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Old 09-07-14, 09:22 AM
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Schwinn Tempo

I'm looking for a bicycle to commute to school with and I was wondering if this bicycle is any good. The owner is asking for $150.

Schwinn Tempo Road Bike / Extras

" 14spd drive train with Shimano 105 derailures and Biopace crank. Shimano PD-T100 pedals, steel for clips and Christophe Straps.
Rear brake is Shimano 105 front is SNG due to fork replacement. (If I can find the front 105 brake it's included but no promise right now).
Wheels are Matrix Titan Tour 700c heat treated, Shimano denote hubs & mated with Kenda Messenger tire 110psi.
Currently set up for a friend for charity rides, hench the high bars. In lured are a drop stem and alloy bars w/ nos summit levers and brake inner cables.
Stand over is approx 33" so she's a little bigger."

From my research I've seen the value of this bike vary a lot so I'm not sure what it's worth, although I'm led to believe that this bike is sort of underappreciated.
I talked with the owner and he said he would install the drop bars for me but I was wondering if I would need new brakes with the drop bars. I was also wondering what SNG means. I'm 5'11'' with 33'' inseam so this would barely fit me right?
Sorry for all the post here, I'm a newbie with bicycles.
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Old 09-07-14, 09:36 AM
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If the seller has the original brake levers it would be a good deal. The frame on those was pretty nice. I would be interested to know why the fork was replaced. It likely means the bike suffered a trauma and frame could have some damage. The SNG must be the brand of the brake, but I am suspected the replacement fork is for a 27" wheel rather than the 700c so it might have a slight effect on handling. The upright bars would be good for commuting a short distance.

In general for short commutes say under 7 or so miles one way a hybrid or mountain bike are better choices, but it is always a personal thing.

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Are the levers he provides suitable? Also what do you mean by if I like the modification? I'll probably replace the pink tires and probably the flat bar for a drop bar. I'll probably ask him what happened to the fork. Is the inspection something I can do or should I bring the bike to a shop to get it checked out? I'm trying to keep my budget under $200 and I definitely don't want a Walmart bike so I'm looking for a decent used bike.
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The brake levers shown in the plastic bag will work with the drop bars shown. The fork replacement does raise a red flag, and you need to inspect the bottoms of the top tube and down tube just behind the head lugs looking for any hint of wrinkling or buckling from a head-on crash. If you feel uncomfortable inspecting the frame for crash damage, take someone who knows what to look for with you to check it out.

$150 is a good deal if it isn't damaged and if the seller will put the drop bars/proper brake levers on the bike for you.
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I'd pass, too many changes to it. I recently scored a 1985 at an estate sale for under $100, mismatched rims, and in late 2012 an unmodified 1987 for a ridiculously low sum. In Buffalo, I consider $150 overpriced as presented.
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