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Pedal Power - the new old ride

August 17th, 2011 at 04:31 pm

Over the weekend, I purchased a 1972 Schwinn Varsity 10-speed road bicycle. This bicycle will serve as my secondary means of travel, for when I start school in the Spring. Unfortunately, I cannot commute to work unless I were to leave my vehicle at work, as I am required to transport DDA individuals. This is not an option, as we lack a second vehicle to leave at home in case of emergencies. Quite unfortunate.

The bicycle itself is in pretty good condition. Great condition, considering its age! There are a few things that need done on it - adjust front brake pads, adjust or replace rear brake line, figure out the gearing. Gearing on these older bicycles is a completely different story. 


1972 Schwinn Varsity 10-speed by uRabbit_foto, on Flickr

As you can see in the image above, the gear levers are much different than today's more compact, robust gear shifters. The left lever controls the front gears. There are two front gears and I refer to them as HI and LO. In the rear, are five more gears, making a total of 10 possible gear positions. Currently, the rear derailleur (shifter) is skipping gears 2 and 3. This could be an issue, considering I have hills to climb on this bicycle.

Other than that, there really is not much needing done to this 39 year old two-wheeled vehicle. I do need to get a helmet, multi-tool, open-end wrench set, pump, etc. Also, I will most likely take this in to get a complete tune-up.

Locally, we have the Boise Bicycle Project, which is a non-profit shop that does much more than your average bike shop. Their going rate is $10/hr. However, if you pay the $50 yearly membership fee, you get unlimited shop hours, classes, and a 10% discount on parts/in-store purchases. Great deal! I will be doing this when we get the extra dough. It will not be very soon, as I need to pay-back savings for the speeding ticket...

Also, I will be working toward getting the wife a bicycle and a trailer for our little one. It seems women's bicycles are going fairly cheaper than men's, and trailers are super cheap as well. Cannot wait for a family ride! Hopefully by next Spring.

5 Responses to “Pedal Power - the new old ride”

  1. PatientSaver Says:

    Schwinn as i guess you know is no longer in business, which is a shame, becus they made extremely sturdy bikes. I used to have an orange one, much like the one pictured above.

  2. uRabbit Says:

  3. Jerry Says:

    I had an old Raleigh Technium that I bought second hand, and I wish I still had it. It was a great bike, and I think I paid $10 for it at a garage sale when they were just selling things to get rid of them. Biking to work and school definitely saves on gas, insurance, and all of that stuff. Unfortunately, I am living in a city overseas where it's unsafe to ride bikes in most of the areas.
    Jerry

  4. uRabbit Says:

    Really wish I could commute to work! Maybe when I'm in my new career after college.

  5. patientsaver Says:

    Huh. I was wrong.

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