I picked up a pretty nice new ride off Craigslist, check it out. Nathan had to sell it because he was heading off to law school. The bike is a 1980 Schwinn De Luxe Twinn 5 with the Atom drum brake in the rear. This five speed is the perfect bike for me to ride with my daughter to see a movie at either of our neighborhood cinemas (The Times and the Rosebud) or get Gelato.
Nathan wrenched in a bike shop over the summer, so he put the vintage ride in fine rolling condition. He replaced the rear tire, greased all the bearings, adjusted the brakes and the shifting. On close inspection, the tandem is not mint, but it is very clean. The chrome gleams and the raspberry red paint looks nice. I would rate it 8 of 10. That is fine with me because I’m not a collector; I’m a rider. I like my bikes to look nice, but they don’t have to be perfect.
I have a few friends in my Washington Heights neighborhood who also have Schwinn Twinns, which got me thinking that it might be fun to organize a tandem date night. Couples could ride their tandems and rendezvous somewhere for a little get together. Any of you West Siders interested?
I thought it was a good buy at $250. It rides like a dream, as you would expect from a Chicago-made icon. For you Schwinn freaks out there, the serial number is AR8J1939, and I have included a photo of the 1980 Schwinn catalog that features this bike.