I recently purchased a 1957 Schwinn Wasp that I hope to ride in Redmond’s Derby Daze parade next month. Anyone else riding vintage bikes on that day let me know and we’ll hook up. The bike has nice S-2 rims, the chrome is in fair condition, and the paint is excellent. Actually the bike is way too pretty to be all original, don’t you think?
I started to research more about this Schwinn Cruiser at the Schwinn Forums. The advent of the Internet has opened up the vintage bicycle hobby to more people and finding parts and bikes is very easy. But the popularity driven by Baby Boomers has made this a fairly expensive hobby now-a-days. Don’t get me wrong there are still great deals out there but they are getting harder to find.
I purchased a Schwinn Phantom back rack with light assembly to add to this bike. I also am considering a two-speed kick back hub to replace the single speed one on the bike. I have seen some folks put a nice 7-speed hub on their vintage bikes, but I’m loath to do that to this bike that so far as I can tell has all vintage parts on it.
As I researched this bike on the Internet, I have found many vintage Schwinn Wasp bikes but none that looks like this one. Ah, I’se luvs a mystery.