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Ross Eurosport, or Schwinn Collegiate 3

Old 05-17-10, 06:47 PM
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Ross Eurosport, or Schwinn Collegiate 3

Mom wants a bike for riding flat MUPS, park roads, etc. Doesn't want to spend too much, and wants an IGH (foot brakes dontcha know!).

Found a Ross Eurosport - I'd guess late 70s or maybe very early 80's vintange on Craigslist. Looks to be in pretty decent condition, probalby stored indoors.

Also found a Schwinn Collegiate 3, which from looking at some Ebay listings I believe is a 1980, give or take a year. Not as good condition as the Ross, has some rust, but will probably clean up fine.

Both similar distance away, both similar price (~$70).

Which would you get, and why? They both seem about her size also.
 
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Either or with a nod to the Schwinn. What type of hubs are on the bikes? Shimano or Sturmey Archer? I prefer the Sturmey, they are easier to get parts for.


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For the purpose stated, I'd go for the Schwinn.
That's not a bad price if the Ross is in nice condition.
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Thanks for the opinions guys. I think either bike will work well for her use, but I'd like to not be repairing it all the tiem for her!

I believe the Schwinn has S-A hub...dont' know about the Ross.
 
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The Ross probably probably has a Shimano hub.

My sister had a Ross 3-speed. I think the hub was a "333". As I recall, it was always popping out of gear. I thought only 10-speeds were cool, and I refused to try to fix it.
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I also should add that you seldom need parts for a Sturmey Archer hub. My biggest problem with Shimano 3 speed hubs has been finding replacement shifters. Most of the bikes I get with the Shimano hubs the shifters are quite often broken and there is no ready source for them. Sturmey Archer still makes shifters for the old 3 speeds.

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