By early 1959, serial number 949 had been reached, necessitating a new system.The “New” System This system was used from Spring of 1959 to the end of 1965.Serial Numbering: The first phase started in early 1969 and continued to the middle of 1970.
Competition became intense, both for parts suppliers and for contracts from the major department stores, which retailed the majority of bicycles produced in those days.In an atmosphere of general decline elsewhere in the industry, Schwinn's new motorcycle division thrived, and by 1928 was in third place behind Indian and Harley-Davidson. to make 2.125-inch-wide (54.0 mm) balloon tires, while adding streamlined fenders, an imitation "gas tank", a streamlined, chrome-plated headlight, and a push-button bicycle bell.At the close of the 1920s, the stock market crash decimated the American motorcycle industry, taking Excelsior-Henderson with it. (as it remained until 1967) was on the verge of bankruptcy. W." Schwinn, took over day-to-day operations at Schwinn. Schwinn returned to Chicago and in 1933 introduced the Schwinn B-10E Motorbike, actually a youth's bicycle designed to imitate a motorcycle. The bicycle would eventually come to be known as a paperboy bike or cruiser.In 1900, during the height of the first bicycle boom, annual United States sales by all bicycle manufacturers had briefly topped one million.By 1960, annual sales had reached just 4.4 million.