We went Schwinnless for so long that Paul H.‘s 1973 Varsity got an Extreme Makeover. Paul originally sent me his Varsity back in April. It sat so long waiting to be posted that Paul turned it into some sort of grocery-getting-jalopy that he calls a “Tourist”! I figured if I didn’t get this thing posted soon in his next set of pictures he would have tassels streaming off the handlebars and a big orange safety flag swinging from the rear pillars of a newly installed banana seat.
I picked up this bike at the city dump last week for free. It is all original as far as I can tell. The gumwall tires were melted so I had to replace them with tires I had laying around. Note the Schwinn orange plastic handlebar tape.
This is easily the worst bicycle I own. It is exhilarating to ride. I love it.
On April 18 I rescued this 1973 Schwinn Varsity Sport from the city dump.
With some new tires it became rideable.
But I wasn’t done yet: I decided it would make a good tourist-style bike.
I got upright handlebars from an old Huffy, a sprung seat for free on the
internet from a fellow Schwinn aficionado, and added some Wald baskets on
the back to make it into a good commuter bike and now I have a 1973 Schwinn
You can see the evolution in the pictures.
Thanks again Paul