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Old 07-07-15, 04:18 PM
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1980 February Chicago Schwinn

1980 February Chicago Schwinn Serial # BR561078

Can anyone help identify the exact model of this Schwinn Bike? I cant seem to find anything speciifc in the catalogs. Seems to have Schwinn crank.

Would like to do a restoration of at least the frame, so if you have any further information on that, would be awesome!

Any help would be great!

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Old 07-07-15, 04:28 PM
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Big Varsity.
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Old 07-07-15, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by kingsting View Post
Big Varsity.
Correctomundo! That is a Varsity Sport in the largest 26" frame size. Note that from '73 on up the 26" Varsity used the same forged aluminum long-reach stem as used on the 24" and larger Continentals. All other Varsity models for those years used a shorter reach forged steel stem. They called that color Emerald Green that year, in 1978 and earlier it was called Lime Green. Here is the catalog page:

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Originally Posted by Metacortex View Post
Correctomundo! That is a Varsity Sport in the largest 26" frame size. Note that from '73 on up the 26" Varsity used the same forged aluminum long-reach stem as used on the 24" and larger Continentals. All other Varsity models for those years used a shorter reach forged steel stem. They called that color Emerald Green that year, in 1978 and earlier it was called Lime Green. Here is the catalog page:
Thank you, that is awesome. Quick question, my mysprocket and hub seem to be quiet different. My sprocket does say Schwinn but the Hub is a Flip Flop Fixie hub. Im assuming this was aftermarket or perhaps did schwinn make the 1980 Varsity without all the gears and speeds.
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.. or perhaps did schwinn make the 1980 Varsity without all the gears and speeds.
Nope. Somebody has just been having fun adding and subtracting parts to make it their own special custom.
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Originally Posted by Metacortex View Post
Correctomundo! That is a Varsity Sport in the largest 26" frame size. Note that from '73 on up the 26" Varsity used the same forged aluminum long-reach stem as used on the 24" and larger Continentals. All other Varsity models for those years used a shorter reach forged steel stem. They called that color Emerald Green that year, in 1978 and earlier it was called Lime Green. Here is the catalog page:

Learn something new every day on these forums! I didn't know that the big bird Varsities used an alloy stem. But I have a 30" inseam so I don't pay a lot of attention to these tall boys...

I have an emerald Varsity in my stable too. Bought it just because of the color.
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Finally reserrecting this big beast. Where is the best place to buy parts, possibly authentic Schwinn, if not a nice aftermarket
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If you are looking for authentic Schwinn Varsity parts at the best price you might do well to find a Schwinn Varsity donor bike that is NOT your size and transfer the parts you want or need to this bike.

I would suspect there will be a few Schwinn Varsities that come up for sale at garage sales and show up on Craig's List, this spring with bike season and spring cleaning starting.

If you have a bike co-op close by you can find bits and pieces there if you know what you are looking for your bike.

Of course eBay will have the parts you seek but the cost might be greater as yu purchase and pay shipping of piece by piece.

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Old 03-30-17, 06:54 AM
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Not intending to be nasty, but unless you have a personal attachment to that particular bike, restoring or even just rehabbing would not in my opinion be worth the effort unless you find a $5 or $10 donor bike with all the parts you need.

About a year or two ago I sold a near mint Suburban (basically the same bike) with new tires for $75 and was happy to get that.

Yours could be a good learn to work on bikes experience cause almost all of the work doesn't need special tools. However most of the technology on the bike has be superseded with new.

Just don't get too deep money wise and remember it takes the same amount of effort to "fix up" a 37 pound bike as it does to do one that weights much less and provides a much more enjoyable riding experience.
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Resurrection! Cool color. Donor bike way to go on this project. Schwinns are pretty easy to work on and ride pretty good when up and rolling. Keep us posted of progress.
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