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1987? Schwinn Mirada.

Old 05-07-11, 11:58 AM
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1987? Schwinn Mirada.

Acquired this from a friend recently. I made a list of what's been done, what it needs at the end after pictures, and I'd like a general idea of what it's worth?

I detail cars for a living, so needless to say, I'm GREAT with cleaning things and bringing out the shine. This bike seems to have never really been ridden much. Rhode like a dream for the most part.. no real scratches to be seen, no swirling or marring in the paint. Looks like a new bike. The logo is even still on the original saddle.

The bike received following to bring it to these looks in the photo :

Wash - Meguiar's deep gems fortified paint shampoo
Clay - Meguiar's medium clay bar (removes contaminants from paint. road paint, tar, other junk)
Wax - Meguiar's ultimate synthetic sealant/wax

The alloy wheels were polished with NEV-R-DULL wadding polish and the tires degreased with BLECHE-WHITE tire degreaser.

Here are photos of the bicycle in question.












As stated, it needs some things. New tires, and a new rear wheel. The rear wheel has a pretty nasty kink in it and even after truing the thing multiple times, it still has a hop and it's still bent. Too far gone. Would like something original (maybe if anyone has leads??)

I'd like an idea of what this thing is worth.. maybe even where I could find a new wheel for the rear. I don't know much about older bikes , so any help is appreciated.
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Looks like a 1991.



My friend has a 1991 Frontier, and it has 650B wheels on it, not the usual 26" mountain bike wheel. That may be of interest to the right buyer.

But otherwise it is a low end mountain bike, which probably won't sell for as much as a replacement 650B rear wheel.
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Around here, without the beautiful detail work, $50 to $75. Low end MTB. But your detail work could catch the eye of a buyer, and you could double that price, maybe even more! Well done!
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Thanks guys. Any idea where I can begin looking to find out if it's a "650B" ?
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Does the tire say 559 or 584 on it anywhere?
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I'll take a look tomorrow and bump the thread.
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It's a 650B wheel. I decided that since it likely isn't worth much as is, to just bang the bend in the wheel out with a hammer and a piece of wood. You can barely notice it now, and the wheel trued out fine. I think I'll keep it for a beater.
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Haha, useless Schwinn trivia win!

I wish the catalog's were more specific about this stuff.

Fixing a flat spot isn't unheard of. How exactly did you beat it out?

I imagine you undid some of the tension then placed the flat spot over a gap?
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Wow! Nice detail work! Wanna do mine??
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Originally Posted by tugrul View Post
Haha, useless Schwinn trivia win!

I wish the catalog's were more specific about this stuff.

Fixing a flat spot isn't unheard of. How exactly did you beat it out?

I imagine you undid some of the tension then placed the flat spot over a gap?

I trued it the best I could, then took a small piece of wood and one of these bad boys..



The wood kept slipping, so I decided that since I can't find a replacement wheel and I want a beater for the summer for commuting, to just bang it off with a hammer. I put the wheel on my workbench tire and all and hammered it and went from there to truing stand and so on until it was straight enough to completely true it. It worked. There's a small chunk (few MMs) of metal where it scuffed the metal but I filed it down. Just looks like a scratch now. While I realize this is the wrong way to do it, it works and that's what mattered to me.
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Wow! Nice detail work! Wanna do mine??
If you're in the Chicagoland area, hit me up.
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