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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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    Varsity

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    1977 Varsity Camel Back. IIRC these have 24" wheels.
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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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!
    Running season is in full bloom but I have the itch to ride cross.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
    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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