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1987 Schwinn Circuit.

Old 01-02-10, 11:08 PM
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1987 Schwinn Circuit.

So, I'm new on this forum... Is my bike, an '87 Circuit, one of the road bikes with a rising value? It rides almost as nice as my 853 reynolds framed bike, but has that retro cool factor, in my humble opinion.
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So, I'm new on this forum... Is my bike, an '87 Circuit, one of the road bikes with a rising value?
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Heavily devalued by painting the rear stays and pedals. I have the same bike.

$250-ish

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+1 Don't know if you could carefully strip the stays back to chrome. If it were in original condition, polished up and ready to ride, $350 around here. In the non-original condition, more like $250. Vintage bikes with chrome stays are highly sought after by buyers.

The late 80s Columbus Schwinns are appreciating around here. They are still somewhat under appreciated IMHO.
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Old 01-03-10, 11:28 AM
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I had an "incident" with some muriatic acid spilling in a shed years ago which caused the chrome to lose some of it's finish. Thus caused the painting of the stays. I still have the original pedals but ones on the bike can handle spd cleats. I'm not really intersted in this bike as a collectable, but I replaced all running gear with new old stock, it rides like a dream, and I think I'm just going to ride the snot out of it!! If it's only worth about $250, then I'm lucky to have such a nice handling ride for that kind of money.. For me, it's about the joy of hitting the road on something a little unique.
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I had a black Circuit and sold it last summer for $350 with all original parts, new tires in very clean condition. It was a 23" frame.

I now have a red 24" frame Circuit. It fits me like a glove. I upgraded to 9 speed and brifters. I do a 40-50 mile group ride every Sunday and I am the only one with a steel bike but I have no problem keeping up, (or passing). It is a very nice riding bike and as wrk101 said," they are still somewhat under appreciated IMHO." +1 on that.

If you aren't crazy about the Concor Profil saddle and it's in really good condition it's worth about $100 on ebay. I sold one last month on a BIN for that much. I still have 2 of them since I happen to like them.
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that certainly is a beautiful bike. I would definitly keep it in my stable. I would love to get some good looking sprint parts like that for a project. if miamijim had not brought it up I would have never noticed the red was not original although the whole dropout being chrome looked odd.

how do you like those pedals? I wear a midlevel ATB shoe and was thinking about some of those for my "cross" and "mountain" bikes (of course I would have to have the cages painted celeste LOL)
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The Circuit was Schwinn's top road bike after the Paramount (Waterford built) and Prologue (Panasonic built) in 1987. It was the highest quality bike made at the Greenville, MS Schwinn plant.

You've got a very nice road bike that I and others believe is undervalued in the current market, so if it fits you well and you enjoy it, hang onto it.
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Those pedals are Forte Campus from Perfor*****, only about $35 I bought them so my son could ride on the college campus with regular shoes, and I could flip them over and go with spd's. Nothing special, but they work for what we needed. The cool thing about them is you can just un-screw the outer cage and paint it whatever color you want, especially celeste green!
I scoured the country and found NOS: Suntour Sprint front and rear deraillers, shifters, chainrings, Winner Pro 7-speed freewheel, Sram chain, Dia Compe Royal CompII front and rear brakes, Dia Compe aero brake handles, and some Araya 1W/Sprint wheels with about 100 miles on them. The bike functions like it just came off the showroom floor. I used the new black brake hoods, but my white ones are still in excellent shape, and am tempted to switch. Black makes a nice contrast, though, and are MUCH easier to keep clean. Also, since I plan on riding this a lot, I thought the color co-ordinated wireless computer was a nice touch.
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i bought a circuit couple of years ago-mint condition- for 200.00 from cr. i bought it only because of the sante parts as they go beutifully on my white tomassini which i swapped with the tomassini 600 parts. ended up giving the circuit to my nephew who loves it. i believe they used columbus tubes
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