This info applies to Chicago made Schwinns. Lugged frame imported Schwinns are not covered here. If you really enjoy the old Schwinns and want to know more, this book is for you.
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Just finished this very unique build per request of our customer, a Schwinn Varsity with a modern Shimano Tiagra groupset. First off this bike required many modifications. The bike features inline cable adjusters, the original stem has been modified to receive a recessed allen bolt, modern brake pads on original Weinmann calipers, the american bottom bracket has been converted to accept a European bottom bracket.
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Check it out, I just scored on a vintage bike! It truly is a handsome bike. Unfortunately, its a bit big for me.
My brand-new fifty year old Schwinn Continental. When I was a boy, I loved to ride. Late night rides with no lights were fun freedom for a pre-teenager.
So there I was Sunday morning, in a small second-hand store in Nogales, Arizona, two blocks from the International border, when out of the corner of my eye, a sparkle from a true gem lit up the dank and dark store. This was too good to be true, I thought. I looked for the serial number and found it stamped not only on the head badge, but on the head tube and bottom bracket.
For a quarter century the easiest way to show you were a sophisticated, discriminating cyclist has been to make disparaging remarks about the Schwinn Varsity. It's true that the Varsity has the oxymoronic distinction of being one of the heaviest lightweight bicycles ever built. But to understand the bike, I think you have to take it in its historical context. In America inbicycles were children's toys.
After declaring bankruptcy inSchwinn has since been a sub-brand of Pacific Cycleowned by the multi-national conglomerateDorel Industries. Ignaz Schwinn was born in HardheimBadenGermany, in and worked on two-wheeled ancestors of the modern bicycle that appeared in 19th century Europe. Schwinn emigrated to the United States in