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    Ok I just started up road cycling for the first time after some time in Mountain/Off-Road bikes. My only road bike is a I don't know what year Schwinn Worldsport (which I figure is a bargin bike back in the day) my friend gave to me. I have pics if anyone can figure out for me.

    My question is I did a search and found out what to buy with $500-600 dollars (The money I have right now) or stink with my Worldsport for a year and pick up a $1500-3000 then?

    Thanks, and welcome from a military man.
    Last edited by oneprouddaddy; 08-25-04 at 01:47 AM. Reason: time to upgrade
    New to road cycling, made the switch from off road mountain/downhill.

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    Can you ride the Schwinn to see if it fits?
    It's not a fancy bike, but if it fits,I like your Plan B.
    That will also give you plenty of time to read up
    on different bikes, take some test rides, and come to
    a careful decision.

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    Is the Worldsport friction shifting? If it is, then it is an older bike. I have a Schwinn Traveler with 7 speed index rear and a double up front = 14 speed. I bought this bike used about a month ago to fix up and ride during days it may rain and this winter, kind of a back up bike. There is nothing wrong with a Schwinn, other than it is a bit heavy - about 4lbs more than my main road bike. Four pounds is nothing to me since I'm overweight by a lot more than that.

    Use the Schwinn as a backup and get a new one. I would wait a bit more, and watch for sales. If I were in the market for a bike, I would get a Raleigh Professional w/Shimano Ultegra $1,095 or other steel bike from www.gvhbikes.com. Ultegra is more than you will ever need and for a grand, that's a great deal. Otherwise I would pick up a used Lemond 853 steel bike like a Zurich.

    My main bike is a cyclocross / light touring bike - that way I can use it more multiple purposes - cyclocross, touring or road - depending on the tires I put on and can add a rear rack for light touring. I can go up to a 38mm tire I believe. I currently have 25mm and ride on the road only. I did have 35mm and was on pavement as well as rail trails and dirt roads.

    Do some research about bikes - you'll see that steel is real and is coming back in favor over alum, carbon is hot but I don't know how long it will hold up for a heavier guy like me, where steel and Ti will last forever. My main bike is Ti, the Schwinn is Steel (Cro-mo). Also think about what you want to do with the bike and how many bikes you can have. I wanted a bike that can do different things, that is why I bought a multi-purpose bike as my main bike.

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    thanks markm and late thats some useful info.
    New to road cycling, made the switch from off road mountain/downhill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markm109
    Is the Worldsport friction shifting? If it is, then it is an older bike. I have a Schwinn Traveler with 7 speed index rear and a double up front = 14 speed. I bought this bike used about a month ago to fix up and ride during days it may rain and this winter, kind of a back up bike. There is nothing wrong with a Schwinn, other than it is a bit heavy - about 4lbs more than my main road bike. Four pounds is nothing to me since I'm overweight by a lot more than that.

    Use the Schwinn as a backup and get a new one. I would wait a bit more, and watch for sales. If I were in the market for a bike, I would get a Raleigh Professional w/Shimano Ultegra $1,095 or other steel bike from www.gvhbikes.com. Ultegra is more than you will ever need and for a grand, that's a great deal. Otherwise I would pick up a used Lemond 853 steel bike like a Zurich.

    My main bike is a cyclocross / light touring bike - that way I can use it more multiple purposes - cyclocross, touring or road - depending on the tires I put on and can add a rear rack for light touring. I can go up to a 38mm tire I believe. I currently have 25mm and ride on the road only. I did have 35mm and was on pavement as well as rail trails and dirt roads.

    Do some research about bikes - you'll see that steel is real and is coming back in favor over alum, carbon is hot but I don't know how long it will hold up for a heavier guy like me, where steel and Ti will last forever. My main bike is Ti, the Schwinn is Steel (Cro-mo). Also think about what you want to do with the bike and how many bikes you can have. I wanted a bike that can do different things, that is why I bought a multi-purpose bike as my main bike.

    Mark
    '03 Litespeed Blue-Ridge
    '01 Gary Fisher Tassajara
    '93 Schwinn Traveler
    not too sure but its a 9 speed
    New to road cycling, made the switch from off road mountain/downhill.

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    Upgrage - The point at which one becomes so mad at his current equipment that he storms out to upgrade it. Usually visible after a person has been passed on a hill by someone older or larger than him. Also known as "blame the bike" complex.

    Sorry to point out your spelling but I thought it was a funny combination of two words.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul L.
    Upgrage - The point at which one becomes so mad at his current equipment that he storms out to upgrade it. Usually visible after a person has been passed on a hill by someone older or larger than him. Also known as "blame the bike" complex.

    Sorry to point out your spelling but I thought it was a funny combination of two words.
    no problem so much for proof reading if you don't proof read your title, also did you know you can edit your message but not your title.
    New to road cycling, made the switch from off road mountain/downhill.

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    I'd hold onto the World Sport for a little while longer, and try to save around $1200, that'll get you a nice entry level road machine. My 1986 World Sport is now a single speed around towner, grociery getter. I wont get rid of it.

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