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    Schwinn Varsity Question

    I'm looking at a Schwinn Varsity for $130. It has new tires grips and seems cleaned up. Is this worth it? Thanks in advanced!

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    Rather high for those boat anchors.. [though there may be a collector out there that sees it as cheap.]
    unless they swapped out the steel rims for aluminum.. picture suggests no..

    But pragmatically, they are sturdy, and easy to fix..
    just wont stop without a long advanced warning..

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    A bit high-priced, but it'll last forever. It's never going to go down in value.
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    What everybody else said. Price seems a little high (I bought one for my college GF in about 1972 for ~$100), and it's a tank, but you can ride it for 50 years.

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    Same answers in your Huffy thread apply here.
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    I like 'em and if it fit me I would buy it. You won't win races with it but its not slow either and they are very smooth riding bikes. I like mine!

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    I don't know what market you are in, but you can get a lot more for your money than a varsity in my market.
    http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/3173287799.html
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    Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike

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    Dan Miller,
    Why not state your budget, what you want the bike to do, the size that you need, and the city/market that you're in? That way, the BF members can scour YOUR craigslist and make recommendations. If you're stuck at the $125-130 range, you'll need to act fast to pick up the best bike for your money. You will have local competition, and won't have the luxury of asking a forum for advice - you'll have to move out.

    Budget =
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    These would help as the place to start a thread. Several people like Schwinn bikes, but those folks would target a little higher in the Schwinn lineup for good value. I prefer Fujis, and consistently find good riding bikes in your price range - these turn out to be excellent bikes. Others like French bikes from the late 70s and early-to-mid 80s like Motobecane or Peugeot. Still others prefer Japanese made Bianchis from the 1980s.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rellimnad View Post
    I'm looking at a Schwinn Varsity for $130. It has new tires grips and seems cleaned up. Is this worth it? Thanks in advanced!

    schwinn varsity.jpg
    Maybe.

    If, for some reason, you have always wanted to own a Schwinn Varsity or if you have some emotional attachment to Varsity that color, it's a good deal.

    If you're just looking for a bike to ride, I think that you could probably do better for a 30 year old bike.

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    Agree with Phil and Retro. I was given a shiny new Varsity when I turned 13, and rode it everywhere including delivering newspapers for a few years until it was stolen. Being aware of wet brakes is thus second nature, so I might not inadvertently fly through the stop sign when others would. I appreciate the geometry with very stable handling, appreciate the durability. They're easy to work on, and often don't need much more than tires and cleaning and fresh grease and maybe some new bearing balls. However, you can find high-quality bikes in that $-range that are at least 10 pounds lighter and have aluminum wheels. Not quite as easy to work on, but much more satisfactory as an everyday rider.

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    Mixte frames have no value whatsoever on resale. Keep looking.
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    Looking through my local C-list ads produced this:

    http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/3188447830.html



    $149.00 for a Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo. Looks like it'll need tires. Old mountain bikes make great all around bikes when street tires are installed. This is just an example. Figure out what you really want to do with your bike, set a budget, gather info.
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