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#1 2009-06-15 4:19pm

Mirage1972
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1972 JC Penney Swinger

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1972 JC Penney Swinger

My first 20" bike.

I jumped this bike probably more than any other bike I've ever had (off wooden ramps in the street). It's long gone, but fortunately, I still have these photos taken May 1979 on the day I got it as a family hand-me-down (yes, that is me at 7 years old). I swear, I was fearless on this thing. Couldn't have had the bars further back or the seat further down!
#11!  I never officially raced this bike, but to me, it's still BMX roots! When I got this bike, I remember that my dad told me that kids got together and raced bikes (I probably asked about the number plate). This fueled my young imagination! I didn't actually know about BMX until probably a couple years later though.
NOTE: I have seen photos of these described as "Foremost Swinger", but I never knew it as that, so I'm not putting it in the bike title. It could very well be a "Foremost Swinger I"
These bikes were actually made by Huffy and badged by JC Penney.


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"BICYCLING DON'TS: Stunting, doing wheelies, or 'dirt biking' places stresses on bicycles far above design intentions.
Damage such as broken welds, bent forks, and 'flat spots' on rims will result" -- Breaking all the bicycling rules since 1977.

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#2 2009-06-15 7:05pm

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

awesome bike and blast from the past picture!!


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#3 2009-06-15 7:11pm

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

Brings back some memories. I had a Free Spirit from Sears around that time..smile


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#5 2009-06-16 9:31pm

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

LOL, thanks. Yeah, it was a sweet ride. Wish I hadn't dumped it when I built my first Huffy BMX bike from a frame my aunt found in the woods behind her house. Oh well. I just realized I'm drying off the bike after washing it in the pic. Nice.

And thanks to the admin/mod for adding the "bad ass jacket" comment. Yes... yes, it was a badass jacket.

These are the only photos I know of where I look like Ralphie from A Christmas Story, by the way, I swear.

Last edited by Mirage1972 (2009-06-16 9:34pm)


WTB: Nothing, unless it's a real cheap local survivor score!

"BICYCLING DON'TS: Stunting, doing wheelies, or 'dirt biking' places stresses on bicycles far above design intentions.
Damage such as broken welds, bent forks, and 'flat spots' on rims will result" -- Breaking all the bicycling rules since 1977.

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#6 2009-07-12 6:23pm

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

Mirage1972 wrote:

These are the only photos I know of where I look like Ralphie from A Christmas Story, by the way, I swear.

lol !
took the words right outta my mouth.
you'll put your eye out kid ! lol

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#7 2009-07-20 10:27am

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

wow ..that a sweet ride, love the history. i had the schwinn 5 speed fast back , my dad found it in the garbage painted it black with fake lug work in gold.

take it off any sweet jumps?


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#8 2009-07-20 12:35pm

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

All the time! Set up the ol' 1x8's in the street on concrete blocks and launched off it all the time! I vaguely remember biting it a couple times, but that sure didn't stop me back then.


WTB: Nothing, unless it's a real cheap local survivor score!

"BICYCLING DON'TS: Stunting, doing wheelies, or 'dirt biking' places stresses on bicycles far above design intentions.
Damage such as broken welds, bent forks, and 'flat spots' on rims will result" -- Breaking all the bicycling rules since 1977.

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#9 2010-07-23 8:20pm

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

hey kid "you will shoot your eye out" lol man that is crazy look alikes for sure!


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#10 2010-07-23 8:20pm

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

i swear to god..before i even read the comments..i was screaming... "you'll shoot your eye out!!!!!!"


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#11 2010-07-23 8:39pm

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

That70'sGuy wrote:

wow ..that a sweet ride, love the history. i had the schwinn 5 speed fast back , my dad found it in the garbage painted it black with fake lug work in gold.

take it off any sweet jumps?

youll shoot your eye out ....lol


1 847 249 5670 shop ask for von never on thursday
playatyourownrisk360@yahoo.com  bmxpert on duty.....
thats 1400 , leading to the safe return of the collection .....
210 264 8937
no law involved , just me my dad and 1400 in cash and you pointing a finger saying its in there [/b]

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#12 2010-07-25 3:50am

Mirage1972
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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

Yeah, I was a cute kid. Too bad that cute wore off so fast!


WTB: Nothing, unless it's a real cheap local survivor score!

"BICYCLING DON'TS: Stunting, doing wheelies, or 'dirt biking' places stresses on bicycles far above design intentions.
Damage such as broken welds, bent forks, and 'flat spots' on rims will result" -- Breaking all the bicycling rules since 1977.

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#13 2010-07-31 7:49pm

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

lol bad ass jacket!!!


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#14 2010-12-12 1:14pm

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

I am amazed that you could ride it without sliding off the seat. Man, I wish I still had my Schwinn Stingray. Those style bikes are the best for wheelies.

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#15 2010-12-12 1:19pm

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

Joebikesbaby wrote:

I am amazed that you could ride it without sliding off the seat. Man, I wish I still had my Schwinn Stingray. Those style bikes are the best for wheelies.

Yeah I know! It looks like I had pretty good leverage pushing off the bars like that though!


WTB: Nothing, unless it's a real cheap local survivor score!

"BICYCLING DON'TS: Stunting, doing wheelies, or 'dirt biking' places stresses on bicycles far above design intentions.
Damage such as broken welds, bent forks, and 'flat spots' on rims will result" -- Breaking all the bicycling rules since 1977.

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#16 2011-02-09 5:54am

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

Dude, you were so Ralphy!


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#17 2011-10-09 9:52am

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

I knew there was no way I'd be the first for the Christmas story reference lol

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#18 2012-09-13 7:54am

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

Simply awesome!!

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#19 2012-10-13 12:54pm

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

Cool. It doeas have that Huffy look. Looks like an earlier model of my '78 Huffy Thunder!   smile

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My flatland is ... always smooth!!!!
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#20 2012-10-13 7:29pm

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

Sweet tractor in the back ground bro i had the same one!

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#21 2013-08-11 3:05pm

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

I think i remember seeing one of these in my neighborhood when i was a kid and i definitely had them same glasses lol

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#22 2013-12-01 9:38pm

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

Great pic. Your story Reminds me of my first bike. Western flyer from western auto store in town. 20 " and had the same style bars as the old ten speed road bikes of the day. I remember thinking that was cool to look like a bigger bike. I tilted the bars back where I could hold on hammer fist style. I used to jump some crazy ramps with that thing. Actually ended up breaking the frame into. Right at the head tube. Lol. Great memories.

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#23 2014-06-29 3:18pm

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

The photo where you are standing there with your Swinger bike is the best! cool


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#24 2016-07-31 1:14am

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

cool


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#25 2016-09-21 5:22am

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Re: 1972 JC Penney Swinger

Wow! I had that same bike.  I don't have a shot right now of it originally...here is after some generic BMX handlebars and seat were installed.

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