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Old 06-05-21, 02:10 AM
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Schwinn Sprint

(Sorry for the bad pic.) Paid $30 for this. I believe it was made around 1988. Looks like all it needs are new tires and cleaning/lube. Are tires going to be an issue? One post I read said any 27" tire will work. Printing on the existing tires says, "27 x 1 1/4 to fit Schwinn S-6 or K-2 Tubular rim". This bike looks like it has hardly ever been ridden. Chain, gears, rims, cables, seat, even brake pads all good. It even has a counter/clicker on the front hub. Only needs new tires and some handlebar foam hopefully.
Or did I just waste $30?
I actually bought it to flip. I run into people looking for good, cheap bikes.
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Old 06-05-21, 06:02 AM
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Originally Posted by sknhgy View Post
(Sorry for the bad pic.) Paid $30 for this. I believe it was made around 1988. Looks like all it needs are new tires and cleaning/lube. Are tires going to be an issue? One post I read said any 27" tire will work. Printing on the existing tires says, "27 x 1 1/4 to fit Schwinn S-6 or K-2 Tubular rim". This bike looks like it has hardly ever been ridden. Chain, gears, rims, cables, seat, even brake pads all good. It even has a counter/clicker on the front hub. Only needs new tires and some handlebar foam hopefully.
Or did I just waste $30?
I actually bought it to flip. I run into people looking for good, cheap bikes.
Thoughts?
One of the lowest level Schwinn they made that year. Little appeal to collector market/enthusiasts but if you can get it to rideable condition, may be able to make a few $$ depending on where you live and how much demand. In a rural area like mine, these are hard to move. Challenge will be sourcing tires and tubes for less cost than total value. . If it were me, I would list it as is and try move it along for $50 or $60. Good luck. I do like Schwinns and itís red
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I'm just wanting to make a rideable bike out of it. Someone suggested Walmart 27" tires would work. I'm wondering if they would.
I thought this would be better than a Walmart bike for somebody who needs a bike. Hoping I can fix it cheap so someone can ride it. It's too small for me.

Another option - maybe I can wipe it down and list it on CL for $50 like you said.
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Old 06-05-21, 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted by sknhgy View Post
I'm just wanting to make a rideable bike out of it. Someone suggested Walmart 27" tires would work. I'm wondering if they would.
I thought this would be better than a Walmart bike for somebody who needs a bike. Hoping I can fix it cheap so someone can ride it. It's too small for me.
It is much better than a Walmart bike, and it worth fixing up for that reason alone.
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Old 06-05-21, 07:15 AM
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To answer your question, yes, any 27" tires will work. They are pretty limited these days, as far as width. You will likely find 27 x 1 1/8", 27 x 1 1/4", 27 x 1 3/8" and all are fine. Prices seem to run from $12.99 on up.
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Old 06-05-21, 07:51 AM
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To answer your question, yes, any 27" tires will work. They are pretty limited these days, as far as width. You will likely find 27 x 1 1/8", 27 x 1 1/4", 27 x 1 3/8" and all are fine. Prices seem to run from $12.99 on up.
Cool. That's what I was wondering. I wanted to find out before sinking the money into them. This bike should make good transportation for someone.
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Looks like a 1989 or 1990. 1990 specs - https://waterfordbikes.com/SchwinnCa...0/1990_05.html . Entry level, basically their lowest level bike with aluminum/alloy components. At least it has index shifting. Definitely steps above Wally World.

Brake pads may "look" good, but make sure they're not hardened or brittle. Such pads brake poorly and can damage the rim. I would be reticent to sell the bike as is or just cleaned up, unless you had some confidence that the buyer would replace the tires/tubes and probably brake pads. Markets vary, bikes of this level are priced all over the place, from $50 to $200. With $40 sunk into tires/tube and possibly brake pads, you might get $120-150.
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Great great bike for a female non- enthusiast who just wants something to ride occasionally with the hubs or boyfriend. Would make a really nice campus bike too

i see value in a bike like that
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Brake pads may "look" good, but make sure they're not hardened or brittle. Such pads brake poorly and can damage the rim.
I was going to check/change those before selling it. I mentioned that stuff because it all appears to be original. I would bet it still has the factory lube on the chain. More like factory crust at this point.
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Yeah, you're not gonna make a killing, and the time spent will probably equal out to less than minimum wage. But for me, it's all fun anyway to tool around on stuff.

I think if you replace the tires, fix any leaky tubes, replace the brake pads, clean it up, and make sure it shifts and stops. Then you've done good. I think you can get 120-150 depending on how nice you dress it up.

To me, there is a baseline value of a perfectly working non box store bike, depending on what area you are in. For my area, I think it's probably 120. Doesn't mean it will move immediately at that price, but someone who is tired of taking a bus or wants to get out on the trails is going to find that value hard to beat.

editing to emphasis: it really depends on your area, like other posters said, if you're rural, expect like 75-100 maybe.
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Someone suggested Walmart 27" tires would work. I'm wondering if they would.
Your local bike shop should have better quality tires for a lower price than Walmart. Plus you'll be supporting local business rather than Walmart.
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I tried 27" WM tires on this and one of them popped off the rim. Only had about 40 lbs in it. No I didn't crash. Going to look up some tires made for the Schwinn S-6 or K-2 rim.
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