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1970's era Schwinn Varsity

Old 06-24-19, 11:58 AM
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1970's era Schwinn Varsity

Any value? Great condition, new tires, original seat. Baby blue.
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Old 06-24-19, 12:41 PM
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Almost no value unless you find someone looking for a Varsity - they do have a small following.
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Old 06-24-19, 12:44 PM
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a bike is worth what someone will pay for it. so me, right now, not worth anything. about 10 yrs ago when I bought one, it was worth something, but I forget how much I paid, maybe $60? when I sold, refurbed, a few years later, someone paid me $100 because that's what it was worth to them. their college kid needed a campus bike & this one was ride-ready
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Old 06-24-19, 02:33 PM
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Oohh baby blue... hereís my continental. As found. 50 dollars. Great solid bikes those 70s schwinn and Iím a fan. But itís true, only worth what someone would pay.
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Old 06-24-19, 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by birds01 View Post
Any value? Great condition, new tires, original seat. Baby blue.
Where are you located & what size ?
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Old 06-24-19, 02:47 PM
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dweenk is correct.
There are plenty of retired folks that live in cities with large universities that have a small sideline business of re-habbing old Varsities/Collegiates/Suburbans/Continentals/Speedsters/Breezes/Travellers etc....
They get much more than typical NON-COLLEGE TOWN marketplace prices during student enrollment each fall.
Only in the fall, when the many thousands of students come to campus, do the market prices for such Vintage Schwinns reach their peak of about $150 tops for a bike that needs absolutely nothing and is in perfect roadworthy condition. Typically $125 to $150 for the nicest looking with clean paint and new tires etc...........$95 to $120 for those that are faded or scratched up but still have new or nearly new tires and are perfectly roadworthy and fully serviced.

$200 isn't much for my budget, so like some folks, I don't worry so much about overpaying for any bike if I love the color and the size is right......it is a.... "I just have to have it type of thing" so the sunk cost means nothing to me. Most ordinary folks though do not want to overpay for something that they deem as antique and obsolete but durable. The only reason the college students buy old Schwinns when the come to University is because the cost is low. They leave their expensive bikes at home because they know that bike thieves don't want to commit a crime for such a hassle to sell it as it might take 2 months being listed on Craigs unless it is being offered when students are returning in the fall. Homeless bums might want to steal the Schwinns because they are durable and easy to service and "bombproof". These old bikes are great college campus bikes........much more durable than any $160 Walmart-Target bicycle and easier to service and set up....

You might have to wait 2 months or so listing on CRAIGs to sell a Varsity etc... for somewhere around $50 to $80 maximum if someone is really seeking that particular model. Ladies models usually sell for about $40 to $50 maximum and may take 3 to 4 months to sell them unless at Fall back to campus time.
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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
Where are you located & what size ?
Dallas Tx. I have to look for sizing.
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Old 06-25-19, 08:19 AM
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Dallas Tx. I have to look for sizing.
I'm not gonna be interested unless it was close by, but it's still something you need to know. I've recently found a copper colored '75 Continental that I absolutely love riding just as it came off the showroom. Count me in as a fan of heavyweight electro-forged Schwinns. I'd most like to have a campus green one, but the powder blue was cool too.
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I sold one in Philly for $50 that still needed work. The buyer was a big time Schwinn fan and all other Varsitys on CL were asking well over $100. Kind of surprised I got $50 to be honest.
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Old 06-25-19, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
Where are you located & what size ?
In Dallas
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Old 06-25-19, 11:17 AM
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This blue Varsity was found in the trash a few years ago. Cleaned up real nice. With a complete re-greasing and tune up it sold for around $100 or so.

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I rode one for 4-5 years in the early seventies. Root Beer Brown and bullet proof , I could go off curbs and the rims stayed true! My first long ride of 50 or so miles and I was DONE! I gave it to a friend that was just getting into cycling and he was very excited.After I got my first lightweight , we did a 30 or so mile trip and he never complained once! I would guess around here in So. Cal. maybe $75 in good shape. The cool factor is there , so you may get lucky, Joe joesvintageroadbikes.wordpress
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