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Old 09-11-09, 04:30 PM
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Upgrading a schwinn prelude

I bought this bike about a year ago because I was tired of the mountain bike I was using to get around campus, and I wanted something dirt cheap. Knowing what I know about bikes now, I would have saved for just a little while longer and gotten something much nicer. But whatever, what's done is done.

What I'd like to do with it now is upgrade to a nice, used groupset. I've been looking at the shimano 105 and ultegra sets on ebay, and it looks like I could get something of decent quality without spending too much.

The only thing holding me back is whether or not everything will be compatible. The gearset on the bike now is very low end shimano junk (handle bar shifters), but I'm assuming that the cassette and bottom bracket will fit because it will be a shimano-shimano upgrade. I just want to confirm that.

I've been riding a lot more than just A to B lately (about 400 miles this summer), which prompted me to look into upgrading. Thoughts on what I propose?
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Old 09-11-09, 05:55 PM
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This the Schwinn Prelude you're talking about? If it is, I honestly think your time would be better spend elsewhere. Look on your local craigslist for a nice used road bike, you will get a much better deal for your money than trying to upgrade that Schwinn.
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This the Schwinn Prelude you're talking about? If it is, I honestly think your time would be better spend elsewhere. Look on your local craigslist for a nice used road bike, you will get a much better deal for your money than trying to upgrade that Schwinn.
+1 If that is what you have, you have a low end Target bike. Better off putting your money into a nicer bike.

The really good news if you are patient, for the price of a component group on ebay, you should be able to find a good complete bike on Craigs List. Patience will be rewarded.

Whenever I am looking to upgrade components, I just look for complete bikes and do a component swap, and then sell the one I don't want. Swapping good parts onto a Target bike does not make sense.

Now if you had a vintage Schwinn Prelude, with the nice Columbus Tenax frame, you would have something worth an upgrade.
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Yeah I know it's a little silly, but I just want something to hold me over for a while without breaking the bank (saving for grad school.) I would be spending less than $200 on this, so I would most likely be getting a 105 group. The frame is solid (albeit a little heavy), so it wouldn't be as crappy of a bike with a 105 group. Not to mention doing this upgrade would give me some experience that will be useful when I can afford to fork out a grand or two for a bike.

So, are all shimano cassettes and brackets interchangeable? Is there a way to check if it'll work with my bike?
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I still recommend a serious search for a complete used bike. I picked up this Giant in ready to ride condition for less than your budget off C/L about a month ago. Its a 1995, the last year for a lugged cromoly frame for this model, 7 speed Shimano RSX brifters and components. (I am kind of partial to lugged steel frames.)

There are a lot of advantages to buying a complete bike. Two of them are:

1. You can sell your current bike in ready to ride condition, and recoup part of or even most of your cost.

2. You don't have to worry about component compatibility (will this part fit, bottom bracket spindle length, etc). There are a lot of details on components which can trip you up.

A third option is to buy a donor bike. I picked up a Trek 1400 with a broken frame (yes, I knew it was broken, and it was priced accordingly). Bike came complete: wheels, brifters, chain, derailleurs, seat post, handlebar, stem, bottom bracket, cassette, etc. When you buy a bike like that, you know all of the parts match each other. Bike came with RX100 components, 8 speed as I recall.




My current keeper fleet (all lugged steel frame bikes):

Giant Kronos
Trek 950
Lotus Classique
Miyata 215 ST
Colnago Master Lite

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