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SCHWINN VARSITY 1975 (Model 126)

Original except tires and tubes. Excellent condition; no rust, minor marks on paint, small area of chrome flake on spider, small "dimple" on chainwheel guard. I love the fillet brazing, and the paint has a great "depth" in its appearance.

Frame:
SCHWINN VARSITY (CARBON STEEL), "CHESTNUT" PAINT

Fork/Headset:
SCHWINN (STEEL) WITH CHROME "CROWN CAP" / "IN-HOUSE" PART (STEEL)

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
SCHWINN "LIGHTWEIGHT" CHROMED ONE PIECE (STEEL) / "IN-HOUSE" PART (STEEL)

Pedals:
"SCHWINN APPROVED" "RAT TRAP" STYLE WITH FRONT AND REAR AMBER REFLECTORS

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
"IN-HOUSE" PART (STEEL) 14t,17t,20,24t,28t / SCHWINN 52t,39t (STEEL)/ CHROMED CHAIN GUARD/ CHROMED SPOKE GUARD / SEDIS CHAIN

Derailleurs/Shifters:
"SCHWINN APPROVED" FRONT AND REAR (STEEL) / SCHWINN STEM MOUNT SHIFTERS (CHROMED)

Handlebars/Stem:
SCHWINN (STEEL) WITH ORIGINAL BAR WRAP (Matching "chestnut" color) / SCHWINN (Schwinn Alloy stem; catalogue spec'd as forged steel)

Saddle/Seatpost:
MESSINGER / SCHWINN POST (STEEL)

Brakes:
"SCHWINN APPROVED" WEINMANN TYPE LS 2.4 SIDE PULL CALIPERS (ALLOY) AND DUAL LEVERS (ALLOY)

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
SCHWINN TUBULAR STEEL RIM / "SCHWINN APPROVED" (ALLOY HUBS labeled "MADE IN FRANCE") (Solid spindle, but catalogue spec'd as Quick Release hubs; this is the original wheelset that came with the bike per the original owner who made no modifications) / 27" X 1 1/4" TIRES

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
"SCHWINN APPROVED" (ALLOY HUBS labeled "MADE IN FRANCE")

Accessories:
FRONT WHITE REFLECTOR, REAR REFLECTOR BRACKET (reflector is mounted on the rear of the rack, when rack is mounted), "SCHWINN APPROVED" Rear Rack (made in Taiwan) with Red Reflector, Integrated Kickstand

More Info:
Very large frame at 66cm/26". Due to the size, I will not be keeping it. It has a small amount of chrome that flaked off the crank spider. No corrosion, rust, dents or scratches in this area so I'm not sure what caused this "damage" to occur. For a big and moderately heavy bike, it will move down the road at a decent pace; once that steel gets going at speed it wants to keep going. Definitely an improvement with the Weinmann brakes (alloy, so weight reduction as well as improved function to boot). The only real mystery are the solid hub spindles; possibly the QR's were optional like the fenders, or possibly modified at the shop for the buyer, or as a lower priced alternative for prospective buyers. My stem is alloy not steel as catalogue spec'd. Serial number references date of manufacture as September 1975.

Added by HPL. Last updated 2 months ago.

2 Comments

HPL

HPL says:

I've located the rear reflector; it was on the "Schwinn Approved" rear rack that originally came with the bike but got removed during rebuild work. I had forgotten it was mounted on it vice the brake bridge bracket. Now 100% complete. Still would like to find a better chain guard and spider, but might be hard due to these parts are still in excellent condition with the exception of the minor flaws; might just let it go as is. A very original bike 9.5 out of 10 in condition.

Posted 10 months ago

HPL

HPL says:

Update on model: stem is Alloy and not forged steel as specified by Schwinn 1975 catalogue. Already noted that wheels had solid spindles vice QR spindles as specified.

Posted 12 months ago