Here’s a special Memorial Day OTS provided by vet’ Joe B in StL, a 1986 Schwinn Varsity.
Sorry to have been away so long. But look what I found! It’s a patriotic red, white & blue 1986 Schwinn Varsity – ironically made by Giant in Taiwan. I replaced the original torn black foam grips with Planet Bike Gel red tape. I also replaced to torn O.E. saddle with a Schwinn Ergonomic saddle, added pure white-wall tires and a red water bottle cage. I also like the fact it has a lugged frame. Here’s a surprise… I found a web page to the exact Schwinn catalog it was advertised in.
Shifting is done through a Shimano Positron 10 speed system…and it is smooth. Yes, it still has the original steel wheels – no rust. Why an ’86 would still have steel vs. alloy wheels is beyond me. I guess to keep cost down. I’ve always been jealous of Uncle Sam’s 1981 Schwinn Varsity. So, this is my own version of red, white & (cool) blue.
Have fun out there,
Ex-Air Force Jet Engine Mechanic
St. Louis, MO.