First let me tell everyone that i really enjoyed writing and exploring the Lebanon Pennsylvania country side riding on this 1980 schwinn Varsity. This mint condition Varsity was bought by myself around 10 or 11 years ago from a bike collector. In fact i bought 2 Varsity's from this Missouri bike collator for a very fair price i thought. The reason why he was selling them is because he had run out of room, and wanted to buy more classic bikes for his collection. I remember him telling me that he had bought literally all the bikes that this Schwinn dealer who was shutting down his store to retire, which included my 2 Schwinn's. Some of these bikes are not something that you can just throw in the garage on top of each other, with bikes like a classic 1960s or 1970s 5 speed Schwinn Stingray goes for thousands depending on its condition. What makes my 2 Varsity's unique is that when they arrived at my apartment at the time, they were in the same box that they came in when they were made in the Chicago factory in 1980. You see these Schwinns were never sold or ridden by anyone, these were brand new 1980 bikes with all the Schwinn factory decals on the rims and with the factory coating on the metal to protect it for the Schwinn dealer. My first Schwinn was a new 1974 Varsity that i paid for with some help from my parents, i was living in a New York city projects at that time and was transitioning from being a kid to a young adult. So something like a stingray wouldn't do as i wanted a bike that i could grow into, and travel at higher speeds through the Bronx streets. Just to travel through memory lane a little, Steve Miller had a huge hit on the radio with "the joker" in the year 1974. Also playing on the radio in 1974 was Ringo Starr's hit "your sixteen" and Al Wilsons "show and tell". The price of gas was 55 cents a gallon, and one of the biggest movies of that year was "the godfather part 2". And it was the year that some kid from the Bronx whose family was living in very modest means bought his first Schwinn, and the world seemed just a little more accessible and a little smaller so many years ago in 1974...........Richard from Amish Stories. Part 2 on Friday
|a 1980 Schwinn Varsity in mint |
|Schwinn made in Chicago, and American made|
corn is growing quite nicely here in Lebanon Pennsylvania
perhaps a time tunnel to go back to 1974?
someone seems to be a ham, and its not me
view of a corn field that seemed to go on forever
hard to see, but a very nice looking stone farm house
Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs on this older barn
anyone remember this dairy farm, its from a older winter post that i did. Now in summer, and i did see one cat walking around the farm.
|cows were inside as i took this picture|
2 American icons, a John Deere and a Schwinn
I was enjoying a rest, and enjoying the view
what can i say, this Schwinn is a show off
I'm now on my way to Patches dairy........... for part 2 this Friday.
|Images of the Schwinn factory in Chicago in 1964 |
classic Schwinn Images provided by www.www.schwinncruisers.com