Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
Reload this Page >

Should I buy a Vintage Schwinn 10 speed for $100?

Notices
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals. Use this subforum for all requests as to "How much is this vintage bike worth?"Do NOT try to sell it in here, use the Marketplaces.

Should I buy a Vintage Schwinn 10 speed for $100?

Old 03-22-10, 08:10 PM
  #1  
reese83
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Should I buy a Vintage Schwinn 10 speed for $100?

I'm new to learning about vintage bikes and don't have much information on this particular Schwinn (such as if parts are all u.s., the type of steel, original wheels/seats/brakes etc., but someone is selling a vintage 10 speed sprint Schwinn for $100 and I'd like to know if it seems like a good price? I'v attached the pictures below.

There is also a Schwinn World edition going for $120...better choice as its a much later model?

Also, any pointers on what I should look for when I go check it out/ take it for a test ride?

Thanks, I appreciate any advice!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
Schwinn World 2.jpg (11.1 KB, 61 views)
File Type: jpg
Schwinn World 3.jpg (6.6 KB, 41 views)
File Type: jpg
Schwinn World 1.jpg (10.8 KB, 48 views)

Last edited by reese83; 03-22-10 at 08:23 PM.
reese83 is offline  
Old 03-22-10, 08:14 PM
  #2  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New York, NY, USA
Posts: 40,125

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 492 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6989 Post(s)
Liked 1,707 Times in 1,061 Posts
What kind of riding do you want to do?

The pictures are bad, so it's hard to gauge the condition. From what I can see, it's good. $100 is a fair price. But it's a very heavy bike. If you test ride it and test ride something else, you're more likely to prefer the other one, whatever it is. Nearly all bikes are lighter than that bike.

But it's a well made bike, made to last a lifetime. It's a good bike for learning how to work on bikes. You could do worse. I rather like working on that class of Schwinn, which isn't made any more.
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 03-22-10, 08:20 PM
  #3  
reese83
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for the quick reply Tom. Well honestly, I like it because its a oldie. Primarily I'm using it to city road to work everyday with cycling (no heavy racing) on weekends. There is also a Schwinn World (which I believe is a newer, better model, possibly European parts or maybe just European influence) that is going for $120. Pictures attached above.

What is the average weight on this type of bike?

Also, what are the type of things I should check out (other then gears, seat, rim, etc.) to make sure its in good condition?


Thanks!!!
reese83 is offline  
Old 03-22-10, 08:52 PM
  #4  
Doohickie 
You gonna eat that?
 
Doohickie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas Church of Hopeful Uncertainty
Posts: 14,721

Bikes: 1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, 1973 Schwinn Varsity, 1983 Raleigh Marathon, 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 163 Post(s)
Liked 56 Times in 37 Posts
The older bike is probably 35 lb. or so, the newer one maybe a little under 30.
__________________
I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.


Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."
Doohickie is offline  
Old 03-22-10, 08:52 PM
  #5  
wrk101
Thrifty Bill
 
wrk101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Mountains of Western NC
Posts: 23,009

Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue X2, 88 Cimarron LE, 1975 Sekai 4000 Professional, 73 Paramount, plus more

Mentioned: 88 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1045 Post(s)
Liked 520 Times in 375 Posts
The red bike is extremely heavy, close to twice the weight of a modern bike. You are buying a certain look, which many people find attractive.

As for the World, it really depends on the year, as the build quality varied somewhat. The World is a heavy bike as well, just not as heavy as the red bike.

The World is probably the better bike for riding, while the red one has more nostalgia going for it, and is more collectable.

The bikes also appears to be two different sizes, so you need to determine what size is best for you.

Google bike sizing, as there are endless opinions on what size is the best.
wrk101 is offline  
Old 03-22-10, 09:59 PM
  #6  
Chris_in_Miami
missing in action
 
Chris_in_Miami's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 4,579
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Liked 45 Times in 26 Posts
It doesn't look like the World has alloy rims, but if it does, that would make it worth the extra $20. The steel rims are tough, but they don't stop very well without upgrading brake pads.

Edit - Good call on the size difference Bill, it looks pretty significant.
Chris_in_Miami is offline  
Old 03-22-10, 10:09 PM
  #7  
John E
feros ferio
 
John E's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: www.ci.encinitas.ca.us
Posts: 20,924

Bikes: 1959 Capo Modell Campagnolo; 1960 Capo Sieger (2); 1962 Carlton Franco Suisse; 1970 Peugeot UO-8; 1982 Bianchi Campione d'Italia; 1988 Schwinn Project KOM-10;

Mentioned: 39 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1136 Post(s)
Liked 674 Times in 474 Posts
Steel rims are unsafe, even with KoolStop salmon pads and modern brake cables.

I commuted on a Varsity for a few months, and it was not that bad by the time I installed toeclips, a 6-speed freewheel, downtube shifters, aluminum rims, and KoolStop brake pads.
__________________
"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." --Theodore Roosevelt
Capo: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger (2), S/N 42624, 42597
Carlton: 1962 Franco Suisse, S/N K7911
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1982 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069
John E is offline  
Old 03-23-10, 05:54 AM
  #8  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New York, NY, USA
Posts: 40,125

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 492 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6989 Post(s)
Liked 1,707 Times in 1,061 Posts
The Varsity (Sport) is typically about 39 pounds.

Old is nice, but other old bikes are still plentiful. A Peugeot UO-9 is about 28 pounds and rides pretty nicely for what it is.
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
sand69
Bicycle Mechanics
14
08-21-17 01:55 PM
SchwinnRider209
Classic & Vintage
4
06-25-17 12:45 PM
bzhang
Classic & Vintage
0
11-23-12 11:30 PM
sobe55
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
5
03-31-12 09:27 PM
BGBeck
Classic & Vintage
15
02-21-11 08:00 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.