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Old 02-16-15, 10:24 AM
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Looking at used bikes (maybe vintage?), would love some advice

Hey everyone,

New to the biking culture. I'm a college student on a fixed budget who recently had a new bike stolen from outside my apartment. I'm looking to get some thoughts on two used bikes.


These are the links, but one is a Schwinn Sprint and the other a Motobecane Gran Tour. The seller did not specify on the year nor gave much information in general, but any advice on how much I should offer for either of the bikes would be greatly appreciated! There's such a huge knowledge differential here, so my main goal is just to have a fair transaction occur. As my last bike got stolen, I don't have too much to spend.

Motobecane road bike
Schwinn road bike 62cm


Thanks everyone!
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They are drastically different sizes so make sure whatever bike you get fits you
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Originally Posted by eiopa View Post
Hey everyone,

New to the biking culture. I'm a college student on a fixed budget who recently had a new bike stolen from outside my apartment. I'm looking to get some thoughts on two used bikes.


These are the links, but one is a Schwinn Sprint and the other a Motobecane Gran Tour. The seller did not specify on the year nor gave much information in general, but any advice on how much I should offer for either of the bikes would be greatly appreciated! There's such a huge knowledge differential here, so my main goal is just to have a fair transaction occur. As my last bike got stolen, I don't have too much to spend.

Motobecane road bike
Schwinn road bike 62cm


Thanks everyone!

There is a massive size difference between the 2 bikes you posted up --- there may be some rough size charts online or something , but i would opine that the green bike , being a size 56 , would best fit someone 5'10 to 6' tops- some manufacturers might call a bike in this size range a Large instead of going with cm sizes . while the Schwinn would require someone at least 6'3 or over (XL bike)
--- personally, i am 5'8 and ride a 53 or 54 bike, or a MEdium

If the bike doesnt fit, it almost doesnt matter what it costs, because it wont be the right bike for you -- and generally sizing can be ballparked by height if your a fairly "normal" person, but some have long inseams, long arms/torsos, etc. -- so there are variables even then but its not that complicated

Post up your height and others might even help find a suggestion or 2 in your area

but roughly

If your my height or thereabouts (between 5'7 and 5'9, ) a 53 to 54 would be ideal or possibly even a 55

A little taller , - 5'10 to 6' - a 55 on the low side and a 58 on the extreme high side

And if your 6' to 6'2 -- a 58 would likely still work , but anything over that and you get into sizes in the 60's -- and at that point, i'm out of suggestions as i have not done a lot of work with Paul Bunyanesque cyclists but i will wish you good luck and express condolences on your other bike getting ganked --- thieves are cowards
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So good to know! Really appreciate it DMC707.
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Have you checked with campus police to see if you can get the bolt cutters? They usually loan them out whenever there's a bike stolen.

AKA go to the bike co-op and watch them wrench for a while. You'll learn a thing or two about bikes, meet some pretty great people and possibly come out with a bike you want to ride for a price you can afford.
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The Schwinn Sprint has upgraded rims, but is about 2X what they typically sell at.

The Motobecane is more realistically priced.
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Not clear on what size you ride, so there's a range here too. Also I limited my search to road bikes. There's some interesting mtbs I passed up that would still make good campus commuters.

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