LOL for the overly dramatic title but I am curious what people think.
I know the mantra, do not buy xmart bikes. However I was prowling Criagslist and saw an ad for a 50 dollar Schwinn Tourist hybrid (a hybrid sold at Target for 250 dollars I guess). I figured if anything, the parts should be worth that much for use on other things.
So I meet the guy and check out the bike. The frame is solid. Paint is decent enough. The fork is solid and no play in the bearings.
However then the fun begins. The bottom bracket is really worn, lots of play. The rear wheel has a tiny bit of play in the bearings. The brake pads are worn out. The tires are okay. The rear wheel needs to be trued. The bike is dirty.
I tell the guy about all the problems and give him 20 bux. I got the bike last night.
Today I stopped at kmart (blech) just to see if they had brake pads, they have schwinn pads for 5 dollars per pair. Bought 2 sets. Brought the bike to my bike coop.
I then tore into the bottom bracket. Totally gone. The drive side caged bearing is still sort of there. The non-drive side cage is half gone. The balls are all gritty nasty. Threw it away. I happened to grab my spare cartridge bottom bracket leftover from an upgrade I did on my LBS hybird. I was thrilled when it was the same sizes (68mm and same spindle width). Threw that in and solved that problem. Cranks are nice and tight!
Loosened the cone and locknut on the rear axle and tightened it up some. Nice and smooth now.
Replaced all 4 brake pads and replaced one of the cables. Adjusted them. they work great now.
Bent the slightly bent rear derailleur hanger back into spec. Replaced the rear derailleur cable and the rear loop housing. Adjusted the low and high screws. Shifts great in the rear.
Adjusted the low and high screws in the front. Front now shifts great.
So at this point I now have a fully adjusted and lubed and ready to go bike for a cost of 20 dollars for the bike, 10 for the brake pads and 5 dollars for the hour of shop time. (i did the brakes and derailleur adjustments at home).
Oh yeah, I also replaced the steel handlebar with a spare slight riser alumium bar that I had.
My 22 year old sone saw it and wanted to know what I was going to do with it. I told him that I was thinking of flipping it ( 100 bux? ) or selling it to our friend for what I had it in . He said no and claimed it. LOL
SO I'm wondering, will this bike really end up being a garbage bike or willl it be okay? The frame seemed reasonably decent for what it was.