Ok. So I have decided build a free/fixed as a bike to get around town for the summer. I have two choices for the frame I'll start with and I need your help deciding which.
The red bike is a Schinn World Tourist that my dad bought in the 80's sometime that has been sitting in the garage and would be free for me.
The yellow bike is also a Schwinn that a friend got in a deal with another bike. I can pick that up for about 50 or 60 bucks.
The yellow one is a road bike (has spots for downtube shifters), the red a touring. But from what I see the geometry is very similar. I noticed on the yellow bike that the top and downtubes are closer together where they hit the headtube than they are on the red bike, but not significantly. Looking at my 06 Trek road bike, they are very close.
My main concern is weight. The red one appears to be newer than the yellow one, judging by decals (80s vs 70s I think). But at the same time, the red one has butted joints and the tubing is minutely thicker. I guess what I want to know is will the technological advancements due to it being newer cancel out the extra weight of it being a touring bike with butted joints etc? I don't know the exact year for the bikes, but I did include pictures.
I'm thinking the yellow one might be a little better. But is the difference in weight/geometry good enough to merit spending 50 or 60 bucks on it? The red one is free. Keep in mind I'm going to change most of the stuff on either of them, so I'm really just talking about the frames. I didn't want to take them both apart and weigh them if someone here had a more educated answer.
Pics, think in terms of frames. The yellow one has my Trek 1500 front wheel on it and is a single with drop bars and no fenders, so I know overall it looks more appealing:
Sorry I didn't resize the pics. I wanted to show as much detail as possible.