A bicycle’s serial number, also known as a bike frame number, is a sequence of characters consisting of letters and numbers. A serial number is limited to 6 to 10 characters. Each letter and number in the serial number has a different meaning and is specified by the manufacturer. This serial number is important for two reasons: one, if you don’t know what type of bike you have, you’ll be able to find that out with a simple bicycle serial number chart. Two, in case your bicycle gets stolen, you’ll be able to track it down since anyone, including the authorities, can identify the bike by serial number.

How to look up bicycle serial numbers

How To Look Up Bicycle Serial Numbers

Enter your Schwinn serial number in the box and click 'find' to see what date and year your Schwinn bike was manufactured.

This tool searches a database of Schwinn serial numbers and if it finds a match to your serial number then it will display the information available for your bike.

How to look up bike serial number

Notes: This tool works for Schwinn bikes from 1948 to 1982. All serial number records before 1948 were lost in a factory fire.

Serial Number Location

The serial number can typically be found in one of three places on a Schwinn made bicycle.

  • The headtube
  • The rear dropout
  • Underneath the bottom bracket shell

Note: The serial number will always be found on the actual frame of the bike. In other words, it will not be found on a bike component (like a handlebar or a pedal).

Example Numbers

Schwinn serial numbers commonly have one of three formats:

  • All numbers
  • One letter followed by numbers
  • Two letters followed by numbers

Here are some example numbers: 0465228 - F106791 - EB37868

What a serial number can tell you

Shelby Bike Serial Numbers

The serial number on a Schwinn frame will tell you the date that frame was manufactured. It will not identify the model of the bike, only the year the frame itself was manufactured.

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Shelby Bike Serial Numbers