Hey guys, I'm new here. Hoping you all will be able to guide me a little...
This evening I became the proud owner of a 1978 Schwinn Varsity. I know a lot of folks dog on it (my roommate just rolled his eyes when I came home with it) and I can understand why; it weighs a ton! I knew that going into it though. But I wanted to own a piece of classic American steel (although I am beginning to question whether is was even built in the U.S. Any input?).
My plans are to upgrade gradually and where possible, starting with getting rid of the steel wheels. Can I go to 700c? I've also considered (briefly) 650 b. Should I stick with 27"? Does anyone know where to get a good set of wheels that are made for 5 spd clusters? I think the rear spacing is 120mm and it seems like the only wheels out there with that spacing are fixed gear wheels. I have a fixed gear already and with the weight of the Varsity I really think I want to stick with a geared set up.
After the wheels, I was looking to convert to a 3 piece crank and swap out the rear derailleur if not the front also. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it though.
Oh yeah, I will be replacing the brake pads first and foremost, Kool Stops? Which ones?
Any help is greatly appreciated and I will try and post pics of the bike as soon as I can get my hands on a digital cam.