I think that I have a 1987 Schwinn Traveler. The serial number is I626829. The code on my head badge is 0227. The head badge says Schwinn Chicago and there is a star in the middle.

I have read that Schwinn did not use the letter "I" in their serial numbers but I clearly have a bike that has it. I would appreciate it if you could let me know what that means.

Thank you.

  • I don't know much about this, but I thought Schwinn was contracting to Giant/Panasonic before 1987.
    – Batman
    Jul 18 '16 at 0:44
  • My guess would be Taiwan, but that's only a guess. Jul 18 '16 at 1:01
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    I understand its nice to know these things, but what really matters is that you ride it. Like a mutt dog from the pound vs a pedigree, getting out on your bike is more important. Its highly unlikely to be a collectible bike, and knowing where it was conceived won't change the ride or the fit you have right now.
    – Criggie
    Jul 18 '16 at 4:12

The serial number is for a Japan manucatured Schwinn. The serial number format is Bridgestone. "I" is for the ninth month(September) and the first digit, "6" is for the year of manufacture 1986. This matches somewhat with the headbadge date of day 022(January) and year 7(1987), which is supposed to be when the bicycle was assembled.

Schwinn must have used more than one Japanese manufacturer, including Panasonic.

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