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Old 08-14-09, 04:52 PM   #1
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I need some help with old bikes

Hi everyone, I recently got the bug to ride street bikes and need a little help getting started. I was looking for a bike at some local bike shops but they all are out of my price range. After doing a little bit of research I think I might have came up with a solution but since I am a complete noob with bikes I need a little help.

I was searching for bikes on craigslist and came across some old schwinn frames, I don't know much about them and I don't know anything about sizing and everything. there is a 54cm schwinn world sport frame, a 56cm schwinn suburban frame and a 64cm schwinn varsity frame. I am about 5' 7" and 120 lbs, would any of these frames fit me? I had also read on here that you can get old schwinn bikes for like 10-20 bucks at pawn shops and stuff is that true? I am a broke college kid and the cheaper I can get a bike the better.

I would like to get a fixed gear bike, but I would like to be able to ride it free wheel sometimes also if that is possible. I could use any help if you need more information on what exactly I am looking for just ask, I'm kinda scatter brained right now and I don't even remember what I just typed. you can look at those frames at http://bakersfield.craigslist.org/bik/1320164728.html if that helps at all.

Thanks for your time and help

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Old 08-14-09, 06:10 PM   #2
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I got started cycling by heading off to a local Thrift shop and buys a $15 Sears Baypointe(Huffy). I rode it around for several months while I saved a few dollars and did some research on a bike I would like to get.

Any of the bike in the Craigslist ad would work in that way. Check them out to see if they fit, ride them to see if they feel comfortable. Test them to see that they stop and start okay. You'll find most of them a little heavy, but you might even prefer it that way.... it's usually the sign of a solid bike.

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Well, at 5'7 and 120, you may need a heavy frame in the wind. See if your college town has a bike coop. Ask the goateed guys you see with camou pants riding around on track bikes with no brakes. I think the 64cm Varsity frame is too big. With no money, you have to approach bike life with predator eyes, and something will show up. Hit the garage sales, better chance of finding an intact bike, and talk up bikes. Bikes hide in garages, basements, barns and attics.
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awesome! Thanks for the input gerv. I'm thinkin about hitting up some yard sales and stuff tomorrow morning and some thrift shops. hopefully I can find one. I was wondering if the brands, materials used for the frame, and stuff like that make much of a difference. I am really stoked on getting an old bike and doing some work on it and fixing it up so I want to make sure the frame and components are solid. Anymore help about what to look for would be appreciated. Thanks again
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Haha yeah I'm a lightweight Robbie, thanks for the help I'll have to keep an eye out and try and talk to some more people. Hopefully I wont have to search for long but with about 50 bucks to my name I'm just prayin to find one at a yard sale or something haha
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awesome! Thanks for the input gerv. I'm thinkin about hitting up some yard sales and stuff tomorrow morning and some thrift shops. hopefully I can find one. I was wondering if the brands, materials used for the frame, and stuff like that make much of a difference. I am really stoked on getting an old bike and doing some work on it and fixing it up so I want to make sure the frame and components are solid. Anymore help about what to look for would be appreciated. Thanks again
Yes, all of that matters. At the same time, at typical garage sale pricing, ANY road bike that is light weight, has aluminum rims, has no noticable frame damage, and an alloy crankset is worth buying, in any size, any brand. I have picked up some pretty nice bikes at yard sales in the $10 to $30 range. Ditto thrift stores. Even if it doesn't fit, clean it up, resell it and fund a nicer bike for yourself. The most I ever paid at a yard sale was $75, and it was a pretty high end bike.

My best yard sale day I found four good to really good bikes, I bought them all.

The cheap junk will not pass the "is it light weight?" test. To make a bike light in weight takes better components, better frame and so on.
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