I'm thinking about picking up this Olympian today, not sure the exact size but the owner said it will fit someone around 5'10". Looks to be in decent shape and I like the aero brakes and downtube shifters. Anything I should look out for? Pros vs Cons?
Dibs don't count for much on C/L, I would get over there ASAP. Seller is likely to be bombarded with emails and offers, and the deal could go south on you. Has happened to me many times. Hopefully, the seller will stand behind the agreement.
Yeah, I'm heading over there shortly to get it. Do you guys have any clue about the year of this bike? The seller doesn't seem to know much about it. He says it a 21" frame, I'm about 5'10" with short legs, might this be too small?
Well, it's mine now. Even got him down to $42. It looks pretty good, clean at least. Ride-able already. Shifters are Suntour, brake levers are Shimano 105. Might be a bit small...stand over is fine but it feels a bit compact when riding. I had an old Ideale saddle laying around so I threw that on (seat post is backwards in the pic, I know). I'm thinking that I'd like to switch to bar-end shifters, any advice there? Any other upgrades I should look into?
If that saddle height fits you, then the bike is way too small. Don't spend money on upgrades. Just clean it up really well, watch for a bike more your size, and pounce. You should do quite well reselling this one. That will fund a bike your size. Make sure you do not have that seat post past the minimum insert line.
I've had that bike since early 2010, and I have really enjoyed it.
It's a 1983 with a standard 4130 main triangle with hi-ten fork and stays. Bar-cons work great on this thing, as it has DT braze-ons to guide to cables. The old JIS BB was giving me problems, so I upgraded that to a cartrige system after a couple months of riding.
Your crank arms will be 165mm if the frame is the same size as mine is. Since you are my height, you might want to consider upgrading to a 170mm crank at some point.