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700c Men's Schwinn Varsity Road Bike?

Old 09-21-15, 06:33 AM
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Varsitys are a great deal......if you need a cheap anchor for your boat.
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I'm a big fan of mine so far. Picked one up, despite the less than glowing recommendations previously posted, on the used market for 60 dollars and have put a couple hundred mIles on it in the last month or so. It's not a great road bike, nor however is it a 30 plus pound boat anchor as previously stated. It's a low end road bike with a decent frame, and low end components that work well enough to get a person from point a to b in reliable fashion. I got it as my first foray into riding a road bike and for its intended purpose it's a huge step up from pedaling my full suspension downhill bike for any length of time. It's also easily upgraded if you find it lacking in some respect and for the price they cost, on the used market especially, you can still come out below the cost of a steel framed bike with downtube shifters from the 70s or so. Personally I'll take the alloy framed modern bike with modern brakes and brifters every day. In fact I did. I know I'm reviving a dead thread for the umpteenth time but when you Google the varsity 1200 this site is one of the top ranked reviews. So rather than have people pass up on a decent bike because it's not a great one I figured I'd add a dissenting opinion made by someone who has actually rode one...

Just my 2 cents, your mileage may vary
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Originally Posted by surfr716 View Post
I'm a big fan of mine so far. Picked one up, despite the less than glowing recommendations previously posted, on the used market for 60 dollars and have put a couple hundred mIles on it in the last month or so. It's not a great road bike, nor however is it a 30 plus pound boat anchor as previously stated. It's a low end road bike with a decent frame, and low end components that work well enough to get a person from point a to b in reliable fashion. I got it as my first foray into riding a road bike and for its intended purpose it's a huge step up from pedaling my full suspension downhill bike for any length of time. It's also easily upgraded if you find it lacking in some respect and for the price they cost, on the used market especially, you can still come out below the cost of a steel framed bike with downtube shifters from the 70s or so. Personally I'll take the alloy framed modern bike with modern brakes and brifters every day. In fact I did. I know I'm reviving a dead thread for the umpteenth time but when you Google the varsity 1200 this site is one of the top ranked reviews. So rather than have people pass up on a decent bike because it's not a great one I figured I'd add a dissenting opinion made by someone who has actually rode one...

Just my 2 cents, your mileage may vary
The bolded is where you lost me. If you've only got $60 to spend, a used Varsity might very well be a viable option. Putting any money into a used varsity is a total waste of money. Putting lipstick on a pig just gives you an annoyed pig.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
The bolded is where you lost me. If you've only got $60 to spend, a used Varsity might very well be a viable option. Putting any money into a used varsity is a total waste of money. Putting lipstick on a pig just gives you an annoyed pig.
Couldn't have said it better. If you really want to get into cycling, don't waste the money upgrading a cheap bike, put that money towards a real road bike and get your money's worth.
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I'm into mine including parts I wanted to change for under 200 dollars and some time spent scouring local bike swaps and the vaunted ebay . New old old stock shimano RSX shifters and derraileurs, new brake pads, used take off 3t bars and stem, and some ancient shimano SPD pedals (ugly yet fully functional). For that money I think I would have been hard pressed to do any better and I got the expirience of working on my bike in my garage, which I realize isn't for everyone. I also have a bike with modern components and frame geometry, that fits me personally very well. Not trying to say its a race bike, not saying its a high end bike, not even saying its a good bike for everyone but its no pig either and if its in your wheel house as far as price you can certainly do far worse.
As a side note I find it interesting that the majority of the negative reviews being posted are by people that haven't actually ridden one. If your only experience with something is seeing the price tag isn't inline with what you think a road bike should cost maybe refrain from commenting...
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I'm loving my "cheap" Wal-Mart bike! Had lots of fun putting the lipstick on this pig as well..
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Old 08-22-16, 12:32 AM
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I and several other posters here got Dawes bikes for $400-$500 with Shimano Claris/Sora running gear, solid enough Alex wheels, and aluminum frames with carbon forks ... right around the 21-lb mark for decent bikes with modern components and decent quality. I personally rode one across most of the U.S. and was part of a charity ride which saw two dozen of them make the ride with only cable adjustments and some wheel truing.

Inpd rode his Lightning from (I think) SF to LA a couple times and put on tons of trouble-free miles.

These are cheap Tiawanese bikes---but almost every bike under a couple grand is a Taiwanese bike. Hello, reality. They are good enough that if you later decide to hang some better parts on them you will not be throwing money away.

I would never buy a Wal-Mart bike no matter what others have done with them. Each to his taste. I do have personal experience with two dozen Dawes bikes, and a few other posters here also ride and recommend them as solid entry-level investments.

Some people with fat wallets also seem to have a lot of scorn for anything that doesn't cost a lot of money to the rest of us. Those of us with limited incomes though, know where to find the good deals.
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I owned the fittness version

I owned the fitness version of this bike for 3 yrs. Its not a bad bike for what it is. The tires only held air for about 2 weeks and it seemed to have more resistance then it should when pedaling. However I would take it on 12 mile runs and a few 40 mile runs. so everything worked as it should.

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A few years ago when I first met my wife, she decided to get a bike. Factoring in budget, experience, and not sure if she would stick with it I felt CL was the way to go. I also figured She'd take my advice. WRONG! She wanted a new bike, she at least let me go with her to help pick it out. So we went to Target! Then she asked my opinion, I reminded her about CL. She said No, now help me pick a bike. I said if it were me, I'd get this one. It was a schwinn hybrid, the only one with quick release on both wheels. The bike is great, it shifts well, responsive enough, quick enough, durable enough, light enough and actually looks good. The only mechanical problem I had to fix is when our nephew crashed it and bent the derailleur hanger, but all is well now.
Eventually I gave my wife a Centurion Ironman, and I used the schwinn to pull our toddler on our Sunday family rides on our Riverwalk. But since our 12 year old nephew rides with us on Sundays and uses the schwinn, I've resorted to using my Miami Vice Ironman. I'm glad this thread is revived, I've been wanting to post a pic of this surprisingly very good dept store bike.
BTW, the bike is dirty, set up for our nephew, so low saddle, but he rides the mup too fast, with no hands, wants to always race me, boy I love that kid.
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I was surprised at the little things like when I put the Varsity wheels on the truing stand and didn't have to do a thing with them. Also loving the fact that after putting the drop bar and Continental GP4000s IIs on it she's almost as light as these Specialized Allez's at the place I worked on it... Yes it needed tuning but very minimal and rides really smooth! Excited to throw a custom 48/34 crankset on it and do some climbing.
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Rec Rider Loving my Varsity 1200

I got mine shipped from WalMart about 2 yrs. ago, assembled it myself and based on reviews added a/m rim strips, lubricated the bearings, and took the time to adjust the brakes and shifters properly. I love this bike!
It is a third bike for me, #1 is a 3-Speed fat-tire tandem cruiser that my wife and I ride together for 10-20 mile pleasure rides. #2 is a 24" Free Agent BMX cruiser for re-living the excitement of my ancient past, and the Varsity 1200 for alternative exercise when my bride doesn't want to ride. So, I am clearly no road warrior but the bike feels solid, shifts smoothly, brakes instantly, it has QR front and rear wheels, and I like the way it looks. I could not be happier for the $200 I spent on it.
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Went on a bike ride yesterday with a friend of mine who has this bike...he hasn't owned a car in 9 years...he has put thousands and probably tens of thousands of miles on this bike with no major problems other than just general maintenance .... That being said I ride an 80s Miyata, and one time we were going fast down a hill and I was cranking like crazy and he wasn't cranking nearly what I was...My front chainrings are 52-42 and the rear is 14-28.....Does anyone know the # of teeth on the front and rear for this bike ? thanks

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Went on a bike ride yesterday with a friend of mine who has this bike...he hasn't owned a car in 9 years...he has put thousands and probably tens of thousands of miles on this bike with no major problems other than just general maintenance .... That being said I ride an 80s Miyata, and one time we were going fast down a hill and I was cranking like crazy and he wasn't cranking nearly what I was...My front chainrings are 52-42 and the rear is 14-32.....Does anyone know the # of teeth on the front and rear for this bike ? thanks
If your friend has put tens of thousands of miles on that bike, I'm guessing it doesn't even have the original chain rings, let alone the original rear sprockets - who knows what he might have replaced them with.
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This thread is like a zombie on Viagra.
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If your friend has put tens of thousands of miles on that bike, I'm guessing it doesn't even have the original chain rings, let alone the original rear sprockets - who knows what he might have replaced them with.
ok he told me he hasn't had the bike as long as I thought...he said around 500 rides/1000 miles...not sure what to make of that because he sometimes does 40 mile rides
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Originally Posted by fish0n View Post
so I googled Schwinn varsity, and up popped this link : http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...30660804602498 (Please read specifications)
"this item is no longer available" halle luu uuuh jah.
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