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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
    Suggest moving to alt bike culture.
    Forgot about that forum
    Quote Originally Posted by Savagewolf View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by John E View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by steppinthefunk View Post
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by JJPistols View Post
    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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