Goodbye Schwinn Breeze, dumping you for a Raleigh Sports
With apologies to Schwinn Breeze lovers, Iím dropping out of the club Ö
Some of you may recall, I picked up a yellow 1973 Schwinn Breeze for $20 (photos), to fix up for my wife.
Well, I just scored a 1978 Raleigh Sports step-thru. Itís a better frame (lugged vs. EF tubes; 9 pounds lighter); itís in better condition (prior owner clearly cared for it Ė it has touch-up paint on it); and to top it off, it was FREE.
So the Raleigh will be my wifeís bike and Iíll sell the Breeze.
Bye bye, 1973 Schwinn Breeze
Hello, 1978 Raleigh Sports (sellerís photo Ė wrong side, I know)
Well Sir, 20-bucks is what the Breeze as in that foto would go for in our thrift shops and if I were closer to Mad-Pond than I am (the Quad Cities) I'd give ya the twenty for it.
Having said that, is there some reason your wife can't own two bikes? I ride my Raleighs or Schwinns for different reasons and am glad to more than just one.
Madison seems to be a good market for this kind of bike these days, they are becoming trendy with students. I'll clean it up and list it in spring - $50-$85 seems to be the going rate for a Breeze in this shape. (I got lucky finding it at a church garage sale)
My wife has not owned or ridden a bike since she was a kid, so she would see two bikes as overkill. She just needs something for neighborhood family rides. She tried the Schwinn and it felt too big and unwieldy. The Raleigh is smaller. And it's so much lighter, it just feels easier to ride, especially uphill.