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53 tornado twin tube

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  1. Gebolys77

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    This one poped up on my local cl Sunday as a 53 men's schwinn with no picks and no number so we started emailing back and fourth and finally got a pick yesterday
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    and than set up a time to come take a look at it and it was worth the wate if you ask me
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    I have never had a schwinn approved hub either which is cool. And my plans with this one is a good wax and a banana seat and som apes
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    DIG THAT COASTER!
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    That's all that it needs. 8) Nice score!
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    Well this is it reskined a old seat with a old burlap bag that I thought was cool and swaped out the stem too rides really nice
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    The paint looks great on that bike. However, the Tornado didn't come out until 57. Still a 50's Schwinn though.
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    Well done!Clean and simple with loads of style.
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    When I ran the serialnumber I got that its march 13-16 of 1953 but I guess I could be wrong
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    and Can any one help me out on this one my question why on the twin tube typhoon the tubes run to the rear dropout and on mine thay stop at the seat post tube?
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    And the skipper twin tube is the same too
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    Sep 06 1960, it has 6 numerals in the number. Still a great bike, 52 years old. There was a discussion here a couple years ago about those frames and why they made 2 versions, I don't remember if anyone knew why. But either one is good and not that common.
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    Thanks for the info wildcat and eather way it's still a cool ride
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    Nice finds! The red one is a '60, and that variation was only '58-61 I believe. But the black frame, how the two tubes actually loop down into the seat stays, was a '62 frame only and it was only with the Typhoon model. Great stuff! Unique frames indeed. Enjoy!
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    I'm amazed how shiny and bright that old Schwinn paint shines after more than 50 years. I read some more on those frames, they went to the continuous bars in 1961, so the last year for the separate twin bars was 1960. My friend's Skipper with the continuous bars was 61, so that makes sense. That's probably a great riding bike too, the only problem I have is with the old Schwinn S seats, they lose all cushioning. I added a gel pad to mine, it works well and doesn't change the look of the seat. I made a thread on how I did it.

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