Join Date: Jun 2007
Bikes: 2012 Salsa Casseroll, 1997 Bianchi Advantage, 1994 Trek 930.
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Based on that last pick (Schwinn Approved Taiwan), it was probably a Giant built Schwinn. Too bad about the Le Tour Luxe getting away from you. I have an '85 Le Tour Luxe which is, IMO, a better bike than this one.
Though this looks like a nice bike for recreational riding, maybe even light commuting, I don't see this as all that great a choice for triathlons, or any type of competition. As I said, I own the LeTour Luxe, and I wouldn't use that bike for competitions either. If that is your purpose, I would keep looking.
One more thing. I would not take off reflectors to save weight. On a heavy bike like this one, the weight saving is almost nil, and you might find yourself riding at dusk, in which case it is a safety issue to have reflectors.
Bottom line. When it comes to bikes (even c & v), you get what you pay for. You can't just order up a classic higher end, clean Trek, Miyata, or Fuji, let alone something even fancier for $10 at a thrift store, church sale, or rummage sale. In this day and age of the internet, people look up what they have and owners of higher end bikes know what they have. You may eventually find the deal you are looking for, but not this week. If you want something good and you want it now, you may just have to pay market prices, which is at least in the hundreds for a good quality, ready to ride, mid level used lightweight road bike from the 80s or more recent vintage.
Last edited by MRT2; 08-14-10 at 09:05 AM.