Bicentennial Varsities

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Tim s

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 13, 2012
112
Elkton, United States
It looks like it’s all there and would clean up nicely. The price isn’t bad either for a piece of bicycle history. Tim
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,810
Central Arizona
Exceptionally nice examples there.
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Sven

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 24, 2017
2,504
55
Mechanicsville, MD, United States
Great find and score.!!!!! It doesnt look like they have ever been ridden. From what I can see the paint appears flawless
 

schwinnbikebobb

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jan 8, 2011
954
Central Ohio
Very nice!! Schwinn white paint did not hold up that well. Congrats on having awesome bikes!!
 

Matt B

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Feb 17, 2019
14
61
Shelby, MI
A Jr. Varsity. Found this on the curb for garbage man a few years ago. Finally (retired now) got around fixing it all up. Totally overhauled, just needed 1 spoke new handlebar tape (found some NOS), tires (Kendra reproductions). Everything else is factory when new. I worked in a Schwinn shop while in jr high, high and part of college in the 70's. bought back fun memories and I still remembered every screw, washer, etc on it as I disassembled it. I do not remember ever putting a Bicentennial Jr. Varsity together (only adult ones). Are there many? What is the value? Probably going to give it to my daughter as a house decor item (an Iron man Tri Athlete on the side).
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juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,178
Playa del Rey, United States
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Beautiful job Matt! ;)

Thanks so much for sharing this mount.

The Bicentennial themed bicycle reminded me that a good friend won one as first prize in a Frisbee contest about 1976-77. IIRC it was an AMF product but me memory groweth faint after forty odd years. :flushed:

Livery exhibited was similar to the Schwinn examples: white with red and blue trim.

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Tim s

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 13, 2012
112
Elkton, United States
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
 
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Matt B

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Feb 17, 2019
14
61
Shelby, MI
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
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.
Got the tires on line from Brands Cycle (got them pretty fast, no issues at all) if anyone is searching.
 

Tim s

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 13, 2012
112
Elkton, United States
Matt. Thanks for the info on the tires. It’s good to know they are available, Looks like I need a Jr one to go with the other two. Tim
 

Matt B

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Feb 17, 2019
14
61
Shelby, MI
Tim
I have seen a few pictures of "his and hers", but none of the "family", that would be unique. If I find another one set out on the curb on trash day, it's yours.!!!
 

juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,178
Playa del Rey, United States
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Thanks so much for sharing your bikes Tim & Matt! ;)

Much appreciated here.

Question regarding pedals -

Noticed that the two adult examples wear what appears to be a Schwinn Approved version of the Cecor 300 RT RS or the Cecor 370 while the Jr. wears what looks to be the Schwinn Approved version of the UnionFrondenberg U40 (or similar). Do you know if it the case that factory pedal specification was different for the adult snd Jr. versions? Or perhaps more than one model was used during the production due to a shortage?



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Thanks for any information. :)

Thank you again for sharing your fine work.

Roger

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Matt B

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Feb 17, 2019
14
61
Shelby, MI
Roger,
My Jr. Varsity wears the UnionFrondenberg, as you mentioned. And I would be 99% sure that is how it came from the factory.
I worked in 3 different Schwinn shops from 1971 -1977 (jr high-part of college), but can not answer your question (was a long time ago). However, I do remember on occasion bikes coming from the factory with parts not stamped "Schwinn Approved" (had the manufacturers name instead) cables that needed to be cut down (for another model) probably due to shortages or a supplier mistake and some slight differences of some products (i.e. handle bar tape that was a shade off, not as transparent, etc) probably a different supplier. But this was more common in the earlier 70's during the huge shortage years. I remember telling people we have no Varsities (as an example) for sell, this is a floor model, not for sale, only for people to see, to place an order. You can get one in about 6-8 weeks (if you are lucky). Repair shop backed up, 6 weeks wait for a repair (unless it was a flat tire or a 30 day checkup). It was crazy!!.
I bet we sold 50 adult Varsities to every Jr. Varsity. So while I assembled/repaired a ton of Varsities, only a handful of Jr. Varsities and do not recall if the pedal were different, unfortunately. I do remember the Jr had narrower handlebars and I believe shorter crank arms and maybe a shorter kickstand. Otherwise, all the same parts as the adult.
From a manufacturing standpoint, if both frames are made at the same location (I am not sure) and boxed at the same location, why would you try to keep two interchangeable parts separate? Would just add more work and possible delays if a shortage of one of the manufacture's part. But who knows.
When trying to figure it out, make sure to compare same year (maybe even same month manufactured) adult Varsity to Jr Varsity. Both models may have changed, if Schwinn changed manufactures.
Sorry I could have not been more help. Been a long time ago and we just looked at the other end of the pedal (for the "R" and "L") as a kid when working on them :)
Post the answer if you find out!!! Good luck!!!
 

Bridget

On Training Wheels
Mar 21, 2019
8
53
Louisville, CO
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
 

Tim s

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 13, 2012
112
Elkton, United States
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
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?
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
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Tim s

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 13, 2012
112
Elkton, United States
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?
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
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Here is another pic of the Bi Varsity Jr in the clean up process. Tim

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