Dating schwinn varsity
The bikes here are grouped here into six, somewhat arbitrary, categories: Road - lightweight bikes for traveling on streets.
The road bicycles are the museum's largest category and are divided by manufacturer, with first U. companies (Schwinn, Trek, and Raleigh America), then Italian (Bianchi), French (Peugeot, Motobecane and Roold), Japanese (Nishiki, Fuji, Kuwahara, and Univega), and Taiwanese (Giant). For example, Raliegh was historically an English company.
Bicycles are wonderfully simple, eloquent and efficient machines.
A few of the bikes were purchased by me, or for me, new, including the brown 1971 Schwinn Super Sport, the Trek 750, the Univega 700FS, and the Trek 850 (for one of my sons).
(Larger Image) The name says it all - the top of the Schwinn line.
has an excellent discussion of the history of Paramount bikes from their start in 1938 until the bankruptcy in 1993 of the original Schwinn company founded in 1895.
I gave it a good cleaning and sprayed Tri-Flow lubricant on the chain and other external moving parts.
In the early 1960s, however, Schwinn came out with the Stingray with small 20 inch diameter wheels, high handlebars and a banana seat.
The name played off muscle cars at the time and the bikes had a look of a chopper motorcycle.
Unfortunately, a cruiser is an efficient design for a bike whether on or off the road. Besides being fun and great exercise, they use no gasoline, do not contribute to global warming and do not pollute.
They are heavy, harder to pedal and harder to steer. (Their manufacture and maintenance, of course, does contribute to pollution and global warming, however.) Click on a category below, and pedal off to a great adventure!