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|Schwinn Gladiator bicycles are rare and highly collectible three wheel scooters by manufacturer Schwinn.
Background and Description
The Schwinn Bicycle Company were the premier American bicycle manufacturer during the 20th century.
The Schwinn Gladiator is a BMX/bicycle/Razor scooter hybrid produced by Schwinn for a short time in the early 1990s.
The Gladiator bicycle is so named because it is ridden standing up, similar to an ancient chariot ridden by gladiators. It has one bicycle wheel at the front, and two small scooter wheels beneath scooter-esque footdecks to the rear, two crossbars, a brake, and lacks pedals or a chain. In colour, Gladiators are generally bright shades of yellow or red.
Collecting Schwinn Gladiator Bicycles
Vintage Schwinn bicycles are extremely collectible. This prominent bicycle manufacturer represents a landmark in the history of American bicycle production, and therefore their older models very sought after by collectors.
However, Schwinn Gladiators are currently often bought not as collectible items but for continued use. Having been manufactured in the 1990s they are not widely considered vintage just yet.
It is likely that, due to their rarity, Gladiators will become more collectible and desirable within the next few decades and therefore more valuable, so now is a good time to buy them.
Gladiator bicycles are very rare. They are occasionally seen on auction websites such as eBay, generally selling for under or around $100, occasionally fetching up to $200.
Genuine Schwinn Gladiator bicycles will have Schwinn logos on the bars and footdecks. If purchasing for riding and continued use, Gladiators often retain their original brake components from the 1990s, which should be tested before use.
A similar product is the Pacific California Chariot, which claims to have been developed prior to the Schwinn Gladiator bicycle. These are still manufactured and sold new. Pacific bought out the Schwinn company in 2001.
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