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1983 Schwinn Thrasher

#1 2010-07-02 3:48pm

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1983 Schwinn Thrasher

http://bmxmuseum.com/image/thrasher_1.jpg http://bmxmuseum.com/image/thrasher_2.jpg http://bmxmuseum.com/image/thrasher_10.jpg http://bmxmuseum.com/image/thrasher_4.jpg

1983 Schwinn Thrasher

The oldest bike in my collection.

I bought this Thrasher from the original owner.  It had been hanging in his garage for over 25 years.
The owner was bragging up the fact he replaced the original tires with new ones in order to get it ready to sell.  Makes me want to cry.
No kick Stand.  Pads and grips look like after market replacements from way back then.
Everything else looks original to my untrained eye.


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#2 2010-07-02 4:03pm

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Re: 1983 Schwinn Thrasher

Cool ride !!!!!!!! LOVE THESE!!!

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#3 2010-07-02 4:49pm

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Re: 1983 Schwinn Thrasher

Your seat and grips are non original. Not sure about the pad. I can't see the brake lever well enough to know if it's orig. I have one exactly like it but yours is in much better condition and even has the chainguard and reflectors (EDIT: oops, guess you're missing the front reflector) which is nice.

Check mine out. This is exactly as I got it, not even cleaned (and it's still the same way today). I'm considering taking a couple parts off for another build.
http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/schwinn/28234

You can do whatever you want with your bike, obviously, but considering that these aren't worth much, if I were you, I'd just replace the seat with something more era-correct (see mine, it's correct for the bike) and maybe the grips, and repair the cable or replace it with a cheap one. Otherwise, I'd just clean it up real nice. Actually, I'd leave the grips, they're fine. These are nice low-end bikes, but certainly nothing to stick money into, IMO, unless you owned one BITD or something. Fortunately, yours hardly needs anything. Nice find. These were made in Taiwan for Schwinn, by the way.

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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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#4 2010-07-02 10:08pm

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Re: 1983 Schwinn Thrasher

Ride it!!! Love it!!!!Keep it!!!!! or sell it to me?;)

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#5 2010-07-04 11:41am

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Re: 1983 Schwinn Thrasher

As has been said already Taiwan made Schwinns just dont draw much interest. It does not mean they are not worth owning. I would leave it as is and if you trip across the correct part cheap grab it.
I've been riding mine every day since it's tuneup last week. I changed from the original tires as well but still have mine.
Nice score !!!


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#6 2010-07-08 8:29am

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Re: 1983 Schwinn Thrasher

Thanks for the input guys.

Ya... she's a Taiwany but she's my Taiwany!

Some times I orginize group rides for 20" bikes here in town and I'm sure this will be a fun conversation piece.


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#7 2010-07-08 11:46am

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Hey,
I noticed that the word Tharsher is in the same font as the Magazine.  Was this some kind of cross promotional thing?  Anybody have any details?


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#8 2010-07-08 2:35pm

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Re: 1983 Schwinn Thrasher

I've never heard anything like that... interesting either way though.


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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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