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Schwinn Varsity 3-speed(3 posts)

Schwinn Varsity 3-speedchar
Aug 3, 2002 2:07 PM
It's not like the one I rode in the 60-70s, hey I spent the extra $20 bucks from my paper route to buy the Continental. This one is a 3-speed version, Varsity is on the chainguard.

Rescued this puppy from going to the dump. I have a vague recollection of reading about this earlier version, did go the the Sheldon Brown site and checked out the links but no answer yet. Anyone out there refresh my memory?

It's been outside for maybe 30 years, a rusty scupper, no shifing yet, firmly entrenched in third gear. will be the project bike this winter to kind of round out the collection.

Thanks for any info,

re: Schwinn Varsity 3-speedWalter
Aug 3, 2002 2:21 PM
I too have heard that Schwinn used the "Varsity" label for a 3 speed roadster prior to the 8 and then 10 speed models beginning in the early 60s. That's probably a 40+ year old bike.

My standard advice when it comes to old Schwinns is to check with the experts who hang out at Vintage Lightweight board. Does still have collector's boards going?
My wife's Sturmey Archer 3-speed ...Humma Hah
Aug 5, 2002 5:27 AM
... was kept indoors, received no service at all for its whole life (it is a '78) until last summer when I needed to borrow it for a couple of weeks. It wouldn't shift. I finally poured about a tablespoon of Mobil 1 oil into the hole the shift linkage goes thru (it does not have an oil cap). That, plus a new cable and a little working of the mechanism, restored the function. It turns out to be a remarkably fast bike for a lady's 3-speed lightweight commuter.

I don't think I've ever seen a 3-speed Varsity. The only bike race I ever entered the cruiser in was a single/3-speed race at Virginia Tech, 6 laps around the drillfield. The whole field was lapped by a 3-speed roadbike, with the cruiser placing third. He was so fast I never got to see the brand.