Schwinn Tandem Bikes
Brief history and description
The Schwinn ‘Twinn’ was a form of tandem bicycle (a bicycle created for two people). The Schwinn tandems are enduringly well-regarded for their sleek design and lightweight quality.
Tandem bicycles are considered both a fun novelty item and a practical piece of whimsical equipment, which dates as far back at the 19th century, with the earliest models in this design being constructed by Mikael Pederson (inventor of the Pederson bicycle) in 1898.
The bicycles saw a decline in popularity in the first half of the 20th century before seeing a resurgence of popularity in the middle of the 20th century, where construction of several new models in this style began.
The Twinn range was introduced by Schwinn Bicycle Company in the 1950s and continued in production until the 1970s.
Guide for collectors
If in working order, Schwinn tandem bicycles can be both practical and aesthetically pleasing. They appear at conventional live auctions and mainstream auctioneers, though this is a rare occurrence.
Thankfully for prospective collectors, there exists a wide range of information and several online traders of the bicycles, such as SchwinnBikes.com and LocalBikeTrader.com, which lists used bicycles complete with a photo gallery.
Online auction site eBay also lists Schwinn tandem bicycles, and here as with all online options, collectors should try to accurately identify both the genuine make of the bicycle and to ensure the bicycle is in working order if they intend to use it.
High-end sales include a Schwinn tandem bicycle sold for $6,000, at Sotheby’s on 16th September 2000.
This is not the only time the bicycles have sold for thousands of dollars, as evidenced by the sale of another Schwinn tandem bicycle for $3,600 on 15th September 2001.
Low-end sales include a Schwinn tandem bicycle with a baby seat and basket sold for $140 from Kruse International on 17th September 2005.
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