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Country:United StatesPrimary Focus:Bicycle Frames
Years of Operation:1895 - ?
General Information
Schwinns were made in Chicago, IL  USA up until the 1970's. Sometime in the 1970's, the Schwinn Chicago factory was organized by the United Auto Workers union, who felt that bicycle factory workers should be paid on the same scale as automotive workers. Unfortunately, the realities of the marketplace didn't agree, and Schwinn closed the factory, transferring most production to Japan (Panasonic) and Taiwan (Giant). Schwinn also built a factory in Greenville, Mississippi, but it didn't last, and even bought a factory in Hungary, but the deal fell through, and Schwinn never imported any Hungarian bikes to the U.S.

Pacific Cycle, founded in 1983, designs and markets bicycles and scooters under several brands, including Schwinn, Mongoose, DYNO, InSTEP, Roadmaster, Pacific Outdoors, and others. It's also a top maker of bicycle helmets in the US. Pacific Cycle, which outsources its manufacturing to China and Taiwan, got its operations in gear by buying Brunswick Bicycles, Schwinn/GT Corp., InSTEP, and PTI Sports, all within a few years. Dorel Industries owns Pacific Cycle alongside its popular Cannondale brand.

Ignatz Schwinn and Adolph Arnold formed Arnold, Schwinn & Company to produce bikes in 1895.  The rest, is a long long history that can, and does, fill volumes. 

Frame Models
ModelCategoryProducedSold AsExamples
Schwinn CrossCutHybrid / FitnessEarly 1990'sComplete Bicycle1
Schwinn MiradaMountain Bike1980'sUnknown1
Schwinn Paramount Series 90Mountain BikeEarly 1990'sUnknown1
Schwinn Series 90 PDGMountain BikeN/AComplete Bicycle1
Schwinn ParamountRoad Race1966 - ?Unknown1
Schwinn LeTourRoad Sport1974 - 1982Unknown1
Schwinn ParamountRoad Sport1989 - ?Bare Frameset1
Schwinn Sports TourerRoad SportN/AComplete Bicycle1
Schwinn SuperiorRoad Sport1981 - 1983Complete Bicycle1
Schwinn superiorRoad Sport1981 - 1983Complete Bicycle1
Schwinn VolareRoad Sport1977 - 1978Complete Bicycle1
Schwinn WorldRoad SportEarly 1980's - Mid 1980'sComplete Bicycle1
Schwinn PassageRoad TouringMid 1980'sComplete Bicycle1
Schwinn VoyageurRoad Touring1988 - ?Complete Bicycle1
Frame Serial Numbers(click to expand)
Serial NumberFrame DetailYearAdded By
H634Schwinn Paramount (1966)1966azorch
1E02177Schwinn LeTour (1974 - 1982)1974andypop1
L729007Schwinn Volare (1977 - 1978)1977velogarden
15022Schwinn Superior (1981 - 1983)1981velogarden
G0586Schwinn World, Mid 1980's woman's frame1986SR
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