If you've been looking for the best reference book and catalog reprints available, you've found the right place. Most of these books are only available right here. I've tried to put together the best and most useful reference books for collectors and fans of vintage Schwinn bicycles.
Knowledge is power! And knowing what you're doing is also pretty darn fun. These are the kind of books I wished I'd had when I was starting out in the hobby in the mid-1990s. The deals I missed! The rare bikes I sold too cheap! The common bikes I held onto like they were gold! But now you can have a leg up with these reference books.
I sometimes make these books available on eBay, and I typically mark them up a few bucks on eBay to partially offset the fees. So my books are usually a bit cheaper here.
A few quick words on these books: I have these printed in small lots, they're also printed in the USA, which I think it pretty cool. These books are all 8.5" by 11", softcover bound unless otherwise noted. All have bookstore quality binding and paper. These books are a big step up from the usual xeroxed and spiral bound books that are so common in the hobby.
I have recently discontinued several book titles due to lack of sales. The Sting-Ray Catalog Compilation (color), 1952 Schwinn Dealer Bikes, 1952 Schwinn Dealer Parts, 1953 Schwinn Dealer Catalog, 1940 Schwinn Bikes, 1938 Combo, 67 + 70 Dealer, and 1959 Schwinn Catalog (color) are no longer available.
The Heavyweight Guide and Middleweight Guide are now limited edition print runs. (426 and 226 respectively) When they're gone, they're gone. When the Tech & Spec 1.3 is finished, it will also be a hand-numbered limited edition.
Shipping costs are for Priority flat rate shipping in USA only. Canada and elsewhere will be higher.
This book is the best overall guide to Schwinn's heavyweight line-up. Each model has at least one catalog page dedicated to it, plus an explanation of how the model was equipped, the years it was produced, and if it was different from year to year. The 1946 - 1949 model naming system is explained. The Goodrich bikes are covered. Various parts and accessories are explained. Plus there are some Whizzer pages, plus 40+ pages of accessories and parts from 1940s and 1950s catalogs. This book is somewhat like the Middleweight Compilation Guide, but it also incorportates elements of the Tech & Spec. The Heavyweight Guide is 250 (!) pages, black & white. If you dig the Schwinn Heavyweights, this is the book you want.
Covers all Schwinn Heavyweights from Autocycle to Wasp, plus everything in between. Covers the women's models, the Standard line, the DX line, Hornet, Jaguar, Phantom, Spitfire, Starlet, Streamliner, B-6, Meteor, Leader and more. Covers the differences bewteen the B-models and the D-models.
Pictures of the interior pages can be seen in my eBay listing for this book.
Limited print run of 426 copies. Hand numbered. We're around #170.
If you're into Schwinn's Heavyweights, this book will more than pay for itself, plus it'll help you avoid mis-represented franken-bikes and help you recognize deals on complete originals. Knowledge is power!
>>> Temporarily Out of Stock. Should be available June 4 or so. Just got behind on re-ordering. You can always buy some of my other books while you wait. <<<
That's right, four hard-to-find Schwinn Dealer catalogs in one awesome book. Contains Heavyweight and Lightweight bike pages, contains parts pages, plus more. Scanned from originals, and printed in black and white. 254 (!) pages of awesome. 8.5" x 11", softcover bound, covers masterfully modified by M. Mathey. Limited to 100 copies (we're right around #65 as of April.), hand numbered.
If you're serious about Schwinn's Heavyweight or Lightweight lines, this will be an incredibly valuable reference piece. A book like this can help you cut through the BS when looking at vintage bikes. Nobody has ever regretted being knowledgable about vintage Schwinns.
These books would be a deal at twice the price. If you've always wanted to own these early dealer catalogs but couldn't justify the cost, this is your chance at the next best thing.
I am stoked on this book. If you are into Schwinn Middleweights, then you will be too. 100 (!) pages, full color 8.5" x 11", softcover binding. Cover design adapted from the '59 Catalog and perfected by M. Mathey. Pictures of the interior of this book can be seen on my eBay listing.
Shows the evolution of Schwinn's 26" Middleweight line, every model, boy's and girl's, alphabetically. Every major change to each model is documented with a large format catalog page, with model years up top for easy reference. The 1955 - 1963 models get full pages pulled from the dealer catalogs (1955, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1962 and 1963 dealer catalogs, to be exact). The 1964 - 1970 models are shown in the consumer catalogs. Select consumer catalog scans from 1960 - 1970 are shown, mostly the boy's bikes, but some pages of relevant women's bikes are also shown.
Example: The Flying Star gets three pages: A 1955 page (no canti bars '55 - '56 noted up top) a 1957 page (canti bars '57 - '58 noted up top) and a 1961 page (equipped budget straightbar, only year, noted up top). A later model like the Deluxe Typhoon is shown in the consumer catalog pages, which aren't as sexy, but they get the job done.
This book also includes a two page chart that shows the rise and fall of Schwinn's Middleweight empire from 1955 through 1970. Basically which models with which gearing in what years. Colors are also noted. Plus several pages of basic information (stems, lights, hubs, etc) on Schwinn's Middleweight line. Plus a section on serial numbers. Plus a few pages on Schwinn's tandems.
This is a great piece of reference material, and it's real easy on the eyes. If you want to know what you're doing when looking at and purchasing Schwinn Middleweights, then look no further. This is hands down the best and easiest to understand Schwinn Middleweight reference guide ever assembled.
Limited print run of 226 copies. Hand numbered, and we're still under #090.
If you work on Bendix coaster hubs, then these are the wrenches you've been looking for. One end is 7/8", the other is 47/64". You'll need the pair when replacing the drive side cone. Works on all Bendix coaster brake hubs, smooth shell to red band to USA 70 to Mexico 70 & 76. The 7/8" size also fits the 2 speed hubs, Automatic and Manual shift. Also work with Morrow hubs.
$25 price is for a pair, Priority shipping is $4.90. Red Schwinn catalog not included.
Had these made by Versa-Tech, a local Portland metal shop. I could probably get these made in India or China for a quarter of the price, but that's just not how I roll. USA-made tools for working on USA-made bicycles, it's a good thing.
>> This print run is SOLD OUT. New 1.3 version covering 1946 - 1980 in the works.<<
Schwinn Tech & Spec Guide 1.2, 530 (!) B&W pages of Schwinn info and photos. Getting into old Schwinn bikes, but don't know where to start? This book will give you a foundation to stand on. Been collecting for years, but want to know more? This book answers the questions you never knew you had. Knowledge is power! Collect smarter so you can collect harder!
Tons of info, lots of pictures, repair mechanical how-to, and oh so much more. Knowledge is power, so power up! Info on all 1950 - 1980 Chicago made Schwinn bikes, not just the currently collectable models.
Separate chapters cover: frames, rims (w/ spoke chart), tires, front hubs, rear hubs, chainrings, cranks, headsets, stems, pedals, chainguards, badges, reflectors, fenders, grips, bars, tanks, brakes, shifters, seats, lights, racks, accessories, serial numbers, tech and tools, paint colors and decals.
Here's how the chapters work: The chapter on chainguards has a separate listing for each different style of guard, the guards are pictured, important variations in paint and chrome are noted, chainring compatibility is noted, types of bikes that particular guard styles came on is noted, interchage is discussed, and mounting dimensions are listed. Helpful, practical stuff!
The 130 page Model Name Index covers each model in reasonable detail, with pictures, with relative rarity and desirability noted. Also a section on modern and repop Schwinns, several pages of schematics, plus even more. This book will rip off the top of your skull and pour in a steaming cauldron of Schwinn knowledge; your life will never be the same.
I'm mailing these out Media Mail at $4, because the latest batch of books is a touch thicker and the Priority Flat Rate envelopes are really tight. Media Mail is somewhat slow if you're in the Midwest or on the East Coast, but it's so much cheaper than Priority. If you're in a rush I can ship in a Medium Flat Rate Priority box for $11.
$37.95 plus $4 media mail shipping gets one of these books to your doorstep.
>> This print run is SOLD OUT. <<
>> If you're looking for a book on the basic mechanicals of these bikes, try Glenn's Complete Bicycle Manual, it's a bike repair book from the 1970s. Often available on eBay for a reasonable price.<<