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Old 03-04-11, 01:11 PM   #1
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Cheap ($200) commuter all around bike

Ok I know Schwinn is now just a name and the quality is not what it was, but a bike for $200 with fenders, rack could be attractive to people just starting, or all of our friends that have sticker shock on new bikes


http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/SubCate..._202326_202383

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the component list is not terrible

Color(s)Black
SizeS/M
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Frame700c Schwinn Classic Lightweight
MaterialSteel
ForkSchwinn N’Gauged Hi-Ten Steel with brazed crown
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CrankSchwinn 'S' Logo forged alloy, 38t Sprocket
Bottom BracketSealed cartridge sq. JIS taper
ShiftersShimano Revo twist shift
Cog SetShimano TZ31 7-speed, 13-34
ChainKMC Z-51
Speed7 Speed
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Rims700c alloy 36 hole
Size700C
HubsKT alloy sealed mechanism front and rear, bolt on
SpokesStainless
Tires700 x 38c city tread
Components
PedalsSchwinn Typhoon nylon platform with reflector
BrakesTektro 800A dual pivot caliper
Brake LeversTektro RS397A Alloy for caliper brake
HandlebarSchwinn Tourister swept back
StemSchwinn Phantom alloy cruiser, 21.1 quill
HeadsetThreaded
GripsSchwinn Typhoon double density kraton rubber
SaddleSchwinn classic sport cruiser with coil spring
SeatpostAlloy pillar, 25.4
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Old 03-04-11, 01:25 PM   #2
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There's a old man in my town who sells used bike for fair $$$

I saw him yesterday and he had a older, 70's Schwinn with the original: Generator with lights, 10 speed gears, rear rack and everything was original, except the tires and tubes. He wanted $150 for the beauty. I want to buy it, but then why would I need it? He wanted it also, he had the same problem I did.

That's a nice bike, but then it could be sold in Walmart and the parts and quality wouldn't be up to par with a good name brand bike.

For people who are wondering for a good commuter/all around, go to craigslist in your area and watch for a hardtail mountain bike and use that. Unless your like me who travels 13 miles to town around town and back, I have a customized road bike to suit me for that. i've probably spent around $300 for an older 10 speed, rack with some custom working, good tires set up, and panniers
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Interesting. Looks like a good deal. The chain tensioner looks weird, though. Looks like it's really close to the derailleur. Maybe that's just the picture.
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Old 03-04-11, 09:58 PM   #4
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That's a nice bike at the pricepoint. Rack, full fenders, low gearing...what's not to like? Bags, lights, toolkit, cages, framepump, tubes, patchkit and yer done. 200.00 + shipping. Tell all your friends then help them put it together and get good accessories. Gas isn't getting any cheaper.
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It looks like a rood commuter candidate. Their always having discounts also so you could pick it up cheaper. I picked up a 90's Bianchi mtb for $100 two months ago for my winter commuter and another $100 on stuff like fenders, studded tires, lights, etc... Now come spring I'll just have to swap back on the skinnier tires and she'll be all set. Though I ride my road bikes to work once the snow is gone.
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Why do they brag about high tensile steel? Never could understand that. Unless it's compared to their old electroforged frames and forks.
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A hi-tensile fork is a given at that price point. You may want to upgrade the fork to lighten the front of the bike.
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i am not a fan of mail order bike purchases
best to support your local bike shop.
usually they will bend over backwards to give you the best service
especially if you are a novice you are probably making a mistake going mail order for a bike.
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i am not a fan of mail order bike purchases
best to support your local bike shop.
usually they will bend over backwards to give you the best service
especially if you are a novice you are probably making a mistake going mail order for a bike.
my two cents
I hate to say this, but the LBS where I bought my bike hasn't been all that great as far as "providing the best service." I love my bike, but I take it somewhere else for help.
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Interesting. Looks like a good deal. The chain tensioner looks weird, though. Looks like it's really close to the derailleur. Maybe that's just the picture.
What tensioner? There is only a pretty low level RD there.

I've said for a long time, if someone with the clout of Walmart bothered, they could produce something like this probably with better parts, for the same price. ( that is, the pre-sale price, $300 )
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The LBS I bought my first bike as an adult was doing nothing more than putting together cheap hybrids from China and charging a couple hundred for the service.... they also sold the same tires as the big box stores but for 10$ more. It was a big mistake for me to support those guys.

For a couple hundred bucks I think it's a steal... not exactly what I may want but I wouldn't expect that for 200$. Bikes direct has some similar bikes out too. There might be a nashbar coupon code floating around too...
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For 200 bucks that seems like a fine bike. Mail order is great way to buy bikes if you know what you want and how to read the specs to get something that will fit you.
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i am not a fan of mail order bike purchases
best to support your local bike shop.
usually they will bend over backwards to give you the best service
especially if you are a novice you are probably making a mistake going mail order for a bike.
my two cents
I hate to say this, but the LBS where I bought my bike hasn't been all that great as far as "providing the best service." I love my bike, but I take it somewhere else for help.
Nearly every BF thread where someone says they are going to order something online ends up with these kind of comments. It comes with the territory -- some people feel strongly about supporting LBS's. At the extreme, some people don't know how to do simple things like change a tube, turn barrel adjusters, etc. and therefore contribute a lot to the local economy via their LBS. I'm glad someone mentioned that LBS's often are unhelpful -- I've experienced it many times. I've also experienced excellent bike shops.

It looks like a good bike for the money -- if you do your own work and can tune/fix minor issues I would say go for it. Or buy local -- I'm firmly in the "don't give a damn" crowd.
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i am not a fan of mail order bike purchases
best to support your local bike shop.
usually they will bend over backwards to give you the best service...
Not necessarily. Lbs' like mail order can be a crap shoot or a turkey shoot. If I hadn't found all of my friends servicable, cheap, quality bikes already I'd be all over them to jump on this one. It's a sweet deal. They all know about the local bike co-op as well so service wouldn't be a problem.
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I was always die hard LBS but their service and attitude of the owner and employees ticked me off. So they had a really nice selection of bikes and parts new and used. He bought, sold, traded and did consignment so he had alot of different stuff all the time. It's hard not to run there since their only a mile from my house but they ruined it and I pass the word when anyone ask about bike shops. I'll spend a few bucks more and pay for shipping for go to the other LBS that sells just new stuff. Plus he gave me an additude when I bought something from another local shop but when you close your store for a month every year I'm not going to wait until you open to buy what I need. I'll help local businesses when they help me.
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