Hi - I have recently gotten back into cycling for a commute, and I purchased a nice Dahon folder, but I wanted a full size bike for longer rides. I used to (when I was 15) own a nice Puegot and a hand me down Varsity.
I have been working Craigslist pretty hard for the past few weeks, and I found a Varsity for a price I was comfortable with - $100. Bought it and now I have some questions.
The bike is a 71 Chicago Schwinn (according to the serial), but it has been updated (?) a little with QR skewers front and rear, and a Mailliard hub on the rear wheel. In reading Sheldon Brown's website, I see that that is not a good hub to have - true or untrue? Both wheels have Presta valves, and I sure don't remember those on my old Schwinn.
The shifters are on the neck, and the support for them seems to be a little loose - the whole assembly that carries the shifters moves around pretty easily. Is it possible to tighten that up? If so, how?
The bars are a little cramped for me - are they a standard sized bar? Can I just buy new ones, or am I in for a search?
The bike seems to be tuned well, and rides great, and I am happy with it, and I am looking forward to making it fit me better. It does have suicide brake levers, and I am torn on wether to upgrade those to the areo style or not.