[CR] Fillet-Brazed Schwinns

(Example: Framebuilders:Doug Fattic)

Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2008 08:03:40 -0400
Subject: [CR] Fillet-Brazed Schwinns
From: "Doug Fattic" <fatticbicycles@qtm.net>
To: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <jerrymoos@sbcglobal.net>, 'Classic Rendevous' <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>

From: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <jerrymoos@sbcglobal.net>

Thanks to several CR members for their responses, and especially to Bob Hufford for his reply and his excellent Schwinn site. I just bought this early 70's Sports Tourer:

http://ebay.com/<blah> QQcategoryZ98084QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Yeah, I know, if I waited about 5 years, I might find one for $50 at a garage sale, but I find these fillet-brazed models interesting, and I think maybe they are a bit rare, since they probably didn't sell that many, as they were more expensive than Continental, but weren't European enough to be "cool" in the 70's.


I'm a big fan of fillet brazed Schwinns too and that is the category of bicycles I collect because they are usually within my price range. Actually I wanted the one you got from a CR member but couldn't afford it. Part of the reason I like them is because my dad bought me a Super Sport for Christmas in 1965. It cost him $94.50 if I remember right. Everyone thought that was an enormous amount to pay for just a bicycle. It got stolen while I was in college.

Bob Hufford helped me locate another 1965 Super Sport (thanks Bob!). I bought it from someone that salvaged it from Goodwill. I took it apart to give it a through overhaul. It sits proudly in the rack where I lined it up all my historic frames - My '69 Hetchins, '72 Masi, '53 and '75 Ellis Briggs, '60 Johnny Berry. It fits in perfectly in my opinion - with it's Ashtabula bottom bracket and all. The workmanship might not be as great but the satisfaction it provides is just as much.

Doug Fattic - enjoying collecting what I can afford in Niles, Michigan