The Varsity Cruiser in action
Working on the Varsity Cruiser again. I bought a poor condition '64 Schwinn Varsity to sell off some parts. The frame was my size, so I fitted a set of nice alloy coaster brake rims that I'd bought because they were cheap & pretty. The rear rack is birch plywood inlayed with mahogany. The bottle holder is a section of giant bamboo mounted to the front reflector mount. Bars are from an old mountain bike wrapped with cork bar tape.
Bike works surprisingly well. Rode it about 20 miles on the Fourth. This is a bike that's meant to be ridden, not a show piece. It's a mild custom- going for a vintage surf theme.
Next on the list is to improve the looks of the bottle holder & add lighting front & rear. The rear light will be based on the lens from a '59 VW Bug. Undecided about the front. Might work up a chainguard of sorts. Since this is a rare survivor with mounts for downtube shifters, I don't want to make any mods to the frame itself.
Any comments or input will be welcomed.