What Makes a Schwinn Bike?
Schwinn bikes first appeared on streets in the 19th century and were built in such a unique way that decades-old Schwinns can still be seen in Chicago and other bike-friendly cities.
In 1895, bicycle manufacturer Arnold, Schwinn & Company was founded in Chicago just as a craze for the two-wheeled conveyances was sweeping the country. But it didn’t last long. Within a few years automobiles and motorcycles outnumbered bikes on American streets.
Schwinn survived to enjoy another sales boom in the 1960s and ’70s. The company’s bikes of the period were built by a unique method, which made them strong but heavy. Those sturdy frames mean that 50-year-old Schwinns are still a common sight in the Windy City.
These vintage Schwinn bicycles were spotted on a recent stroll around the Loop.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
LATEST URBAN HEADLINES
Roads Are Getting a Redesign3 days ago
Do Mayors Still Care About Income Inequality?3 days ago
Will Urban Innovation Teams Outlast Political Change?3 days ago
Anchorage, Alaska, Passes Gay Rights Law3 days ago
Philadelphia Has Worst Poverty Among Major Cities3 days ago
Mayor: Uber and Lyft Will Soon Be Legal in Miami4 days ago