1973 Schwinn World Voyageur Revisited
Late last summer, my friend Justin showed me how to replace the cables, housing, tubes and tires on my 1973 Schwinn World Voyageur. I have never really showed her off since that time, and so I am taking the opportunity now to do so and show off a few more little additions. The color is “Kool Orange”.
I had decided this was going to be my geeky Touring bike, and I have since been on the lookout for age-appropriate Schwinn additions. So, when a 1971 Schwinn Varsity showed up on CL with original Schwinn “Shorty” fenders, I was pretty excited. I love their stubby look, and they don’t show up on used bikes very often.
I dashed out in the middle of the night to grab this bike, and so I didn’t take good photos of the Varsity sporting the fenders before removing them. Here is a picture of the Varsity sans fenders.
The lovely Schwinn-Approved fenders.
I purchased the Varsity from the enthusiastic daughter of the original owner. She still had the Owners Manual.
And the receipt from a Dallas bike shop long shuttered: here’s a shout-out to my boyz in “75238”!
The receipt even had the amount extra that was paid for the fenders!
$2.75? That’s $14.41 in today’s dollars, adjusted for inflation, while that $106.46 total price similarly adjusted would be $557.51.
It was interesting to me as a Schwinn enthusiast and bike collector to see the two bikes side by side and look at the differences in quality between them. The World Voyageur was one step down from the Paramount, and the Varsity was Schwinn’s bottom of the line road bike. The quality is at opposite ends of the spectrum. The Varsity, while a sturdy and dependable bike, hasn’t held up so well as the World Voyageur.
And finally, out in the front yard prior to a ride this last weekend before this crazy snow and ice. I’ve added a Brooks B-17 saddle, the afore-mentioned fenders and those wheel reflectors. They were liberated from some junked out Schwinn road bike from the 70’s that I failed to photograph.
I love this bike. It’s part of my core group of bikes. Look for me around town.
Michael W. Hubbard
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