1976 Schwinn Varsity Women's Road Bike - Brown
This 1976 Schwinn Varsity women's road bike looks like pretty much every other 1970s Schwinn Varsity women's road bike: not really all that pleasing to the eye. Sure, the brown paint and matching brown vinyl handlebar tape are classic, but the heavy, clunky form of the Schwinn Varsity didn't translate well to a women's model.
The Varsity is an almost-all-steel beast, which may be why it was so successful. It was cheap and easy to produce, and it was bulletproof. Even this brown example, as crusty as it looks, could be resurrected in a couple hours. Clean up the rust, which is easy because old Schwinns have quality chrome plating. Replace the tires, tubes, cables and brake pads. Lubricate and adjust everything. And this bike will last another 40 years.
Would I do all that? Probably not. But someone else probably already has.
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