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    Got an old Schwinn Impact MOS from the auction

    Had an auction a few weeks back. I was looking for an old cheap bike for rainy days/winter time riding to school. I picked up an old schwinn impact assuming it was a mid 90s relatively cheap nothing special bike. (Heck it could have been a wal-mart bike for all I knew) One of the main reasons I bought it was because it had a rack ($20) and planet bike fenders (I'm assuming at least $20) on it already. I paid $50. It was a bit expensive for that auction, and I was wondering why someone took it that high, but I was happy with my purchase (hey I got fenders and a rack out of it.)

    The bike itself is in pretty good shape. The tires are 100% gone. The sidewalls are just gone, and all you can see is thread. (Yes, THREAD, not tread.) But other than than everything is there.

    As I brought it home and was looking at it, I noticed a few things that a cheap bike (wal-mart) shouldn't have, so I go look it up.

    If I read it correctly, it turns out that these bikes were one of the last actual schwinn bikes (not the rebadged crap you buy at wal-mart now-a-day.) Is this true? The bike looks like this..

    Please excuse the lack of actually posting the picture, here's the link (and one of the only good pics of the bike I could find online)

    http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2301/2...ec66096aa8.jpg

    Anyway, I plan on fixing it up and getting it running well again and using it on some trails while riding with my GF (she's not very quick, so I shouldn't have much trouble keeping up with her on her brand new 29er, I think of it as a challenge) as well as using it as my winter bike.

    Are these bikes some of the last actual schwinn bikes? Did I pick it up for a decent amount? Any other comments?

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    Looks good. Definitley worth $50.00. Probably not a Chicago-Built Schwinn, but a good quality bike. Old MTBs make great all-around riders and last forever. Had a Schwinn Mirada from around the same era that I loved. Currently have a '95 Schwinn S 2 that I got from the junkman in trade for a bundle of copper wiring & a busted weedeater. Very good quality.

    Bought a trashed Varsity for $25.00. Sold the rack & seat for $40.00. Fixed up the bike with a set of 26" coaster rims & sold it for $160. You made a smart buy.

    Sorry Schwinn ever *****d out the name. Used to be a mark of quality or at least durability. Now it's been applied to some of the sorriest messes to balance on two wheels.
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    Looks like one of the Giant built Schwinns, good solid bike. I have several Giants from the late 80's early 90's and they are excellent bikes. If the picture you linked to is like the bike you bought, you got a very good deal. Good quality middle of the lineup bike.

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