1980 Schwinn Traveler?
The thrift store up the road has a Pearl Blue 1980 Schwinn Traveler (Taiwan) with all of the original parts. It's in ridable condition through the sidewalls of the tires are hard to read so I imagine they should be replaced.
Here's the catalog: http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...0/1980_11.html
It's $45 but I'm not sure it's worth it. I'm on a pretty tight budget, which is why I am currently riding on a Roadmaster (Wal-Mart) that was given to me for free.
I can get parts pretty cheap at my local co-op but since it's Hi-Ten steel just like the xmart one I am riding, I'm not sure its going to be much difference besides road bike from mtn bike.
In addition, I have a 1985 Raleigh Grand Mesa that is pretty ridable, except tires.
Same thing - the steel is the same and it's just as heavy as what I'm using now.
Am I going to notice any major difference between these 2 bikes and the dept store bike I am using now? I am well aware I have to replace the roadmaster soon, anyway.
I am only riding about 10 miles a day on a paved bike trail with no traffic. I eventually might want to make this longer, but not now as I'm likely to be pulling my 4 year old in a trailer and he has a low tolerance for being back there right now.
Last edited by Kayhold; 01-25-11 at 02:21 PM.
DRF aka Thrifty Bill
If you are looking to trade up, I would keep looking.
At that price point, I think you would be better off with a vintage higher quality MTB. MTBs are a really good value IMHO. For about the price of a bottom of the barrel Walmart bike, you should be able to find a 15 to 20 year old rigid frame MTB from makers like Trek, Specialized, Univega, etc. I bought my last MTB keeper for $40, needed some work, but it is a really nice bike (1989 Univega Alpina Pro). And I usually can find used MTB parts CHEAP. Last wheels I picked up were $2.50 each.
My Alpina Pro is about 10 pounds lighter than the Raleigh you linked to, with much better components.
Really hard to find a decent road bike for $45. Unless you look every day, do the garage sale circuit, and get lucky, not very likely.
Last edited by wrk101; 01-25-11 at 08:05 PM.
The Traveler has steel wheels and is Hi-tensile steel (very heavy). Try to find something with aluminum wheels and a chromoly frame. That should bring you down to the 26 lb range. A bike like this should run you around $100, but for that price you would still need to add tire,brakes & cables. Total cost if you do ut yourself should be around $130 and be a much better investment for your time than the Traveler.
As mentioned above a Mt bike is a cheap way to go. If this will be your only bike though I would rather you go with a nicer road bike with semi wide tires. If you decide to do some longer rides on your own the road bike will be more comfortable.
Thanks for the reply!
As it turns out I was given 3 bikes today - a trek 820 which I will be using parts I have to fix and will become my mtn bike. It's much lighter than the freebie Roadmaster I was given.
The other 2 are a Raleigh Grand Prix Mixte, and a Ross Gran Tour. I love the Raleigh. Love, love, love. It was also made the month and year I was born (10/78) so I'm taking that as a sign. I don't care about the weight or anything else right now, this bike screams me from the style, the rainbow striping, and the date - it's fate I found this bike! it has all original parts and seems to be working, but needs new tires. I'm super stoked.
There was a thread on the C&V forum about who had a bike made the year they were born. I think you win the prize for closest.