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Old 11-28-08, 09:56 PM   #1
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Schwinn "World'

I found a Schwinn World for 35 bucks at a Salvation Army store, real tall frame, decent shape, looks like it was stored forever. just a flat was all it had. I dont care about selling it so the value aint a big deal, I'm a big guy and I like the fact that it is tall, the seat is all the way down in the frame and its still fits well.
Should I buy it? will it stand up to a 270lb guy putting down the miles? Do they have a durable history? I would like to maybe turn it into a tourer.
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You get one C&V demerit for asking first and buying later. The old bike gods are cruel, and so I hope it is still there when you go back. Maybe saying a few "Hail Masi's" would help.

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p.s., oh yeah, forgot to answer your question: buy it if it fits. The world is a solid, if unspectacular, bike.
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To know what you've got, pictures would help. If you can't post pictures, the serial number and the four small, lightly stamped digits stamped into the head badge will be a big help.

If it's an eighties World, it was a pretty far down the Schwinn model lineup. Once we figure out the model year, we can get specs from the catalog.
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This is the lugged kind of World, right? I'm looking for a fillet brazed World for a tall guy.
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This is the lugged kind of World, right? I'm looking for a fillet brazed World for a tall guy.
Yes, its lugged.
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p.s., oh yeah, forgot to answer your question: Buy it if it fits. The world is a solid, if unspectacular, bike.
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Does it look like this one? Mine was an '82 and I just sold it last month for $180. However I had just given it a complete overhaul...new tires, brake pads, chain, cables/housings, bar wrap, fenders, alloys, repacked all bearings. Definitely not a lightweight, but not super heavy either. I think it would make a great commuter.


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or was it the tourist model? I picked this one up for 20 at a church bazaar....it was faded on back and one side and not the other and had the owners manual still attached to it.its finally starting to fade even .its a tall 5 speed one, and I put huge wald baskets on it for running errands..I love it
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At any decent thrift store around here, the bike would be gone before you could turn around and retrieve it.

+1 Grab now, study later. If it doesn't fit, it will make a good flip. Around here, anything with the Schwinn name demands a premium over similar bikes.
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Its in my possession! I was there Saturday morning when they opened, It was moved from where I looked at it so maybe someone else had the idea to grab it. I replaced the rear tire today and went for a short chilly ride, after years of riding mtb's this thing flew! easily cruised along at 15+mph. brakes are a little shady though, the pads are new looking, but it takes it's time slowing down. American Diabetes Association: Tour de Cure: Glad I got it, will be great ride at the Tour De Cure next year, cant wait.http://www.flickr.com/photos/37003269@N00/

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Great job picking it up!

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Thanks

[QUOTE=wrk101;7940504]Great job picking it up!
Thank you very much, now the question, upgrade to today's standards, or keep it original? aluminum wheels, new components? I want to tour it, but no rack bosses, only fender bosses, so maybe just haul a B.O.B. around? open to ideas...?
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If it runs well, I'd leave it original. But that's just me.

I recently picked up a 1984 Schwinn World Sport on CL for $10. It looks very similar to your World, even the graphics, so you probably have an early- to mid-80s model. Also, my World Sport has a darker blue paint. Your's is in much better shape, and you have a ~25" frame. The one I got has a 23" frame. Wanna trade?

Mine apparently sat out in the weather a long time and has a lot of paint damage. My plans are to strip it, repaint it, and cannibalize my old Nishiki Olympic 12 (with a bent frame from a crash earlier this year) to come up with a mid-80s vintage road bike. My World Sport has a SunTour aR derailleur; the Nishiki has an aRX which is a little better. I think my Schwinn has the same crank yours does.
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It looks like an '85. What are the four small, lightly stamped digits stamped into the head badge? The first three digits are the day of the year (001-366), and the fourth digit is the last digit of the year of the assembly date.

1985 World Sport catalog page 1

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Thanks for those links, Scooper. The date code on my World Sport frame is Aug 84 I think. If the color of Rodjs's new buy is 1985's "ice blue" mine is probably just the "blue" mentioned in the 1984 catalog; the other option for that year was black. I was thinking about painting it dark gray, which would be authentic for 1985, but not '84.

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If you want to flip it, keep it as is. Buyers like Schwinns, and at least around here, do not appreciate/value good upgrades.

But ff you want to ride it, then get alloy rims and an alloy crankset. Then look for misc alloy parts: seat post, handlebars and stem. And then I would swap out the brake levers with aero-style. You can find them for about $20 on ebay.

Most of these parts above can be acquired by a decent donor bike. Thats usually the cheapest way to get decent components. Or contact a local bike flipper and pick up parts that way. I bought a set of alloy wheels for $10 from a local flipper.
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The numbers are as follows. 1984 is stamped into the head badge, an upside down "t" then the numbers 437712 are stamped on the Left dropout, GO784 is on the right dropout. Thanks for the help guys, much appreciated!
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The "G0784" on the right dropout represents the frame manufacture date. The frame was built by Giant (Taiwan) in July, 1984, so it's an '84 model. The headbadge numbers translate to an assembly date of the 198th day of 1984.

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This bike will get new wheels, handle bar wrap, and new brakes, that should be all it needs,..... for now
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The "G0784" on the right dropout represents the frame manufacture date. The frame was built by Giant (Taiwan) in July, 1984, so it's an '84 model. The headbadge numbers translate to an assembly date of the 198th day of 1984.

1984 World Sport catalog page

1984 World and World Tourist catalog page

1984 specifications page 1

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I have decided to sand blast and have the frame powder coated black, going to go with new handlebars wrapped in white handlebar tape that are wider thus fit me better, new Veulta XRP Wheels, and maybe a new BB set I saw on bikeisland in Ebay, my question is, is that an "English" BB? The set I looked at are 68mm by 108mm. I can measure everything, but what exactly do I measure?
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The bottom bracket is English 68 mm and for width it has to match the cranks you are using. The same bike might use 5 different bottom brackets with 5 different crank sets on the same frame. Roger
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