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Old 07-06-06, 04:45 PM
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1979 schwinn

Hi - I'm hoping someone here can help me. I have an old scwhinn bike (gee I hate saying that - afterall I bought it brand new in 1979). I thought it was a continental, but my hubby says that it's a varsity. Anyway - I use to ride it all over when I was in college - but it's been in the grainery for the past 14 years since I've been married. Now my daughter wants to ride bike with me. So I pull the ol' bike out - but we live in the country and on gravel roads. It just doesn't work. The tires are 27 x 1 1/4. So, I thought - no problem, I'll just go and get wider tires for the bike. Okay. so obviously I'm a little deluded on bikes. I had no idea that this would be a problem. So what I'm discovering is that there is NO WAY? to get a 2" wide tire for my 1979 schwinn? Is that so? I really would like to be able to use my bike... I don't want to buy a new one.

So if anyone can understand my rambling.... and give me some idea on how to make my bike work on gravel roads.... I'd appreciate it.
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Old 07-06-06, 05:04 PM
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I dont think a 2 inch tire would fit inbetween the frame, if you could find one. http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/tires/630.html Get one of those knobbys, and it will be good for those roads. But slicks arent that hard on gravel, you just have to really know the bike. Ive done it before.
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Old 07-07-06, 12:17 AM
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Yeah a fat tire won't fit on a varsity. Remember that the varsity is a road bike. That said, 1 1/4 isn't exactly pencil-thin. I agree with roughrider504 that you souldn't have any problem riding on gravel with them. It's not a smooth ride like it'd be with some fat tires, but it's more than doable.

BTW: The primary difference between the varsity and the continental is the front fork. If the fork arms have square "shoulders" with a wavy skirt type thing hanging from them, it's a contie. If the fork looks like it's all one piece with very rounded shoulders, then it's a varsity. There's not much difference though. They both use the exact same frame except for the fork. The contie is just slightly more upscale, wrt the fork and some components.
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Old 07-07-06, 07:53 AM
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thanks for info

Thanks to both of you for your fast response. From your description it sounds like I do have a varsity. And I understand that the 1 1/4 isn't "pencil thin" and that perhaps you could ride on gravel However, this is generally loose gravel and I'm 47. I haven't been biking in some time and it was very difficult for me on the gravel. LOL. I might try some knobby tires..... are they easy to find? Also.... when I look at the bike it LOOKS like a 2" would fit.... but I just can't find any tires that wide.
Thanks for your help.
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