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Old 01-29-09, 12:09 PM
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Can't Decide What to Do

I started biking again last spring. I had an old bike that was a little too small, and the more I rode it the more I realized that. I ended up buying a larger bike frame, and learning how to build up a bike myself.

The frame I got was a 1987 Schwinn Tempo (the teal and white one). I built it up and rode it for a few months. I love how it rode. The problem was, it was a little too big for me. Well, it was like an inch or so too big and I started having pain in places like my back, and also my rear. So I bought a 1996 Bianchi San Remo touring frame. It's 19", the schwinn was 21". The san remo is much more comfortable to ride and feels great. It's just not as fun a ride as the schwinn was. The shwinn felt a bit lighter, and seemed to be more responsive.

I don't do any touring, or crazy riding or anything. I just use the bike as my primary mode of transportation. I love the new one, but it just has always felt a little less good/fun than the old one.

I just saw a 1988 Schwinn Tempo on ebay that's 19" and I'm wondering whether it's worth buying. I know that the Bianchi was a more expensive bike (when it was originally built), and mightb e made out of better steel, but I kinda just liked the schwinn. I'm wondering whether I should sell the Bianchi, and buy the schwinn knowing that I don't need such an expensive frame and I liked how it rode. Also I'm wondering if the schwinn rode and handled better b/c it had a longer wheelbase, and if the ebay schwinn won't ride as well.

and to the people who think I should have both, sadly I don't have that kind of money, or space.

Thanks for all of your help.
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Old 01-29-09, 12:18 PM
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The '88 Tempo is a very nice bike. Columbus main tubes with Tange cro-mo rear stays and fork.

If you liked your '87 there's no reason why you wouldnt like the '88 even more considering its size.

Dont get blinded by the word 'Bianchi'.

Late 80's Schwinn's are some of the nicest ridding bikes your going to find and the quality is very good as well.
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+1 88 Tempo is a high quality bike, I have one myself.

Note, a switch from a 21 inch bike to a 19 inch bike is HUGE! Modern bike sizing is in centimeters, so a 2 inch jump = 5 cm frame size difference. Thats a lot.
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