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Old 12-27-12, 04:04 PM
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Montgomery Ward Road Bike - OPINIONS? [PICTURES]

How much is this bike (type of bike) usually worth? And is it a good bike? The owner says that everything works and it is good.
Please come with opinions. Thank you all, and happy holidays.





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Old 12-27-12, 04:16 PM
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I wouldn't pay a penny over $2.99 - and only if it fit perfectly.
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What is your intended use for that bike? (I mean, besides riding it.)
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
What is your intended use for that bike? (I mean, besides riding it.)
Casual riding every now and then - maybe to keep on a college campus as well.
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Its a turd. Much better off with a used Xmart bike, or a nice older mtb. In the "good old days" bottom end dept store bikes were really, really, really bottom end.

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Old 12-27-12, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Its a turd. Much better off with a new Xmart bike, or a nice older mtb.
How come? What is bad with it? I'd like to know, so I will be aware of things like this in the future.
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1) Frame is made of seamed, low grade tubing: heavy and unresponsive
2) Component quality: this has the lowest end components that were around at the time. Sure they work (kind of), but are heavy, a pain to work on, etc.
3) Lots of steel. Not bad in the frame (other than #1 above), but in components, it makes for a very heavy bike. Rims are probably steel as well, and don't brake very well with rim brakes. Alloy components and rims are much better.

Check out forum member randyjawa (sp?) site, My Ten Speeds for some good tips on what to look for, etc.
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Why is it a such POS?

- OLD department store bike. Some of these were really awful, like the one pictured.
- no grips
- steel everything that shouldn't be: crank, rims, stem, seatpost, bars, etc.

Once you look at bikes for a while you will be able to identify something like this immediately.

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I wouldn't pay a penny over $2.99 - and only if it fit perfectly.
I'd go $5 if the tubes hold air and they're a size I'd actually use.
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Actually if you just want it for a campus bike to get to classes it's OK. PLUS no one will ever steal it.

I'd not pay anything for it however...
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PLUS no one will ever steal it
Anything is fair game on a college campus. If they don't take the bike, parts go missing. Doesn't make sense, but it seems to happen.
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Actually if you just want it for a campus bike to get to classes it's OK. PLUS no one will ever steal it.

I'd not pay anything for it however...
+1 to they will steal anything. Many years ago, back in my college days, we had an early 1960s Chevy II wagon. Pure crap, most of the windows were broken out, terrible rust, no heat, etc. It was our grocery getter ($25 car). And the only way to start it, you had to push start it, which meant a group of us, pushing that damn car down the road, at least a block, often several times, before it would start.

Anyway, one night, someone stole that POS.

And before that, someone stole my old Schwinn Continental (which was locked up). Not exactly a top of the line bike for sure.
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How come? What is bad with it? I'd like to know, so I will be aware of things like this in the future.
The answer to that question is considerable and probably goes beyond the scope of a Forum Thread, in my opinion. Rather that try to figure out what is wrong with that bike, try to learn about what it takes to make a bicycle worth while.

Have a look at Vintage Bicycle Quality and learn about what to look for when seeking to make an acquisition.

By leaning what to look for and what to avoid, you will be prepared to strike, when the iron is hot. If you are not ready to strike, the next guy, or girl, through the door, who does know what he, or she, is looking at, will snap the bike up while you are asking us if the deal is a good one or not.

Just my opinion, of course.
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