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Old 08-07-17, 12:21 PM
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Help buying the right vintage

I am looking at three different older bikes. A schwinn 1988 le tour. An older world sport. Not sure the age. And a 1992 trek road racer. The road racer is 165, the le tour is 65 and the world sport is 90. Just wondering the difference in components and weights and which would be the best purchase. Gonna be riding roughly 16 miles a day and then some here and there. The le tour is in really good condition. The world sport and road racer seem to be in great condition
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It's nice to have options, but it does mean that you have to ponder the relative merits of each.
I'm not sure that you've provided many metrics for us to give opinions on. Personally, I'd go for the Trek, I suspect. Nicer parts = more desirable, at least for me.

Have you ridden them? Does one fit better? Which one fits your style of riding?

I will say that I used to own a used Le Tour back in the early 80's. Nothing fancy, but with some alloy rims, it was quite a good bike.


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Originally Posted by Bg49er9299 View Post
I am looking at three different older bikes. A schwinn 1988 le tour. An older world sport. Not sure the age. And a 1992 trek road racer. The road racer is 165, the le tour is 65 and the world sport is 90. Just wondering the difference in components and weights and which would be the best purchase. Gonna be riding roughly 16 miles a day and then some here and there. The le tour is in really good condition. The world sport and road racer seem to be in great condition
Is the 16 miles/day a commute. What kind of roads, what have you ridden before, are they all the same size?

I think frame size needs to be the first consideration, then depending on where/how you're riding, rims and tires.

Which Trek? I decent drive-side photo of each, along with more info about your experience and needs, would allow people here to offer much better thoughts.
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IMO the pricing between the WS and the LT should be swapped around as the LT is at least a couple of steps up Schwinns model rankings from the WS.


If the LT fits well with no changes needed except maybe bar and seat height then that's where I'd spend my money. Especially if the LT is ready to roll.


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Are you looking at Craigslist ads? The newbie posting limits are a pain, but you could either go to the "Introductions" subforum and greet a few people, obfuscate the web links so that we can see them.

I'd lean towards a Trek over the Schwinn bikes. But, even with that, there is a wide variety of Trek models.

Also, the condition of the bike means a lot. It is easy to spend $100 for a pair of new tires and tubes. A complete tune-up is time consuming.

A 16 mile a day commute is pretty moderate. Hills? The important thing will be a bike that is in good shape and fully functional. Oh, and also bike security
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It's. Trek 1200 1992 Then a le tour 1988. Both in great shape. Both frame sizes will fit nice. Trek is 145 now and schwinn le tour is 65.


QUOTE=Kevindale;19774705]Is the 16 miles/day a commute. What kind of roads, what have you ridden before, are they all the same size?

I think frame size needs to be the first consideration, then depending on where/how you're riding, rims and tires.

Which Trek? I decent drive-side photo of each, along with more info about your experience and needs, would allow people here to offer much better thoughts.[/QUOTE]
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Ok, so you have two basic Schwinn steel bikes vs 1 early Trek Aluminum bike.

Did the Trek have Brifters or downtube shifters?

I think I'd lean towards the Trek. Although, if you choose a rear rack, the Schwinn bikes might have better rack mounts.
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I'm sorry. I ended up getting the 88 le tour. Great shape all components work great. Got it for 55 bucks. Gonna go to work and upgrade a few things. Any ideas?



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Is the 16 miles/day a commute. What kind of roads, what have you ridden before, are they all the same size?

I think frame size needs to be the first consideration, then depending on where/how you're riding, rims and tires.

Which Trek? I decent drive-side photo of each, along with more info about your experience and needs, would allow people here to offer much better thoughts.
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I'm sorry. I ended up getting the 88 le tour. Great shape all components work great. Got it for 55 bucks. Gonna go to work and upgrade a few things. Any ideas?
Yes, post detailed pics as soon as you are able, and don't upgrade until you get some advice from the wise ones on this forum.

My guess is that you'll want to do the common stuff "tuneup" stuff first: regrease all bearings, clean and lube derailleurs, new brake pads, cables, tires if you need them. Maybe bar tape. Get it running well before you find out what needs upgrading.

I suspect the first upgrade will be a saddle.
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The pics are in my gallery. How do I do a URL? Not very computer literate
QUOTE=16Victor;19787514]Yes, post detailed pics as soon as you are able, and don't upgrade until you get some advice from the wise ones on this forum.

My guess is that you'll want to do the common stuff "tuneup" stuff first: regrease all bearings, clean and lube derailleurs, new brake pads, cables, tires if you need them. Maybe bar tape. Get it running well before you find out what needs upgrading.

I suspect the first upgrade will be a saddle.[/QUOTE]
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The pics are in my gallery. How do I do a URL? Not very computer literate
Either hit the "Go Advanced" button below the reply window, and use the "Manage attachments" button to get photos off your computer, or put the link into your replay, but leave off the "http" part. Or post 5 more times, and then hit the little landscape icon above, and link to your photo URLs from there.
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Originally Posted by Bg49er9299 View Post
I am looking at three different older bikes. A schwinn 1988 le tour. An older world sport. Not sure the age. And a 1992 trek road racer. The road racer is 165, the le tour is 65 and the world sport is 90. Just wondering the difference in components and weights and which would be the best purchase. Gonna be riding roughly 16 miles a day and then some here and there. The le tour is in really good condition. The world sport and road racer seem to be in great condition
I have a 93 Trek 1200; bought new, If you don't mind the harsh ride of an aluminum frame this can be an awesome bike. The first thing I upgraded were the rims which pretzel-ed early on. Also upgraded to Shimano tri-color but the original components are adequate. I have put many miles on this frame and found it to be fairly responsive and durable you might say bulletproof maybe because your butt can only stand so much abuse. I guess what I am trying to say is that if you want a compliant ride go with the steel frames. If the ride is not an issue you can't go wrong with the Trek as long as it fits you.
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Originally Posted by Bg49er9299 View Post
I'm sorry. I ended up getting the 88 le tour. Great shape all components work great. Got it for 55 bucks. Gonna go to work and upgrade a few things. Any ideas?
What needs upgrading then? That bike came pretty well equipped that year, it may not need anything more that a clean and lube. Maybe new tires? Need a lot more details on your starting point before we can tell you to change anything. If your assessment is accurate, you don't need to change anything.
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QUOTE=Kevindale;19787568]Either hit the "Go Advanced" button below the reply window, and use the "Manage attachments" button to get photos off your computer, or put the link into your replay, but leave off the "http" part. Or post 5 more times, and then hit the little landscape icon above, and link to your photo URLs from there.[/QUOTE]
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