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Schwinn Suburban

I bought this bike at a local bike shop in the fall of 1998. I was attracted to it by the Shimano Front Freewheeling System,(FFS). This design places the freewheel in the bottom bracket instead of in the rear wheel hub. The advantage to this arrangement is that it permits shifting while coasting. Another interesting feature is the Positron deraillier. With the Positron system, the indexing detents are built into the deraillier rather than in the shift levers. In my opinion the Positron concept is superior since the indexing action is at a point closest to the hub. Its unfortunate that the concept was not developed and refined for higher end bikes. That would have surely insured its survival.

A variation of the better known Varsity model, the Suburban differs mainly in the use of upright bars for a more relaxed riding position. This bike is in very good condition throughout, needing only a good polishing. I have ridden it several times this summer (1999), and am very impressed with its quality and smooth ride. It has quickly become a favorite for casual rides. In my opinion this bike is under-appreciated by Schwinn collectors. I hope you enjoyed looking at this bike and I welcome your comments.

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