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Old 01-13-08, 09:02 PM
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Schwinn World Sport Bike

I really don't know much about these bikes but I can pick one up from Craiglist for 40 dollars in really nice shape. Is it worth it for a commuter bike? Frame size is correct for me and everything looks good. I should add its a 12 speed and not sure of the year that would make it.
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Originally Posted by Bob Barker View Post
+1, If it's an original 12 speed (not a former 10 speed, upgraded to a 12 speed) then it will have a chromoly main frame and alloy rims. I like those mid-80's Schwinn chromoly frames and alloy rims are always a plus with one of those bikes. If that's how it is set up and it is truely in good shape, I would pay the $40 or at least a good offer close to that.
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The 80's era ones were made by Giant in Taiwan and are nice riding bikes. I have one that I picked up last year and have been happy with it. I discovered, when I picked up a similar era Nishiki Sport that they are the same Giant made frame (pretty much the same bike) with very slightly different components (the Nishiki brakes had a quick release). That bike was in very good shape and with a quick clean up sold on CL for $160.00 in less than 8 hours.

If I was going to keep the World Sport (it will get flipped this spring) I would swap out the stem shifters for bar ends and the brake levers with newer aero style ones.

So in short, if it is in good condition, $40 would be a good price with little downside potential.
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Sold my 85 for $150 in one day, on the coldest day of 2007! $40 is a steal, but only if it's Crmo frame and alloy rims. The World Sport swung a wide margin. STarted out as a bottom of the line junker, and improved a bit each year into the eighties,,,,BD
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I bought a new, black '88 w/s when I got back into cycling....26 or 27" frame, I believe....it was huge....I loved it! I quickly was hooked on bikes after that one......I think I traded it in on a Cannondale a year or two later.....and the bike collecting began...
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1986 Schwinn Traveler

Thanks posters for the link to the 80's Schwinn catalogues...and the commentary about the 80's Schwinns (especially the mention of the importance of the cromoly frame/alloy rims combination).

I've been back into biking for 17 months (after, for the most part, a twenty year "hiatus"), and, in somewhat ignorance, I bought (I now know from your Schwinn link) a 1986 cadet-blue Schwinn Traveler through ebay. I wanted to try a chromoly frame (I have an ancient, rusting, 35-pound, 80's steel Huffy Dash 10-speed, and a year-old aluminum-flatbar Windsor Stratford (I am just learning of the controversial-rebranding-bikesdirect story).

I love the Schwinn. It fits me perfectly (23 inch frame), and it seems to be a bit easier on my aging body than my aluminum frame bike (although I do like the Windsor Stratford, and, as I continue to ride more consistantly, soreness has become less of an issue).

I probably paid too much for my Schwinn Traveler ($100 plus $50 shipping, in early spring 2007), but I don't have a lot of avenues to find nice old bikes here (In very rural, extreme-southwest Virgina, U.S.A.), In fact my own Traveler is the first Schwinn I have ever seen in person (the first time I even heard of Schwinn was on the "Price Is Right" when I was a kid). There are many "pock" marks on the frame, rust on the pedels (and the cables look rustly also), but, after replacing the back tire, oiling it up, and making a few adustments, the bike was totally functional and I got 20-30 good rides on it in the summer of 2007.

I parked the Traveler in late summer 2007, when I started hearing a (popping?) noise from the back-hub area as I was riding, and am now riding the Stratford while I decide how to proceed (I am hesitant to start tinkering with the rear hub, I don't have any bike-specific tools, the closest bike shops are 1-2 hours drive, and I financially need to "space-out" my bike-related purchases).

If you all have any comments about the 86 Schwinn Traveler (especially about the level of difficulty on hub and bottom-bracket maintainence) I would like to hear them.
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Great post:

This was my high school graduation present from my folks: https://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...985Ltwt20.html

I rode it all the way through college, law school, and commuted to my first job on it. Did a handful of triathlons too. $40 is a steal for that bike if it's in decent shape.
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I picked up one of those 85 Light Blue World Sports about 2 years ago. I rode it briefly, but sold it cause the frame was too large for me. I hated to sell it because it rode so nice and I REALLY liked that awesome color. IMHO, Those 80s Schwinn's with chromoly frames were really nice riders and they are still plentiful and not high priced.
IMHO these are really good bikes to start with when getting into C&V.
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I picked up two World Sport bikes , both black, both cromoly/alloy wheels of approx 1987 vintage. They were sturdy nice riding bikes but a bit heavy. I got them for $5 and $10 in local yard sales (quite rare finds)
Your find would make a great commuter.
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Picked up the bike tonight and its all original, cromoly/alloy rims. Paint looks real good except were he had a lock and cable hung on the seat post and some paint is chipped in some places.
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sounds like dry hub

Originally Posted by mawtangent View Post
Thanks posters for the link to the 80's Schwinn catalogues...and the commentary about the 80's Schwinns (especially the mention of the importance of the cromoly frame/alloy rims combination).

I've been back into biking for 17 months (after, for the most part, a twenty year "hiatus"), and, in somewhat ignorance, I bought (I now know from your Schwinn link) a 1986 cadet-blue Schwinn Traveler through ebay. I wanted to try a chromoly frame (I have an ancient, rusting, 35-pound, 80's steel Huffy Dash 10-speed, and a year-old aluminum-flatbar Windsor Stratford (I am just learning of the controversial-rebranding-bikesdirect story).

I love the Schwinn. It fits me perfectly (23 inch frame), and it seems to be a bit easier on my aging body than my aluminum frame bike (although I do like the Windsor Stratford, and, as I continue to ride more consistantly, soreness has become less of an issue).

I probably paid too much for my Schwinn Traveler ($100 plus $50 shipping, in early spring 2007), but I don't have a lot of avenues to find nice old bikes here (In very rural, extreme-southwest Virgina, U.S.A.), In fact my own Traveler is the first Schwinn I have ever seen in person (the first time I even heard of Schwinn was on the "Price Is Right" when I was a kid). There are many "pock" marks on the frame, rust on the pedels (and the cables look rustly also), but, after replacing the back tire, oiling it up, and making a few adustments, the bike was totally functional and I got 20-30 good rides on it in the summer of 2007.

I parked the Traveler in late summer 2007, when I started hearing a (popping?) noise from the back-hub area as I was riding, and am now riding the Stratford while I decide how to proceed (I am hesitant to start tinkering with the rear hub, I don't have any bike-specific tools, the closest bike shops are 1-2 hours drive, and I financially need to "space-out" my bike-related purchases).

If you all have any comments about the 86 Schwinn Traveler (especially about the level of difficulty on hub and bottom-bracket maintainence) I would like to hear them.
sounds like your rear bearing needs grease. Take off rear wheel, remove nuts off 1 side to see in hub.add grease.replace nuts. anyone want to add this is the quick cheap way.
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