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Old 07-05-06, 01:04 AM
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1979 Kia

I don't know much about older bikes, but I saw one on craigslist near where I live for $10, so I thought I'd pick it up. It is an old Kia. It has a different shifting system than my Scott (one like that Schwinn varsity at wal-mart ). I thought I saw somewhere that it was made in 1979.

I like the frame. Is it possible to upgrade it to the shifting system I'm used to (I have sora), and put some standard road wheels on it? These wheels are thick!

Here's some pics. I'd like to hear as much as possible about this bike if possible
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Old 07-05-06, 11:12 AM
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Looks like a pretty low end bike. The wheels and tires on it now look 26x 1 3/8. Only thing about them, is good luck finding tires besides kenda. Shifters you have now are friction. You could convert to index, but its not really worth the novelty. Still, 10$ is a good price.
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The brake levers indicate a late 70-early 80's bike from this Korean maker. It looks to be a very low-level model.

I can't tell from the picture, but is that a steel one-piece crank?
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Originally Posted by silversmith
The brake levers indicate a late 70-early 80's bike from this Korean maker. It looks to be a very low-level model.

I can't tell from the picture, but is that a steel one-piece crank?

I'm not sure. I will take some more pics when I get the bike back (it's not here) again.

So, 'index' shifters are what most modern roadbikes have then? I'm still learning my terminology obviously. Also, is it possible to put 700x23 wheels on this? I'm trying to convert it over (as cheaply as possible) for a roadbike for my brother.
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it probably weighs a ton, those look like cottered cranks. I would look for an older cro-mo frame for the conversion, somethink like an old nishiki... something that already has 700c wheels, it would make life a lot easier on you and you can probably find one for under 50 dollars if you look around for a while.
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Originally Posted by cyclotoine
it probably weighs a ton, those look like cottered cranks. I would look for an older cro-mo frame for the conversion, somethink like an old nishiki... something that already has 700c wheels, it would make life a lot easier on you and you can probably find one for under 50 dollars if you look around for a while.

Hmm. What to do with this then!
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Originally Posted by formula4
Hmm. What to do with this then!

either fix it up to original type specs and sell it for 60-80 dollars or sell it for 15?
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Hmm. What to do with this then!
Just stick the front wheel on and make it something you can ride to stores and lock up, and not worry about.
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ride as is...

just get some proper ridin clothes

chinos, cutoff with long fringes, plaid shirt, CAT B-ball hat with mesh panels (prefer the yellow over the blk hat), size 14 Chuck Taylors

drop the seat a little more, bars look fine
spray chain with salt water a day or 2 before 1st ride...
Oh, make sure tahrs are properly underinflated...
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