I bought this bike at a yard sale about 15 years ago, when my kids were small, and used it as a "mommy" bike to trail behind them for years. It's in pretty good shape, but not as pristine as the picture appears, although it came complete with a wicker basket and a St. Christopher medal!
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I think I have identified it from this advertisement as a 1967 (maybe later? but not much) Schwinn Super Sport Varsity in Collegiate Green, original retail price $113.95.
Recently with my kids in college my husband and I have taken to doing some gentle bike riding around our town and on some bike paths. I have never quite figured out how to use the gears on this bike (as a matter of fact I didn't realize that it's a 10 speed) and I have been using my daughter's more modern road bike for those types of trips.
She's graduating college and coming home, I am trying to decide if it's worth it to get myself an inexpensive road bike, or put some money into this Schwinn. I don't really know what it needs, but as I said I don't think the gears work right and the brakes are quite weak, the tires are probably original, etc. I took it to an independent bike shop when I first got it and had it "tuned up" - at the time I didn't notice any difference. Since then I've basically just cleaned it once a year to try to keep the corrosion off the chrome, and sprayed the chain with WD40.
I love this old bike but don't really want to invest more in it than what it's worth - any ideas? Does it have any collectible value or is it a worthy candidate for an everyday road bike? I've posted just one picture but can take as many as you like and put them up on a hosting site so you can see more details. There are some scratches in the paint, a bit of rust, a small dent in the front fender, etc . . .