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Psychographic

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jun 18, 2019
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Eastern Pa
#1
I recently redid a 1980 Schwinn Varsity and really enjoyed working on the bike. It was given to me by a friend, who also gave me a matching woman's Varsity, both were blue. I think they may have been a matched pair for a couple.

I want the bike to keep as much of the Varsity look and feel as possible.

Here is the idea I'm going for.
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I've already cut the seat and chain stays off. I now need to decide on a rear tire before putting it back together.

I would really like to put a 20"x4" back tire on the bike, but I want to use the varsity hub and freewheel. Does anyone know if this would be possible?
 
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Sven

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 24, 2017
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Mechanicsville, MD, United States
#2
I recently redid a 1980 Schwinn Varsity and really enjoyed working on the bike. It was given to me by a friend, who also gave me a matching woman's Varsity, both were blue. I think they may have been a matched pair for a couple.

I want the bike to keep as much of the Varsity look and feel as possible.

Here is the idea I'm going for. View attachment 1024031

I've already cut the seat and chain stays off. I now need to decide on a rear tire before putting it back together.

I would really like to put a 20"x4" back tire on the bike, but I want to use the varsity hub and freewheel. Does anyone know if this would be possible?
Building the wheel to those specs no problem. Getting a 4 inch tire to fit will probably require some frame mods. I think you can handle that , as you have cut the seat and chain stays off. I see you want to reposition the crank as well. Nice ...Keep us posted..
 

fattyre

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 22, 2014
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Chicagoland
#3
[QUOTE="Psychographic, post: 1042281, member: 82461" I want to use the varsity hub and freewheel. Does anyone know if this would be possible?[/QUOTE]

Doubt it. Tire will be wider than the hub so no room for the chain unless you offset the hub, witch opens up a huge can of worms.
 
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Balloonoob

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jan 24, 2019
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Longmont Colorado
#4
I recently redid a 1980 Schwinn Varsity and really enjoyed working on the bike. It was given to me by a friend, who also gave me a matching woman's Varsity, both were blue. I think they may have been a matched pair for a couple.

I want the bike to keep as much of the Varsity look and feel as possible.

Here is the idea I'm going for. View attachment 1024031

I've already cut the seat and chain stays off. I now need to decide on a rear tire before putting it back together.

I would really like to put a 20"x4" back tire on the bike, but I want to use the varsity hub and freewheel. Does anyone know if this would be possible?
Keep Cracking on it and you'll figure something out to get it rolling. might not be what you originally wanted but I can see the vision of an old chopper style ride. good luck. keep us posted.
 

Psychographic

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jun 18, 2019
24
45
62
Eastern Pa
#5
Doubt it. Tire will be wider than the hub so no room for the chain unless you offset the hub, witch opens up a huge can of worms.
I wonder if a hub could be made wide enough by offset cutting two hubs, and welding them back together?

I moved the top tube up in the back, and figuring how I want to mount the bottom bracket housing. Then I will move the bottom of the seat post back to make it more upright.
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I also need to figure out how and where to bend the chain and seat stays so the rear dropouts remain level so the rear derailleur hangs at the correct angle.
 
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Psychographic

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jun 18, 2019
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45
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Eastern Pa
#6
I was given a 20"girls frame to use for relocating the bottom bracket. I used the downtube along with the BB housing, turned upside down and swapped front to back, also the stays and seatpost looked better than the ones from the Varsity. Finally, I used the top tube to add some curves to the top tube of the Varsity. It no longer had the Varsity look, but I really liked it. It reminds me of and old dirt track bike.

Getting the idea together with some duct tape.
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I little more refinement on fitment.

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I didn't like the open space behind the seat post, plus I wanted to move the seat back. After some really ugly welding,,,,,,,

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I found a used bike shop near me and picked up a six speed 20" mountain bike, it will donate wheels, rear derailleur (for now), and brakes. I'm waiting on a ridiculously small crank to get here so I can see if it's rideable.

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CURTIS L LINDGREN

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 19, 2017
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#8
I may be a little concerned " After Some Really Ugly Welding " You DO want to ride it ................Right ? Cool project.............but , Please make sure those welds are up to snuff .

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Psychographic

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jun 18, 2019
24
45
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Eastern Pa
#9
I think the welds will be fine. I took it for a quick and gentle ride with it only tacked together, I made it back in one piece!

I'm almost done with the metal work.

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CURTIS L LINDGREN

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 19, 2017
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Pacific Northwest , United States
#10
I like how you filled the frame in with sheet metal, are you going to blend/ fill in the spots where the frame surrounds the seat post tube ? ( Top and Bottom ) I think that would really trick it out. :poutingcat: You'll have a bit of time in on this one..................cutting , welding , grinding.......................then repeat . I hope it rides as per your expectations................can't wait to see it painted . :fearscream:
 

Balloonoob

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jan 24, 2019
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Longmont Colorado
#11
I like how you filled the frame in with sheet metal, are you going to blend/ fill in the spots where the frame surrounds the seat post tube ? ( Top and Bottom ) I think that would really trick it out. :poutingcat: You'll have a bit of time in on this one..................cutting , welding , grinding.......................then repeat . I hope it rides as per your expectations................can't wait to see it painted . :fearscream:
Ohhhh. OK - Just enough to cover the post tube and stay out of where the chain would run? Maybe align it along the rear fender? I would agree that would look cool.

I'm looking forward to seeing this one painted and rolling as well. Thanks for the updates.
 

kasper

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 12, 2017
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Brooklyn, United States
#12
Please tell me it was a fair lady frame and not a slik chik .
 

Psychographic

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jun 18, 2019
24
45
62
Eastern Pa
#14
I'm not sure I understand what you guys are talking about with filling in the seatpost.

As for what model the frame was, I have no idea, it was in my friends junk pile.

I knew I lost the Varsity look as soon as I added the first piece from the second frame.

I'm pretty sure I finished the welding on the frame yesterday. I filled in the stays at the dropouts, and finished of the front of the chainstays with pieces of seat stays from a scrap frame. I put the bike together to see how it looks, while it was propped up against the deck posts, I decided to see how strong the frame is. I stood on the bottom bar and bounced up and down on it, not a creak or moan out of it!:D

I've got a little grinding left to do today. I hope to blast the frame over the weekend and get it in epoxy primer.
 
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Psychographic

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jun 18, 2019
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45
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Eastern Pa
#16
More progress, I've got the holes drilled to run the cables through the frame.

I lied about being done with welding, I forgot I haven't finished the post for the front derailleur mount. I'm not sure how I want to finish it off. I found aluminum number plates on ebay and cut one the same size out of cardboard to see how it would look. I really like it!
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Psychographic

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jun 18, 2019
24
45
62
Eastern Pa
#18
I thought I found the perfect tires for this project. Unfortunately, I didn't know there are two different size 20" wheels. Of course the ones I ordered were 450mm, when I needed 406. I've reordered ones that will fit. I really want to use the 450 front tire, but I haven't found any wheels yet that will fit.
 

Balloonoob

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jan 24, 2019
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Longmont Colorado
#19
I thought I found the perfect tires for this project. Unfortunately, I didn't know there are two different size 20" wheels. Of course the ones I ordered were 450mm, when I needed 406. I've reordered ones that will fit. I really want to use the 450 front tire, but I haven't found any wheels yet that will fit.
I didn't know that either. Good info.
 

Psychographic

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jun 18, 2019
24
45
62
Eastern Pa
#20
While looking at the frame this morning, I noticed if I added a gusset to the bottom of the old seat post, the bottom of the frame would have a smooth U shape to it. I also added one to the back of the tube to balance the look. It's a huge improvement on the overall look of the frame, plus it's more bracing.

I also put the new back tire on to see how it looks, I'm not sure if I like it or not.

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