That was my concern too. The bike had one original tire, but the gum wall dried up over the many years in the deflated position and when pumped up delaminated in big chunks from the carcass and did not hold air. The other tire was not original and looked bad. When I dismounted the original tire the the sidewall became history for sure. I was able to buy the correct size 24 X 1/1/4 gums walls, even has the correct 7 rib tread pattern, A very good repo. just does not have "Schwinn" ,etc on the sidewalls. Made by Kenda, Marketed by Sunlite, on sale for $9.,00 each (Typically $15 range at most on-line). Very happy with them. Both tubes were original, one with a thorn hole, a good old fashion patch fixed that.Matt, The bike looks great! I have seen 2 of the Jr. Varsity Bicentennial bikes in the last month and both are in rough condition. I think finding 24 inch gum wall tires might be hard to find for these bikes. Tim
I picked up a Bicentennial Jr. Varsity this weekend at the Copake bike auction. It needs some work to get it in line with his big brothers. Does anyone know if there are decals available?Would you like another one? I have one that I got when I was 10 and it deserves someone who will bring it back to life. You did an amazing job on those bikes!
I have it at the shop now, but am not sure it is worth it for me to pay them to tune it. It needs paint, decals, new tires and tubes as well as the red tape on the handlebars
Here is another pic of the Bi Varsity Jr in the clean up process. TimI picked up a Bicentennial Jr. Varsity this weekend at the Copake bike auction. It needs some work to get it in line with his big brothers. Does anyone know if there are decals available?
Matt, I measured the width of the bars of the standard Bicentennial Varsity (17 inches) and the Jr. (16 inches). The crank arms were 7 inches and 6 inches and the kick stand lengths were 12 and 11 inches. I was measuring the 22 inch Bi Varsity against the 18 in Jr. V. Tim