So I went out to meet this guy the other day to buy a Univega for my daily commute. I was just about to hand him the $50 when I noticed he had an old Schwinn Super Sport in the corner. It was a light steel frame, whole bike weighed about 23 pounds or so with all Suntour parts, but it had a busted rear wheel. After a bit of negociating I took it home for $85 with the busted rim: he called Recycled Cycles for me down in Seattle and said I could pick up a used rear wheel for $15 there, so it seemed all right.
Well, turns out today that Recycled Cycles didn't have any $15 wheels (I should have known). They had a new one for $50, but I was hesitant.. total would come out to $60 with installation including swapping out the 6-speed freewheel cluster from the busted wheel. My budget is pretty damn limited as well.
What should I do?
1. Go ahead and buy a new rear wheel, have them install the 6-speed cluster
2. Look for used wheels on Craigslist (can I use a wheel with a shimano cassette? do i have to get 6-speed?)
3. See if the guy will take it back (last resort), I'm not sure how much a Super Sport is worth, though, and whether or not I got a good deal. But after all, he put me under the impression that I could have the bike up and running with $15.
I'd love some help.