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Newly acquired Schwinn World Sport - What year?
I just acquired a Schwinn World Sport from craigslist (a birthday gift for my boyfriend, who wants to start riding with me and our local cycling group around the city). It won't be much of a surprise gift, because I had to have him there in order to make sure it fit, but I'll spruce it up with some new bar tape and a new saddle, so it will look a little different when I actually give it to him.
I think I've paid too much for it. But it's done, so there's not much point in crying over it, now. I'd rather have gotten him something newer, lighter, and more for racing.... but he needs a small frame size (50 cm), so I was kind of limited, in terms of Philadelphia CL bikes. And the better ones I've been calling on for the last week seem to disappear faster than I can find them.
This bike is a 12-speed with 4130 chromoly main tubes. The 4-digit number from the head-badge is 1764, number from rear dropout is 4404171.
I've spent some time looking around online, and at first I thought this bike might be from 1981.... but someone somewhere else said they didn't start using chromoly on the World Sport line until mid-80s.
I'm curious about what year it might have been made and what you folks think of these bikes.
Any guidance would be appreciated.
Also, the brakes work, but the front brake sticks. I'm having a tough time trying to tell if it's in the caliper or the lever, since the caliper is a little crooked and moves off-center when I squeeze it with my hand. Since I've already spent too much for it, I don't want to have to spend more at the LBS for a simple repair, if I can do it myself. But I want him to be safe.... so..... any advice?