ï¿½Schwinn is pleased to be providing bikes to the event yet again,ï¿½ said Schwinn Senior Marketing Manager Chris Holmes. ï¿½Schwinn provided the first bikes to the Little 500 back in 1951, and itï¿½s great to have IU students riding Schwinns in 2007.ï¿½
Built to the Indiana University Student Foundationï¿½s rigid specifications, the Little 500 Schwinn features an aluminum 700c frame thatï¿½s available to students in two sizes. Kore provides the alloy drop bar, stem and I-Beam post & saddle while Sun handles the double wall alloy rims and Kenda the custom tires. Because Little 500 bikes have always been single-speed and coaster brake-equipped, the rear hub is a Shimano coaster brake. The setup of these Schwinn bikes allows for truly unique exchanges that riders have to do when receiving the bike in the pits. The bikes are only available to IU undergraduate students that participate in the event. Schwinn does not offer the model to the general public.
ï¿½Weï¿½re pleased and honored to work with Schwinn as our bike supplier,ï¿½ said Matthew Ewing, Assistant Director of the Indiana University Student Foundation and Little 500 Race Coordinator. ï¿½A race thatï¿½s as iconic as the Little 500 is well matched to a heritage brand like Schwinn.ï¿½
Racers will compete in either 100 or 200 lap races in IUï¿½s Bill Armstrong Stadium. Teams can be comprised of up to four IU undergraduate student riders with bike exchanges happening in assigned pits. Over 20,000 fans will attend the menï¿½s and womenï¿½s races over the two day event.
Further information on the event can be found at www.iusf.org.