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1986 Schwinn Petolon

Old 07-07-11, 01:36 PM
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1986 Schwinn Petolon

After reading a bunch of forums on here about this bike I'm really excited about. However stories of people picking these up for less than $100 have tempered my intitial excitement.

I live in the city and would use this thing primarily for just bumming around, though I'd like to start trying a long commute to work.

Couple questions:

-is this a decent deal (seems on the expensive end for a 1986 bike)
-how annoying is it shifting from those paddles all the way down on the frame?

Sorry if these are easy/lame newbie questions!

https://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/bik/2476845175.html
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Old 07-07-11, 02:03 PM
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No.

The fork is not original, and doesn't seem on par with the quality of the frame.

The non-aero brake levers are not original.

Is that band covering up damage to the third cable guide on the top tube?


Well used original examples occasionally go for real cheap (<$200) on eBay, and immaculate original examples were selling for around $400 over the winter when I bought mine (also a 62cm ctc frame).
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Bad deal.

Shifting from the DT was the standard for decades.

Bikes with more modern shifters cost more, sometimes a lot more. But not more than this over priced bike.
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Originally Posted by tugrul View Post
No.

The fork is not original, and doesn't seem on par with the quality of the frame.

The non-aero brake levers are not original.

Is that band covering up damage to the third cable guide on the top tube?


Well used original examples occasionally go for real cheap (<$200) on eBay, and immaculate original examples were selling for around $400 over the winter when I bought mine (also a 62cm ctc frame).
Thanks a ton, I guess I'll take a pass on this one. The bike is beautiful though. Definitely going to keep my eye out for a cheapie in the future. Thanks wrk101 too!
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Originally Posted by Redhawk1 View Post
Thanks a ton, I guess I'll take a pass on this one. The bike is beautiful though. Definitely going to keep my eye out for a cheapie in the future. Thanks wrk101 too!
The Peloton is a beautiful bike. You should be able to find one in very good original condition in the $350-$375 range if you are patient. I just sold a 58cm last week that was 1 size too small for me for $360 that had been built with Shimano 600 and Mavic Module E clincher rims. Perhaps the original owner wanted more expensive bits but from what I understand the Superbe is more desirable.
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If you have interest in a late 1980s/early 1990s Schwinn, here's some to consider:

My favorite, the Prologue

Circuit

Peloton

Tempo

Paramount, either the Waterford model (will take some luck to find at this price level),or one of the Series Paramounts, the top ones were built by Panasonic (those will all fit at this price point, and they are quite nice).

I have bought most on this list, including a Waterford Paramount, each one was less than what that seller wants for the Peloton.

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