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    Are these worth it?

    I personally know nothing about older bikes. But my girlfriend found these and was asking me about them i didnt know so i figured i'd ask here. Thank you for any help you guys can offer.

    Here are some links to bicyles she is interested in.

    https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/bik/4977015776.html

    https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/bik/4952232160.html

    https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/bik/4972335130.html
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    Traveler is slightly nicer...and a better deal...would not even consider the two Varsities. Also, you can probably do even better than the Traveler...with a bit of patience.
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    Traveler is a decent deal if it is fully overhauled bike with new tires. The mens Varsity is probably a little overpriced, but not a terrible deal. Traveler is the better bike.

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    daf why would you not consider the two?

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    Since it is the same seller for all 3, go try to lift the two Varsity bikes, then the TRAVELER.
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    Both Schwinn Varsities have the dreaded one piece forged cranks that are a trademark of heavy weight rides. Schwinn had a reputation for making tough & indestructable bikes back then. Unfortunately, that means heavy. If you live somewhere totally flat (absolutely no hills anywhere) they can be respectable rides. They're so many of these still out there it's amazing. I wouldn't pay $100 for either one of them.
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    Three bikes, three different sizes. Size first, then shop. Google is full of good guides on how to figure out the size that will fit you.

    The men's Varsity has the dreaded Shimano FFS, avoid it!

    Women's Varsity is a boat anchor.

    Traveler is bottom end, but better than the other two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    Three bikes, three different sizes. Size first, then shop. Google is full of good guides on how to figure out the size that will fit you.

    The men's Varsity has the dreaded Shimano FFS, avoid it!

    Women's Varsity is a boat anchor.

    Traveler is bottom end, but better than the other two.
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    I would avoid both the Varsities they are basically two of the worst Varsities from the late 70's heavy awfull parts both a a step down from the classic Varsities of the 60's and early 70's which where not very good. The Traveller looks to be OK for the price. I would suggest that you look some more and expand beyond Schwinn. Typically Schwinn's are not good buys in most used markets you end up paying a premium for the brand and most of there stuff just doesn't deserve it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeriderduh View Post
    I personally know nothing about older bikes...
    Think 1980s (maybe slightly earlier) Japanese-made brands: Fuji, Univega, Centurion, Shogun, Panasonic, Miyata. Know your size, and know how to identify your size amid cluttered, blurry or otherwise non-descript photos/listings. Good luck.

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