1977 Schwinn Tornado
June 30, 1977...
This photo was taken on my 6th birthday. I wanted a BMX bike so badly, and the local Schwinn dealer had this one on the showroom floor. Before my 6th birthday, I would ask my folks to stop in there so I could drool over it. I probably did a bit of begging on par for a 5 1/2 year old. We went to dinner on my birthday and came home without stopping at the Schwinn dealer. I got home and was disappointed: No Tornado. Then, my dad called me out to the garage where he had it hidden behind a wrestling mat. He pulled it away and this picture was taken moments later. Over the next few years, I hit the neighborhood dirt mounds daily. I removed the chainguard and fenders, and lost the bread loaf seat in exchange for a short BMX saddle and swapped out the tires for knobbies. Then, I nearly lost my life when my dad caught me trying to remove the kickstand weld with a crowbar and a mini sledge. Sadly, the only thing left of this bike is the picture. I might try to rebuild one soon.
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