• BeaterRezQ

    Roger A.,….but the awesome “hands on” experience you gained, not to mention the bonding that takes place between owner and rehabbed new toy——Priceless! I love yellow bikes, and just like motor vehicles,(minus taxi cabs/school buses) not so often seen. Drive by the school bike rack someday and count how many yellow bikes you come across, go for broke and check out the local college campus–you’ll be lucky to count 5 out of hundreds.
    –And we know better than to ask “How much was invested in said restoration?” It is what you created and your means at arriving there…so long as you had fun in the process.
    BRQ

    **to note: I sorta have a collection of yellow “cruisers” if you will.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Vandeweghe/100001050687076 Scott Vandeweghe

    With appropriate storage you can pass your Varsity to your grandchildren. Divide the resto cost by 10 or 20 years, it is still a good deal. Check out http://www.sheldonbrown.com/varsity-shaddox.html and http://www.sheldonbrown.com/varsity.html. It is hard to kill a Chicago Schwinn Varsity. I just “sold” the Schwinn Continental I bought in 1967 to a nephew. Scott V.

    • BeaterRezQ

      Upright touring bars, white walls, spring-loaded saddle…..NICE!
      Me and that Continental could enjoy many meaningful moments together—–B

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Vandeweghe/100001050687076 Scott Vandeweghe

        Well, I’m taking a survey. Would you rather have an Old Ten speed as is, or with upright touring bars and a comfortable saddle? I’m a bike flipper. I take OTS’s and show them some love. I buff the chrome & alloy, repack ALL the bearings and at least change the handlebars. Depending on initial cost, most go out the door for $100 to $140. Why should you spend more for a nice ride? I won’t get rich, I hate to see an OTS die from neglect.

        • BeaterRezQ

          Scott V., if you can add comfort to classic–to me that’s a winning combo. I love the old 5 and 10 speeds, though old and heavy many were nicely made. Adding era appropriate saddles or bars when ever possible only enhances their vintage uniqueness, imho.
          b

    • Ryan Surface

      Wow that is a beauty Scott your Nephew is a lucky dude. I have a Women’s Raliegh Record that I am going to rehab for my Anglophile Niece -once I get the %$#^& stuck stem out. Some north road bars, cork grips maybe a Nantucket basket and it will be a whole new ride.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Vandeweghe/100001050687076 Scott Vandeweghe

        Ryan:

        A stuck stem, never heard of that….. The best penetrant you can buy is Silikroil by Kano Labs http://www.kanolabs.com/. It makes WD-40 (good stuff) seem like a joke. Also check out
        http://sheldonbrown.com/stuck-seatposts.html. good luck, no using of bad words.

  • Roger A

    An update on the year, I checked the serial number on steering tube, it’s a ’75. The 1975 Schwinn Catalog confirms that yellow as an available color. I have seen a number of yellow Varsities and Continentals on Craigslist here in the St. Louis area.

    • BeaterRezQ

      Roger, yeah you’re right. I’ve seen many yellow Schwinn’s, even had a few; Speedster, Traveler, Collegiate but generally speaking, at least in my “hunting expeditions” I hardly ever run across yellow bikes. Chromed and yellow bicycles seem to be a bit odd and rare around here, and I think both are very attractive. Your Varsity is no exception.
      B

  • Flying Merkel

    My Varsity was Lemon Yellow back in the 70s! We had a love/hate relationship. Hated the horrible brakes, 4-out-of-5 rear freewheel, crappy rims. I suspect mine had a bent frame- it was a used rental that never went in a straight line. Racked up a lot of miles on and off road. I killed it trying to independently invent the mountain bike. Would have succeeded except a lack of knowledge, ability, resources or clue. I now have a ’64 Varsity converted to a 26″ coaster braked cruiser, exactly what I wanted all those years ago. Maybe you put out more than expected, but you definitely ended up with an heirloom.

    • BeaterRezQ

      Flying Merkel
      I would like to see photo of your 64 Varsity converted to a 26” single speed coaster braked cruiser (that’s a mouth full) someday, just to see your conversion results. I recently took a 80 Varsity to a 700×35 single speed coaster braked cruiser. A. I was trying to see just how light I could make it, B. The ten speed positron front freewheeling system was toast. I actually came up with a fairly(?) light cruiser with an awesome rock-solid ride. Here’s my end results, and if you can shoot a picture of yours, awesome. thx—
      BRQ

  • Ryan Surface

    Good on ya Roger for rescuing a classic, old yeller is a rare bird lots of blues and reds and some greens but the yellows seem to be hard to come across.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1005405137 Scott A Wells

    Nice, Roger.
    Anybody have any thoughts as to why that hole was in the chainstay? Poor frame…kinda reminds me of an abused child with a cigaretter burn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wellroundedengineer Roger Allison

    My guess was that the hole was for mounting an after market kickstand.