Friday, 11 June 2010

Bike Porn Friday!

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Despite yesterday's teaser, Bike Porn Friday will not feature tweed shoes. Or shoes. But don't fret, foot-fetishists: you'll get your day tomorrow. In the meantime:

It's the Schwinn Varsity, ladies and gentlemen! I pulled this one from the website of White Trash in New York City and I'm sorry to tell you that it's been sold.

Other than a crappy ten-speed from Toys 'R' Us, a Schwinn Varsity was the first big-boy bike I ever had. It was a hand-me-down from the son of friends of my parents. It was green. It had lights that ran on a dynamo that you flipped onto the tire. It was awesome. In the summer I rode it to Sunset Pool every single day, pretty much. I pretended I was riding it in the Tour de France. But enough about me.

The Schwinn Varsity is an American classic, or at least the Schwinn website says it is. There was a single gear Varsity, too, but whether that single gear bike developed into the geared beauty you see above, I don't know. I suspect that's what happened, though. If you really need to know, you can visit the Schwinn Forum, and if you do know, you can let everyone else in on it in the comments here. The important thing is, I loved that bike, even though it was too big for me. I think after I was finished with it, my parents handed it down to the son of somebody else.

I'm also fairly sure that an enormous percentage of kids who grew up in the Chicago area rode a Schwinn at some point in their lives.

Flotsnoo!
TroisV!

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