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1982 Schwinn Thrasher

#1 2009-06-29 5:07am

Mirage1972
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1982 Schwinn Thrasher

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1982 Schwinn Thrasher

Rusty old bike wants to live!

I picked this up this weekend pretty cheap. It's very dirty (I haven't had time to clean it at all, so it's really dirty in photos). It's also pretty rusty. Most of the gold stuff on the parts is flaking off, but some of the chrome underneath isn't too bad, so when I clean this bike up, I'll just remove all the gold and polish it up. It says it wants to live, so eventually I'll save it, but it's on the backburner for now.-It's quite original, even has most of the reflectors. Non-original bits are the ODI Mushroom grips, and possibly the brake lever. Probably the white pedals aren't original either. I don't know that I'll be able to save the wheels, but I have a set of yellow Lester mags that will look good on it. This bike will stay whole.-These bikes were made in Taiwan for Schwinn.
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2022 update. I changed the year from 1982 to 1983, because according to the Schwinn catalogs, the Schwinn Thrasher Free was available in these colors (or red) in 1983, not in previous years.
https://bikehistory.org/catalogs/1983-BMX.html
(apparently I cannot change the title without contacting a mod)


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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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#2 2009-07-12 5:38pm

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Re: 1982 Schwinn Thrasher

Hello,

I finished up my 82 Schwinn Thrasher recently.  Just need to go back and actually re-annozide the gold parts to make it correct.  Here is my bike...

http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/schwinn/21092

Just picked up a 1983 Schwinn Thrasher for free today!  It is a black and gold schwinn also, so thinking about changing up the colors.

Great looking original find you got!
Later, Scott (Nebraska)

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#3 2009-07-12 5:41pm

Mirage1972
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Re: 1982 Schwinn Thrasher

Thanks, yours looks a lot better than mine, but it motivates me to work on this one... it's in queue at about #5 spot right now!


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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#4 2009-07-12 8:08pm

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Re: 1982 Schwinn Thrasher

always loved Schwinns with gussets.  seeing quite a few of these popping up lately.  they're cool little bikes - ride or restore 'em baby!

I kind of like yours the way it is - battle scars of ride and time.  clean 'er up a bit and just ride her....

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#5 2009-07-12 8:10pm

Mirage1972
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Re: 1982 Schwinn Thrasher

Yeah, that's what I plan to do, just need to get to it. Clean it up, scrub off the gold anno/coating trashed stuff and throw on some Lesters. It's a shame it won't be original, but at least then it will be nice. I can see this being my future kid's first 20" bike definitely. We all started out on something-or-other like this!

Last edited by Mirage1972 (2009-07-12 8:15pm)


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 2009-07-14 5:22pm

jaredb
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Re: 1982 Schwinn Thrasher

Like the black schwinn a little better than the red but I picked 1 up last week.Its all original down to the scrambler tires.
Been trying to find a red 83 seat for it

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#7 2012-01-16 6:46am

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Re: 1982 Schwinn Thrasher

sweet bike.  i love the old gusset rides.  i just posted an 82 schwinn phantom that looks ALOT like your thrasher.  if you get a minute, check it out.

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