A friend of mine challenged me and a bunch old friends to join him in a sprint triathlon. I have an old bridgestone mb-3 that I bought in college, but decided to take the chance to find a road bike. My friend rides some absurdly expensive cervelo, so I decided to go cheap as a counter balance.
I started checking CL, and found an ad one morning that just said "schwinn road bike". I decided to check it out as it was on my way to work. The bike was clearly light, and it seemed like it might be close to the right size, so I bought it. After getting it home and figuring that out "ircui" was part of the name "circuit", and doing a little searching I discovered that I had actually purchased a pretty nice bike-- even if it was a little beat up. I think it is a 1987 bike.
I have since bought a 5 dollar used seat from a friend, and paid 20 bucks for wellgo pedals from REI. I had to fix the brakes, and change a tire, but that is all I have done so far. I have been riding it several times-- nothing real long-- 15 miles tops. It seems to work just fine. It shifts nice. Brakes work, but are noisy.
I really only have two problems with the bike. First, the handlebars. It has old scott aero bars on it. The bars are kind of cool, and I would not mind keeping them, but I have not really found them to be very comfortable. I can't figure out where to put my hands for long periods of time.
Second, the bike is really too big for me. I have measured it about 10 times, and I am pretty sure it is a 24 inch (61 cm) frame. I am 6 foot, and really think that a 58 cm is the size I want (and even that is probably a tad large). But to be honest, it does not really feel like it is too large when I am riding it.
I am really torn here. I want to buy some nitto noodle bars and just ride it. But those bars would cost what I paid for the bike. And I am not sure if I should keep the stem on the bike-- it seems short, but that might be good for me considering the size of the frame. And it seems dumb to put that much money into a 45 dollar bike with a beat up frame-- even if it is a good one. Especially since if I actually find a bike in the right size I will probably end up giving the bike to another friend who is even cheaper than me. OTOH, if I end up keeping the bike I would not mind putting money into it-- even getting it powder coated.
I also have two specific questions-- where can I get brake hoods? The brakes say "aero comp" and I think they are diacompe levers. I have seen hoods that say they are for "aero" brakes, but I am not sure if they would fit.
Second-- is something missing from my rear wheel? It looks like there should be something else in the center of the cogs.
PS: I would obviously be interested in getting some used handlebars if anyone has them. I think I need 44cm or 46cm bars. The stem is 26mm. I have some "system component" bars and stem made from 6061 heat treated aluminum, but they are 40cm width, and I think they came from an old trek. I have the aero bars as well, but I might want to keep those.
PSS: My other new bike is a centurion pro tour. That will be my next post.