Hey all, I've been looking at Bikeforums for a while now, but just registered because I really can't find enough information on these two old road bikes I have. If anyone knows anything about them, and which one might serve me better for daily commuting/sporadic sprint triathalons I'd really appreciate any input. (EDIT: Both bikes are currently at my parents house in Virginia, I'm a student in Indiana, so I can't look at them very easily.)
The first is a Falcon Monaco "racing" bike (according to the frame). Its got pedal clips/cages and friction shifters on tube. According to one of the decals it says 453 (the rest is illegible), but I'm assuming that means Reynolds 453 tubing. I picked this thing up a year or two ago at good will with the intention of fixing it up a bit. I got about halfway through the project before I realized the city I lived in then was not conducive to thin-wheeled road bikes. Only fixed a broken spoke and brakeline.
EDIT: Its a 10 speed I think
Second up is a Schwinn Traveler I was given by a friend. Its in kind of rough shape. It says its got a 4130 chromoly main tube. 12 Speed, friction shifting on the down tube. That's all I really know about it, other than it was made in Taiwan and says "Schwinn Chicago" on the label.
Basically I'm hoping to get back into riding a bit for fitness reasons. I'm hoping one of these is a decent bike so I don't have to buy a new one. The city I live in now is really bike friendly and doesn't have glass all over the street. The bike I have now is not the greatest (old western auto bike) and is about as cheap as they come. I'm an unfunded grad student, so I can't fix both bikes, which one is best to sink a few bucks into?
Thanks in advance.