Join Date: Jun 2007
Bikes: 2012 Salsa Casseroll, 1997 Bianchi Advantage, 1994 Trek 930.
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I had that yellow Schwinn when I was in middle and high school, from about 7th to 9th or 10th grade. After that, I bought an early 80s Nishiki which was a better bike in every way.
The Schwinn Varsity is heavy. and it has Steel wheels, which is not the best both for accelerating, climbing, and braking. Worth considering for $80 or less as a bad weather commuter or beater that you wouldn't care if it were stolen, but not worth $180 as your modern Giant is a better bike in every way. The Schwinn is likely a lot slower and heavier than your Giant. And it might need some work. If you have to spend $100 on replacement parts and/or repairs, you are really in a world of hurt.
Save a few more bucks and get a real road bike. If you like C & V, at least look for something with aluminum alloy wheels and downtube rather than stem shifters.
Last edited by MRT2; 02-25-14 at 12:00 PM.