Schwinn World Varsity

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ian

I live for the CABE
I just picked up Schwinn World Varsity with J65998 on the dropout, and RTG 753
on the BB. Any idea of year built?
Thanks, Ian
 

ian

I live for the CABE
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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
April 1953 stamped serial number. Looks like Roger Thomas Goodwin purchased that in July of 1953. Did it come with wheels?
 
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ian

I live for the CABE
April 1953 stamped serial number. Looks like Roger Thomas Goodwin purchased that in July of 1953. Did it come with wheels?
Yes. Schwinn front, and Hercules 3 speed on the back. Not matched set for sure. Narrow painted fenders, white with orange pin stripes.
Who is Roger Thomas Goodwin?
 

Oilit

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Yes. Schwinn front, and Hercules 3 speed on the back. Not matched set for sure. Narrow painted fenders, white with orange pin stripes.
Who is Roger Thomas Goodwin?
The stamp under the bottom bracket looks like a former owner's mark. I think @GTs58 was being fanciful. Or a smart aleck.
What size is your frame?
 
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ian

I live for the CABE
The stamp under the bottom bracket looks like a former owner's mark. I think @GTs58 was being fanciful. Or a smart aleck.
What size is your frame?
20 inches from the center of the BB to the top of the seatpost. What size tires would have come on this ride?
 

Oilit

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Those would be Schwinn S-6 rims originally with 26 x 1-3/8 tires, with a 597 mm bead seat diameter, while most other makes used tires with a 590 mm b.s.d. The balloon tires used on Schwinns became the standard for everybody, but the middleweight and lightweight 26" bikes are where you have to be careful. On the 27" 10 speeds (Varsity, Continental and Suburban), you're back to a common size again.
 
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ian

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Those would be Schwinn S-6 rims originally with 26 x 1-3/8 tires, with a 597 mm bead seat diameter, while most other makes used tires with a 590 mm b.s.d. The balloon tires used on Schwinns became the standard for everybody, but the middleweight and lightweight 26" bikes are where you have to be careful. On the 27" 10 speeds (Varsity, Continental and Suburban), you're back to a common size again.
Thanks. I tried to install the new tires that were included but I wasn't strong enough. I'll see if I can find some nearby.
Ian
 
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