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The Schwinn Breeze and the Schwinn Deluxe Breeze are two lines of ladies' bikes produced by Schwinn in the 1960s and 1970s. The Breeze and Deluxe Breeze are vintage beach cruisers and are very similar, but there are some important differences between the two.
Between the Schwinn Breeze and Schwinn Deluxe Breeze, the Deluxe Breeze is the older bike. According to Re-Cycle, an online biking resource, the Deluxe Breeze went into production in 1966. Its little sister, the Breeze, didn't come along until 1968. Schwinn discontinued both lines in 1972.
The Schwinn Deluxe Breeze came in three color selections: Coppertone, Sky Blue and Violet. The Schwinn Breeze came in a selection of red, black or Sky Blue.
The Schwinn Breeze and Breeze Deluxe both came with fenders as a standard feature. The Deluxe Breeze, however, came with chrome-plated fenders. The Schwinn Breeze came with fenders painted in the same color as the rest of the bike.
Gears, Breaking Configurations and Price
The Schwinn Breeze and Breeze Deluxe both came in either fixed, 2-speed or 3-speed models. Hand brakes could be had on either the Breeze or Breeze Deluxe, but only in 3-speed. The Breeze also offered the option of a 3-speed bike with coaster brakes. The Breeze Deluxe did not offer this configuration. The Breeze Deluxe was also priced a few dollars higher in each of the braking/speed configurations than the Breeze.