       26-inch          Streamliner                                  63  -- J26         --       24-inch          Streamliner                                  56  --

Schwinn Starlet



A dainty, luxurious and completely feminine style that’s sure to please every girl -- truly the queen of the line!  Choose from such fashion-wise hues as Holiday Rose, Summer Cloud White, Windswept Green, Luscious Lavender and Powder Blue-- all with white saddle grips.
SPECIFICATIONS
FRAME- Schwinn girls balloon. FORK- Forged, chrome truss rods. SADDLE-- White Koroseal top. GRIPS- White. RIMS-  Schwinn tubular S-2, chrome. TIRES- Shwinn Typhoon whitewall. COLORS- Summer Cloud White with Holiday Rose or Powder Blue trim; Windswept Green with Luscious Lavender trim; or opal red, blue or green--also black            enamel.
MODELS
Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS --            D66       26-inch          Starlet                                   --     60 --            J76        24-inch          Starlet                                   --     52

Schwinn Deluxe Hornet




Boys 26-inch Model D19

The Deluxe Hornet is an outstanding value with many wonderful features at a modest cost.  Standard equipment includes spring fork, Rocket Ray light, special two-tone colors, whitewall tires and chrome rims-- a beautiful bicycle at an amazing low price!
SPECIFICATIONS
FRAME- Schwinn balloon double bar, girls balloon. FORK-  Schwinn patented spring fork. RIMS-  Schwinn tubular S-2, chrome. TIRES- Shwinn Typhoon whitewall. KICKSTAND-  Detachable. COLORS-  Black with red trim, two-town blue, two-tone green.
MODELS
Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS D19        D69       26-inch      Deluxe Hornet                            63 62

See the complete history of the Schwinn Deluxe Hornet.

Schwinn Hornet




Boys 26-inch Model D15

Here is a fully equipped bike at a price that’s hard to beat -- and you get famous Schwinn quality and styling, too! Features include tank with horn, chrome truss rods and torpedo headlight.  Sturdy luggage carrier on 26-inch models only.
SPECIFICATIONS
FRAME- Schwinn balloon double bar, girls balloon. FORK-  Forged, chrome truss rods. RIMS-  Schwinn tubular S2, chrome. TIRES- Shwinn Typhoon. KICKSTAND-  Detachable. COLORS-  Spitfire red, blue or green.
MODELS
Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS D15       D65       26-inch        Hornet                            60 1/2   59 1/2 J25        J75        24-inch        Hornet                            51 1/2   50 1/2 J35        J85        20-inch        Hornet                                        45   46

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Schwinn Wasp



Schwinn Wasp
Boys 26-inch Model D12
Schwinn Wasp ModelsCantilever frame construction and quality equipment make the Wasp an ideal choice for those who want the best in a standard balloon-tired bike. Here’s top performance and study dependability at a reasonable price.
SPECIFICATIONS
FRAME- Boys balloon Cantilever, girls balloon. FORK-  Forged. RIMS-  Schwinn tubular S-2, chrome. TIRES- Shwinn Typhoon. COLORS- Opal red, blue or green; also black enamel.
MODELS
Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS D12       D62       26-inch      Wasp                                           58  57 J22        J72        24-inch      Wasp                            50  50

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Schwinn Spitfire



1955 Schwinn Spitfire
Boys 26-inch Model D11
1955 Schwinn Spitfire ModelsWhen price is important, the Schwinn Spitfire is the ideal choice.  Here is a dependable quality bicycle at low cost, fully guaranteed by Schwinn to give lasting satisfaction as long as you own it!
SPECIFICATIONS
FRAME- Schwinn balloon double bar, girls balloon. FORK-  Forged. RIMS-  Schwinn tubular S2, enameled. TIRES- Shwinn Typhoon. KICKSTAND-  Detachable. COLORS-  Spitfire red, blue or green.
MODELS
Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS D11        D61       26-inch      Spitfire                                  54  54 J21         J71       24-inch      Spitfire                                  49   49 J31         J81       20-inch      Spitfire                                  41   41 1/2

Schwinn Cycle Truck



1955 Schwinn Cycle Truck
Model S1 Small Basket
1955 Schwinn Cycle Truck SidebarThe Schwinn Cycle Truck is the ideal one-man delivery vehicle for drug stores, delicatessens and many others.  Baskets mounted on frames do not interfere with steering.  Heavy duty construction throughout.
SPECIFICATIONS
FRAME- Special heavy duty construction, patented basket supports. FORK- Forged, extra heavy stem. FRONT HUB-  Heavy duty, with heavy duty spokes. REAR HUB- Coaster brake. PARKING STAND- Special patented type to support loaded basket. RIM  S- Schwinn tubular S2, chrome. TIRES- Heavy duty. BASKET- S1--24” x 16” x 11” ;  S2-- 28” x 22” x 11” COLORS- Light red, blue or green; also black or yellow enamel.
MODELS
Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS S1           --          26x20”      Cycle Truck--Small Basket            82  -- S2           --          26x20”      Cycle Truck- Large Basket            93  --

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American Made Schwinn Lightweights


1955 Schwinn Lightweights
...for touring, sports or racing
Schwinn lightweight bicycles are famous for their precision construction and unsurpassed performance.  They have carried more winners to the finish line than any other bicycle made -- truly the choice of champions. They are available in a wide selection of adult and juvenile sizes in every price range, for every cycling need. A great variety of special equipment, continental or domestic, is sure to please the most discriminating rider, amateur or professional. Year after year, Schwinn lightweights have outsold all others by a wide margin-- undisputed proof of their superiority.

Schwinn Traveler



1955 Schwinn Traveler
Boys 26-inch Model W18
1955 Schwinn Traveler ModelsThe Traveler is America’s best selling lightweight-- fully equipped with 3-speed gears, light generator set, stainless steel fenders and touring bag.  For sport, utility or touring, it’s the top favorite of them all!  Choice of 19”, 21” or 23”  frame sizes for boys 19” only for girls.
SPECIFICATIONS
FRAME- Schwinn Diamond, 19”, 21” or 23” for boys -- 19” only for girls FORK-  Schwinn tubular. REAR HUB- 3-Speed. BRAKES- Front and rear caliper. FENDERS- Stainless Steel. RIMS-  Schwinn tubular S6, chrome. TIRES- Shwinn Whirlwind 1 3/8”. COLORS-   Opal red, blue, green, gold or violet’ also black enamel.
MODELS
Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS W18        W68       26-inch      Traveler                         55 1/2  57 1/2

Schwinn Sports



Schwinn Sports
Boys 26-inch Model W-14
Schwinn Sports sidebarThe Schwinn Sports with its Special construction features has been designed to please the sports cyclist. 3-Speed gears, Maes type drop bars with racing grips, racing saddle and rat-trap pedals make this a top performer for pleasure riding or group competition.
SPECIFICATIONS
FRAME- Special “upright” design, 22 inch size. FORK-  Schwinn tubular. REAR HUB- 3-Speed. BRAKES-Aluminum alloy hooded lever front and rear caliper. SADDLE- Racing type, stretched leather. RIMS-  Schwinn tubular S6 chrome. TIRES- Shwinn Breeze, Tan Wall 26” x 1 1/4”. COLORS- Opal violet, red, blue, green or gold; also black enamel.
MODELS
Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS W14       --         26-inch        Sports                                     481/2  --

Schwinn Varsity



1955 Schwinn Varsity
1955 Schwinn Varsity modelsBoys 26-inch Model W11
Here is a popular 3-Speed model at a moderate price -- an ideal choice for touring, pleasure riding or utility.  Its quality construction and smart styling make the Varsity a top favorite of discriminating cyclists.  Available in 19”, 21” or 23” frame 19” only for girls.
SPECIFICATIONS
FRAME- Schwinn Diamond 19”, 21” or 23” for boys -- 19” only for girls. FORK-  Schwinn tubular. REAR HUB- 3-speed RIMS-  Schwinn tubular S6, chrome. TIRES- Shwinn Whirlwind 1 3/8”. COLORS-  Opal red, blue or green; also black enamel
MODELS
Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS W11       W61      26-inch       Varsity                                        53  52 W21      W71      24-inch        Varsity                                       48  48

Schwinn World



1955 Schwinn World
Boys 26-inch Model W2
1955 Schwinn World modelsNow the thrills of lightweight cycling are available at modest cost with the handsome Schwinn World. This coaster brake model is light weight for easy pedaling, yet sturdy and dependable for many mile of trouble-free service.
SPECIFICATIONS
FRAME- Schwinn Diamond 19”, 21” or 23” for boys -- 19” only for girls. FORK-  Schwinn tubular. REAR HUB- 3-speed RIMS-  Schwinn tubular S6, chrome. TIRES- Shwinn Whirlwind 1 3/8”. COLORS-  Opal red, blue or green; also black enamel
MODELS
Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS W2       W52      26-inch        World                                       50  50 W22      W72      24-inch        World                                       45  45

Schwinn Tandem



1955 Schwinn Tandem
Model T-5  26-inch
There’s no greater pleasure in cycling than gliding along on a beautiful Schwinn Tandem-- The Famous Bicycle-Built-For-Two.  Equipped with caliper brakes, heavy duty tandem hubs, forks and hangers -- choice of either tandem or balloon tires.
SPECIFICATIONS
FRAME- Schwinn tandem, short coupled, lady-back. FORK-  Schwinn heavy duty tandem. CRANK SETS- 3-piece cottered type. FRONT HUB- Choice of dural hub or large flange expander brake. BRAKES- Front and rear caliper brakes with dural hubs, or large flange front expander brake. REAR HUB- 3-speed COLORS-  Opal red, blue or green; also black enamel
MODELS
Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS T5              26-inch            Tandem                              90

Schwinn Paramounts



1955 Schwinn Paramount
Men’s 26-inch Model P11
1955 Schwinn Paramount modelsSchwinn Paramounts are professional-type “made-to-measure” bicycles- winners of more races than any other bicycle.  Each one is a precision made by hand, a masterpiece of bicycle craftsmanship.  Special order forms and ordering instructions are available from the factory upon request.
SPECIFICATIONS
FRAME- Made to order of Eccles & Pollack or Reynolds 531 tubing. FORK-  Made to order. CRANK SET- Schwinn Paramount racing cranks, 3-pin mounting. HUBS- Schwinn Paramount racing hubs, choice of stiff hub or free wheeling -- also Sturmey-Archer hubs. BRAKES- Schwinn caliper front and rear -- alloy optional. SADDLE- Best grade full mattress type or Brooks B-17 narrow. PEDALS- Best grade touring type or rat- trap. RIMS-  Extruded alloy rims with Schwinn Puff tires; Schwinn tubular with Schwinn Breeze tires; best grade ally rims on racing models. TIRES- Shwinn Puff 26”x1 1/4” or 27” x 1 1/4’ or Schwinn Breeze 26”x 11/4” on touring models; best grade tubular tires on racing models. COLORS-  Any standard Schwinn color
MODELS
Shipping Weight lbs. BOYS    GIRLS   SIZE          DESCRIPTION               BOYS/GIRLS P12       --           Special       Paramount Racer                         35 -- P11       P61        26-inch      Paramount Racer                        43 43 1955 Schwinn Optional Equipment 1955 Schwinn Exclusive Features 1955 Schwinn colors

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