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Late 80s early 90s Schwinn 754

Old 12-11-11, 04:14 PM
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Late 80s early 90s Schwinn 754

I have been asking around about doing some upgrades to my bike, but I'm not sure if it is worth the money I'd spend on it. Some people have suggested selling it and using the money to get something else.

So here's the questions:
Is it worth fixing up?
What is it's value if I wanted to sell it?





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Old 12-11-11, 05:07 PM
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The number one question when considering upgrades is how much you like the ride qualities of the current frame and whether you've ridden anything else you like better. If you love it and haven't found anything better, then upgrading may be a viable alternative.

The problem with your bicycle is the SunTour AccuShift. It's not 100% compatible with Shimano and replacement parts are hard to find. It looks like you're currently running it in friction mode? It's rough cosmetically. In my area, given the SunTour AS and cosmetics, I'd offer $100. Comparable Shimano components would almost double the price.
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Do some minor cleanup and touchup, and I have sold similar bikes for $175 to $200. Needs lever hoods to get max value.
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Old 12-11-11, 05:42 PM
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The FD is friction, but the RD is indexed and still shifts great. Spot on in every gear. I took the original level hoods off a few years ago as they resembled bubble gum, sticky and pulling apart.

I think the frame fits me well and rides well, but the idea of a race bike (which is what this was) with the aged technology that it has doesn't make much sense today. But I've read some people online that absolutely worship these things. I guess everything has it's fans.

For more background, it has the Paramount sticker on it, quill seatpost and is a size 56
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Old 12-11-11, 05:44 PM
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I am looking to change it because I'm never going to be fast rider. I do want something that can be ridden for medium to long rides and comfortable. This bike has more of an aggressive riding position that kills my neck and shoulders.
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Paramount sticker means nothing, it was a marketing ploy. But that series bike was still nice, and the 754 was at the higher end of the product line. I sold one in nicer shape last year for $225.
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Originally Posted by zbo2amt View Post
I think the frame fits me well and rides well, but the idea of a race bike (which is what this was) with the aged technology that it has doesn't make much sense today
Agreed. I'm trying to sell my aluminum 1989 Trek 1500 at the moment for the same reason. It will never be anything other than a race bike due to the lack of tire/fender clearance but it's no longer an acceptable race bike for me. It's gotta go.

Right now I think you're looking at $150-$175 once you give it a bath. Quill seatpost is a negative but it was still a higher end bike and should get a decent response. That money could buy you a really nice older hybrid which would make a lot more sense for the type of riding you describe. They can still be quick with narrow slick tires and a reasonable riding position.


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Paramount sticker means nothing, it was a marketing ploy.
It could still be a marketing ploy today on craigslist to those less knowledgeable
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another down side to upgrading this bike is the Aluminium frame. you can spread the drops to put a 8+spd wheelset in it.

I am not sure about the 'aged technology' but did you ever consider changing the stem to make it more upright?
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let's not forget that I was intending to spend up to a couple hundred on this project anyway. I'll add that to whatever I can make on the bike itself.
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If you want an inexpensive improvement in the ergonomics, just buy a $15 dollar Kalloy riser quill stem for it, e.g. something with a 25 degree positive rise, and jack up your handlebars. You should see an immediate improvement with your sore neck problem.

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