Schwinn Varsity Chopper ....


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49autocycledeluxe

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#1
I built a similar frame 20 years ago from a 24" bike, but sold the frame and never built the bike.

this started out as the remains of a 70's Schwinn Varsity I got for 10 bucks. sold the parts I did not need and got the bike for less than free:)

the original Idea was to build it as a 20", but it did not look right with the small wheels, so I put these 26" junk wheels on it and this will be the way I am going to go. if I do ever build a 20", I will do the same thing but cut the seat tube shorter to match a Sting Ray.

did some figuring on photoshop......

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I just eyeballed everything and started cutting it up and ended up with this:

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here's where I am now, with some junk mock up 26" wheels. probably going with a banana seat and sissybar. paint will be black and creme with some scallops using the Schwinn stencils you see on ebay. I'd like to put an "off brand" springer on it of some sort, it will have truss rods at the very least.

it will be needing some looooong handlebars, I'll probably have to make my own.

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49autocycledeluxe

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 29, 2017
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#5
here's a little progress. just put it together with parts at hand so I could ride it around. had to reach for the bars too far so I turned the goose neck around. rides pretty good. waiting on clamps for my sissy bar, then I'll put the banana seat on and see what it looks like. looks a little goofy right now.
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49autocycledeluxe

Wore out three sets of tires already!
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#8
I didn't like where the sissy bar was bolted to the seat so I cut it up and twisted it around bit. this gave me a bit more seat to sit on.

I have 3.9 old Schwinn bikes, so it is this ones turn to be the .9 bike while I ride and fiddle with the others.

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49autocycledeluxe

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 29, 2017
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#12
no real progress to report, but I did get a tank from a buddy that will fit pretty good with a little massaging. I think it is from one of those hybrid girls/boys bikes for smaller kids

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49autocycledeluxe

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 29, 2017
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#13
I was thinking of putting a larger hanging tank of some sort on it between the two bars, then this popped up for free from a buddy clearing out some excess junk while he moves.

opinions welcome.
 

fattyre

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#14
I'd say no tank. It has a nice clean look and those long tubes really draw the eye toward that. The tank makes it look like it has some kinda big wart.
 

49autocycledeluxe

Wore out three sets of tires already!
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#17
no. it is waiting patiently while I fiddle with my other bikes. I did get an aluminum rear wheel with a drum brake I'll probably use. this is a low budget project, I am into it 30 bucks for the seat, everything else I had, the frame I got for 10 bucks and sold what came with it for 10 bucks.
 

49autocycledeluxe

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 29, 2017
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#18
Anymore progress on this very interested
here ya go. I got this rear wheel with a Sturmey Archer drum brake and an aluminum rim. so today I went to the bike shop to see what was available in 26" tires and there was this fat "slick" that I knew would not fit the frame but had to have it anyway. 26 X 2.125. I also bought a 26 X 1.50 tire for the front but no aluminum rim as of yet.

I also had this 24" fork lying around that was tall enough to fit the 26" size head tube. after installing it I found that the wedge and half the gooseneck bolt were still inside the fork, so my stem can't go down far enough.... look how close the tire is to the fork. that was what was going for with this. guess i won't be running a front fender if I can find another fork like this or fix this one.

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Sven

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Dec 24, 2017
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#20
Very cool ride. A whole lot of thinking, figuring and
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fabrication It reminds me of the "Digger" motorcycles of the 70s
 

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