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Old 05-25-11, 12:55 PM   #1
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Vintage Schwinn World for $150...Deal or not?

Hello all!

I have really enjoyed reading the posts on the forums thus far and have learned much about biking, but I do have a question that maybe you can help me out with.

I am looking to purchase my first road bike, and I would like to pick up a vintage bike mainly because of budget constraints. I have my eye on a Schwinn World that I have found on Craigslist, which is selling for $150. The bike fits and I am in love with the color. Regardless, in my opinion $150 is a bit steep for this bike even though everything is in working order and it is tuned. What would a bike like this typically sell for? http://chattanooga.craigslist.org/bik/2399424365.html

I have not been able to find much out about the "World," although there is a plethora of information about the "World Sport." Is there much of a difference between the two other than the components? Will the Schwinn World make a suitable first road bike, mainly to be used as a commuter?

Also, is the frame high enough quality that it would be worth upgrading the components in the future?

Thank you so much for your help.
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Old 05-25-11, 01:12 PM   #2
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Too much money.
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Old 05-25-11, 01:26 PM   #3
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All that new stuff is not a lot of money if you plan ahead.

Who knows what fully serviced means. Maybe if it was fully torn down and given new bearings/grease and pitted races replaced.

The frame (1988) is as low as you can get in the Schwinn line up and not worth upgrading with new components.
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beautiful photos though.
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Keep your positive energy to yourself, hippie.

OP, that's not what I'd buy with my $150.
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It looks like a beautiful bike, but $150 for a bike with a hiten steel frame is high, unless you were in a real hot market like New York City. I would agree that it wouldn't be cost effective to upgrade.

For bikes of that era (70's and 80's) there are signs of what is usually a low end bike. A claw derailer instead of a derailer hanger, safety levers and stem shifters (there are always exceptions to any rule). This bike has all 3.
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I just sold this one yesterday for $180.00 and it was "fully serviced" and I mean "fully serviced".



Mine was a smaller frame but it was a cro-mo 4130 frame with better compnenets.

Fully serviced to me means stripped to a bare frame, everything cleaned, all bearings greased, new cables and housings, new chain, new brake pads, new tire and tubes and fresh bar wrap.

Edit- on this particular bike I chose to use the original cable housings because they were pretty unique and in good shape so it got new cables and plenty of cable lube in the old housings.


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I would rather have the Schwinn world than a lot of the new bikes that are being built. I think the price is in the ball park especially if it was a buy it and ride it bike. Ride and enjoy it until you can upgrade.
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I just sold this one yesterday for $180.00 and it was "fully serviced" and I mean "fully serviced".
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I would rather have the Schwinn world than a lot of the new bikes that are being built.
The options are rarely that limited.
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It's not a deal, but it looks to be in very good condition. It's a fair price for a bike that needs nothing and you just want to ride. However, if you want a baby to upgrade, find something better.
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My first road bike was an '85 World Sport. It was a HS grad gift from my parents and I rode it all through college, law school and commuted to my first job. Loved that bike. It was stolen years ago.

I would pay $150 to get my old bike back because I'm sentimental, but for any other WS, it's way too much.
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beautiful photos though.
Good photos. Ugly bar tape.

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Pass, I would move up a notch.
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The late eighties World is hi-ten while the World Sport is chromoly. I'd pass and look for something better for $150.
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If you haven't gotten your answer already please repost it in the appropriate forum:

http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...-and-Inquiries

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