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Schwinn Caliente

Old 02-07-11, 07:57 PM
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Schwinn Caliente

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I'm trying to find a bike for a friend. Price is the highest priority. The idea is for him to have a bike to use on group rides and probably some light touring.

What's the gearing like on this bike? Could my grandma get over a mountain with it, or is it more suited for flat roads?

But most importantly, is it worth the $99, or should I keep looking?
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Old 02-07-11, 07:59 PM
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Also I believe this has the Schwinn FFS system. Are there any drawbacks other than being potentially difficult to repair?
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Old 02-07-11, 08:27 PM
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I've flipped a few Calientes. Very heavy and low end bikes. I wouldn't recommend one for touring or group rides. For a few more dollars I think you could do much better. Look for a Cro-mo frame or better with some down tube shifters. Keep looking, something will pop up.
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There were two renditions of the Caliente, the early version was basically a bare bones Varsity/Continental in the 70's, and the later model was the bottom rung of the Sprint/Traveler/World Sport line in the early 90's, which I believe were built by Giant in those years.
They had a plain steel frame, steel rims, steel chain rings, steel handle bars, and they may have even had steel cotterless cranks and steel stem in some years. They weren't bad bikes, just heavy compared to just about everything else in that category. If your looking to add a clean example to your Schwinn collection, maybe, if your going to do any serious riding, find a higher end model. The later continental models are in the 29 pound range.
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Old 02-08-11, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Gthoro View Post
... Very heavy and low end bikes. I wouldn't recommend one ... you could do much better. Look for a Cro-mo frame or better with some down tube shifters. Keep looking, something will pop up.
+ 1

(In fact I think you could do better for LESS money.)

Look for lesser known, mid/late-eighties Japanese bikes with Chromoly frames, such as:

Lotus, Shogun, Kawamura, Kuwahara, Nishiki, Takara, Maruishi. - Sometimes even Fuji's can be had for very little money.
Other Japan brands (eg; Miyata, Bridgestone, Centurion) tend to go for higher prices, but sometimes you can get bargains on these too.

- Set up some searches on these names, and you're likely to find something soon.
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I gree that is a pretty lowend ride. where do you live? I bet for a few more sheckles I am sure one the resellers here has a great bike for you.

I don't think that a FFW system it looks like basic SIS.
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Old 02-08-11, 01:16 PM
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I'm from around the Lebanon PA area. If you could point me towards some good sellers that would be great.
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I have that same exact bike. Unless it's super cheap or free, pass. Mine was free. I made it into a ss utility errand runner.
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I'm from around the Lebanon PA area. If you could point me towards some good sellers that would be great.
lets see I think xxx in Topton, and xxxx in Phoenixville, and over this way is a guy in Mechanicsburg area. do you know what size your friend needs? I'll make a few PMs for you if you like. what is his max budget?
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Old 02-09-11, 08:43 PM
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I'll keep my eyes open for you. I'm due for some shop trolling so perhaps I'll do some hunting tomorrow. I stopped by Tailwind cycles in Schwenksville Pa (about 1.5 hours from Lebanon) and they had some decent steel bikes in the basement for sale. They weren't what I was hunting for so I really didn't take too much notice. Also, have you tried Shirks in East Earl? I think they have a decent used selection, at least they did when I was there last fall.
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Thanks for the advice. Maybe I'll check those places out...I guess my concern is that I'm not too great at knowing the difference between a deal and a rip-off.
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Thanks for the advice. Maybe I'll check those places out...I guess my concern is that I'm not too great at knowing the difference between a deal and a rip-off.
I've made an offer in this thread: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...oad-bike-SE-Pa.

If you're interested in picking it up, click on my name and select "send email". Hopefully that function isn't blocked to new members.
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