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ahhh...Schwin Varsity....why do your rims say Tubular???(4 posts)

ahhh...Schwin Varsity....why do your rims say Tubular???Trevo
May 3, 2003 10:21 PM
I checked...and the rims arent Tubular? Whats up with that? Anyway's like I said there on my Schwinn Varsity, ehich i love and adore. I left it outside all winter and Hopped on it in the spring, all she needed was some air in the tires.

Offically my water/beater bike....that actually rides nice.

Thanks
Trevor Martin
There's tubular (glue-on) and then tubular (contruction)Calvin
May 6, 2003 5:11 AM
As I recall, Schwinn stamped the rime "Tubular" as you state. They did not intend to imply these were glue-on, sew-up, "tubular" rims, just that the rim was hollow, hence the Tubular label. Remember, these bikes were marketed as "light weight", coming in at a bit over 30 pounds. Well, under 40 anyway.
But if you do like tubulars (sew-ups)Calvin
May 7, 2003 5:13 AM
http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/tubular.shtml
"Schwinn Tubular" means something different ...Humma Hah
May 12, 2003 7:05 AM
... The cruiser's front rim says "Schwin Tubular S-7", meaning it is a unique Schwinn design constructed by crushing a tube down to the desired crossection, creating a double-walled rim. Most other US bike manufacturers at the time used a single piece of sheet metal bent to the crossection, with a curled lip.

Glue-up, sew-on, roadbike tubulars have NOTHING to do with a Varsity's rims.

The Varsity's a very heavy bike, hard to find tires for (may be worth finding an alternative wheel set for it), but should ride very nicely, a typical Schwinn trait.