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Schwinn traveler III

Old 10-03-16, 01:53 AM
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Schwinn traveler III

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Got this for $60. Was I ripped off?
Should I just resell or fix and ride?
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Old 10-03-16, 02:40 AM
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$60 is ok, depending on the condition.
Your photo doesn't show much, but it looks like it is complete.

Look on the tires to see the size. I'm guessing 27 x 1 1/4. You should be able to get some new tires at your favorite department store. However, I'd ask what your goals with the bike are.

It would make a great city bike for short commutes around town.

Tires should be available at your local department store or bike shops, although you might want to look for some heavy duty puncture resistant tires if you're planning on riding the bike. The cost won't be that much more than your department store tires, and they should last much better.
Schwalbe Marathon 27 x 1 1/4
Panaracer Tour Guard 27 x 1 1/4
Gator Hardshell 27 x 1 1/4
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I only saw one photo, not enough info to offer any advice on that particular bike as condition is everything. It's unusual to find a vintage ride that doesn't need to be taken apart and relubed and need new brake pads and/or cables.

Good news is that none of the above is expensive if you have a few basic bike tools (bottom bracket removal tool, couple of cone wrenches, and freewheel tool). Total cost for these would be under $40 and you will have them to reuse if needed. Pads/Cables depending upon your preference, less than $15.

As for the tires listed, all will cost more than you paid for the bike. I suggest you look at:

Tires & Tubes - Tires - 27" - Page 1 - Niagara Cycle

Plenty of rubber selection.

I ordered these last year:

Vee Rubber 27x1 1/4 Wire Bead Smooth Road Tire

Believe it or not, I now have 1200 miles on them with no flats or no visible wear. Bit on the heavy side and slightly wider than typical 27 1 1/4 tires but for the price, I'm amazed at the performance.
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I don't think you were ripped off, you bouht the bike of your own free will. However, that being said, it is in pretty rough condition, I would have taken a pass.
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