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1964 Schwinn Buddy

#1 2020-03-22 7:30pm

Lugi
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1964 Schwinn Buddy

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1964 Schwinn Buddy

The true origin of BMX!

So, I recently acquired this boys bike and it took me a little while to figure out exactly what it was.
Based on the serial number, it is an August 1964 Schwinn “Buddy” bike, that the original owner converted to BMX duty in the 70’s. This bike was given to him for Christmas in 1964, and then "given" to me last week, after a leaf blower fell from a hook and thumped me in the head and shattered my prescription glasses.When I saw the bike I asked him how much? And he told me to take it for nothing since he felt bad and my glasses were ruined.Anyway, he told me that he actually raced this bike in the mid-70's, and then it had been hanging in his parents barn until I showed up, while buying another bike.He does not remember what bike the bars and seat came off of, but thought he remembered they were from the same bike. Bike had no grips on it so I put these 80's grips on it for now.If anyone can tell me where the seat came from I would love to know.So cool to have found this one!

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#2 2020-03-23 5:46am

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Re: 1964 Schwinn Buddy

Wow.. look how far we have come !!


For all the Homies that never got a chance to hook up their ride ....

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#3 2020-03-23 6:08am

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Re: 1964 Schwinn Buddy

Good ole Schwinn!smile


Countdown To The Weekend,BMX FOREVER!

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#4 2021-08-13 5:52am

Oldbikeguy1960
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Re: 1964 Schwinn Buddy

Lugi wrote:

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1964 Schwinn Buddy

The true origin of BMX!

So, I recently acquired this boys bike and it took me a little while to figure out exactly what it was.
Based on the serial number, it is an August 1964 Schwinn “Buddy” bike, that the original owner converted to BMX duty in the 70’s. This bike was given to him for Christmas in 1964, and then "given" to me last week, after a leaf blower fell from a hook and thumped me in the head and shattered my prescription glasses.When I saw the bike I asked him how much? And he told me to take it for nothing since he felt bad and my glasses were ruined.Anyway, he told me that he actually raced this bike in the mid-70's, and then it had been hanging in his parents barn until I showed up, while buying another bike.He does not remember what bike the bars and seat came off of, but thought he remembered they were from the same bike. Bike had no grips on it so I put these 80's grips on it for now.If anyone can tell me where the seat came from I would love to know.So cool to have found this one!

http://bmxmuseum.com/img/view-bike-in-museum.gif

The seat is an old "bread loaf" seat from the 1970s, probably from a Huffy Thunder Road, but others used them as well. Look on the bottom of the pan, it will have a name. Viscount and Troxel made them but I am sure others did as well.
The bars are not original. This would've had flat child size bars like a touring bike. The ad photo is your guide. The bars on it now were probably from the same bike as the seat. If they are Schwinn they will have a stamping that says Schwinn and a date code. The neck is Wald.
I am surprised he could race it with the crank and sprocket it has on it. His legs must have been moving a hundred miles an hour!
I know this post is old but I hope this helps someone.

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#5 2021-08-13 5:55am

Oldbikeguy1960
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Re: 1964 Schwinn Buddy

Lugi wrote:

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1964 Schwinn Buddy

The true origin of BMX!

So, I recently acquired this boys bike and it took me a little while to figure out exactly what it was.
Based on the serial number, it is an August 1964 Schwinn “Buddy” bike, that the original owner converted to BMX duty in the 70’s. This bike was given to him for Christmas in 1964, and then "given" to me last week, after a leaf blower fell from a hook and thumped me in the head and shattered my prescription glasses.When I saw the bike I asked him how much? And he told me to take it for nothing since he felt bad and my glasses were ruined.Anyway, he told me that he actually raced this bike in the mid-70's, and then it had been hanging in his parents barn until I showed up, while buying another bike.He does not remember what bike the bars and seat came off of, but thought he remembered they were from the same bike. Bike had no grips on it so I put these 80's grips on it for now.If anyone can tell me where the seat came from I would love to know.So cool to have found this one!

http://bmxmuseum.com/img/view-bike-in-museum.gif

Grips would've originally been black motorcycle style "waffle grips" from that era. We used those a lot so we could feel like we had a real dirt bike. They also came on Huffy Thunder Road bikes.

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