Loosening the 10-speed reigns today with a Art F.’s 5 speed Schwinn Collegiate.
Here’s a workhorse bike that I haven’t seen in OTSG . It’s a Schwinn Collegiate 5 speed probably from the 70s and they seem to last forever. I think this kind of bike with chainguard , fenders and friction shifters makes a lot more sense than the index shifters and aluminum frame bikes most college students are using. Even the tires were original and I left them on . The blackwall Schwinn tires may have many micro cracks in the sidewall but I don’t think that affects their reliability . I gave this bike the usual steel wool to shine up rims and oil cables and tighten spokes and then rented it out for about 5 months . I started renting out low price bikes a while ago to students , interns , and others needing bikes for 2 months to a school year. In this case I got a $100 deposit which is the same as what I would sell the bike for and in 4 months IF it comes back I will buy it back for $60 . Saves a lot of haggling about rust when selling and they come back needing only inner tube replacement , chain and cable oiling and maybe derailleur and brake tweaking.
Thanks again Art