Did I get a good deal?
A buddy of mine from a few years ago, whom I don't really keep in contact with for various reasons, called me last night and asked if I buy bikes. I said, "Yea, if they are what I am looking for." He, who has no bike knowledge what so ever, told me that he moved into a new apartment and the last owner left a bunch of stuff and did not want it anymore. Namely, a bike that had been locked to the railing outside of his apartment door. He told me the bike was a Schwinn Worldtour, and had no other info except, "it has skinny tires and funny handlebars."
I went to see it today, and realized it hadn't been rode in months .. it had a thick layer of dirt and dust all over it. The bike's frame was beautiful and even the wheels, at first, looked awful. He said he had no knowledge all for bikes and I basically told him that it might need new tires, and probably some work on the brakes, etc and told him I'd give him $40 for it.
I took it home, and spent an hour cleaning it with a rag and some Simple Green. I put air in the tires, and fixed the wheel alignment and took it for a spin around the block. From what I can gather, it needs a good tune up (chain lubed up, brakes tightened and some new brake pads), and I need to wrap the handle bars but besides that, all seems in great working order!
Here are some shots of it. What do you guys think?