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Old 08-07-08, 04:05 PM
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Shopping, what's it worth?

Hey folks,
I've found a guy here in town that rebuilds old bikes. He sent me a few pics and I was hoping someone here could tell me if either of these bikes would be a good deal. Both bikes are, or will be, completely overhauled and ready to go.

First up is a Schwinn World sport not sure on the year. Maybe you know. He's asking 250



Next one is a Raleigh Capri this one is 175



I don't really know anything about either of these so any information would be helpful. Looking for something reliable and relatively lightweight. So, what do you think?
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Old 08-07-08, 04:34 PM
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Either of those bikes will get you around town just fine and the first looks to be in very good shape. I think the prices for both are high, though not obscenely so. If you get one, you will have paid him very well to find, clean and tune the bike for you. If you have the time and desire to do those things yourself, you can probably find a comparable bike for much less.
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Old 08-07-08, 04:44 PM
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yeah, definitely decent bikes to get you around and in decent shape to boot. as far as the price on either, it's a bit high to me, see if you can't get it down. and Kentucky doesn't seem like the hottest bike market around either, so those prices might even be quite a bit more than they're worth.

thing you'll absolutely have to consider (and almost definitely the deal breaker) is the size...they're fairly different in size...Raleigh looks like maybe a 51-52 cm, the Schwinn maybe 56-57 cm, even taller perhaps. not exactly interchangeable.

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They aren't the same size, make sure they fit. Neither are top end, and maybe *slightly* over priced, depending on your market. I'd say he's about $50 high on them, unless Louisville is very hot, bike wise.
If they are rebuilt, and new tires, and one fits you, either would be better than what the same money would get you at X-Mart.
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World Sport is superior to the Raleigh, but to echo everything said here: Fit is more important.

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Tough decision. As has been said, those prices are too high. But the bikes are nice, especially the Schwinn. You really do need to determine your frame size before looking further. Hope it works out for you.
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I gave $45 for my '85 World Sport, but I love it, it's a great bike for running up and down the streets and with a rack on it, makes a fun little grocery getter.

I also bought a Raleigh Capri Mixte for my wife last fall for $15 at a garage sale. It's on the heavy side, but she likes riding single speed, so we stripped it down and put a lighter wheel set on it and she likes it a lot.

Both decent bikes for what they are, but those prices do seem high.
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I know if you fit on one, you won't on the other. Both are overpriced for this market.

They're about what you'd pay on eBay, including shipping, if you wanted that particular bike.

I'd vote for the Schwinn for $150-$160 or let him sell it to someone else. Just my take on it.
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I'd steer clear of that model Raleigh - if only because from the photo, it looks like you'd need to change out the entire crankset in order to change a chainring.
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+1 Those prices are high compared to around here. Around here I can find similar/better comparables for around $150. Heck, I sold one today for $110.

+1 I would have zero interest in the Raleigh due to the crankset.
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