I just got an old Schwinn. What should I do to make it rideable again? Also, how can I identify the year and model?
To make the bike rideable again, replace:
Clean and regrease the bearings in:
Model S3C Bulletin A
Model S3C Bulletin B
Quick Release Rear Hub
Lay the bike on its side, and drip some oil into the freewheel. This is all it needs. Oil the pedal bearings.
Clean and oil the chain, shifters, and derailleurs.
Have the wheels trued if needed.
Online bike repair:
Kickstand removal and other tips by Mark Smith:
You can buy used parts on
Paint for 1940's - 1950's Schwinns:
Paint for 60's – 70's Schwinns:
How to find the serial number, year, and model:
How to ship a bike: