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Old 08-12-12, 03:41 PM   #1
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Project Varsity

so i bought this crusty schwinn varsity last week $20, couldn't pass it up. i wasn't sure about what i was going to do with it until now.


today i was looking on CL for something smaller to replace my SS 57cm when i saw this ad for motors you put on bikes. i checked out the web site, watched a ton of videos and thought it looked like fun so what the hell.
http://sa1754.wix.com/motovelo?PageS...cID=21913832#!
i plan on stripping the bike, making it rideable, fresh paint and maybe decals or pinstriping. then mounting a motor on it. it's going to be a fun project.
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Old 08-12-12, 04:23 PM   #2
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I hate those 2-stroke-cycle motors, which emit more noise and smog than most cars and trucks out there.
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Suggest moving to alt bike culture.
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I suggest going a different route. Take the time and clean it up, but don't put on the motor. A Varsity may be a very heavy frame, but they seem to be bullet-proof and make great city bikes to pedal around on.
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Old 08-12-12, 07:25 PM   #5
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I suggest going a different route. Take the time and clean it up, but don't put on the motor. A Varsity may be a very heavy frame, but they seem to be bullet-proof and make great city bikes to pedal around on.
I didn't buy this bike with a resto in mind. I already have other bikes I enjoy cruising around on.
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I hate those 2-stroke-cycle motors, which emit more noise and smog than most cars and trucks out there.
Maybe so, but there are so few of them that it doesn't really matter.
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I say go for it. I've always wanted to give one of those a shot myself. They've always looked like a lot of fun
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I say go for it. I've always wanted to give one of those a shot myself. They've always looked like a lot of fun
Me too. I had a complete Campy NR group set aside but sold it before I got around to building it up. Not kidding.
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Finally got it apart. Going to need a new headset, kind of mangled the old one getting it off. Now it's time to get it sand blasted. If anyone wants any of the parts I took off I will gladly give them to you just pay shipping.
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finally got it partially pieced together. don't think i'll be using the mtb wheels. i would like a to use a fat set of tires with this bike to get a larger contact patch with the road but the 26in wheels are to small and the largest tire you can get on a 27in is 1 3/8.
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At least the Varsity started out with a very high bottom bracket, so as long as you can get some brakes on there, a smaller wheels size maight actually be practical.

The bike is looking great!
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Maybe some fatish 700s from a hybrid?
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The bike looks great, can't wait to see how well it does with a motor. Might try this myself if you pull it off.
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Old 09-07-12, 06:42 PM   #14
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thanks guys. i found an old set of araya wheels i'm going to put 27x1 3/8 on. if i don't like that i've been thinking real hard about fabbing up some brackets and going disc, IF they will fit.
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Nice! I am liking where this is heading!
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A beach cruiser rear wheel with a coaster brake makes for a fun varsity, since you've got tires and a front wheel already. I've built up several old schwinns this way.
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What? You spray painted the frame? You'll never get that lovely patina back.
Great project.
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A beach cruiser rear wheel with a coaster brake makes for a fun varsity, since you've got tires and a front wheel already. I've built up several old schwinns this way.
Check out my avatar. '64 Varsity. Surprisingly nice bike to ride.
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decided to go a different rout with the varsity. no more motor. aren't projects fun?
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yeah projects are fun,especially when your very open minded like you seem to be.Have fun
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