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Does my garage sale schwinn varsity make me a roadie?(5 posts)

Does my garage sale schwinn varsity make me a roadie?jamd
May 21, 2001 4:11 PM
i bought this schwinn at a garage sale for 20 bucks and i love it. i can lock it up anywhere with no fear of it being stolen. hell my u lock costs more than the bike.

the frame is heavy ass steel. bike weighs over 40 pounds. the funny thing is that it has downhill geometry. the head angle looks shallower than my gt lts and it has a 69 degree head angle. seat and head tube run pararell so i am guessing its has 68 68 angles. the handle bars are higher than the saddle. i got a free ride road bike.

i took it off road once and man this thing does some awesome power slides. i am thinking about getting a front shock, crankset and some wheels for the frame but think it would be a waste of money.

so am i roadie or am i just a weirdo?
re: Does my garage sale schwinn varsity make me a roadie?likesbikes
May 21, 2001 7:19 PM
Big waste of money, but hey, if you are a self proclamed "WEIRDO" and want to make a statement, then go for. Heck, while you are at it, buy a complete Record or Dura-ace groupo for it...LOL

But what ever you ride, it is your desire to ride that makes you a roadie.
Only if you ride it.Hap
May 21, 2001 9:06 PM
My Continental made me one. Of course that was 30 years ago.

A wise man once said.....4bykn
May 22, 2001 8:44 AM
"It's not About the Bike"
First, you gotta ride a century on it ...Humma Hah
May 22, 2001 9:15 AM
.. and then you're unquestionably a roadie, no matter WHAT you ride. It took me a while to convince a few doubters here of it, but even the Schwinn cruiser I usually ride qualifies as a roadbike -- its done 4 centuries in the last year or so.

Yours has the same slack steering geometry and heavy weight as mine, by the way, so I have no doubt the Varsity is capable of long rides (in fact, I owned one for a while). Also, like my cruiser, with the original wheels, the Varsity will be a challenge to find tires for -- they're very likely a peculiar size that fit only old Schwinn roadbikes, and you may not want to wear them out with skids. BTW, true roadies are very proud of never skidding.

Other than fresh chain, cables, brake pads, and tires, as needed, and maybe a more comfortable seat, I'd pretty much leave the bike as-is. Due to the weight, it will NEVER be competitive, but it will be a fine commuter, chore bike, backup bike, training bike, or retro mount on which to show up the poseurs on modern racebikes.