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Schwinn Varsity stock restored

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Chicago electroforged / 23" c-c / 1970s?

Steel / Steel

Solid fork blades

Alloy hubs / Steel rims with no hook bead

Schwinn 5-speed freewheel


new chain

steel Schwinn stem shifters


Schwinn approved derailleurs, 52/40? double chainrings

Received from friend as part of payment for the Schwinn Circuit I sold him. It appears to almost never have been used, although it was dirty and in bad shape. The bearings were perfect. Tightened all spokes, trued wheels, repacked hubs, dripped motor oil in bottom bracket (couldn't get nut off to overhaul), oiled cables, adjusted shifters, derailleurs, brakes. I sold it after getting it running.

It's one of the heaviest road bikes ever made, but it at least seems fairly solid, and the gears shift smoothly. It was made at the Chicago plant. Serial number on bottom of head tube is FK542979.

People who friended this bike snakechild

Bent in two places

ATB I love old Schwinns,the top tube appears to be bent between the headtube and the cable guide,and the downtube is bent directly under it.It was wrecked at some point and the wheel was replaced.The bike wasn't used much afterword as the owner didn't care for the bikes new track geometry.

track geo

I thought it was a pretty lively ride for an old varsity when I test-rode it. It was actually pretty nice. Now I understand.

I emailed the seller and gave him his money back. I dismantled it and chucked the frame.


I've changed my mind. You're all right; it does seem to be bent. I'll contact the buyer.

so obvious this thing hit

so obvious this thing hit something HARD head on. last time i checked tuning up a wrecked bike wasnt the same as a "restoration". this thing got fucked HARD...and so did whoever you sold it to.


That bike have clearly had an accident. Look at the toptube/downtube. So lovely of you selling it on, even for free. I'd pay more for a skullfracture.

no it's fine

I know it's ugly, but I think it was such a cheap bike the framebuilders didn't care and built it all crooked. There are no cracks or anything. Also, think how much force it would take to bend tubes this thick. The front wheel would have broken first, but it was fine.


Thats laughable, you cannot be serious. I guarantee you it didnt come like that.

nah dude

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