I bought a used Schwinn two weeks ago and I really like it, I'm not sure how old it is, but it rides very well and everything works good. I consider the craftmanship pretty good, at least it is the best bike I have yet to own.
I have been looking for a bike for my wife, she wants a Schwinn, because she likes mine. And remembers them as a kid in the 70's.
Neither of us have ridden in years, like 20 plus years. But we really want to do a little riding together. It will not be every week, but as often as we can get away. I have been looking at a few used bikes, and talked to a couple of people on the phone, I thought I wanted to buy a used bike in good shape like mine. But I checked out a couple of new Schwinns in a local department store tonight on the way home, I thought they looked pretty good. But I hear a lot of people saying not to buy bikes from Wal-mart or K-mart. But I am not seeing that much difference in the older used bikes and these new ones, and price wize new looks pretty good.
What am I missing? I don't know much about bikes, but I know we will not be hard on them, no "off road" or rough riding. I can't imagine putting 100 miles a year on them at this point. Am I going to regret a "lower end" (High Timber)Schwinn from a department store?