Hello from Wisconsin. What is this bike?
I am looking for some info on this bike. When I was a kid I grew up on a Schwinn Caliente. I loved that awful bike but I grew out of it as it was like a 16" frame. When i went shopping for my next road bike in 1996 I had been "priced out" of the market as most road bikes were in the 1k+ range. Lot's of money to a 16 year old...I bought a Trek 850 at that time, and I've put a lot of miles on it. Anyway, the thought came to me last week that I really missed having a road bike and getting that I'm a bit doughy lately I thought it might be a good time to start riding again. I meant to air up my tires last week but realized I didn't have an air pump anymore... and a terribly long and boring story short, someone was selling a road bike at work this week. 21" frame, so good for my height, Mongoose brand, which I knew had been "good" years earlier, and other "stuff" that led me to believe this is a mid range or higher end bike than what is sold in the big box stores. That said, I donno much about it. The guy I bought it from was second owner, and there is no model number or anything I can make out on the frame to give me more info. I have searced all over the 'net and mostly only find mountain bikes and hybrids, and a lot of kids bikes, but very few road bikes with the designation.
heres a pic:
The frame is alumninum,marked "7005."
The front fork is Chromoly
it has a campagnolo 16 speed gear set - which seems like it needs a little refurb. I think the lines may be stretched or something? Other than that the operation is smooth, the gears are not chipped (like they are on my mtn bike which I beat the crap out of growing up ) and are clean and smooth. The bike is definetely well cared for, but I would like a little more information about it.
Anyway! Im not much of a biker anymore but hopefully I will get back into the habit, as when I was I loved it. And my girlfriend loved me more cuz I didn't have this spare tire
fixed for the long haul
Originally Posted by thefirebuilds
Welcome! Looks like you located it. And now you see the new price several years ago. So, even in good condition you really don't want to pay much over say $150 IMHO. But if it fits you, it looks absolutely perfect for getting back into road biking. You'll get a ton of miles out of it and then move up to something more modern and serious.
If you do buy it, you should take it to a bike shop first and check that everything is in good working order. And do buy a pump -- with a psi gauge on it. Keeping the tires up to pressure and the chain clean and lightly lubed are the two most important things to keep the bike working correctly.
If you haven't bought it yet, you may want to go on craigslist in your area and compare it to similar bikes.
Happy riding! Wisconsin, I imagine, is great cycling country.
Originally Posted by 40 Cent
it is great cycling country like 3 months out of 12.