Re: [CR] Schwinn Varsity cons...


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Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2008 16:51:03 -0400
From: James Swan <jswan@optonline.net>
Subject: Re: [CR] Schwinn Varsity cons...
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To: Dale Brown <oroboyz@aol.com>
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cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org

Its true. They were forged by Ashtabula. They also did the stems for Schwinn. Maybe other parts I'm not remembering... Those forks were extremely aerodynamic though...

Jamie Swan Centerport Cycles Inc. Northport, New York, U.S.A. http://www.centerportcycles.com (mapped) http://www.limws.org http://www.liatca.org

On Jun 12, 2008, at 4:07 PM, Dale Brown wrote:
> The biggest issue with the Varsity had a lot to do with those solid
> brick forks! I think those things were forged ! Maybe even made by
> the Ashtabula Co that made the one piece cranks.. In any case the
> forks were strong but ride like poop.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <jerrymoos@sbcglobal.net>
> To: haxixe@gmail.com; Dale Brown <oroboyz@aol.com>
> Cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
> Sent: Wed, 11 Jun 2008 9:55 pm
> Subject: Re: [CR] Classic Schwinn
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> Probably true in the case of the Varsity, although I confess I
> never owned one.? I did start my lightweight bicycle experience
> with a UO-8 like many others did and thought it magical at the time
> - but I was comparing to 3-speed "English Racers".? I must say I
> think my Schwinn Superior is a better bike than that UO-8, though
> probably no lighter.? But I can't do a direct comparison, as I sold
> the UO-8 about 35 years ago.
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> Jerry Moos
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> Big Spring, Texas, USA
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> Kurt Sperry <haxixe@gmail.com> wrote:
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> I remember making the leap from a Varsity to a Peugeot UO-8. The
> difference- even though both were pretty low end "10 speeds" in their
> time- was night and day. The Peugeot was exponentially more fun to
> ride. Once you'd ridden even a low-end Euro
> "10 speed" there was no
> going back to a Varsity.
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> Kurt Sperry
> Bellingham, Washington
> USA
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> On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 5:54 PM, Dale Brown wrote:
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>> << I think with where are country is headed and all that we should
>> all support schwinn. just one man's opinion.
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>> I'll throw it out there.......i'd like to hear more about people's
>> race experiences on the varsity or continental I know when i rode
>> my first one in the late 60's as a 12 year old I was so fast. >>
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>> Ron, you ARE joking I hope? Just in case you're not, FYI, the
>> Schwinn we know and love went broke and everything was sold off...
>> the name (only) went to a Canadian company that specializes in big
>> box bikes and has them all made in China. Hence their availability
>> in Costco, Target and other fine retailers (!) No real Schwinn
>> left to support in my opinion.
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>> Schwinn of old were fine if somewhat clunky bikes and are viewed
> nostalgically by fans.
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>> Also cruel reality was that the Varsity and Continental were sport
>> recreational bikes and not racers in any real sense, although many
>> fun tours and casual rides were made on them. The Paramount was
>> the really only true racer early on, later came some other models
>> that might squeeze by into the true "racer" designation...
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>> This is all not to say that the basic models were not solid,
>> dependable and strong bikes. Also amazingly heavy!? :)?
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>> Dale Brown
>> cycles de ORO Bike Shop
>> 1410 Mill Street
>> Greensboro, North Carolina 27408 USA
>> 336-274-5959
>> http://cyclesdeoro.com
>> http://www.classicrendezvous.com
>> http://www.carolinacup.com
>> http://www.greensborovelo.com
>> http://www.bikegso.org
>> http://nbda.com
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>> -----Original
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>> From: Ron Danner
>> To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
>> Sent: Wed, 11 Jun 2008 7:36 pm
>> Subject: [CR]Classic Schwinn
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>> Thanks to all the members who have greeted me so enthusiastically.
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>> y'alls collective will I can lick this condition!
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>> I have searched the archives and don't see much on the racing
>> career of the
>> venerable Schwinn Varsity or Continental. My understanding was
>> that the
>> Varsity took its name after its riders placed high in certain
>> collegiate
>> competiotions which were popularized by an unnamed american film.
>> A certain
>> prominent list member has also chimed in that it was possible that
>> Merckx
>> may have rode rebadged varsity's during some of his more
>> competitive years.
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>> I think with where are country is headed and all that we should all
> support
>> schwinn. just one man's opinion.
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>> I'll throw it out there.......i'd like to hear more about people's
>> race
>> experiences on the varsity or continental I know when i rode my
>> first one
>> in the late 60's as a 12 year old I was so fast.
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>> --
>> Ron Danner
>> Hop Bottom Township
>> Susquehanna PA USA