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Old 10-24-15, 04:32 PM
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Schwinn World Sport questions and year ID

My bike just got stolen so I'm in the market for a new one. I'm looking at this world sport:
https://providence.craigslist.org/bik/5270488496.html

In reading through other questions it looks like they late 80s WSs are better than the early 80s-- does anyone have a guess as to what year this one is?

Most of my riding is pretty casual-- I bike about a mile to work sometimes and other short neighborhood riding, and I bike 15-20 miles on the bike path occasionally. My stolen bike was a late 70s Schwinn suburban, which I loved but in reality was a little heavier/clunkier/slower than I would have liked and a huge pain whenever I had to carry it up and down any stairs (which is why it ended up locked in the backyard waiting to be stolen.)

Does this seem like a good fit for me? Is the price fair if it's in the described condition? Thanks!
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Old 10-24-15, 04:46 PM
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It's definitely a step up from the Suburban; price looks reasonable if the tires don't need replacement. Price varies a lot form town to town so who knows, but $125 won't get you anything decent at WalMart, so what the heck. Also search your local CL for peugeot, Nishiki, Motobecane mixtes, if your preferance is a step-through frame.

The Schwinn seller mentions steel rims but also quick release skewers on the hubs. Anything with a quick release hub is probably an alloy rim instead, which is better for both weight and braking. Steel rims will have the very shiny chrome look (and usually a little rust) about them, alloy will be a duller silver color. Looks like SunTour AR or ARx derailleurs, so that's pretty good stuff.
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Yep, it's an 85' and it has a 4130 ChroMo main tube frame. Those came with Dia-Compe 500 side pull brakes I think. Looks like it's in pretty good shape.
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Like others posted, 85. My wife had one that I changed into an upright rider- I thought it was a great around town and path bike.

The seat post and handlebars were steel, an easy switch to make if you want lighter aluminum.

Fully refurbished, it was really a solid bike for the money.

The only negative was the rear wheel was bolt on. Lame.

Very good price, assuming it's in the condition described since you wouldn't have to put money into it to start riding.
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Different model year and doesn't look like its as ready to ride.
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Oops, looks like I accidentally deleted the post above mstateglfr's. I also found this Craigslist listing: https://providence.craigslist.org/bik/5283307687.html which has what looks to me like a 1984 in rougher condition but going for only $40. How quickly would I eat up that $85 difference? I can do some of the work myself but don't know how to repack bearings, true wheels...
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Originally Posted by geegollygosh View Post

In reading through other questions it looks like they late 80s WSs are better than the early 80s-- does anyone have a guess as to what year this one is?
I had an 84 World Sport that was a good bike- nothing spectacular- but a good bike. Not too heavy, but quality throughout.

Realizing that the World Sport had been a hi-ten boat anchor a year or so previously is a big deal. A CrMo main frame and aluminum wheels make a big difference in a bike.

Best of luck!!
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Originally Posted by geegollygosh View Post
Oops, looks like I accidentally deleted the post above mstateglfr's. I also found this Craigslist listing: https://providence.craigslist.org/bik/5283307687.html which has what looks to me like a 1984 in rougher condition but going for only $40. How quickly would I eat up that $85 difference? I can do some of the work myself but don't know how to repack bearings, true wheels...
You could possibly blow through that $85 pretty fast. From the pictures it appears that '84 has a steel rear rim and it's possibly very rusty, either that or it has something on it but I've seen a lot of steel rims rusted just like that. The 3 speed in front of it has the same condition on the front wheel but the wheel is rotated so it isn't as apparent. If that IS rust that often happens when they sit in the same spot for a very long time in damp conditions. I've also seen it when a male cat decides the bike is part of it's territory. I'd say the '85 you first asked about is a better buy.
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$20 for good cables and housing, could be more if you wanted.
$15 per wheel to true.
$15 for bottom bracket wrench.
$5 for grease.
$5 for new balls to pack.
$8 for freewheel tool.

A few hours of work.

I would go for the ready to ride bike if it is legitimately well done.
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It's definitely a step up. They came with chromoly frames and aluminum wheels. This should make carrying the bike up the stairs much easier. I am in a similar situation. I switched from an all steel, very heavy bike to a Schwinn Worl Sport I also live on the second floor. Aside from being a lighter bike, it rides really well.
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