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Old 04-10-18, 02:50 PM
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Schwinn Traveler from mid '80s 90$

Hey everyone,

I'm new to bike models in US and I am looking for road bikes which can help me commute/travel mid-range distances around 10-15 miles. I found someone ready to sell me the bike (model mentioned in title) for 90$. I would love some feedback from the more experienced riders here regarding the price vs model, durability and maintenance costs normally associated with this bike model for daily usage. I don't know the precise age of this model but the pictures are all I have for everyone here.


P.S. I did ride it to test it out. The brakes and gears seemed fine.
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Old 04-10-18, 04:35 PM
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The Travelers from 1980, '81, and '82 were all offered in Pearl Blue like this. It's the smallest (19") frame, but it's been configured for a taller rider with a long, mountain bike seatpost and a stem you should verify isn't past the minimum insertion point. May I ask how tall you are?

The good: it looks like someone upgraded the wheels to aluminum from the original steel rims. Fenders. New bar tape. Newer cables.

The bad: it's ultra banged-up. Lots of missing paint on the top tube and seat stays where the crude lock chipped at it. The thing looks tired. But hey- that could be good camouflage/ theft-protection in an urban environment. It has mismatched wheels, tires, and crank arms. A lot of these things are cosmetic and won't effect the way it rides, but they would still bug me.

Personally I think you could do better for $90, but that depends on your local market. Maybe bikes are really expensive. Maybe there's not much choice in your immediate area. If we knew what CL region you were shopping in, we could possibly offer some alternatives.
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Originally Posted by Clang View Post
The Travelers from 1980, '81, and '82 were all offered in Pearl Blue like this. It's the smallest (19") frame, but it's been configured for a taller rider with a long, mountain bike seatpost and a stem you should verify isn't past the minimum insertion point. May I ask how tall you are?

The good: it looks like someone upgraded the wheels to aluminum from the original steel rims. Fenders. New bar tape. Newer cables.

The bad: it's ultra banged-up. Lots of missing paint on the top tube and seat stays where the crude lock chipped at it. The thing looks tired. But hey- that could be good camouflage/ theft-protection in an urban environment. It has mismatched wheels, tires, and crank arms. A lot of these things are cosmetic and won't effect the way it rides, but they would still bug me.

Personally I think you could do better for $90, but that depends on your local market. Maybe bikes are really expensive. Maybe there's not much choice in your immediate area. If we knew what CL region you were shopping in, we could possibly offer some alternatives.
Thanks for the reply.

I'm 1.83 m (6 feet) tall. I weigh nearly 180 pounds. I rode this for only a few minutes, so I'm not really sure how comfortable it might be in long rides. The seller himself was nearly as tall as me. I'm guessing the modifications were done by him.

I really don't care much at all about cosmetics. I'm in a pretty small collegetown in center county PA. My buying options are limited to Walmart, Amazon/Anything online or an ultra-expensive local bike shop.

Since I don't have my own car, my options to go out of here and buy is limited.
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Perfect commuter. If it needs nothing it's not a bad buy. I wouldn't pay $20 for it, but if you need something now it will be fine. And if it get's swiped you won't be out much money.
Colleges are the best place for thieves to steal bikes, and they won't really try to steal this. Of course there are goofballs everywhere. Especially on internet forums.
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Perfect commuter. If it needs nothing it's not a bad buy. I wouldn't pay $20 for it, but if you need something now it will be fine. And if it get's swiped you won't be out much money.
Colleges are the best place for thieves to steal bikes, and they won't really try to steal this. Of course there are goofballs everywhere. Especially on internet forums.
Do you think will it be comfortable for long rides considering my height (I'm 6 feet/ 1.83m tall) ?

I'm unable to judge that as I've used hybrid bikes for the most part of my life, and I rode this only for a few minutes to test it.
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Ultimately that will be up to you. I would say it's to small. What is your inseam with your shoes on that you will be riding the bike with?
You should have only an inch between your groin, and the top tube standing over the bike. Perhaps even less. You start getting over that inch you are going to be doing a lot of leaning which will not be comfortable for long rides (I am not sure what you mean by long rides, 5 miles or 50?)

Think about your ALL YOUR OPTIONS, and act!
And unless you are doing mostly pavement riding a road bike might not be what you need.

Do you need a beater, or do you need something nicer? LBS should have trade ins for a lot less than super high.

You really should be checking your nearest CL. Don't know anybody with a car that can help you out to go look at a few bikes? This is where thinking about your options comes in. Best of luck.
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Originally Posted by Clang View Post
The Travelers from 1980, '81, and '82 were all offered in Pearl Blue like this. It's the smallest (19") frame, but it's been configured for a taller rider with a long, mountain bike seatpost and a stem you should verify isn't past the minimum insertion point. May I ask how tall you are?

The good: it looks like someone upgraded the wheels to aluminum from the original steel rims. Fenders. New bar tape. Newer cables.

The bad: it's ultra banged-up. Lots of missing paint on the top tube and seat stays where the crude lock chipped at it. The thing looks tired. But hey- that could be good camouflage/ theft-protection in an urban environment. It has mismatched wheels, tires, and crank arms. A lot of these things are cosmetic and won't effect the way it rides, but they would still bug me.

Personally I think you could do better for $90, but that depends on your local market. Maybe bikes are really expensive. Maybe there's not much choice in your immediate area. If we knew what CL region you were shopping in, we could possibly offer some alternatives.
This is the CL for my region. It would be really awesome if I could have some help or tips to look out for !

pennstate.craigslist.org
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Originally Posted by StarBiker View Post
Perfect commuter. If it needs nothing it's not a bad buy. I wouldn't pay $20 for it, but if you need something now it will be fine. And if it get's swiped you won't be out much money.
Colleges are the best place for thieves to steal bikes, and they won't really try to steal this. Of course there are goofballs everywhere. Especially on internet forums.
FWIW, many, many years ago, my lowly Schwinn Continental was stolen the first week of college. Thieves stole several hundred bikes that day across campus, as new students often did a poor job locking up their bikes.


Way too small for someone 6 foot tall. Google vintage bike sizing, take a few measurements, and you will get a good idea of what you need size wise.

Myself, on commuters, I prefer a vintage rigid mountain bike. You can get a better MTB for your money, and lowly road bikes like this Traveler are no lighter and no more efficient.
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You would be the unhappiest six footer in the Happy Valley with that too small commuter. Given the hills, actually mountains in the region, I would look for more friendly gearing.
Schools out in a matter of weeks. Inventory should climb!

Look for a 23-24” seat tube or frame size.

Having just perused both cl and fb in your region, the pickings are slim.

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