Notices
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals. Use this subforum for all requests as to "How much is this vintage bike worth?"Do NOT try to sell it in here, use the Marketplaces.

Noob looking for road bike

Old 06-20-13, 09:11 AM
  #1  
rpdemink
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 14
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Noob looking for road bike

Title says almost all of it...I now mountain bike, but my wife has started road biking and bought a mid range Trek. I thought I would go along with her, but really dont want to spring for the big bucks. What would be a good old road bike to look for? CL seems to have LOTS of Schwinns and some Pugeot, Raleigh etc. Any particular years/brands that would be good? I am 5'11" and 215# if that makes a difference.
Thanks
rpdemink is offline  
Old 06-20-13, 09:17 AM
  #2  
MRT2
Senior Member
 
MRT2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 6,123

Bikes: 2012 Salsa Casseroll, 2009 Kona Blast

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 916 Post(s)
Liked 110 Times in 78 Posts
Have you ever ridden a road bike? What is your wife riding?
MRT2 is offline  
Old 06-20-13, 09:36 AM
  #3  
MRT2
Senior Member
 
MRT2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 6,123

Bikes: 2012 Salsa Casseroll, 2009 Kona Blast

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 916 Post(s)
Liked 110 Times in 78 Posts
Building on what Thrifty Bill said, beware the cheap, low end vintage road bikes. Many used low end components and heavy, hi tensile steel frames, and stem shifters. And in some markets, these turds are selling for $200 or more. Add in the cost of new parts and/or repairs, and you are halfway to the cost of a new road bike. The era of bargain, high end or even mid range classic and vintage road bikes seems to be over.

BTW, how much are you looking to spend?
MRT2 is offline  
Old 06-20-13, 10:14 AM
  #4  
rpdemink
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 14
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
Have you ever ridden a road bike? What is your wife riding?
In the "old days" I rode a Schwinn Continental and a Pugeot, model unknown. She rides a Specialized Secteur
rpdemink is offline  
Old 06-20-13, 10:16 AM
  #5  
rpdemink
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 14
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
Building on what Thrifty Bill said, beware the cheap, low end vintage road bikes. Many used low end components and heavy, hi tensile steel frames, and stem shifters. And in some markets, these turds are selling for $200 or more. Add in the cost of new parts and/or repairs, and you are halfway to the cost of a new road bike. The era of bargain, high end or even mid range classic and vintage road bikes seems to be over.

BTW, how much are you looking to spend?
Looking to stay under $200 as I am really not in love w/ road biking. I would rather dodge trees than cars
rpdemink is offline  
Old 06-20-13, 10:46 AM
  #6  
oddjob2
Still learning
 
oddjob2's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: North of Canada, Adirondacks
Posts: 11,614

Bikes: Still a garage full

Mentioned: 91 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 842 Post(s)
Liked 50 Times in 31 Posts
Just put some 1.75 wide road slicks on your MTB. You'll be amazed at the difference. Less than $30, with tubes.

https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Produc...54_-1___202470
oddjob2 is offline  
Old 06-20-13, 10:50 AM
  #7  
thinktubes 
weapons-grade bolognium
 
thinktubes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Across the street from Chicago
Posts: 5,384

Bikes: Battaglin Cromor, Ciocc Designer 84, Schwinn Superior 1981

Mentioned: 37 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 664 Post(s)
Liked 716 Times in 359 Posts
Spend a little more ($300) and pick up a vintage Trek or any number of Japanese offerings.

Mostly junk at the $200 CLPP.
thinktubes is offline  
Old 06-20-13, 11:17 AM
  #8  
MRT2
Senior Member
 
MRT2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 6,123

Bikes: 2012 Salsa Casseroll, 2009 Kona Blast

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 916 Post(s)
Liked 110 Times in 78 Posts
Originally Posted by rpdemink View Post
Looking to stay under $200 as I am really not in love w/ road biking. I would rather dodge trees than cars
Sad to say, but in many markets, it is hard to find a good used road bike in ready to ride condition for under $200. In 2007, I bought an old 84/85 Schwinn LeTour for $60, and got it in ready to ride condition for around $200. I am always looking for deals, for myself, for my son, and for friends, but for some reason, bikes that used to sell for $75 like my old LeTour now go for $200 or more. So that same LeTour today, after upgrades and repairs, would probably cost me closer to $300 or $350, and at that price, frankly, you are really better off going another direction.

IMO, the used bargains these days are on old mountain bikes and hybrids. IMO they are much better bikes than the lower end bike boom 10 speeds clogging the CL for sale pages. 90s era hybrids and mountain bikes are old, but not so old they are considered classic or collectible in any sense.. But they are solid nice riding bikes. Problem for you is, you might just want to buy some road tires for your mountain bike rather than spend a couple of hundred for an old hybrid.

Last edited by MRT2; 06-20-13 at 11:22 AM.
MRT2 is offline  
Old 06-20-13, 07:39 PM
  #9  
vanttila
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Oxford, OH
Posts: 171

Bikes: Scattante R670

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You could go under $20 with a bit of effort. S'pose it depends a lot on where you live
https://www.mytenspeeds.com/My_TenSpe..._2_FINDING.htm
vanttila is offline  
Old 06-21-13, 07:06 AM
  #10  
rpdemink
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 14
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by vanttila View Post
You could go under $20 with a bit of effort. S'pose it depends a lot on where you live
https://www.mytenspeeds.com/My_TenSpe..._2_FINDING.htm
THANKS! that site really has a lot of info
rpdemink is offline  
Old 06-22-13, 08:18 AM
  #11  
MRT2
Senior Member
 
MRT2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 6,123

Bikes: 2012 Salsa Casseroll, 2009 Kona Blast

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 916 Post(s)
Liked 110 Times in 78 Posts
That is a lot of effort, and frankly, you deserve those deals, Thrifty Bill. Better someone who knows what he or she has find a diamond in the rough, like a classic Tommasini, Bianchi, or Raleigh , and leave the entry level $150 to $200 Schwinn Varsities and Continentals to the hipsters.

That leaves people like the OP in that middle ground, hoping to find a Japanese or Taiwanese bike, like a nice 80s Miyata, Panasonic, Nishiki, Fuji, or Giant made Schwinn for around $100 to $200, if he is lucky.

Last edited by MRT2; 06-22-13 at 08:24 AM.
MRT2 is offline  
Old 07-02-13, 07:51 AM
  #12  
Cougrrcj 
Over forty victim of Fate
 
Cougrrcj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 3,602

Bikes: A few...

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 508 Post(s)
Liked 224 Times in 159 Posts
It would probably help a bit if we knew the OP's location so as to better give ballpark price guesstimates. Quite a few old-school mid-quality road bikes around here for under $200, even in 23"/58cm size that I'm guessing the OP would need. Maybe 24"/60cm?

I recently picked up my '84 Univega Viva Sport for $140 in very good condition, with new tires/tubes/freewheel already on it. I'm just tearing it down for a cursory re-lube and off we go! Well, I'm kitting it out the way I like with bar-end shifters and the like, but that's entirely a 'my preference thing'...
Cougrrcj is offline  
Old 07-02-13, 08:14 AM
  #13  
avzay66
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Somewhere
Posts: 117

Bikes: Fuji Giant

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
On CL the key is to avoid the bike resellers, the people who stalk garage sales looking for deals, wipe the bike down and resell it for inflated price (with bike condition ranging from marginal to unridable at least in my area). The resellers usually have a whole bunch of ads running in parallel written in the same style - avoid those.

I've always gotten best deals from people who just upgraded their bike and are selling the old one to recover money. Those bikes are almost always ready to ride, and the sellers are willing to haggle.
avzay66 is offline  
Old 07-08-13, 06:16 AM
  #14  
rpdemink
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 14
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
It would probably help a bit if we knew the OP's location so as to better give ballpark price guesstimates. Quite a few old-school mid-quality road bikes around here for under $200, even in 23"/58cm size that I'm guessing the OP would need. Maybe 24"/60cm?

I recently picked up my '84 Univega Viva Sport for $140 in very good condition, with new tires/tubes/freewheel already on it. I'm just tearing it down for a cursory re-lube and off we go! Well, I'm kitting it out the way I like with bar-end shifters and the like, but that's entirely a 'my preference thing'...
I am in SW Michigan, after reading the replies I have started making my wifes "88" rockhopper(bought used in Hawaii in "91") into a road worthy bike. I had a set of 26" wheels w/ slicks and 8 speed cassette. Of course the rear wheel wouldnt work as is so I took the slick and put it on the 7 speed wheel. Then had to un-gunk the rear hub w/prolink chain oil as it wouldnt engage consistantly. I changed the stock flat bar to a slight riser. Since I am 5'11 and she is 5'4" there was a fit problem.,the cassette and front rings seem to be excellent and it shifts great now, need to measure the chain tho, the changes seem to help, but would like to raise the stem, but the darn front cantilever brake cable runs thru the stem and wont allow me to raise it.....unless...I let some of the frayed cable out!...Hmmmmmm maybe problem solved, if it doesnt shorten the shifter and other brake cables too much.
Thanks all
rpdemink is offline  
Old 07-09-13, 05:16 PM
  #15  
jjames1452 
Senior Member
 
jjames1452's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 1,353

Bikes: Trek 720, Trek 620, Trek 520, Steel Schwinns, AD Puch, Kona, Nishiki Pro, All City Disc Spacehorse, Waterford

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 135 Post(s)
Liked 58 Times in 34 Posts
I have a fairly nice Schwinn Premis I would sell you, less wheels. Transportation from Dayton to Southern MI might be a problem.
jjames1452 is offline  
Old 07-15-13, 11:09 AM
  #16  
StLbikerdude
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 71

Bikes: '11 Giant Defy2, '05 Salsa Las Cruces, '94 Schwinn Passage and '86 Schwinn Sprint

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by rpdemink View Post
I am 5'11" and 215# if that makes a difference.
james, he needs a 23" frame. If I'm not mistaken, your premis is a 25". I'm 6', 218 and would ride a 21" before I would a 25.

and btw- they do have a classifieds section here. I've seen you offer to sell that bike in many other peoples posts already today.
StLbikerdude is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
rawrsomesausage
Classic & Vintage
7
08-10-14 06:26 PM
LordMarv
Classic & Vintage
2
07-28-14 08:49 AM
mikesellers
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
3
05-26-14 12:04 PM
monicamarie100
Road Cycling
35
08-25-13 03:47 PM
1peter224
Classic & Vintage
4
04-12-13 06:25 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.