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1973 World Voyegeur - Already bought it, but what do I do with it?

Old 10-13-10, 10:59 AM
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1973 World Voyegeur - Already bought it, but what do I do with it?



I bought this on craiglist last year for about $200.

I've since realized that it is much to small for me.

This puts me at a certain junction, It's a beautiful bike, but it needs a lot of work. (The wheels are shot, need re laced at the very least, standard overhaul and re-greasing, new brake pads/cables, bar wrap etc. Not to mention the de-rusting and cleaning of components and chrome)

At this point, where I have barely touched it, (removed the blue mel's and the dyanmo set up), would it be worth while to re-sell it to someone to restore? Or would I be better off investing time and money and then selling it?

Until then the shiny components are teasing me, but knowing how rare this bike is I don't want to split up the parts.

What do you guys think is my best course of action to get out from under this bike? The bikes that fit me are screaming for attention right now.
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Old 10-13-10, 12:15 PM
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A bike that does not fit = clean up and sell it.

I usually don't recommend selling it in as found condition, but this bike is likely to be bought by someone looking for this specific model, in a specific size. The condition of the frame is such that I think it will sell well. Refurbishing bikes is critical IMHO for bikes sold as regular riders, but that is not what this bike is. More likely to be an addition to someone's Schwinn fleet.

The other reason not to go through that additional work is it sounds like you already have plenty of other bikes, particularly keeper bikes to work on.

I would do the basic clean up/polish, that kind of stuff.

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I concur. I think I'll do a basic clean and then throw her on e-bay or something. I have keeper bikes that need new wheelsets, someone else can rebuild these!
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I'd put her right back on the market.

Make sure she is super clean, and at least lube the drive train.

Brakes should function, but don't buy new pads. The next owner can.

Find a nice spot for a photo shoot with some fall color.

....or plunk her in front of a white garage door.

I sold one in two days a month ago. I put two flyers up at a local campus. Cost? 20 cents.

I had end of season pricing on it, and probably left $75 on the table.

They are decent bikes, and people who know what they are snap them up quickly.

Mine is probably locked up to a bike rack starting its slow decline into a neglected college bike.
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If I must, I'll wait until spring to sell her. I paid $200 and would like to get that much back. Hence my idea of Ebay. This bike was only produced for one model year, and is one of Schwinn's first imports. I'm hoping a collector will want it.
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