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Advice/Appraisal on road bike purchase (Puch or Schwinn)

Old 05-04-20, 05:51 PM
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Advice/Appraisal on road bike purchase (Puch or Schwinn)

Hi there, I'm relatively new to the world of bikes and have been trying to look at reviews and such here before I make a purchase. I live in NYC and combined with the need for a safe commute during the crisis- demand for bikes are high. I'm in pretty desperate need (can't get around and don't live close to any decent supermarkets) and don't have a car to go hunting somewhere cheaper. Right now I'm caught between two; a puch 10 speed road bike 52 cm ($260) and a 6 speed schwinn 53cm- looks like an 80s circuit frame ($200). I can honestly forgive some price gouging- my need is immediate. I've included pictures of both if any of you could give some advice on which might be a better fit for me. I'm looking to use this to commute around Brooklyn (weaving through traffic), picking up groceries- not particularly concerned about speed. Both seem to have added components I like (the rear rack and the bottle holder, respectively). Which would you pick if you were me? Can you spot any flaws I should be aware of? Thank you in advance!


edit: meant to attach photos, but it looks like this forum won’t let me until I have ten posts. Sigh.

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Old 05-04-20, 06:06 PM
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Get the lightest most portable bike you can find if you intend to carry it inside.
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Old 05-04-20, 06:14 PM
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Re:weight

Right. Iíve been riding around on an old Raleigh single speed cruiser and itís been killing me. The schwinn frame is aluminum, should be pretty light? The puchís frame is ďTange Champion CroMoly Ē. Both have drop handles as well.
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No way a Schwinn Circuit from the 1980s is aluminum frame. That era was steel, high end, and light weight too. I have had vintage steel frame bikes that weighed LESS than modern aluminum frame bikes. Steel weighs more of course, so its all about everything else.

A Schwinn Circuit from the 1980s for $200 is a super deal and in a red hot market, you better be on the way picking it up. Puch at $260 not so much.
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Originally Posted by bobjosbossross View Post
Hi there, I'm relatively new to the world of bikes and have been trying to look at reviews and such here before I make a purchase. I live in NYC and combined with the need for a safe commute during the crisis- demand for bikes are high. I'm in pretty desperate need (can't get around and don't live close to any decent supermarkets) and don't have a car to go hunting somewhere cheaper. Right now I'm caught between two; a puch 10 speed road bike 52 cm ($260) and a 6 speed schwinn 53cm- looks like an 80s circuit frame ($200). I can honestly forgive some price gouging- my need is immediate. I've included pictures of both if any of you could give some advice on which might be a better fit for me. I'm looking to use this to commute around Brooklyn (weaving through traffic), picking up groceries- not particularly concerned about speed. Both seem to have added components I like (the rear rack and the bottle holder, respectively). Which would you pick if you were me? Can you spot any flaws I should be aware of? Thank you in advance!


edit: meant to attach photos, but it looks like this forum won’t let me until I have ten posts. Sigh.
The 10 post rule helps prevent spam but yeah it can be frustrating as well. Is a 53/52 cm the right size for you? That's the first thing to be concerned about. Why don't you start a new thread stating what you are looking for? The posters here will help you pick out a bike once you figure out which size you need.
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Old 05-05-20, 09:47 AM
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The 10 post rule helps prevent spam but yeah it can be frustrating as well. Is a 53/52 cm the right size for you? That's the first thing to be concerned about. Why don't you start a new thread stating what you are looking for? The posters here will help you pick out a bike once you figure out which size you need.
Thank you! Both bikes sold in the last 24 hours (seems like everyone is moving quickly) so it's looking like I'll have to start a new thread in any case.
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Thank you! Both bikes sold in the last 24 hours (seems like everyone is moving quickly) so it's looking like I'll have to start a new thread in any case.
Put up some links if you find some likely looking bikes. Are you looking on FB? CL? Somewhere else? NYC is a big city obviously so an idea of where you are located might help as well.
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I'm looking on both fb and cl- I've been contacting local used shops as well but they tend to price me out (I get it, markup for rent and wages and all). I'm based in Northeast Brooklyn, and my search right now is limited to where I can get within an hour or a less than $30 lyft ride.
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Good thing that "Circuit" got away. I found the pics in your gallery. Terrible repaint job with ham-fisted graphics on what appears to be a mid-level frame, well below that of a Circuit. Mid-level components and about the cheapest looking aluminum wheels you could find. More detailed photos would probably have exposed more issues, but it was suspect at best, and complete junk at worst.
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Good thing that "Circuit" got away. I found the pics in your gallery. Terrible repaint job with ham-fisted graphics on what appears to be a mid-level frame, well below that of a Circuit. Mid-level components and about the cheapest looking aluminum wheels you could find. More detailed photos would probably have exposed more issues, but it was suspect at best, and complete junk at worst.
thanks for the heads up! Iím still hunting on FB and CL, and the same couple of sellers keep popping up- will be weary of them in that case. Would you happen to be able to tell me if the puch looked decent? I donít really know what red flags to look for- and the person(s) who sold that also have a few other listings. Thanks again.
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