Pair of 1963 varsitys

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Gashep

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 4, 2018
38
55
Logan, UT, United States
I have a pair of 1963 varsitys, one is a flamboyant red Tourist, the other is a flamboyant lime sport. I picked up the sport for parts for the tourist I have since decided that they are both to nice to part, so I am now looking for a front derailleur for a 63 varsity, it seems that it is a one year only on the varsity going from the suicide derailleur in 62 to the sprint derailleur in 64
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I picked up the sport for $25 about the same time I found a derailleur on EBay for $60 +shipping I decided that the bike was more affordable and in better shape, but now I'm again looking for the derailleur. Where is a good place to find one? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
11,972
Central Arizona
That particular front derailleur is pretty hard to find on eBay. Did you pick up that eBay piece? It's the same derailleur that came on the late 61 and 62-63 Continentals. I picked up a complete Continental for parts but the FD is slightly bent up.

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Gashep

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 4, 2018
38
55
Logan, UT, United States
That particular front derailleur is pretty hard to find on eBay. Did you pick up that eBay piece? It's the same derailleur that came on the late 61 and 62-63 Continentals. I picked up a complete Continental for parts but the FD is slightly bent up.

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I didn't, it was in pretty rough shape
 

Gashep

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 4, 2018
38
55
Logan, UT, United States
The cage on that derailleur mounts to the derailleur on a round post, there's a screw you can loosen and adjust the cage
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
11,972
Central Arizona
Yes mine is rotated and you have to look at mine from the top to see it's also bent. You just need the cage or the whole assembly? There were replacement cages on eBay that were slightly different on the top.
 

Gashep

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 4, 2018
38
55
Logan, UT, United States
I have been keeping an eye on those, should be functional even if not quite right
 
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schwinnderella

Finally riding a big boys bike
Sep 21, 2009
406
Palatine, United States
I believe I have NOS cages same as the ebay one which I can sell for a better price if anyone is interested. Let me know if you have an interest, I have to find them.
 

Jeff54

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 11, 2013
2,351
Ft Myers, Florida
Well heck, there's a derailleur adjustment option I haven't considered. If ya got chain rub, just cut part of the cage then bend the other side till it breaks off. You should post that in the repair and adjustment section. Come to think on it, me good ol'brodder, Who has actually worked as a paid mechanic too, thinks; once he's lost or striped a bolt, beat em to death, or mangled something like this, resounds on: "It's OK because they always put more bolts or in this case, metal than needed" Might have fixed the chain rub problem for you years ago.

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