Schwinn Varsity Chopper ....

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  1. #1 Posted Aug 6, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    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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  2. #2 Posted Aug 7, 2017

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    That's looking cool! Keep on going.
     
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  3. #3 Posted Aug 7, 2017

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    I wasn't sure about this by the title, but I have to admit that this is very interesting!

    JimK
     
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  4. #4 Posted Aug 13, 2017

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    very cool man! cant wait to see the progress!
     
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    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. small IMG_5877.JPG small IMG_5878.JPG
     
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    here's the latest... this is a fun bike to ride, it takes a bit to get used to the steering. narrow stingray bars at the bottom and like a "sit up" 70's Suburban bar pieces on the ends.

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    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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  9. #9 Posted Oct 3, 2017

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    This is what happens when the cool kid grows up and buys tools! Looking great!
     
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  11. #11 Posted Dec 4, 2017

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    That is a great bike :)
     
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  12. #12 Posted Feb 11, 2018

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    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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    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.
     
  14. #14 Posted Feb 14, 2018

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    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.
     
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  15. #15 Posted Feb 14, 2018

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    I'm sorta leaning in that direction myself. :) thanks for your opinion.
     
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