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Old 05-28-05, 11:38 PM   #1
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Schwinn S30 Bike

what do you all think of the Schwinn S30? and what upgrades can i do this bike?
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...00000001245810
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Old 05-29-05, 12:00 AM   #2
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People are going to tell you to avoid anything from a big store and to go to a bike shop. Perhaps the biggest advantage of doing so is that a bike you purchase at a bike shop will be correctly assembled. They will also fit a bike to you (choose the correct frame size and set seat height and perhaps change the stem). This bike, or any other bike from Wal-Mart, isn't worth upgrading, and you won't find a decent full suspension anywhere near this price range. However, (assuming you want a mountainbike) you can get a nice hardtail (no rear suspension) to start out on. The Specialized Hardrock is a popular choice. You can also find higher-end used bikes for sale. As far as upgrades go, I recommend riding it and changing out the saddle and things like that if you don't like them. However, I wouldn't bother with major upgrades on a lower end bike unless things broke. A nice fork, for example, will cost as much or even more than the entire bike itself. It makes more sense to start out on a nicer bike instead.
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..........ahh i don't have the money. all i can do is small upgrades everyonce in a while. i don't have 1000$ to buy a nice bike. this bike is for riding to work and riding trails.......realy fast
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Old 05-29-05, 12:22 AM   #4
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You don't have to spend $1000 for a decent bike from a bike shop. Plus, you're better off buying a hardtail for that much. That so called "full suspension" would just make you look like a pogo stick with wheels when you "ride trails... really fast."

But if you're really set on that bike, then no one here will change your mind. Do you need the bike now? Maybe you can just save the money for those future upgrades you have a planned and get a nicer bike to begin with?
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Old 05-29-05, 12:34 AM   #5
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like what?
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Old 05-29-05, 03:22 PM   #6
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For that price you could get a great used hardtail. Trust me, I learned the hard way that department store bikes stink after being stranded up in the mountains and having to walk home (took 4 hours). A bike like that will last you around <500 miles or so before totally and utterly falling appart.

There is tons of excellent used mountain bikes to be found. Look for name brands like Specialized, Cannondale, Iron Horse, Trek, Giant, Kona, Marin, and Fuji. You definitely don't need to spend a lot to get a good bike, just as long as you shop around. Also check out all of the local bike stores in your area. Lots of times they have bikes left over from years past that they sell for really cheap. Plus the LBS might service it for you, give you good advice, and hey, you might make a couple of friends.

Nothing shameful in used stuff. My neighbor was giving a roadbike to goodwill and offered it to me first. $100 worth of maintinence and I have a totally reliable, safe bike that I have already put several thousand miles on. (Just a little sidenote, in the mid-90's Schwinn went under and was bought by Pacific Cycles who converted them into a cheapo bike company so they could use the name. My Schwinn has a hand-crafted steel-lugged frame built in Chicago. The ones now are being churned out by the millions by below-minimum-wage workers in China.)

If you definitely want that bike, I suggest you don't take it offroad. Also, don't buy anything from WalMart/K-Mart/Target that has full suspension. Even if you are willing to spend around $700-800, a hardtail is still a better deal, and for trail riding in general, FS is pretty useless.

Here's some good links to try to talk you out of your descision:
http://www.dirtragmag.com/print/article.php?ID=657
http://www.bikesrnottoys.com/

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Old 05-29-05, 03:58 PM   #7
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im not going to buy it....... i quit but im going to buy this intead http://www.google.magicmicro.com/pmoreinfo.asp?iid=531

and im going to sit here for the rest of my free time. @_@
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Old 05-29-05, 04:16 PM   #8
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Nice graphics card. My friends got it. Works nice for Half Life 2... I got the NVidia equivalent to it.

I'm not trying to talk you out of buying a bike. I'm just talking you out of buying THAT bike. The Schwinn costs $237, and is not a good bike. A good used hardtail will cost you that, and maybe less. If anything you would get a better bike, for less money and continue to ride long after you get frustrated with your WalMart bike. It will take time, and patience, but is well worth it. Check out your LBS, and good luck on your search!

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Buy used, you'll get a decent bike that will last longer and be more worthy of upgrades.
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I saw a several Treks for the same money at a bike shop in Columbia SC a couple of weeks ago. Sure, they're not like the expensive mountain bikes, but they're still a quality product that will last you for several years.

The big difference between the Wal-Mart Schwinn and an inexpensive bike shop Trek is that (1) the folks at the bike shop will help you select a bike that will fit you properly, (2) they'll give you advice on how to ride the bike safely and how to maintain it properly and (3) they'll be there to help you if you have any problems with it in the future.

I'm sure you can find a similar deal where you live.
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I have an old Shwinn, S-30 frame and swing arm, in my shop. I got it out the other day and am thinking about a mild build. The frame is very solid. Im not much one for a bike shop. When I was riding it, it fit me well. It was only when I outgrew its walmart abilities that I started breaking things. I have some rock shox that will fit, I bought a pair of Rhyno wheels so that I could add disk brakes. I am also talking to a man about a set of 8 speed gears. Have I totally lost my mind? Or can This thing be salvaged? I only ride trails, I dont do any down hill, high speed stuff.At 50 years old Im out to pasture, but some of my riding is pretty demanding. My other bike is fine and operates well, I just got a wild hare to do this.
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I have an old Shwinn, S-30 frame and swing arm, in my shop. ....
Yes. Whatever bike the OP bought is old now too. Probably about seven years old...... :>D
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I have an old Shwinn, S-30 frame and swing arm, in my shop. I got it out the other day and am thinking about a mild build. The frame is very solid. Im not much one for a bike shop. When I was riding it, it fit me well. It was only when I outgrew its walmart abilities that I started breaking things. I have some rock shox that will fit, I bought a pair of Rhyno wheels so that I could add disk brakes. I am also talking to a man about a set of 8 speed gears. Have I totally lost my mind? Or can This thing be salvaged? I only ride trails, I dont do any down hill, high speed stuff.At 50 years old Im out to pasture, but some of my riding is pretty demanding. My other bike is fine and operates well, I just got a wild hare to do this.
If you can get parts for free or close to it, why not. It will probably be a heavy POS no matter what, but it's your time and money. Might wanna ask in the mechanics forum. I also would venture to guess that it would be OK to start a new thread...
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