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KHS Classic road bike (and two Schwinn World Sports) -- the lucky journey

Old 05-19-24, 07:21 PM
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KHS Classic road bike (and two Schwinn World Sports) -- the lucky journey

Did I get LUCKY?

Found this KHS Classic for a $100, in Cason, CA, about 7 miles away. Hauling it back on my Gary Fisher "station wagon" tomorrow. Never heard of KHS before but a Google search reveal them to be Taiwan company, that began in 1974. Seem to be fairly HQ. I'm on the tall side - -6ft1in --and that 63cm frame will be fine, with seat in mid position. This will be a project bike. Dunno much about components. I was at the sellers house for two other CL buys -- both Schwinn World Sport 58 cm models. And they guy said he had another model I might be interested in: the KHS.

BTW: about the two World Sport 58 cm Schwinn's .... padded, balanced and secured them both (w/cable ties and bungee cords) on the GF , for a smooth, 7-mile return journey back home.














============ Today's Haul: two Schwinn World Sport's, 58cm ===
















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the panniers are loaded with winnings from the casino?
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Originally Posted by TiHabanero
the panniers are loaded with winnings from the casino?
The casino is about 1.5 miles from home. My luck was holding out; but was it really (partly) “luck “??? Or is it a formula/equation?—load balanced well, lots of cable ties , bungees, and padding … and slow, careful, methodical riding on smoothest, straightest, least trafficked routes. Planning, experience, gut feelings. Science, engineering = LUCK?

”Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from MAGIC “.
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I'm wondering why you want to acquire so many old cheap bikes(?)
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Probably to keep BFers entertained.
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Probably to keep BFers entertained.
He needs to find a bike that will fit his seatpost.
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Getting a bunch of bikes that are pretty common and on the lower or mid tier that are quite a bit older are not really a great score. They are fine to have and collecting bikes is fun but these are not particularly collectible. However if you want them go for it but in the end there are so many better bikes out there worth collecting.
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Originally Posted by Aubergine
He needs to find a bike that will fit his seatpost.
It's just Monday but surely this is Post of the Week!
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It would be good to get an idea of the approx vintage of the KHS. Early 1980s?
There is little info on KHS online, despite the fact that they do seem to be as respectable as other brands. They are still around and the current lineup is quite $.
BTW, it rides great.



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Below: the 15 mile round trip haul from Carson. Chose a different scenic path. Smooth as glass.



















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Arrival of KHS and test run

BELOW: Test ride an hour after haul arrival. Local Gardena, El Camino and Hawthorne ,CA.



















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Originally Posted by elcyc
BELOW: Test ride an hour after haul arrival. Local Gardena, El Camino and Hawthorne ,CA.
It certainly looks like it leans against other objects well.
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The stem mounted shifters and the extra brake levers (for use in the tops) is an indication that they are bikes for more “casual” riders. That is, these are on the low/mid range.

KHS (AFAICR) was more of a “bargain” brand. (Not necessarily a bad thing but they weren’t high-end bikes).

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I wouldn't say the OP scored. I also wouldn't say he struck out.

The OP might get more love if he posted this stuff in the c&v section.
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Strange replies

Hey, y’all…
The replies ain’t helpful.
Need appox. vintage —year (s)—of this “Classic “.
Capisce?!!!




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Based on Asian Serial Number Guide and the style of components, I would say probably from 1982.
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Thread moved from General Cycling to C&V.
Great plan! I kept wondering who these folks were with all their disparaging comments? So not C&V!

I can't help with the OP's questions about the KHS, but I appreciate the ingenuity for hauling bikes and the pictures.
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He got a couple cheap bikes for cheap.

I do like his approach to bike-packing.
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
Great plan! I kept wondering who these folks were with all their disparaging comments? So not C&V!

I can't help with the OP's questions about the KHS, but I appreciate the ingenuity for hauling bikes and the pictures.
I think if you’d seen the OP’s previous (now locked) threads, that would have offered some context.
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In the id-80's I was the sales rep for KHS in the SF Bay Area. Interestingly enough, the US distribution company used to be located in Carson. KHS made bikes for Sears and lower end bikes for Univega, as I recall before I started repping. It was a family owned business, one brother ran the factory, the other (Wen Hsieh) came to the US to start distribution. Most brands at that time contracted factories in Asia to build their bikes, but you could find a KHS factory.
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databasing and data mining

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I think if you’d seen the OP’s previous (now locked) threads, that would have offered some context.
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Anyway ...
On my own, I recently found Sheldon's database that can be mined for much useful info and stats:
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/seatpost-sizes-m-z.html
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/seatpost-sizes.html
E.g. , in your Chrome browser, you use "Ctrl+F" and enter 27.2, you get 223 hits. If you enter 26.8, you get about 90.
I did not find my 1993 GF in Brown's db, but did find : Schwinn World Sport 1980s 25.8
I own TWO Schwinn World Sport's. One is 25.8, the other is about 26.4.
So there is a lot of variation, especially in "vintage" bikes .
BTW: Just a generic Google search for "most common seatpost diameter" will yield: 27.2.
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The KHS, IMHO, would be a great commuter with bar-end shifters (an easy install once you have them), and a Blackburn rack. The break lever extensions are nice to have when you ride the top of the bars and just want to slow down a bit.
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Originally Posted by elcyc
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Anyway ...
On my own, I recently found Sheldon's database that can be mined for much useful info and stats:
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/seatpost-sizes-m-z.html
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/seatpost-sizes.html
E.g. , in your Chrome browser, you use "Ctrl+F" and enter 27.2, you get 223 hits. If you enter 26.8, you get about 90.
I did not find my 1993 GF in Brown's db, but did find : Schwinn World Sport 1980s 25.8
I own TWO Schwinn World Sport's. One is 25.8, the other is about 26.4.
So there is a lot of variation, especially in "vintage" bikes .
BTW: Just a generic Google search for "most common seatpost diameter" will yield: 27.2.
Not that I really want to continue the conversation or get yet another of your threads locked, but the above info supports exactly the points I and others tried so hard to help you understand, while you hurled insults at everyone.

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Originally Posted by njkayaker
KHS (AFAICR) was more of a “bargain” brand. (Not necessarily a bad thing but they weren’t high-end bikes).
KHS had a decent bike or two BITD, notably the John Howard model triathlon bike.
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