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Is the price too steep for a 2007 Schwinn Hybrid Bike?

Old 06-10-10, 12:15 PM
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Is the price too steep for a 2007 Schwinn Hybrid Bike?

The owner of the bike was unable to tell me what model the bike is, other than it being a special edition bike. It was only used a few times and looks to be in great condition, but I'll be inspecting it up close within a few days and was wondering if anyone can give me some info on this particular bike and if it'll be a well-spent $250?

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...782516428.html

I'm new to biking, so any info helps

Thank you!!
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Old 06-10-10, 02:22 PM
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It doesn't appear to be either vintage or classic, so do not expect a lot of replies in this sub forum. I my opinion, that's not a bargain price for that bike.
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I would have zero interest in a 2007 hybrid from Schwinn. By that point, they are a Walmart/Costco/Xmart brand. If I was hunting a hybrid, I would much prefer a 1990s Trek, or an early 1990s Schwinn (like a CrissCross, nice bike, I've had two of them), or a Giant (I have a Cypress), or etc. And I would expect to pay $100 to $140 for one of these bikes at full market, less if I found a good deal.

Special Edition, sure. Can you say "blue light special in aisle 3?"

The whole ad is bogus BS in my opinion. A hybrid does not have all of the efficiency of a road bike. Not even close. Cheesy front fork robs you of power, ditto the suspension seat post. Flat bar riding position is inefficient, and on and on. If you want efficiency, go for a road bike, a used one of a brand that was sold at a bike shop, not one sold at one of the box stores. If you want more of a recreational bike, then look for a cheap, rigid frame mountain bike. You can find them around here all day long with bike shop brands for around $100. "Beautiful design", what the heck does that mean??


Schwinn made a whole line of cheap hybrids in 2007, they all retailed for about $250, with that frame and with those components.

Around here, its a $75 bike.

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Old 06-10-10, 02:33 PM
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Schwinn still sells some good bikes (along with some department store junk) so without knowing what model it is, I would pass.

I agree with wrk101 - you can do better with an older better bike.
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Looks like Tru-Vativ cranks, nothing super fancy, but not typically found on Dept. store lines. There is some fishyness, however. Seller mentions suspension fork, but there's a rigid fork in the pics as far as I can tell.

If he can share the actual model of the bike or of some of the components that might make determining its worth a little easier.
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Old 06-10-10, 02:41 PM
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go to Target and get a new one for the same price. also did you notice it is extra small?
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Thanks for the comments everyone

I am really thinking of going to Target to buy a new one for literally 100 bucks but due to my size (I'm 4'11") most of the bikes at Target don't fit me even with the seat all the way down... I considered this bike due to the fact that it is a XS

But seriously, thanks for all of the comments, I think I'll just sit back and wait for another opportunity (although bikes with smaller frames are hard to come by via craig's list!).

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Old 06-10-10, 05:09 PM
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maybe then a 24" mountain bike and put road tires on it

if you are a hard fit and this bike is rare and perfect for you - then its the right bike at the right time and the price ... well, you gotta pay it.

go test ride it at least
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Old 06-10-10, 05:35 PM
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a. this is not department store junk, it is an entry level modern bike store quality hybrid
b. if a bike cost $400 new a few years ago, paying $250 used now is too much. About $100 too much
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I paid a bit more than that, for a lot more bike (hybrid) a week ago. Trek 7.5FX hybrid, disc brakes.
Not a screamin' deal, but fair, for the kind of bike my wife will ride and free me from a demonic mixte build.

I simply wouldn't have bought the Schwinn at that price, or even at $150, in this market.

A good used mountain bike with road tires would be cheaper and better quality, in my opinion.
$250 buys a lot of used MTB or hybrid. Or two Trek 830's, almost 3 around here.

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Old 06-10-10, 06:50 PM
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same money at a lbs that sells used would net twice the bike..........
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Originally Posted by mochister View Post
Thanks for the comments everyone

I am really thinking of going to Target to buy a new one for literally 100 bucks but due to my size (I'm 4'11") most of the bikes at Target don't fit me even with the seat all the way down... I considered this bike due to the fact that it is a XS

But seriously, thanks for all of the comments, I think I'll just sit back and wait for another opportunity (although bikes with smaller frames are hard to come by via craig's list!).

-Sandy
A really great site to investigate all of the various models and sizes of bikes out there is this site:

https://www.bikepedia.com/

They have most (but not all) of the bikes made since 1993 listed. You will see sizing, original price, components, and more. Spend a little time on that site and in no time at all, you will become an expert on nice extra small adult bikes. You then can create a target list, with several brands and models you like. When one pops up on C/L, grab it FAST!!

I have sold a couple of XS MTBs this year that would have fit you well, for a fraction of that Schwinn. Adult MTBs come in some really small sizes. The last one I sold was an unusual (to me anyway) mixte MTB. The third picture is of a XS 1994 Trek 950, that I built up for my wife. I also have a XS Giant Cypress (no pictures), which is my wife's other bike. Its a hybrid.

Myself, a bike like that Trek 950 would be a really nice ride, and would/should cost you quite a bit less than that Schwinn.



I also had an XS Specialized Hot Rock earlier this year as well:




I also picked up this 1994 Trek 950, in an XS frame size, for my wife. Ignore the seat height, as I had it raised for me to test ride it.


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That Trek is so sweet! I bet that outpost outweighs the Schwinn by 10 lbs, though.
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The Schwinn the OP inquired about is not a Wal*Mart bike. It is a bike store quality 2006 Schwinn Super Sport. And, while whether it is worth $250 is debatable, it isn't junk.

Here is a link to Bikepedia's page.

https://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...port&Type=bike
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The vote is finally starting to lean in favor of it not being a dept. store bike! That's why I like hunting for Mongoose bikes. Everyone assumes they're ALL junk, just because of the TRU/Walmart/Target sightings.

I'd surely rather roll the Schwinn over the Hot Rock or the Outpost, but you could probably pickup something the Hot Rock or the Outpost for $75 without breaking a sweat.

If you were in Portland, I'd probably let this go for $80. It's probably got quite a few pounds on the Schwinn also, but it's still a nice riding SMALL bike. It's a 15", but the top tube is a good 2" shorter than the top tube on my 15" Mongoose.

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You need to help me on this one. The Craigs List ad in the original listing states that the bike has a suspension front fork. The Schwinn Super Sport for 2007 does not have a suspension fork. In addition, the 2007 Super Sport is solid blue, not two tone like the pictures.


If the bike for sale is a Super Sport, I might go for it (although $250 is still kind of high). The Super Sport is better than a Walmart bike for sure. But since it is two tone color, it is not a 2007, might be a 2006. If it is not a Super Sport, I would lose interest really fast.

The pictures in the ad are confusing. One is a stock catalog photo (no suspension fork) and the others are pics of the bike at low rez, and I don't see a suspension fork there either. But the ad clearly touts the suspension fork as a key feature.

As far as the example bikes I posted, they all sold for a small fraction of what the OP bike is selling for. At the $250 mark, you should be able to find some really nice bikes.

+1 That Giant above at $80 is a nice choice!

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As far as the suspension fork, I chalk that up to "click and paste" advertisement writing by the CL seller.

CL pic. 2006 Super Sport
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Wrk101: Thank you for the information and the website link! I will definitely check out the website and do a bit more research. As for the bike that was posted on CL, I was thinking of actually bargaining it down but after asking her about information on the bike, she was unable to tell me much other than what was written on her advertisement. I'm going to try and barter her down to a more reasonable price, but I'm not setting my hopes up too high! And after seeing the pictures you posted... I really am set on looking for a good affordable bike!

I'm going to do my best and look for a better deal considering the times. I was already hesitant with the price of that bike and I'm really glad I have you all to identify and appraise the bike!

Thank you again!
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Given that it is a poorly described 2006 Super Sport, if you can bargain it down a little, it might be a good buy for you. Anything $200 or less and the deal is fine, assuming no damage and bike is ready to go.
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Thanks Wrk101, I actually went earlier tonight to check out the bike to see it's condition. The seller was very awesome and the bike itself looks to be in excellent condition. It is indeed a 2006 Super Sport and she's willing to work with me in terms of price, so I'm considering it

Appreciate all of the help once again!
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sounds great. if this is the style bike you want. did you ride it? how did it feel? gonna pick it up today?
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Rumrunn6: I love the size of the bike but was unable to ride the bike since the tires weren't inflated and it was too dark outside to ride it. I will definitely do it on an afternoon around the block sometime this week when she has more time to show me the bike. I was able to mount and dismount the bike easily, with my extended leg in a good position. However, the top bar where you're supposed to straddle it... well, there was literally no 1" - 3" space when I straddled the bar... So I'm not sure if that's a really bad sign. My friend that came with me just shrugged it off and told me it wouldn't be a major concern (although I've had others tell me otherwise).

I'm still talking to the seller and I've told her that I'm still interested but for a lower price than what she's still asking for (still have some reservations on price and fit of the bike despite it being XS). She promised that she'll contact me sometime this coming week if the rest of the potential buyers pass up on her offer. I'm just letting time take its natural course now
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Rumrunn6: I love the size of the bike but was unable to ride the bike since the tires weren't inflated and it was too dark outside to ride it. I will definitely do it on an afternoon around the block sometime this week when she has more time to show me the bike. I was able to mount and dismount the bike easily, with my extended leg in a good position. However, the top bar where you're supposed to straddle it... well, there was literally no 1" - 3" space when I straddled the bar... So I'm not sure if that's a really bad sign. My friend that came with me just shrugged it off and told me it wouldn't be a major concern (although I've had others tell me otherwise).

I'm still talking to the seller and I've told her that I'm still interested but for a lower price than what she's still asking for (still have some reservations on price and fit of the bike despite it being XS). She promised that she'll contact me sometime this coming week if the rest of the potential buyers pass up on her offer. I'm just letting time take its natural course now


That 1-3" inches when you straddle the bar is for MTBs. As long as you are able to put both feet on the ground with the bike upright between them with no issues, you are fine with a touring or hybrid or commuting bike. A road ("racing") bike is a different story. On at least a couple of my road bikes, I have to tilt the frame to put one foot on the ground in stops.
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Oh ok, awesome. That was how the bike was, when I straddled it, my feet were able to reach the floor easily without having to tilt the bike. Thanks for the info EjustE I'll give it another check sometime this week in daylight just to make sure everything is in working order. Thanks!
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how organic of you. protect those jewels
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