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Old 05-18-14, 09:03 AM   #26
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dddd, all true. The emphasis was on durability, not ride quality. After the apocalypse, all that will survive will be the cockroaches, the rats, and the EF Schwinns.
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Old 05-18-14, 08:35 PM   #27
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I think that the ride quality of EF Schwinns can be rather harsh at higher speeds, when the weight of the bike is no longer controlled by the weight of the rider, and the tires may not stay continuously in contact with a bumpy road surface.

It becomes a situation of too much un-sprung weight (bike weight) that can cause the bike's wheels to bounce higher than the bumps that they run over, increasing the severity of the jarring that the rider feels.

At lower speeds though, the ride quality is good, reflecting the frame's flexibility, slack angles and the relatively low pressure that it's wide tires should be pumped to.

A bumpier road and/or a lighter rider will cause these bike's harsh ride to set in at a lower speed I imagine.
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Old 06-25-17, 04:10 PM   #28
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I own TWO varsities 73 campus green and a 75 chestnut thees bikes are light years better then ANY THING built today and I 100% disagree about the aluminum wheels hate them with a passion the bike I had before my 40 year old varsities was a aluminum frame and wheels first both wheels cracked the final straw was the set post busted off I WILL NEVER OWN ALUMINUM bike again the only thing I modified on the varsity was first get rid of those ridiculous drop bars and installed cruiser bars then modified them from 10 to 21 speed
I have put a LOT of miles on them and they are great bikes ride is great and for all that says steel not AS FAST ALL I CAN SAY BS Last night had my green one out and had her up to 28 mph only problem I am 65 and could only keep that speed a few blocks after my aluminum pos gave out went to lbs and tried out the new so called supper bikes all were aluminum They tired to tell me that aluminum was much better but for me my old varsity is MUCH BETTER
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