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Your Schwinns seem to have the cheapest components installed, so they might not be very durable. But that doesn't necessarily mean they're going to fall apart on you right away - if you haven't ridden them much, they might have life left in them. I suspect that wheels might be a weak spot in such cheap bike. You could take them to a bike shop, see what they think. I'm not a big fan of buying a bike and upgrading everything, I'd rather buy a new bike and have two =). Saddle and pedals are exceptions - but if you're buying a new bike, they should give you a better deal on them.
As to new bikes, I've heard good things about Unibikes (http://www.unibike.pl/
) - as bikes designed by cyclists rather than bean counters. But I've never seen one in person, so take it with a grain of salt.
If your heart is set on a Wheeler, I'd rather be looking at their trekking line - x700; I'd want rack and fenders.
As to comfort, I find that suspended fork / seatpost plus padded saddle / shorts work for me on short distances (20 miles?); past that I feel much better on a hard saddle and steel rigid fork. But that takes getting used to, and is very subjective in any case.
Below is the list of Unibike dealers in Poznan, taken from their website. I'm sure these shops sell other brands as well, so at least you should have some choice now.
Best of luck
Os.J.III Sobieskiego paw.bl.26
Tel.: 61/823-51-26 61/823-51-26
ABC SPORT S.C.
PPH KRIS Krzysztof Slezak
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