Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - Schwinn world, Sport?
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Hello, I'm new to the forum. Still trying to figure it out. A older friend asked me to post a bike on craigslist for him. It's a Schwinn world, I think it's a sport, but not sure, early 80s I think, Any one have any idea of its value?
12-07-09, 04:26 AM
That is a World and not a Worldsport, so a little lower in the line up. If the tires are good and it is ready to ride I would value it around $100. Market conditions might make that price +- $25.
12-07-09, 05:27 AM
Yep. Any decent lugged Schwinn is worth a bill. Seen them sell for more, But not often.
+2 Its a Schwinn World. Low end imported equivalent of a Schwinn Varsity. Because it is a Schwinn, you probably could get $100 to $125 for it. XL size will make selling more difficult, so unless you are in a really big market, could take a while to find a tall rider.
Thanks for the info. on the Schwinn world, I priced it @ $120 OBO, He also had a Iverson men road bike , I didn't take pictures of it, do any of you know about Iverson bikes? It's heavy, It's lugged steel , Next time I see him, I'll take some pictures Thanks
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12-07-09, 11:28 AM
Don't let 'm get down below 100. If he can give you 85 , he can spring for 100. The bike's clean, lightly used, a good color and has at least SOME alloy parts. There are lots o' rat bikes out there. yours isn't bad at all.
Not sure about the Iverson. During the bike boom in the 1970s, just about every corner store sold bikes (I got my bicycle at a lawn mower repair shop). There were a lot of private label brands back then (store put their name on it), that are long gone. Not sure that Iverson fits in that category.
A good basic rule of thumb on a bike brand you are unfamiliar with: look at the build quality and the components. If it has nice lugs, a decent crankset (not a cottered steel version), quick release hubs, forged dropouts (instead of stamped steel), a frame rear derailleur hanger, and alloy rims, it is a better bike. As it has some of these lower end features, it becomes less desirable. But some of the older bikes will be a mix of low end stuff (cottered cranks) and better stuff. Of course, any sticker as to frame material can make the bike really good. Weight gives you a clue as to quality. And at the right price (cheap), even the low end road bikes are worth it. I just avoid the really bottom end stuff, from some of the well known discount store chains.
So I assume an unknown (to me) branded bike with nice components is something good. Many of the nicer brands from the 70s are just a memory. But they can be pretty desireable. And I don't know of every brand that existed, so I grab the decent stuff and figure it out later.
Iverson bikes in 4 words: Austrian. Huffy quality. Avoid.
12-07-09, 05:26 PM
Hmm. I was always quite certain that Iversons were made in the USA. Nonetheless, they were all extremely poor quality products -worst of the worst. Except, of course, the well known and highly touted 1976 Official Bicycle of the Montreal Olympics model.
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