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)
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?