Have questions or want to discuss cycling? Join Now or Sign In to participate in the BikeRide community.

New: Take part in the July Giveaway for VTUVIA SN100 Camouflage Fat Tire E-Bike $1679


Repairs on 70's Schwinn Varsity
#1
Recently I have received a Schwinn Varsity from the 70's from my grandmother and am looking to do some minor repairs on it. I would like to replace the derailleur (and entire gear mechanism save the shifters) and cassette. I don't know a whole lot about bicycles so my question is, what would be good replacement parts for it? My budget is modest so reasonable price but still decent quality is ideal and links are appreciated.
  Reply
#2
If you can post a picture of the rear end of the bike, it would help us give you some advice. If not, two questions:
- Does the rear derailleur screw directly into the frame or does it have a hook that gets clamped under the rear axle bolt.
- How many gear on your rear cluster
  Reply
#3
Hi Justin;

The Varsity has a freewheel, not a cassette, see: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/free-k7.html

Finding the correct tool to remove your current freewheel may be a challenge.

I would suggest replacing the rear wheel at the same time with something like:
http://www.amazon.com/Alex-RP15F-Alloy-Freewheel-Silver/dp/B000C1282K/
and 700 x28 tire:
http://www.amazon.com/Michelin-City-Mountain-Bike-Protek/dp/B001AR01N8/
this freewheel if you have to deal with some hills:
http://www.amazon.com/Sunrace-Freewheel-13-30T-Chrome-127990/dp/B000AY9AYS/
or this one if you have only small hills:
http://www.amazon.com/Sunrace-Freewheel-13-28T-Chrome-126197/dp/B000AY9AVG/
for the derailluer:
http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-RD-TX71-Tourney-7-Speed-Derailleur/dp/B001606M9G/
this shifter:
http://www.amazon.com/SRAM-Mountain-Trigger-Shifter-7-Speed/dp/B000VT2GHA/
You also need a new chain.

The above are workable suggestions, research some more, shop around and then make your decision.
Nigel
  Reply
#4
Good info from NF also check out nashbar.com
Typical mid 70's Varsity:

http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1971_1980/1975_10.html

http://www.google.com/custom?q=schwinn+varsity&sa=Google+Search&cof=LW:471;L:http://sheldonbrown.com/images/harris-banner.gif;LH:61;AH:center;AWFID:3e78bba1cececa56;&sitesearch=sheldonbrown.com

Here is some info links so you can ID your Schwinn.

http://www.re-cycle.com/history/Schwinn/SwnB_Serial.aspx

http://www.angelfire.com/rant/allday101/SchwinnCodes4.html

http://www.trfindley.com/pg_schwinn_cats.htm

BTW DaveM these old bikes had the deraileur hang from the axle bolt.
Never Give Up!!!
  Reply


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread
Author
Replies
Views
Last Post
 
9,678
12-31-2015, 12:36 PM
Last Post: GeorgeET
 
10,767
01-06-2013, 01:50 PM
Last Post: JoeFaz
 
20,278
08-21-2012, 06:58 PM
Last Post: Bill
 
19,239
06-05-2011, 01:33 PM
Last Post: Half a Load
 
10,517
05-01-2011, 11:16 PM
Last Post: Myosmith
 
50,521
04-05-2011, 07:48 AM
Last Post: JohnV

Forum Jump:

[-]
10 Latest Posts
Cannondale Criterium value
Today 02:04 AM
Ebike for riders 5ft tall
Yesterday 08:54 AM
First Metric Century
08-16-2022 03:26 PM
Help identifying date of manufacturing
08-15-2022 08:52 PM
Cycling photos while on holiday
08-15-2022 08:41 PM
Make a freewheel removal tool
08-14-2022 07:32 AM
Weak spring tension on the derailleur wi...
08-14-2022 07:18 AM
Woodsplitter in Pittsfield, Vermont
08-12-2022 06:19 AM
New Stator For My Ride1up Core 5
08-10-2022 08:49 PM
Jumps a Gear
08-09-2022 07:14 PM

[-]
Join BikeRide on Strava
Feel free to join if you are on Strava: www.strava.com/clubs/bikeridecom

[-]
Top 5 Posters This Month
no avatar 1. Jesper
17 posts
no avatar 2. ichitan
15 posts
no avatar 3. dinh thaihoang
11 posts
no avatar 4. ReapThaWhirlwind
9 posts
no avatar 5. Criminal
6 posts