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Old 06-22-11, 09:07 AM   #1
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Montomery Ward 10 Speed... Worth it?

So I've been looking for a vintage road bike for a while now, just kind of something to ride around town. I came across this old Montgomery Ward 10 Speed on Craigslist, and it seems to be what I'm looking for. The seller is only asking $15, but it will need new tubes/tires, and I have not yet seen the gears or brakes. I'm unsure if it is worth investing in.
Does anyone know much about these bikes?
Are they a decent ride,or should I keep looking?

heres a link to the bike:
http://annarbor.craigslist.org/bik/2382030413.html

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Old 06-22-11, 09:20 AM   #2
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If its not a rust bucket, I'd get it. Worse case, you pull some parts (seat, clips, freewheel, etc) off it. Hard to go wrong at $15. Most CL bikes need new rim strips, tubes, tires, and brake pads. Rare to find a quality seller who does that for you.
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Old 06-22-11, 09:22 AM   #3
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Worth investing in? No. Take a minimalist approach cost wise to make it rideable and safe, and you will do fine. $15? Can't expect much. At that price range, I don't go through the hassle of selling on C/L, the bikes go straight to Goodwill.

Decent to good vintage bikes start around $200 and go up from there. What is your budget?
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In all honesty I already have a bike that does well around the town, I've just been interested in an old-school road bike and trying to find one for a while. I'm probably looking to spend $150-200 when all is said and done... and if I can get a decent and rideable road bike for that I would be very happy. I just don't know exactly where I should be looking, CL is my only major resource at this point.
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Pass on the Montgomery ward bike... it will be heavy and not very fun to refurbish. I would stick with major brand names like... motobecane, nishiki, centurion, raleigh, trek, peugeot... in my opinio I would stay away from murry, ward, sears, huffy, amf, road master. I'm on the fence with schwinns... they have some good lighter weight 80s models but the heavy suburbans, varsities, and collegiests are a pain to work on and are too heavy for my tast. Where are you located? You should be able to get a good vintage road bike for your price range that does not need a whole lot of work. Let us know where your located and we can pick out a few bikes for you to check out.
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Also... give us your height or desired frame size
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For $15? Sure.
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I am In Ann Arbor MI, a big college town with a pretty large bike market. I am 6'2"-6'3" with pretty long legs, so a larger frame (58-63 cm) usually works well for me.
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I check out the ann arbor cl... prices in your market seem pretty good for buyers... the harder thing is finding a bike that fits. I would post an add on craigslist in the bike section... saying wanted affordable large road bike 60 to 63 cm... and see what response you have. If you were in my area... there is a guy selling some nice taller frames. I see tall road bikes going for good deals all the time. Be patient and a good bike will come you way.
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the only thing that would stop me from buying that bike is the 26" wheels. I'd rather have 27-inchers.
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In all honesty I already have a bike that does well around the town, I've just been interested in an old-school road bike and trying to find one for a while. I'm probably looking to spend $150-200 when all is said and done... and if I can get a decent and rideable road bike for that I would be very happy. I just don't know exactly where I should be looking, CL is my only major resource at this point.
Contact a few flippers in your general area. A good one will have quite a few bikes that are not currently on C/L.

I would not dump more than about $20 max into that Montgomery Wards bike. Its a dog. But if you are careful on the spending, it would be a fun project.

+1 Just post a WTB large mens road bike in your local C/L, under bikes for sale. Don't be too specific, a lot of sellers have no idea what size, style, or whatever their bike is. So be patient and ready to chase after a few duds. 58cm sounds small for someone your size. I find this chart is a good starting point on vintage road bikes, note use your BICYCLE inseam, not your PANT inseam. Bike inseam is often 1 to 1 1/2 inches longer.

In my experience, the smaller the frame size, the higher the market price. You are in a good position market wise. In the "old days", bikes were sized on the large side, so there are more large frame bikes than buyers out there.


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Reminds me of a Free Spirit I would pass by on my way home from work a couple years ago. It had a "free" sign hanging on it. I was tempted, until I started looking at how much that "free" bike would cost me by the time I got it road-worthy. And once I did get it road worthy, I would still just have a Free Spirit.

A few weeks later I picked up my Panasonic for $60.
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