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Vintage 1970s Schwinn Varsity Single Speed Conversion

Old 07-17-14, 01:50 PM
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Vintage 1970s Schwinn Varsity Single Speed Conversion

Hello Bike enthusiasts.

I'm looking to buy a bike to get me to and from the train station as well as some laid back weekend rides. Nothing too serious, the bike will be left outside at the train station anyways. I found this ad on craigslist:
Vintage 1970s Schwinn Varsity Single Speed Conversion

He's asking $110.
I'm about 5'10" 175 lbs. I can't tell what size the frame is and the poster says the back tire has a leak. I personally don't think it's worth $110 for this condition, but I lack the bike knowledge. I was thinking around 75?? This is where i need your guys help, pleaseee!

I was also considering these if you have time to take a look:
1975 schwinn varsity 10 speed
VINTAGE IVERSON SUPERSONIC 27'' 10spd. ROADBIKE BICYCLE

Thanks guys!
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Old 07-17-14, 01:58 PM
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Even fully equipped, a Varsity isn't worth much. That one has been stripped down and converted to a single speed (badly) and is in bad shape. I wouldn't buy it at any price.

Frankly, I wouldn't buy a Varsity in general. They're heavy and clunky. But if you're nostalgic for one, the brown one is much better than the green one. Maybe I'd pay $100 for it if I had to have it.

That Iverson is just weird.
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Haha thank you. I appreciate the feedback. No nostalgia here, still in my early 20's. But okay, at least I can keep the brown one as an option if needed. I've just had a huge headach trying to find a fairly cheap bike that looks like it wont fall apart on me.
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Some of those older mountain bikes make fine commuter bikes.
Specialized Rock Hopper Mountain Bike
Made in USA Trek 830
19 - 20 inch Schwinn High Plains 21 speed mountain bike
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The two Varsitys in the first post are only 20" frames, suitable for somebody with a leg length of only 27" to 32". Somebody 5'10" would normally want one with a 23" or 24" frame.
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If your looking for an OK inexpensive bike to ride I would suggest that you avoid Single speed conversion altogether. Most are junk and your get a much better deals on complete regular bikes.
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I would stay away from any converted single speed or "fixie" period. Most of them are simply hack jobs made from decent frames that were designed for multiple gears. If you absolutely, positively WANT a single speed or "fixie", then be prepared to open your wallet and go shopping for a vintage Schwinn Paramount track bike, one that was designed specifically as a single speed, to be raced on a track. Or, you could go to a Waterford dealer, and they could set you up with something very nice. But again, it will co$t you.

My recommendation is to look for an older steel road bike with a derailleur, good brakes, bearings, and wheels: In other words, a bike that can be made road-worthy with minimal work. Make sure you can remove the seat post and stem, and then if the frame is strait and the price is right, go buy it. THEN, take it to a mechanic for an inspection and tuneup. You'll be good to go.
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