1972 Schwinn Collegiate Tourist handlebars

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Bidnessboy

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jun 15, 2019
15
55
Woodbury
I’m trying to get my childhood bike, a 1972 Schwinn Collegiate Tourist, back on the road and I’m having trouble finding original handlebars. I converted it to drop style bars and didn’t keep the originals.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,898
Central Arizona
Over the years Schwinn used the 7881 and 7819 bars on the Collegiate and they were the same bars used on some of the middleweights. Should be easy locating a set of bars if you want original Schwinn parts. The old lightweight tourist bars of the early 60's also used the same bars as the middleweights.

Check out the two tourist bars Bikeman shows. Do a google search for those wald numbers and they're around 20 bucks new. The spread difference between the two is roughly 4" but the rise is the same I believe.

 
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Bidnessboy

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jun 15, 2019
15
55
Woodbury
Very helpful video! Thanks! I'm pretty sure mine came with the Schwinn 7881 (Wald 867?) style bars.
 

rollfaster

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Dec 28, 2012
8,517
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Ol' st. Lou
I should have those exact 72 date coded bars, nice ones too. I’ll double check that when I get home tonight.
 

Sven

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 24, 2017
2,508
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Mechanicsville, MD, United States
These bars that I put on my Varsity "Tourist" clone, I believe came off a Collegiate. So did you keep the brakes levers, brake cables and handlebar grips?
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,898
Central Arizona
These bars that I put on my Varsity "Tourist" clone, I believe came off a Collegiate. So did you keep the brakes levers, brake cables and handlebar grips?
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Was there a part number on those bars?
 

Bidnessboy

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jun 15, 2019
15
55
Woodbury
Those look like the wider (7819?) bars? I did not keep the original brakes and grips. A local bike shop got it back on the road for me. I’m ok with the brakes and grips they used. The seat and the bars aren’t the right look though.

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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,898
Central Arizona
Those look like the wider (7819?) bars? I did not keep the original brakes and grips. A local bike shop got it back on the road for me. I’m ok with the brakes and grips they used. The seat and the bars aren’t the right look though.

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The original bars had more rise, 4"? 23.5" spread? 7881's

Ebay 1972 set of 7881's https://www.ebay.com/itm/Schwinn-Racer-Cruiser-Varsity-Suburban-Breeze-Bike-Handlebars-7881-1972/283492499831?hash=item4201784177:g:GJQAAOSwZbpc5J23

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Sven

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 24, 2017
2,508
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Mechanicsville, MD, United States
[QUOTE="Bidnessboy, post: 1036766, member: 82433"......... The seat and the bars aren’t the right look though.

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I think we've covered everything in regard to the handlebars. You just got to find what suits you.
Now the seat... I personally would go with a green "S' seat. I know its not stock, but it looks cool.
I had one on my now, out of service' Varsity.
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