Hey guys, My name is Dave and I live in Buffalo, NY. I haven't had a bike for the past decade or so and I'm psyched to have just picked one up today. It's an early 70's Schwinn Continental 10 speed. I have been looking for an affordable old 10 or 12 speed and was weary of buying this one until I saw stringbreaker's red beauty on this site. I knew It would be a good choice. I rode it for about an hour tonight and am back in love with cycling. I have tons of questions and will post more info/pics in the appropriate section, but here's a teaser. I look forward to meeting you guys and hopefully being an asset to the site!
I grew up near Union & Genesee. Maryvale, Class of '80.
I have a Varsity of similar vintage, got it from the city dump for free, it just needed new tires. I took the drop bars off and put on upright tourist bars, but I still have to run the cables. Chicago Schwinns weigh a ton but they're pretty much bomb-proof. That's a good place to start. Keep your eyes open, you can probably move up. Of my four regular riders, I got the Varsity out of the dump, a Raleigh Marathon out of a dumpster, and a Nishiki hybrid & Raleigh 3-speed at a garage sale at our church. Total outlay of less than $200 for the basic bikes, and none of them needed major work.
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