We’ve had a lot of Varsity on the OTSG, but I’m not sure we’ve ever had one this nicely outfitted. Scott F was kind enough to share this, his 1981 Schwinn Varsity Deluxe, which weighs in at a feather-light (by Varsity standards) 27.5 pounds.
Here for your enjoyment is my Varsity. I was given this bike by a man who was throwing it away. It was a ’81 Varsity Deluxe and came with the FFW and Positronic shift system. The bike was one of the very few Varsity’s that came with a tubular fork. It was in pretty bad condition, missing the seat and seat post. Also it was totally rusted from sitting outside for years. But the frame was not bad and the paint actually cleaned up very well after a lot of polishing. I replaced the wheels with a set of vintage Weinerman’s on Normady hubs, added a NOS Suntour 6 speed freewheel. Replaced the steel handlebars with nice vintage alloy Le Tour stem and bars,shaved the turkey wings and replaced the hood and tape. I installed a set of NOS DiaCompe centerpulls for the brakes. Finally, I outfitted the bike with Suntour Powershift down tube shifters pulling a Suntour AR front and a Shimano Crane GT rear derail set up Topping it off with a vintage Brooks saddle .There are so many more custom details that I did as well I love the way the bike rides and it weighs 27.5 lbs. Hope you like it too! Thanks, Scott