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1988(?) Schwinn Caliente Help & Fix-up!

Old 12-18-10, 10:40 AM
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1988(?) Schwinn Caliente Help & Fix-up!

Hello friends, I am the proud new owner of what I believe to be a 1988 Schwinn Caliente 10-Speed. This will be my first bike since my last one was stolen 5 years ago. I want to a little work on the bike, but I really want to know more about it's actual value before I start investing my hard earned money into it.

Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 12-18-10, 08:03 PM
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The Caliente is an entry level bike. I'm not sure what tubing was used for that frame, but the two Caliente's that I had were hi-tensile steel with chrome steel rims, bars and cranks. I see your bike has the steel cranks. Still, these make good commuter or fun type bikes.
I would limit the amount of money I would put into it. I would lube the hubs and bottom bracket and replace any rusted cables. As I recall, for an entry level bike they had a surprisingly nice ride. However, here's a thought. If you can find a real beater from the mid 80s that has a rusted frame you might find better wheels, cranks and bars. What I'm suggesting is a cheap donor bike. You might be able to find one of these for $10 or $20. Then if you invest in the right tools and are willing to learn you can upgrade the Schwinn.
In summary, it's a bike you should invest in maintenance, but don't put significant upgrades into it unless you can do it for cheap.
Where are you located? I ask because some of the folks here might be able to help you out with some parts.
EDIT: One final comment, your bike appears from the pic to be in really nice condition. Of course that's a real plus. If you want to put a dollar value on it, I would estimate $100 completely refurbished i.e. lubed, very good or new tires and chain, cables etc.
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Old 12-19-10, 07:47 AM
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+1 $100 fully rehabbed, new cables, bearings, grease, good tires. Bottom end Schwinn. Appears to be in nice shape!
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Thanks for the informative replies, dudes.
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I currently live in New Orleans. What would you say is a good place to find an older bike to get parts from? Would my best bet be checking with a bike shop for information?

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