This breathtaking original Schwinn is owned by Stephen Henning. It was recently entered into the Eroica South Africa Bicycle Concourse where it was awarded Best Unrestored Bicycle and Best Bicycle On Show.
Serial Number L7351 (#51 built in December 1973), formally considered a 1974 model.
Built in Schwinn factory in Chicago, Illinois USA
Reynolds 531 tubing with Campagnolo dropouts.
“Kool Lemon” paint with chromed Nervex head lugs, fork crown, fork ends, and seat/chain stays. All chrome is still original and clean.
Campagnolo Nuovo Record Groupo with black Record Strada Superleggeri pedals.
Regina 5-speed freewheel.
Cinelli bars and stem.
Brooks Pro saddle.
Mavic Montherly rims with Clement 50 sew-ups.
Purchased (new) in 1975. One owner (Stephen Henning).
Alger Schwinn (now Alger Bikes) in Grand Rapids, Michigan USA.
One owner! Bike has been actively used for 45 years.
Road racing 1975-1980 in USA mid-west region. Easily beaten by riders such as Jeff Pierce and Davis Phinney early in the amateur stage of their careers (not the fault of the bike!).
Triathlons, recreation, and fitness riding 1980-2017. However, never ridden on salty winter roads.
Retired from everyday usage in 2017, thereafter used only for vintage bike cycling events (such as Eroica). The owner lives and rides in mountainous Colorado, and finally opted for riding a newer “every day” bike with wider range gearing, which is rather helpful on steep or long climbs (particularly for “aging” legs!).
Changes over time. Note that this bike has remained a “full” Campagnolo Nuovo Record bike its entire life.
Cable guides and water bottle bosses added by frame builder Matt Assenmacher (1978), resulting in re-paint. Paint is original factory color and decals match original factory design and placement.
Avocet “Racing” saddle (1978), replaced with new Brooks Pro (2016).
Various clincher wheels/tires (starting about 1985), all built by the owner. Current wheels use H Plus Son TB14 rims with 700×28 Continental Gatorskins. 36h Hi-Flange Nuovo Record rear, 32h Lo-Flange Nuovo Record front. Owner still has original 36h hi-flange Nuovo Record hubs.
Due to continuous usage – brake shoes, lever hoods, and chain rings (always period-correct Nuovo Record); cables, bar tape, toe straps, chains, and freewheels were routinely replaced over time.