General Cycling Discussion - '89 Schwinn Tempo--Upgrade or Trade-in??
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05-01-02, 12:01 PM
I have an '89 Schwinn Tempo that I purchased New in '93 for $450. Yup---it sat in the dealer's showroom for 4 years---I think it was about that time they went out of business---shame-cause it was a good shop---and yes--they got all my business at the time.
I tore up the cassette and chain the first year I had it---the replacement has held up very well but its getting to be that time again.
Since its all old Shimano 105 stuff--I might be looking at a major upgrade--plus it needs new tires and all that stuff too.
Is the frame good enough to consider dumping a bunch of money into it or would I be better off just trading it in and spending a bunch of money on a new one?
HI Omaha! Nebill here (as in ne for Nebraska!)
This is a difficult question you have posed! If you buy a new, complete bike with an up-to-date groupo on it, it is probably the best value. However, if your frame fits you, and you are comfortable with the ride and the way it works for you, I would probably just put on a new groupo. I also ride an '89 Schwinn with a modern Ultegra groupo on it, and I just love that bike!! :)
If you are comfortable with the frame - and it is still in good shape- I'd upgrade the equipment. However, if you are considering going to a high end Carbon Fiber or Titanium then go for the complete bike.
The real question is: Do you want the excitement of a NEW bike, or just one that works better? A tough decision sometimes.
I think the fact you are even considering upgrading that older frame means a couple things:
1.You really like the frame
2. You don't want to spend a bunch of cash
3. You're not one to just throw stuff away.
My suggestion would be to go on ebay or other buy/sell's and get a used Ultegra or Dura-Ace grouppo (or better yet Campy Daytona/Chorus/Record). Open Pro/Ultegra or Open Pro/Daytona wheels are about giveaway $$ used. Fix up the Schwinn for the minimum $ and see if you like it.
At the worst, you have a nice updated ride that you can use or sell.
At the best you saved a ton of money and restored your old love, which in itself can be a great satisfaction.
Inspect that old frame carefully, you don't want to throw good money after bad, if you know what I mean.
I just made a similar decision myself. I had a Peugeot from the mid 80s that had seen its fair share of use. Since I started riding my mountain bikes in '93 it was collecting dust. None of the local shops accept tradeins so I couldn't use it for that purpose.
Last week I gave the Peugeot to a local kid who didn't have a bike. I may replace it someday, but, now it is getting used everyday by someone who appreciates it.
I looked at upgrading the bike but given the relatively low original cost - around $400 - it really wasn't a cost effective solution.
Unless the Schwinn has great sentimental value I would just use it as a tradein if you have that option. It probably wouldn't bring more than $100, if you are lucky, in selling it outright.
If you cannot sell it for more than $100 or so, you probably cannot get much more than that for trading it in. If you buy a new bike, you may want the Tempo as a beater, to ride to the store or local coffee house, without worrying about theft, etc. You also may decide you want an older beater in rough weather or on certain types of rides.
For $100, I would definitely keep it!
05-01-02, 08:25 PM
Personally, I wouldn't upgrade. You've got a nice bike as it is. If you're happy with it, I would replace the worn out parts with ones of the same vintage and quality. If you start upgrading the drivetrain with modern components you'll easily spend more than the bike is worth. You can still find New vintage parts over the internet, on ebay, or even at some bike shops. Anyway that's what I would do. By the way, do you know what tubing the frame is made of? Is it Columbus tubing.
05-01-02, 09:55 PM
Yup---Columbus tubing---can't tell you exactly which kind---because I took it to the shop for a minor tune up---I'll see how I like it after the tune up.
A new bike may be in the cards though---was looking real hard at the Cannondale R400 and R500---just not sure if I want to drop a grand or so on some new wheels.
Cannondale does have their frame trade-in program. There may be a date cutoff...not sure. At least you will get more than $100 for it that way.
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