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Trying to find a reasonable vintage bike but not sure which brand to go for.

Old 03-31-12, 09:37 PM
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Trying to find a reasonable vintage bike but not sure which brand to go for.

Hello everybody, this is my first post. I'm about to start back to college after a loooong break and need to get a bicycle. Not having much loot after paying tuition, my funds are kinda low. I found these bikes in my area that are in my price range (they are all $100 to $175) and was wondering if I could get some input on which brand I should go for when looking at older bikes, as I know virtually nothing about these things.

1970's fuji

close up of fuji

'78 schwinn

schwinn (not sure how old)

80's Torpado

I'm leaning towards the topado just because it looks like it's in the best condition. What sort of things should I look for when inspecting these bikes in person? Are there certain "Problem Signs" that an ignorant dude can spot easily? Thanks so much in advance, I'm going to go swim around this forum for awhile for info now.

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These bikes are hugely different in size. There is no way for instance that the Torpado and Fuji would both fit you. I agree that the Torpado looks like the best bet. It is a very small bike though. The Fuji might be alright but the pictures are too small to tell anything. And the Fuji is a very big bike.
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I didn't even think about that! Thanks. I'm 6ft, what cm bike should I be looking for? I'm guessing 50 will be too small.
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The only description on the fuji bike is: "Vintage Fuji Special Tourer 10 speed bicycle in very nice shape...this one dates back to the early 1970s and is very light although I do not know the exact weight. The frame size is 62cm and it is ready to ride! With Spring right around this corner this would be a fun vintage ride! I would keep myself but I already have too many bikes. Everything is original to the bike as far as components right down to the original leather seat!"

I'm guessing that the parts all being original to the bike means that I'll probably want to replace them if I get this bike, is that right?
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I just found an online bike frame size calculator that says I should look for 55cm to 58cm with 57cm being ideal. It also said to look for a 170-175mm crankshaft. That rules out the torpado and fuji.
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Old 03-31-12, 10:38 PM
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I've found this bike as well and have asked the seller how large the frame is, waiting on a reply. Are trek bike's pretty reliable? trek 720
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Trek is way too small.

Beyond your price range budget, when you buy a 20 to 30 year old bike, you should expect it to need a fair amount of service work. So you will need a budget for that as well, along with access to a bike co-op or similar where you can use tools, get advice, and so on.

If you were 5-5, that Torpado is a really sweet bike.

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The black Schwinn World Sport looks to be a good size for your height and looks to be a mid to late 80's bike, which is a plus. Better frame material , alloy wheelset, etc. It gets my vote , go get it !
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