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1974 Schwinn Varsity and Puch SDP 280

Old 09-17-14, 11:05 AM
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1974 Schwinn Varsity and Puch SDP 280

Hi guys, I'm in the market for a cheap road bike for commuting. But wasn't sure if either or these options are good value:

Schwinn Varsity


Vintage Puch - SDP 280 - special tubing - 482 frame - touring bicycle - 10 speed


Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-17-14, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by skyship84 View Post
Hi guys, I'm in the market for a cheap road bike for commuting. But wasn't sure if either or these options are good value:

Schwinn Varsity


Vintage Puch - SDP 280 - special tubing - 482 frame - touring bicycle - 10 speed


Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
The Puch is way nicer. The Varsity was Schwinn's lowest end road bike.
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Agreed on the Puch plus it looks nicer and from what I can tell people who have them say they're a solid bike, not flashy, but well built.

Those look like pretty different sizes though, are you sure they fit? The Puch looks pretty small, at least for me.
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Agreed on the Puch plus it looks nicer and from what I can tell people who have them say they're a solid bike, not flashy, but well built.

Those look like pretty different sizes though, are you sure they fit? The Puch looks pretty small, at least for me.
Agreed. What's your inseam, OP?
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Agreed. What's your inseam, OP?
My inseam is about 30".
I guess I'll have to double check with the dealer about the size of the Puch
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That's probably about the right size then. The general rule of thumb is that when you stand flat-footed over the top tube (not the seat), you should have about 1" of clearance. Some people have different preferences based on their body and the bike's geometry, but this is a good starting point.
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Originally Posted by icepick_trotsky View Post
That's probably about the right size then. The general rule of thumb is that when you stand flat-footed over the top tube (not the seat), you should have about 1" of clearance. Some people have different preferences based on their body and the bike's geometry, but this is a good starting point.
That's good to know. Thanks for the help guys!
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