Does anyone know the big differences between department store Schwinns and LBS Schwinns? A little research shows they are made by the same company. I know Pacific Cycle bought the Schwinn line when Schwinn filed for bankrupcy a few years ago. (along with Mongoose,GT and a few other names)
So what is the big difference? Components? Less mark-up? Are they older leftover bikes found sitting around in some storage bin then shined up and put up for sale?
If it is cheaper componets would it be foolish to buy one then slowly make all the upgrades yourself? It seems to me that would be a good idea unless you have the big bucks to plop right down on a LBS bike.