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1983 Schwinn Traveler - good idea?

Old 06-09-17, 06:38 PM
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1983 Schwinn Traveler - good idea?

So a local ad has what I believe is a 1983 Schwinn Traveler for sale. They're asking $40 and it appears to be in fair condition. Is it worth it? Have I found a good deal?


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It occurred to me after posting to expound on what I would use it for.

I'm looking for a bike to take on short rides several times a week on roads and on paved trails. I'd also like to use it to go to the store a mile away.

I live in the suburbs in the Atlanta metro area where it's very hilly. The listing is in Sandy Springs.

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Old 06-09-17, 07:04 PM
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First of all, that's a very large bike so be sure it's the right size. And make sure the seat post isn't stuck. Other than that, if it feels like it's riding straight and you can get through the gears, it's certainly worth that much.
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Should be pretty well suited for what you're wanting to do with it. These are pretty low end bikes but $40 is still a good deal for one in this shape. Couple of things to consider:

-This is a taller bike for someone over 6 foot tall. You'll want to make sure it fits.

-You'll likely have to spend money replacing some of the consumable parts. I'd expect it to need new tires and a chain. I wouldn't be surprised if those foam bar grips start falling apart once this bike starts getting used regularly again. And if there are any issues with the braking or shifting, new cables are likely in order. None of these are deal-breakers IMO, just things you can expect.
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Old 06-09-17, 07:24 PM
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Ah, thank you for pointing out that size. I'm not great at eyeballing it. Unfortunately, as much as I'd like it, I am not 6 foot.
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If it's still available while you're asking about it here, then you live in a bike dead zone. For 40 Bucks I would be all over that in a heartbeat, and it IS my size. I have a couple of World Sports (25 in. Frame) and some people like to malign Schwinn but the Traveler is a miniscule step above a World Sport. Low end? Well that depends. When I got my first WS It was a big step up for me and it turned out it is a very good bike. The Traveler should be no different and would be very solid and dependable for what you want it to do for you.
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Old 06-11-17, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
First of all, that's a very large bike so be sure it's the right size. And make sure the seat post isn't stuck. Other than that, if it feels like it's riding straight and you can get through the gears, it's certainly worth that much.
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Should be pretty well suited for what you're wanting to do with it. These are pretty low end bikes but $40 is still a good deal for one in this shape. Couple of things to consider:

-This is a taller bike for someone over 6 foot tall. You'll want to make sure it fits.

-You'll likely have to spend money replacing some of the consumable parts. I'd expect it to need new tires and a chain. I wouldn't be surprised if those foam bar grips start falling apart once this bike starts getting used regularly again. And if there are any issues with the braking or shifting, new cables are likely in order. None of these are deal-breakers IMO, just things you can expect.
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If it's still available while you're asking about it here, then you live in a bike dead zone. For 40 Bucks I would be all over that in a heartbeat, and it IS my size. I have a couple of World Sports (25 in. Frame) and some people like to malign Schwinn but the Traveler is a miniscule step above a World Sport. Low end? Well that depends. When I got my first WS It was a big step up for me and it turned out it is a very good bike. The Traveler should be no different and would be very solid and dependable for what you want it to do for you.
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I'm still considering at least checking it out. It's in great shape for the price.

I think it's a bike dead zone because I'm pretty far out in the suburbs on the cusp of the boonies and our roads (and drivers) aren't very bike friendly. Closer to the city, they're much more accommodating.

I think, though, that a lot of vintage goodies can be found out this way.
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I'm still considering at least checking it out. It's in great shape for the price.
I think, though, that a lot of vintage goodies can be found out this way.
What I meant by dead zone was that the CL bike market must be slow. I am near Chicago and a 40 Schwinn is gonna sell quick...

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Originally Posted by mightymax View Post
What I meant by dead zone was that the CL bike market must be slow. I am near Chicago and a 40 Schwinn is gonna sell quick...

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Ah, well it certainly feels slow on the buyer end.

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That's a nice bike!!!

I was out scouting for my next donor bike for parts for my Le Tour and, stumbled across a 80 something world. It's tall just like yours. I could tell it had been sitting around a long time. The picture I saw of it looked rusty but, it ended up being dirt. Dry rotted tires all the tell tale signs of storage. I paid $70.Worst of all it's a 10 speed. As luck would have it in my donor pile was 6 speed free wheel now it's a 12!!!! Yea!!!
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ATL CL looks like a pretty tired bike market. The cheap bikes seem to be all half MSRP big box trash. But if you're looking for a grocery getter and local trail rider for a hilly area, then old mountain bikes are worth considering.

Whoever is trying to sell this titled the ad "Vintage Stella Italia" and they're trying to sell it with the child seat: both decent disguises for a decent quality, name brand bike.

~1987 Specialized Street Stomper- $50 (Grant Park)

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/bik/6158813249.html


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Originally Posted by Clang View Post
ATL CL looks like a pretty tired bike market. The cheap bikes seem to be all half MSRP big box trash. But if you're looking for a grocery getter and local trail rider for a hilly area, then old mountain bikes are worth considering.

~1987 Specialized Street Stomper- $50 (Grant Park)

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/bik/6158813249.html

I've been eyeing that one. There's a Nishiki Olympic 12 I've been eyeing, too. I've been paralyzed trying to figure out what I want to do.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/bik/6164588977.html

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Stop eyeing the Street Stomper and go buy that one right now. That's a $100+ bike with $40+ in accessories for $50. Resell the kid seat and bags and the bike is basically free.

Originally Posted by bicyclebunny View Post
I'm looking for a bike to take on short rides several times a week on roads and on paved trails. I'd also like to use it to go to the store a mile away.

I live in the suburbs in the Atlanta metro area where it's very hilly. The listing is in Sandy Springs.
This is like exactly what that Street Stomper was designed for. The bags make it perfect.
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Originally Posted by bicyclebunny View Post
I've been paralyzed trying to figure out what I want to do.
I'm not in love with that Nishiki. I'd say maybe use your paralysis to your advantage and wait for something nice to pop up. Maybe give the Street Stomper a test ride though. If you don't like it, then you'll be able to cross "80's MTB off the list.

How tall are you? What's your budget?
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Originally Posted by 9volt View Post
Stop eyeing the Street Stomper and go buy that one right now. That's a $100+ bike with $40+ in accessories for $50. Resell the kid seat and bags and the bike is basically free.



This is like exactly what that Street Stomper was designed for. The bags make it perfect.
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I'm not in love with that Nishiki. I'd say maybe use your paralysis to your advantage and wait for something nice to pop up. Maybe give the Street Stomper a test ride though. If you don't like it, then you'll be able to cross "80's MTB off the list.

How tall are you? What's your budget?
I think I'd like to wait for the market to pick back up. I've got my junker to work on in the meantime.

I'm 5'7" with 33.5" leg length. I'd like to pay around the 50 dollar mark, but I'm willing to go up to 100 maybe 120. I like 10 and 12 speeds in general. I don't need anything new or shiny. Something functional and/or something I can work on/tinker with is good.
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Budget-stretching. 21" frame might be a little small for you.

1983 SCHWINN SUPER SPORT - $140 (ALPHARETTA/CUMMING)

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/bik/6161591296.html



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