1982 Schwinn Varsity 10 Speed Blue

Last Updated on July 8, 2023 by FAB Jim The Cyclist

I’m excited to get some images for this bike, these were really popular in southeastern WI so it’s nice to see one again.  When I was a kid, we would start on BMX bikes and then move up to the 10 speed, and the Varsity seemed to be the most popular choice, probably because it was more affordable and well-built.    The Schwinn catalog claims it’s the best-selling full-size 10 speed in the USA. I think this would be one of the last bikes made at the nearby Chicago plant.  This example is a size 22” Sky Blue:

1982 Schwinn Varsity Sky Blue

Here are some of the features:

Solid forged steel stem and crankset

Chrome plated steel chainrings

Side-pull caliper brakes

Tubular steel rims

Heavy duty integrated kickstand

10 speeds

Electro-forged frame

Schwinn gumwall puff tires

Men’s sizes:

120 20”

122 22”

124 24”

126 26”

Women’s sizes:

167 17”

170 20”

Colors: Sky Blue and Cardinal Red

Suggested Retail Price: $202.95

1982 Schwinn Varsity Catalog Image

Images donated by South Shore Cyclery

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