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College kid looking for his first bike. What do you guys think of this Schwinn World?

Old 10-30-15, 11:33 AM
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College kid looking for his first bike. What do you guys think of this Schwinn World?

Hey guys, I'm looking for my first bike since I've gotten into college. I've found a few on Craigslist that I like but at the moment it boils down to a Nishiki and a Schwinn World. I have absolutely no experience with road bikes and I just wanted to get someone's opinion.

Schwinn: Schwinn World Sport Road Bike,12 speed, 58cm frame

Nishiki: Nishiki road bike PRICE CUT

What do you guys think/recommend?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-30-15, 11:48 AM
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What did you ride before? Will these bikes fit? How tall are you?
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The Nishiki doesn't look half bad. It looks like it's in good shape, and if it is, I'd offer a bit less since it's been on for almost two weeks and see if the seller goes for it.

See it and make sure it fits, and listen for any noises from the bearing bits (wheel hubs, bottom bracket, rear derailleur). Ask when was the last time the bearings were serviced.

In my experience, fit and baseline condition are most important if you're new to road bikes or biking in general. Over time you'll figure out more precisely what you want from cycling, so it's good that you're looking to dedicate only a small amount of money at this point.

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I'm 5'11. So I should probably fit the 58cm Schwinn. The nishiki is 56cm but I'm not sure if I'll fit it well.

Do you think the prices are reasonable?
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I'm 5'11 and ride 56cm. But I have stumpy troll legs.
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Thanks for the advice! If I got it for 140-150 would it be worth the price and do you think it's a good beginners bike?
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Haha I have pretty long legs but I'm not too worried about being able to fit on it.
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You're probably in the 56-58cm range, so each bike has a chance at fitting. Assuming it fit I'd make a cash offer, in person, of $140 and get the Nishiki.

The World Sport is a decent bike but looks rough and is overpriced in its current condition.
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Thanks for the advice! If I got it for 140-150 would it be worth the price and do you think it's a good beginners bike?
I'd start at $120 so you have room to go up and negotiate. Again, though, like MRT2 says, make sure the bike fits and feels right. There are plenty of resources on the web to give you advice on the right bike fit, so read a couple of those before checking it out.

I think it would be a fine starter bike if it's in decent shape. Like I said in my edited post above, over time you'll figure out if this is basic transportation or if it becomes a hobby, where you start to care about things like the tubing manufacturer and a component's period correctness.
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IMHO, keep looking for a 58cm bike and skip the WS.


Buy this, put some 1.5 inch road slicks on it and you have the cat's pajamas.

lotus mtb

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Old 10-30-15, 02:14 PM
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He sold the Lotus this morning (someone here?) - I called and was going to paypal him the money & then drive up from Miami! DAM&!
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https://ocala.craigslist.org/bik/5252169934.html

This is another listing for the nishiki. Looks pretty good for that price, assuming everything mechanical works as it should.
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Hmm. The pictures are both the same for both of the posts.
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My only problem with these listing is the price. It isn't that the price is out of line for a ready to ride bike. But these bikes are more than 30 years old and even if someone went to the effort to put some fresh bar tape on and clean it up a little, it doesn't mean it won't need a little bit of work. And while these bikes are pretty easy to repair, those repair bills add up. And it isn't such a bargain if your $160 special winds up costing you $260 or $300.

I agree with oddjob2. Instead of looking for 30 or 35 year old 10 speeds, maybe focus on 15 to 20 year old hybrids or hardtail mountain bikes (no suspension).
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Originally Posted by jumpman23 View Post
Hmm. The pictures are both the same for both of the posts.
Yup, it's the same bike just another posting.
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Get the Nishiki....well worth 160......
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Originally Posted by jumpman23 View Post
I'm 5'11. So I should probably fit the 58cm Schwinn. The nishiki is 56cm but I'm not sure if I'll fit it well.

Do you think the prices are reasonable?
I think you'll want to hold out for a 58cm, 57cm at the smallest depending on your inseam. I am 6'1" and vintage 58s are a hair small. I spend a lot on stems and seat posts on every one of these I build. Unless your legs are shorter than average, a vintage 58 will likely be perfect for you.

I keep specifying vintage because modern geometry 58s with the top tube sloping up ride bigger. They're perfect for me.

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