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Old 05-30-16, 08:36 PM   #1
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Suggestions for front rack for Schwinn varisty?

I have been lurking for a while now, but this is my first post.

I have "upgraded" from my previous ride, a beat to hell "Free Spirit" that had definitely seen better days to a 1973 Schwinn Varsity. I recognize that its not all that much of an upgrade- but I like the look. So don't judge.

I am not a hipster purist, so I expect to make some modifications. I would like to have a front rack for it because I want the option of toting my kid to school with a trailer and don't cherish the thought of having to have my bag on my back. Does anyone have any insight into I might be able to do this. Or if this is not possible? Thoughts?

Thanks so much!!
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Old 05-30-16, 10:43 PM   #2
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I have been lurking for a while now, but this is my first post.

I have "upgraded" from my previous ride, a beat to hell "Free Spirit" that had definitely seen better days to a 1973 Schwinn Varsity. I recognize that its not all that much of an upgrade- but I like the look. So don't judge.

I am not a hipster purist, so I expect to make some modifications. I would like to have a front rack for it because I want the option of toting my kid to school with a trailer and don't cherish the thought of having to have my bag on my back. Does anyone have any insight into I might be able to do this. Or if this is not possible? Thoughts?

Thanks so much!!
Front racks almost always assume the use of panniers. These can affect handling but some riders like the stability they add to 20" wheels. Front baskets are another matter. They don't move with the front wheel so they do not affect steering. They can be very utilitarian, but work best with upright handlebars. If you are pulling a trailer I don't see why this precludes the use of a rear rack for carrying stuff either on top or in rear panniers.
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Old 05-31-16, 07:55 AM   #3
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257 Ewald?s Multi Fit Front Rack - Waldsports
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I got and really like the Soma Porteur Front Rack It comes in chrome and in black and you can get a matching fence if you so desire. It can be mounted a gazillion different ways to accommodate a wide variety of bikes. I would suggest that you may want to let your bike shop put it on, as the number of options makes installation a bit daunting. When mounted properly, the rack is solid as a rock. I use it with a bungee net because my load often hangs off the rack in one direction or another. And it will take front panniers if you want to use them. All around, it is a very handy rack. Here's a snap of my bike with the Soma holding about 25 pounds of kittie litter, just before I went to the transfer station. FWIW
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For a low-buck option, if you are handy, consider adapting a full size rear rack.







You can mount any kind of luggage that suits you. I've done mega shopping trips using this rig with a pair of full size rear panniers, and a full size trunk on top (as well as maxed out rear panniers in the back).
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I have "upgraded" from my previous ride, a beat to hell "Free Spirit" that had definitely seen better days to a 1973 Schwinn Varsity. I recognize that its not all that much of an upgrade- but I like the look. So don't judge.
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