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Old 04-22-11, 09:48 AM   #1
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Schwinn Traveler

I would like to sell this bike but want to get a fair price. Can someone tell me anything about it, I appreciate your help!
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Old 04-22-11, 10:26 AM   #2
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In that condition, not much. Needs a thorough cleanup, bearings, grease, cables, tires. What market?
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Old 04-22-11, 12:24 PM   #3
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NE Ohio

Thanks for your response, I'm in NE Ohio. I rescued it from a dumpster, perhaps I should have left it there!
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I rescued a Varsity of similar age (mine is a '73) from the city dump and I've been riding it for a few years. Those old Schwinns are bomb proof. Clean it up, ask for $120, be prepared to go to less than $100.
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Thanks for your response, I'm in NE Ohio. I rescued it from a dumpster, perhaps I should have left it there!
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I would like to sell this bike but want to get a fair price. Can someone tell me anything about it, I appreciate your help!
Not too bad for being 40 years old.

http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...1964_0607.html
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Old 04-22-11, 01:31 PM   #7
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Definitely worth pulling out of the dumpster for sure!!

too get it road worthy and safe, you'll need tires and tubes, brake cables and brake pads, regrease hubs and bottom bracket and probably a new chain... probably run you around $50 if you can do all the work yourself... if you wanna keep and ride it would be worthwhile IMO... flipping?? probably not alot of profit

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Quote Originally Posted by Dianna I would like to sell this bike but want to get a fair price. Can someone tell me anything about it, I appreciate your help!

Quote Originally Posted by Dianna Thanks for your response, I'm in NE Ohio. I rescued it from a dumpster, perhaps I should have left it there!

On the surface, Tugrul, this does seem comical. However, different individuals have different demand curves. I'm sure you know plenty of people who don't give a damn about your garage full of crusty old bikes. Yet others, like me, might consider paying hundreds of dollars for them. So it is for the person who cast Dianna's Traveler in the garbage and the person she hopes to meet who is willing to pay >$0 for it.
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the bike could be worth something if you have the time and knowledge to repair it

if you can't fix it yourself, why not offer it for free on Craigslist? or for $10 or something...
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If the question was what was it worth, it wouldn't be funny.

But fair is a funny concept.
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I've sort of been looking for one of those. It's probably 1960 or older. If you google for Schwinn serial numbers you'll find some helpful sites. The chrome fenders with the little peak are hard to find. and if the brakes say Schwinn on them they're worth a little.
Shame you live so far away. That's at least a $50 bike around here.
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If the question was what was it worth, it wouldn't be funny.

But fair is a funny concept.
Ah, yes. Just, perhaps, but not fair.
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No not a lot of value but like said before, about $40-$50 in parts some cleaning and polishing and you could get $100-$135 in most markets. The biggest issue is the wheels. As long as the wheels are not to rusty and clean up well and are in good shape mechanically you will be in the ball game, if not then unless you have a freebie source for replacements it's not worth the money just to flip for sale. On the other hand if you want it for riding then the sky's the limit. Being you indicated that you want to sell, unless you are ready to do the work yourself you would be better off selling as is. I imagine $25-$35 would not be out of line but I wouldn't be surprised if someone would give upwards of $50 for a bike to build themselves... it's all subjective though.... imho
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Why is dumpster diving for profit amusing, it's amazing what people throw away! If I make money, save something from the landfill and someone is interested in buying... well it's all good. Anyway, glad my post was entertaining for a few of you!

Those of you that answered my question, thank you, it is much appreciated!
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Why is dumpster diving for profit amusing, it's amazing what people throw away! If I make money, save something from the landfill and someone is interested in buying... well it's all good. Anyway, glad my post was entertaining for a few of you!
+1 I have some really lazy neighbors. They will toss just about anything. I routinely pick up stuff that I do not need and take it directly to a thrift store (there is one two miles away). Lots of kids toys, up to a battery powered jeep, lots of lawn equipment, furniture, whatever. I've picked up a few bikes, all XMart beaters. I would like to take all these folks to a landfill sometime and show them where their stuff would be going.

If you don't mind the hassle of selling it, you could get about $25 for it around here, maybe $40 as is. Myself, I would take it to a thrift store, they can sell it and make some $$ to help their cause.
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I don't pretend to be an expert, but I've seen bikes like this (this condition and style) go for $25-50 at bike swap meets. Around here, vintage cruisers are pretty popular, even 30+ pound Schwinns. Maybe nostalgia has something to do with it. If you don't have the knowledge or means to fix it up, your not going to make much profit, but there is a little profit there, and it keeps it from ending up in the landfill (which is profitable for all of us). I know people (sure it's a small group compared to say 1930-1950's vintage cruiser bike fans) who would be interested if the price was fair.
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Why is dumpster diving for profit amusing, it's amazing what people throw away! If I make money, save something from the landfill and someone is interested in buying... well it's all good. Anyway, glad my post was entertaining for a few of you!

Those of you that answered my question, thank you, it is much appreciated!
+2 My neighbors left this next to the dumpster. I had to ask if they were really getting rid of it before thinking about "acquiring" it.
I have also picked up old computers sat next to the dumpster. Even if it only has a 40gb hard drive in it, it's free!!!
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