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Schwinn LeTour or Nishiki Olympic 10 ??

Old 08-19-10, 12:12 PM
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Schwinn LeTour or Nishiki Olympic 10 ??

I'm currently looking to pickup a decent road bike for daily riding. Just want a smooth operator that I shouldn't have many problems with.

I am set to look at both bikes today after work. Any opinions or suggestions on these 2 bikes? Which one would you guys choose?

First bike: Nishiki Olympic 10 -- https://corvallis.craigslist.org/bik/1895793856.html

Small dents and dings when asked in email. Listed for $100.

Second bike: Schwinn LeTour -- https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1903103014.html

Listed as perfect and $125.


Thanks!!

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Old 08-19-10, 12:41 PM
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Those are both fairly low end bikes but should do what you want them to do. Assuming they are both your size, I'd buy the Nishiki if it had aluminum rims (the Shwinn has steel). If both are steel, ride them and buy the one that feels best.
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Originally Posted by CACycling View Post
Those are both fairly low end bikes but should do what you want them to do. Assuming they are both your size, I'd buy the Nishiki if it had aluminum rims (the Shwinn has steel). If both are steel, ride them and buy the one that feels best.
https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1905031600.html -- Is this a better alternative to spend a few bucks more??
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Originally Posted by kevron View Post
https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1905031600.html -- Is this a better alternative to spend a few bucks more??
Actually, that one looks worse to me than either the LeTour or the Nishiki. It looks like a lower end bike, and something doesn't look right with the rear derailleur. It looks like a cheap replacement. And, no bar tape. Not a big deal, but will probably cost you $10 or $12 or so.

You really need to look at the letour and the nishiki up close. The Letour has fenders, a nice feature if you ever need to right in wet conditions. Nishiki made some nice bikes. I owned a lower end model when I was in high school, so I have a soft spot for Nishiki.
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Originally Posted by CACycling View Post
Those are both fairly low end bikes but should do what you want them to do. Assuming they are both your size, I'd buy the Nishiki if it had aluminum rims (the Shwinn has steel). If both are steel, ride them and buy the one that feels best.
+1 If the Nishiki has alloy rims, go for it. Plus, orange bikes are prettier.
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I'm asking now if the Nishiki is on alloys. It will be raining here a lot (PDX - NW), so the fenders on the Schwinn are appealing. I do love orange too. I'm leaning towards the Nishiki currently.
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I wouldn't get too excited about either of them. The Centurion was a better bike, but it is gone. Good bikes at reasonable prices tend to go fast, real fast. A good deal is not going to last long enough to ask: "Is this one worth it?". Best bet is to immerse yourself in the web and this forum, and be able to spot a good deal as soon as it shows up. Then pounce.

Based on your description of these two bikes, you would be better off with a 1990s rigid frame MTB with plenty of room for fenders, alloy wheels, etc. Just install a set of road friendly tires.
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I wouldn't get too excited about either of them. The Centurion was a better bike, but it is gone. Good bikes at reasonable prices tend to go fast, real fast. A good deal is not going to last long enough to ask: "Is this one worth it?". Best bet is to immerse yourself in the web and this forum, and be able to spot a good deal as soon as it shows up. Then pounce.

Based on your description of these two bikes, you would be better off with a 1990s rigid frame MTB with plenty of room for fenders, alloy wheels, etc. Just install a set of road friendly tires.
People don't value those old mountain bikes much, so this may be the way to go. Too new to be classic, too old to be the latest thing. But, equipped with rack, fenders and tough road tires, it might make an excellent all around bike. Ironic because I remember a time when mountain bikes were all the rage and people were throwing their old school road bikes in the trash or giving them away. I wonder if we will see an old school mountain bike revival 10 years from now.
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Steel wheels on the Nishiki. . . . . Now I'm starting to second guess myself
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Steel wheels on the Nishiki. . . . . Now I'm starting to second guess myself
Patience. Wait until the right bike comes available. You could take the plunge and buy the Nishiki or the LeTour and upgrade the wheels later. Steel wheels aren't terrible, they are just heavy.

Or, try wrk101's suggestion and pick up an old mountain bike and hybridize it with some fenders and road tires.
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I have a specialized hybrid right now that I loathe. Looking for a lightweight commuter. The hybrid is too bulky and heavy.
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I have one of each and I really like the ride of the Nishiki.
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Thanks for the info here. I have more research to do before i pull he trigger I've decided. I'll have to post up the bike I find.

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I have a specialized hybrid right now that I loathe. Looking for a lightweight commuter. The hybrid is too bulky and heavy.
So are you sure you want an old road bike? Most of those old lower end road bikes weight more than a modern hybrid.
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The Schwinn looks to be in good shape. And the fenders alone are worth the asking price of the bike.
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