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Old 08-09-10, 08:19 PM   #1
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ID on a craigslist Schwinn "racing bicycle" with arched top tube?

What Schwinn road bike had an arched top tube?
Or is this just severe camera lens distortion?

http://rochester.craigslist.org/atq/1877440328.html




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1977 Varsity Camel Back. IIRC these have 24" wheels.
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Hmmm...tasty. My 79 Collegiate Sport has a similar arch, but it's rocking 26s. This, I should note, looks way better than my Schwinn currently. It is at least free standing!
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1977 Varsity Camel Back. IIRC these have 24" wheels.
Nope- Varsities were all 10-speed. That bike has a chainguard, which makes it a 5-speed at most. My bet is that it's a Collegiate, 17" frame with 26" wheels, that's been converted to drop bars. IIRC, the 24" wheel Varsities also had straight top tubes.
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Old 08-09-10, 11:11 PM   #6
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So it's in my area, any chance that cleaning it up and ebaying it with better info would get enough more than his asking price ($20) to make it worth it? (Sorry, I guess this just went from an ID thread to a "what's it worth" thread. )

No matter the final ID, this thing is going to weigh like 40lbs, right? What do you "race" it against exactly, a tank?

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Looks like a Schwinn Speedster.It may have different handlebars than original, but I am unsure. That is called a " camelback " frame. I have seen these, if 26 or 27" wheels sell for as much as $300.
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With drop bars and 5-speeds its a Collegiate Sport. Cant go wrong for $20.
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With drop bars and 5-speeds its a Collegiate Sport. Cant go wrong for $20.
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Most likely correct, unless it's been altered. Be aware that the tire size is also most likely the Schwinn 26' (597). Camelbacks are very small frames, and where I am (Ann Arbor) $20 would be tops, unless it has been refurbished. No money to be made eBaying a bike like that, but maybe Esteban would give you $200 for it

I flip bikes, and usually pass on those. YMMV
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