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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-16-07, 07:37 PM   #1
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Looking on eBay for 10 speeds to convert and found this gem

http://cgi.ebay.com/1968-SCHWINN-VAR...QQcmdZViewItem

put new wheels on that thing and it would be such a nice bike.
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Old 05-16-07, 07:58 PM   #2
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buy it then.
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Old 05-16-07, 08:26 PM   #3
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That thing is a tank, the seat alone is 10lbs. Either way,.. if you want to kill cars with it..get it.
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Old 05-16-07, 09:58 PM   #4
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that bike looks quite nice enough to use "as-is." I really wouldn't see any reason to fixify it unless the drivetrain was messed up.

plus, its gotta be like 30+ lbs, so you ain't gonna win any alleycats on it!!!
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Old 05-17-07, 12:36 AM   #5
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I hate those Schwinns with good reason. Give me a good quality Japanese bike (Miyata, Panasonic). Often they go for cheaper than Schwinns because people think the brand name is so great.
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Old 05-17-07, 12:42 AM   #6
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those frames are the heaviest ****ing things i've ever seen. probably 30# on their own! the only thing heavier are the schwinn/mongoose branded little 500 frames

the shipping on that will kick you in the nuts
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Old 05-17-07, 05:20 AM   #7
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Mmmmmmmm....

Stove pipe!
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Old 05-17-07, 05:25 AM   #8
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if you've ever cut one open, you'll know exactly why they never rust out and never dent. the tubing is thicker than you'd even imagine.
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Old 05-17-07, 05:34 AM   #9
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Absolutely nothing on that bike appeals to me. It's the closest thing to a klunker I'veeer seen on ebay.com.

Since you didn't actually buy it, and THEN publish the link to it, it means you YOURSELF don't want that POS, but are probably trying to get someone here interested. And who knows, you might even succed, but I thought this was against the BF policies.

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Old 05-17-07, 05:38 AM   #10
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^^^you've given this too much thought
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Old 05-17-07, 05:58 AM   #11
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^^^you've given this too much thought
You're right.

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buy it then.
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Old 05-18-07, 08:14 AM   #12
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why would i spend $115 on that bike when i could spend $15 on the exact same one from a thrift store?
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Old 05-18-07, 08:43 AM   #13
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I thought those frame used solid bars not tubes. Just kiding.
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Old 05-18-07, 08:49 AM   #14
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you guys are crazy! that is one sweet high quality ride! the only thing I would change is I would put on a stem with a little more extension room. The one on it now seems really short....
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Convert it to fixed gear and the collective knees of the world will pop in protest!
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Old 05-18-07, 09:29 AM   #16
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Seems to me that it would be way more fun with a coaster brake.
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Seems to me that it would be way more fun with a coaster brake.
... and a gatling minigun.


I can see now; there'll be a flurry of mad bidding in the last seconds of the auction, by all the gatling minigun-toting, tank-targeting, coaster brake-using cyclists of the world.
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Old 05-18-07, 09:49 AM   #18
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These are the Volvo 240 DL's of the bike world.


When we are dead and gone there will be 2 things left. Cockroaches and Varsities.
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Old 05-18-07, 09:58 AM   #19
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When we are dead and gone there will be 2 things left. Cockroaches and Varsities.
Until we run out of piping for new construction.
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Old 05-18-07, 04:43 PM   #20
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Is there anything inherently wrong with having a heavy bike?
Has anyone posting here ridden one of these beasts? Some people seem to think rolling around a 35 pound bike requires straining and gnashing of teeth. It is not that hard.
I have a 72 Continental that weighs almost 44 pounds; I make my 14 mile round trip commute, hills and all, on this "tank" easily. It's fun.

I also have a lighter bike, and yeah, the difference is noticable but not extreme. Nothing bad about having a tank in your stable.

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Old 05-18-07, 05:16 PM   #21
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YEah exactly
That thing is perfect for "crusier/pun crawl" type rides
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Make that PUB crawl
(the POS edit button doesn't work)
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Old 05-18-07, 06:28 PM   #23
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it doesnt
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edit:yeah it does
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Old 05-18-07, 09:15 PM   #24
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I delivered newspapers in the mid-70s on a 3-speed Schwinn Typhoon that weighed about 8 ounces more than this bike. I think the Varsity will allow you to deliver your papers in less time than it took me on the Typhoon.

Seriously, just because it's old (or "vintage") doesn't mean it's better. (Unless you have papers to deliver, of course.)
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Not paperboy, newspaper messenger
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