Schwinn parts

While I had the roll of Adox HR-50 in my Olympus OM-1, I made a series of photos of my bicycle. Some years ago I bought a 1986 Schwinn Collegiate from a Craigslist seller, had it overhauled, and have been riding it ever since. I like its springy seat and upright riding position. The bike has a few dents and the paint is chipped here and there, but it rides well.

The 50mm f/1.8 F.Zuiko lens and the Adox HR-50 came together to render my bike in ways that pleased me deeply. These photos show a rich range of tones, and the selective focus adds dimension and depth. They could be a little sharper, but I’m not sure I’ve fully dialed in my scanning and sharpening settings yet.

Schwinn parts
Schwinn parts
Schwinn parts
Schwinn parts
Schwinn parts
Schwinn parts

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Schwinn Collegiate

A series of photos of details of my bicycle.


29 thoughts on “Schwinn Collegiate

  1. Nice film and a beautiful bicycle. I prefer the sitting-upright bicycles, but this area is hilly and I need as many gears as I can get. Unfortunately, that means having to ride a bicycle that forces you to be hunched over. Hard on the neck, especially if there is a camera hanging around it.

  2. Love it! I owned a three speed Schwinn Collegiate exactly like this for a few years in the early aughts. It’s what got me in love with three speed bicycles in the first place. A three speed has amazingly good range for what it is, and is more capable than what many people think. They’re sort of like zone-focus cameras: It doesn’t have the adjustability of focus like a rangefinder or SLR, but gets the job done.

    • Every once in a while I wish I had one more gear above 3. But otherwise, for the leisure riding I do an upright 3 speed is perfect! My 3-speed hub likes to slip out of adjustment, but it’s quick to fix that while on the road.

      As a teen I had an AMF Nimble, a humble 3 speed I bought new for $110 at a sporting goods store. I think I got it early in high school, which would have been about 1982. I sold in the mid 1990s when I bought a new Schwinn mountain bike. That Schwinn was a mistake; I should have kept the Nimble. I wish I still had it. Even though it wasn’t a major make, it was a great bike for me. Here’s a photo I made of it when it was about new, it’s in the background behind my friend’s bike. I made this with my Kodak Duaflex II on whatever the Kodak consumer color film was at the time.


  3. I miss using my bicycle. I have three, but the recent weather and a bad knee have stopped me using them. Maybe I need to try this type of series to get me thinking of using them again. These are great photos and show a love you have for the bike, a classic.

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