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Old 03-27-11, 05:04 PM
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Schwinn Varsity

I was wondering if it was worth it to pick up this Varsity (link below) for $100. It is in good condition, wheels seem more or less true, no rust, tires are usable. I wasn't able to ride it when I looked at it yesterday because it was snowing here, but brakes and derailluers ran while just manually spinning the wheels.

I'm not concerned about it's value as an old bike, and wondering if it is a bad thing that everything but the tires (even grip tape) is original. I'm pretty much looking for something that isn't to expensive that I can take to school a few times a week (10 miles each way) and go on the occasional day ride of like 40 or 50 miles, and if this is worth the money he is asking.

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/bik/2289747381.html
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Old 03-27-11, 05:26 PM
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$100.00 might be a touch on the high side if it needs work but if it's 100% rideable it's a good price assuming it fits you and it's what you're looking for in a bike.

Those things are heavy but they're bulletproof as well.
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I was wondering if it was worth it to pick up this Varsity (link below) for $100. It is in good condition, wheels seem more or less true, no rust, tires are usable. I wasn't able to ride it when I looked at it yesterday because it was snowing here, but brakes and derailluers ran while just manually spinning the wheels.

I'm not concerned about it's value as an old bike, and wondering if it is a bad thing that everything but the tires (even grip tape) is original. I'm pretty much looking for something that isn't to expensive that I can take to school a few times a week (10 miles each way) and go on the occasional day ride of like 40 or 50 miles, and if this is worth the money he is asking.

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/bik/2289747381.html
If it is the original tires, they won't hold up for long. Even if the tubes hold air, the tires can go out on you and leave you stranded.

I also live in St. Louis. If you are interested in a more reliable bike for just a little more money I can probably help you out. Let me know if you are interested.

BTW, for what it is worth, that bike new was not much more than $100.00.
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Old 03-27-11, 06:58 PM
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Looks to be a nice example...and may be worth $100 to someone who likes them...i love that color.

Just be aware they weigh about 40 pounds!!! hope you dont live where there are a bunch of hills!! If its flat, youre good to go!!

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Old 03-27-11, 07:08 PM
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oh, and he has the stem up pretty far past minimum insertion, you'll want to fix that first

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That's a pretty cool Varsity, great color, and decals, but 40-50 miles/day on it could be quite a work out.

Given that it's virtually "untouched" - it surely needs all new cables and housings, and to have the hubs, headset and Ashtabula crank repacked.
-The upside you can do that work yourself with a minimum of special tools - But if you have to have the LBS do it, it would cost more than it's worth, and you would do better with a bike that has already been fully serviced.
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Old 03-27-11, 09:06 PM
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Tuga Dude, I'll take what help I can in looking.

Looks like I'll probably pass. I don't really mind the weight, as I've never had a problem with endurance, and there really isn't anything brutal hillwise until I get to campus (UMSL must be one of the hilliest parts of the city that isn't near the rivers). I wasn't able to measure the chain but I can only assume that will need replaced, and I'm afraid things just might add up cost wise (If I get something with steel wheels then I plan on replacing them with Al. over the sumer when I have more money so it is lighter and does better in the rain if I ever get caught in it).

As to upkeep, I think the guy has kept it tuned up, but he had so many bikes that he probably just didn't actually ride it enough to wear it out more. He said he once had 5 varsitys all in different colors. Still, I'm comfortable with basic upkeep that might be necessary, e.g. repacking hubs, truing wheels (assuming it isn't ridiculously out of true), calibrating cables, etc.. I'll probably just stay patient and keep looking, plus there are still some shops around I'm going to check out to see what they have used.
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If you could make it over to KC, I have a 57cm Schwinn Passage touring bike (same standover height) posted right now for less than that Varsity. The Passage is next to the Voyageur on the lineup. Has Columbus tubes. Could use a powder coat and a hub overhaul, but it would be well worth it.

Look it up if you're able to make it over this way.
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Old 03-28-11, 06:03 AM
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+1 on Mr. Embrey's bike, I've been looking at it myself on Craigslist! I love Schwinn's of that era (I own several).

The guy in Affton buys and sells bikes and probably knows how to clean them up and possibly lube them. I've never done business with him, but I did email him a couple of times with questions and he didn't seem to have much more than rudimentary knowledge.

Did he show you the Centurion that he has posted for $69.00? To me, that is a better deal, even without a seatpost and saddle. You can get those cheap, he might even have some laying around. It is a much newer, lighter bike and has alloy 700c wheels. He indicated that the frame has a "ding", so that is worth checking thoroughly.

I graduated from UMSL, what a coincidence!

I'll keep my eye out for something that will work better for you.
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Old 03-28-11, 05:13 PM
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I believe he sold the centurion. He tells me he is moving so he want to get rid of some of them, as well as having a plate put into his neck or something, so he can't ride anymore,
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Old 03-29-11, 07:11 AM
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jrhii, how tall are you? What is your budget? Are you looking for a fixer-upper, or one that is ready to ride? Details like that will help me dial it in.
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I'm 5'5 1/2", but I've resigned myself to not being able to get quite the right fit. As long as I can dismount without hurting myself, as my optimal standover would be down there at like 29" or 30". Budget is below $200, and I'm trying not to find something that require a major overhaul, but I can fix up a bike if I need to. I'm looking at a Ross bike tomorrow, he didn't know what the model was, but I'll see when I get there perhaps (my dad said he had a Ross back in the 80's probably and didn't like it, but it isn't more than 10 minutes away so there's no harm in looking.)
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Old 03-29-11, 11:02 PM
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You can definitely find a bike that fits you. In fact, there are lots of them that show up in a 54 cm to 56 cm size that would be great for you. 58 cm or 23" is definitely too tall for you.
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Depending on the model, Ross put out some good bikes back in the day. Some were "department" store bikes, but the Signature Series was quite nice.
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jrhii, get with the guy in Affton asap. He just listed a free bike if you buy the two 26" tires for $39.00. The bike looks decent for what you want it for and it should fit you, go for it.
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Cool, I emailed him, but on the off chance I don't get a reply, I might see what is up with these two bikes. All he says is that one is a western flyer and the other is a roadmaster, $40 each. Judging by the pictures the height looks right for at least the one in the back.

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/bik/2297658045.html
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Cool, I emailed him, but on the off chance I don't get a reply, I might see what is up with these two bikes. All he says is that one is a western flyer and the other is a roadmaster, $40 each. Judging by the pictures the height looks right for at least the one in the back.

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/bik/2297658045.html
Did you ever buy a bike. I may have a lead on one that is right for you. Let me know.

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Originally Posted by Mr. Embrey View Post
If you could make it over to KC, I have a 57cm Schwinn Passage touring bike (same standover height) posted right now for less than that Varsity. The Passage is next to the Voyageur on the lineup. Has Columbus tubes. Could use a powder coat and a hub overhaul, but it would be well worth it.

Look it up if you're able to make it over this way.
The Passage is probably gone by now, but it is a pretty nice bike. For anybody looking to do 20 miles a day of commuting, and 40 to 50 mile rides, getting a touring bike like the Passage is a pretty good idea. Usually you spend hundreds for them. The frame size, however, isn't right for the OP.

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I have been busy pretty much all this past week (doesn't make much sense as far as spring break is concerned, but what can you do) so I haven't been able to look at much. Show me what you got, toga dude.

Also, know anything about this Fuji league (2002)? https://stlouis.craigslist.org/bik/2303772817.html He wants $150, which I can't tell whether or not that is a good price for it (it seems perhaps reasonable to me...maybe asking some off if he doesn't have a set of pedals for it), it seemed to sell for 250-350 new from reviews I've found. Bikepedia (https://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...ague&Type=bike) lists the 2003 model as MSRP at $359. Good idea/bad idea?
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If I were you, I'd check that one out right away. Probably can be made to fit you and it is a nice bike.
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Unfortunately he hasn't responded. I'm going to talk to this guy today about his Raleigh Technium 400 and if it is in good condition offer him $100 and see if we can work it down to anything, It looks to be from the 90's judging by the decals.

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/bik/2305630268.html

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I've met that guy, David. He lives not far from Pattonville High School. His daughters list the bikes for him because he doesn't use the computer much. His knowledge is very limited at best. He is in my opinion, a no-value-added flipper. I went to look at a Fuji he had last year and it had a bad freewheel and nothing was adjusted properly, gears or brakes. I told him that the freewheel was toast and he looked at me like "what's a freewheel?"

Not saying don't buy from him, not at all. Just helps to know who you are dealing with. Offer him a hundy and see it he takes it. The bike looks like it will fit you.

I have a nice Technium and love it.
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Oh, he definitely wasn't going down more than $10. He had 2 other people call about it and pretty much told me flat out, even if he sits on it all summer it isn't a loss to him; he'll sell it eventually.

Has anyone heard of these guy's? https://www.recycledcycles.net/index.html
They are a St. Louis reseller...there is at least some value added, they tune up the bikes nicely I hear and fit you to it to if you need it. As far as I can understand they only sell bikes that they think are of quality, I just need to look into how much they are marking them up. I have an aunt who just bought one from them, a specialized maybe. If I have the money I might see if they turn anything up, too.
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Oh, he definitely wasn't going down more than $10. He had 2 other people call about it and pretty much told me flat out, even if he sits on it all summer it isn't a loss to him; he'll sell it eventually.

Has anyone heard of these guy's? https://www.recycledcycles.net/index.html
They are a St. Louis reseller...there is at least some value added, they tune up the bikes nicely I hear and fit you to it to if you need it. As far as I can understand they only sell bikes that they think are of quality, I just need to look into how much they are marking them up. I have an aunt who just bought one from them, a specialized maybe. If I have the money I might see if they turn anything up, too.
Don't know much about them, but based upon the prices I've seen on their website in the past, you aren't going to get any deals there. I'd just keep an eye on Craigslist.
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looks like it's gone. I've got a Varsity, a red one. Whisper quite and a luxurious ride, smooth as silk downright elegant over New England Roads. Reached my highest max mph on that bike only beat it recently down a sic hill with another bike. haven't ridden that Varsity in a couple years and I've been thinking of selling it. however i know the day will come where I will regret it. that day may not come for 20 years though hahaha by then I'll be too old to ride

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