In a message dated 3/19/2003 8:36:31 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> (but I still like the Continental, with its tubular fork instead of the
> strap-iron plow version).
I bought the poor guy's Schwinn as well in ;61, the Varsity. $66.95 Wanted the Continental with these upgrades: Tubular Forks Centerpull Brakes Alloy Randonneur Bars Gumwall Puff tires Quick Release Huns Maybe a better seat? It was about $14 more Then there was the Super Sport alloy rims CroMoly frame with 'full size' tubing not a 1" toptube Maybe upgraded derailleurs?
The Sports Tourer has the SuperSport frame with a real threaded BB, Newvar or TA crank, depending on year, super 30's to 104" gearing, Brooks saddle(the Brooks might have come on the SuperS[ort as well
To the Cirque I'll be bringing my old dealer books and catalogs from the boom years
A few years ago someone directed me to a classified ad for an 8-speed Vasrsity from the late 50's. The address was San Anselmo, Ca. The guy must have given up on these 'lightweights' and started playing with Schwinn 'Clunkers' a few years later and started a trend.
Because of who he was/is, I decided to leave the Varsity the way he rode it and left it.Funny thing, it cost me about the same as my first one - $65.00.
Mt Airy, Md.