Over the last 4 years we have had countless Schwinn Varsity grace our homepage, but I’m fairly certain that this the first yellow one we’ve ever had. This is Roger A’s Yellow ’70s Schwinn Varsity.
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A little bit about it: I paid way too much for this one given its condition, but the seller extolled the virtues of the Varsity in his craigslist ad. I also decided that I would take a shot at painting the frame. It was yellow and it is still yellow. My skills with a spray can are not great, but it does look better than it did. I filled the hole in the chain stay with body putty. The after picture shows a set of vintage Schwinn approved wheels and the original french derailleurs and freewheel. I tried to replace the vintage kickstand but the one I bought on eBay stuck out too far and the crank ran into it. During my restoration I acquired some spare wheels and I picked what I thought were the roundest. The ones came with the bike were shinier but had a lot more hop, the jointing on the FEMCO rims was terrible. Since then I recycled the original hubs and laced them to CR-18 aluminum rims. It rides very smooth now.
As you may surmise the cost of the restoration was astronomical. This will be a one time extravagance, I have vowed that all my other rescues will be low budget and low impact.