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Old 08-16-09, 10:27 AM   #1
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Schwinn Traveler vs Raleigh Olympian

' thinking of giving away my '88 Schwinn Traveler to a family member and replacing it with a Raleigh Olympian (downtube shifters, ' not sure of the year) from CL. Both bikes are in great shape. I'm just wondering which one is the better bike.
Should I keep the Traveler and give away the Olympian or go the other way. Please advice. Thanks!
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Old 08-16-09, 10:35 AM   #2
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The Raleigh was between a entry and mid level bike, while the Schwinn was a mid level bike; in other words the Schwinn would be the better bike.
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1987 Traveler

December 1986 Build date, Nice solid, no rattles,squeaks, great riding bicycle

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+1 You are trading down.
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I can't give a direct answer, not knowing anything about the Raleigh.

But I've had two Travellers in my life and they were both great bikes. I'd be reluctant to switch.
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In fact that's the same year and color of the Traveler I too owned at one time. It was a tad heavy but it also was a touring bike and most touring bikes are a tad heaver; but it was a decent bike with decent components. Speaking of heavy I bet the Raleigh weighs at least 5 pounds more then the traveler.

I would keep both, but if you must get rid of one then I still stand by what I said earlier. The Traveler would be more useful with it's 10 speed vs a 3 speed whose transmission would probably be more difficult to get parts for then the Traveler.

The reason I would also keep both is because the Raleigh probably has some degree of classic value to it that the Traveler doesn't have at this time.
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Their was a Raleigh Olympian ('83) near me on Craig's List recently. If I am correct, it was a Raleigh of America (Huffy) product. Looked as though it had nice features, including a double-butted chrome moly frame. From what I understand, the reviews of it weren't that great. They supposedly made sourcing things inexpensively a main priority. It still looked like a pretty decent bike at the lower-end of the mid-range spectrum. The safety levers on the brakes caught my eye.

For anybody interested, here are two photos of an Olympian:
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Thanks to all for the info.
Unfortunately, the Olympian was sold before I can get to it.
It sold or $40. It was near mint condition. I now wish I never found out.


That's a nice Miami Vice bike, sportridertex!
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