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Bought a pair of Schwinn Varsities

Old 03-27-17, 05:25 PM
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Bought a pair of Schwinn Varsities

Ok, I think I am going a bit insane. I enjoyed rebuilding my Traveler so much, that I wanted to do it again. I found a pair. First one is a 1972 20" Campus Green and second, a 1982 19" Sky Blue ladies model. I got the pair for $80.

I stripped the 72 down last night. No rust at all. It had white 700C knobies on it. I had to cut the tires off. The rims seem to be just fine, but wow. That was a very tight fit. Seems to be 100% original minus a replaced front caliper and bar tape.

The 82 has the original puff gumwalls and blue tape. It has a little rust on the chrome, but it is complete and should clean up well too. 100% complete. I'm thinking of donating this one to the co-op when I am done rebuilding it.
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Originally Posted by restlessswind View Post
Ok, I think I am going a bit insane. I enjoyed rebuilding my Traveler so much, that I wanted to do it again. I found a pair. First one is a 1972 20" Campus Green and second, a 1982 Sky Blue ladies model. I got the pair for $80.

I stripped the 72 down last night. No rust at all. It had white 700C knobies on it. I had to cut the tires off. The rims seem to be just fine, but wow. That was a very tight fit. Seems to be 100% original minus a replaced front caliper and bar tape.

The 82 has the original puff gumwalls and blue tape. It has a little rust on the chrome, but it is complete and should clean up well too. 100% complete. I'm thinking of donating this one to the co-op when I am done rebuilding it.
700c tires on 27" rims?
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I'm thinking of donating this one to the co-op when I am done rebuilding it.
Good for you. I'm sure it will be much appreciated by someone.
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uploaded pics (bump)
Came out really well. It's a bit too small for me, so I listed it locally for sale with a lot of interest.
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Looks good. I like the campus green color. These are great bikes to work on.
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I've wanted to do a Varsity challenge and get one down to close to 25lbs, but my Super Sport is pushing 32 AFTER the new crank and pulling the kickstand, so maybe not.

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I've wanted to do a Varsity challenge and get one down to close to 25lbs, but my Super Sport is pushing 32 AFTER the new crank and pulling the kickstand, so maybe not.

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Even with tubular tires I doubt one could get a Varsity "down to close to 25lbs."
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I've wanted to do a Varsity challenge and get one down to close to 25lbs, but my Super Sport is pushing 32 AFTER the new crank and pulling the kickstand, so maybe not.

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What was the weight of an original Varsity?
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Most Varsities are near 40 pounds. The pictures are of a 1953 first year Varsity and it is about 39+ pounds. The 10 speeds were not much lighter. Roger
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I just picked up a green one as well! I am however missing the front wheel, the rest is original How do you know what year they were made?
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Serial and where it was located on the bike will tell when the frame was built but could be wrong as far the model year. Roger
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What was the weight of an original Varsity?
Depends upon the size. If memory serves I believe a 20"(not sure if it was made in 19 or 20) was about 37 lbs. I had a 24" frame that was close to 40.

With alloy wheels and handlebar, skin wall tires, lightweight saddle(that ass hatchet they called a seat must have weighed 2 pounds), and a 3 piece crank set I think you could get under 30 on a smaller frame. Loosing the dork disk would drop at least 5 pounds More exotic components make reduce it further.

I do remember it was not a ride for hilly areas, but on the flats once you got her rolling it was easy peddling and on a downhill you felt like you were ready for the TDF.

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Thank you rhenning!
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I've wanted to do a Varsity challenge and get one down to close to 25lbs, but my Super Sport is pushing 32 AFTER the new crank and pulling the kickstand, so maybe not.

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The frame alone without the kickstand is still a boat anchor. That is one heavy frame. Cromoly steel frames weigh about 1/3 total.
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Old 04-06-17, 04:09 PM
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The frame alone without the kickstand is still a boat anchor. That is one heavy frame. Cromoly steel frames weigh about 1/3 total.
They are heavy but let's be realistic here. I weighed a bare 22" (c-t) 1969 Varsity (electro-forged 1010 carbon steel) frame at 7.5 lbs. and the forged steel fork at 2.8 lbs. I weighed a bare 24" (c-t) 1973 Sports Tourer (fillet-brazed 4130 Chrome-Moly) frame at 6.8 lbs and the tubular steel fork at 1.8 lbs. To be fair a matching size 22" Sports Tourer frame should weigh almost a pound less (~6 lbs), but that is still more than 3/4 the amount as the Varsity frame.

For another data point I weighed a bare 23" (c-t) 1972 World Voyageur (lugged 4130 Chrome-Moly) frame at 5.3 lbs. and the tubular steel fork at 1.6 lbs. That is still nearly 3/4 the weight of a Varsity frame.
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