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1999 Schwinn Circuit (New Member saying Hello)

Old 08-21-10, 06:36 PM
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1999 Schwinn Circuit (New Member saying Hello)

Just popping in to say hello. Just picked up a 1999 Schwinn Circuit as a backup bike. My Trek is out of commission after the rear derailleur snapped and broke through the CF frame. I'm waiting for the warranty claim to be processes and needed a bike, hence the old Schwinn.

First off, I have to say how nice the old bike seems to be. Don't know much about them but the front crank on this one must have been replaced as it is a triple and the specs I found on the bike showed it to be a double. The rest of the bike seems to be pretty much stock but I'm no expert. Just getting into serious cycling having started in May. I ride about 20 miles each night with 50 - 70 mile rides on the weekends.

Need to adjust the seat and then install my Look pedals on the Schwinn and then I'll be heading out for a shakedown ride. I'd be happy to hear from anyone else using one of these. I plan on keeping it even after the Trek is fixed because it seems like such a nice steel bike.
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Welcome to the forum!

Great pickup! Those Circuit bikes enjoy a nice reputation.

Got any pics to share?
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The 1999 Circuit had a Shimano 105 triple crank, and they're very nice bikes. The frame is TIG'd 853. The one thing I don't like about them is the alloy fork, but that can be replaced.



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I never realized the fork on those models were aluminum, I kinda likes that. An out of towner joined our clubs training ride one morning and was riding one of them, really nice looking bike, I'd kinda like to find one someday.

its a shame they turned into this;
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Well, I got the first ride in. A gentle 20 miles on a beautiful Sunday morning. Bike rode well but for a bit of what sounds like tire rub in the front end. Bike seemed really responsive but that may be due to having fresh legs from missing some riding lately. Only creaking was my Brooks B17 saddle and that's the norm for it. All and all I think think this was a good buy and should serve me well.
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Old 08-22-10, 01:13 PM
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All and all I think think this was a good buy and should serve me well.
It was and it will.
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It was and it will.
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Surprise, surprise, I just set a new PR on my 20 mile loop with this old Steelie! Beat my CF framed bike's best time by almost a minute despite a 7 mph wind today.
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It's completely different and all (I wasn't even aware there was a Circuit in the late '90s!; I've only seen the crappy-looking hybrid a la diveANDbright's post) but I have a 1987 Circuit with Suntour Sprint all over that I simply adore. Never had a bike so smooth in my life. Enjoy the ride!
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Hello , I own the same bike . i picked it up for $150 thinking I would switch out the components to another frame , but found out what a nice ride it had. I dumped my aluminum framed Trek and bought a 98 Lemond Zurich . Love those 853 steel bikes. Enjoy your bike . Frisky
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Originally Posted by divineAndbright View Post
I never realized the fork on those models were aluminum, I kinda likes that. An out of towner joined our clubs training ride one morning and was riding one of them, really nice looking bike, I'd kinda like to find one someday.

its a shame they turned into this;
Bleeech.
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Wow, yet again I shaved another 50 seconds off the ride. I know it's not the weight so I wonder what it is about this bike that makes me faster on it than I am on my CF Trek? Can't wait for a calm morning to see what I can really get out of this beast.
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Could be:

1-Fit. Bike shops and street experts commonly fit CF bikes too small.

2-Gearing. Do you have a compact on that Fisher-Price bike? Maybe a 52 in lieu of a 53?
2a-Cassette/freewheel. You just happen to have a combination in "the zone."

3-Diet. Feeling particularly frisky?

4-BioRhythm. Take two crystals to enhance your vibe.

My guess is fit and gearing. It could be the moon in the 7th house, though.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Could be:

1-Fit. Bike shops and street experts commonly fit CF bikes too small.

2-Gearing. Do you have a compact on that Fisher-Price bike? Maybe a 52 in lieu of a 53?
2a-Cassette/freewheel. You just happen to have a combination in "the zone."

3-Diet. Feeling particularly frisky?

4-BioRhythm. Take two crystals to enhance your vibe.

My guess is fit and gearing. It could be the moon in the 7th house, though.
Well the CF is a 56 and the Schwinn is a 54. Yes gearing is different. Oh and the front wheel is rubbing a tad. Dropped it off at the shop to get trued.
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I don't have anything to add to this except that I recently grabbed a '99 Circuit off ebay so I'm pleased to see the positive review! It hasn't even come in the mail yet though and I'm already eyeing those nashbar threaded carbon forks but I should probably curb my impulse to tinker with stuff until I've actually ridden the thing... anyway I'm pretty excited about it since it'll be the nicest road bike I've owned.
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If you or anyone else goes ahead wanting to swap the fork out and its a 56cm frame send that straight blade aluminum fork my way (:
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I'd be happy to but alas I ride a on diminutive 48 centimeters.
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
... First off, I have to say how nice the old bike seems to be. ...
Not "seems to be", your old steel bike is absolutely nicer than what came after!

(Now that we have that established,) Welcome to to C&V, the home of so many inveterate Luddites and curmudgeons who disavow all those modern techno trends, and revel in the simplicity and beauty of the classic bikes of yesteryear.
- And now that you too have tasted the lemonade, I fully expect that when you get your CF bike back, you'll be looking to get some DT shifters and center pulls for it.

PS. I haven't personally owned or even ridden a Circuit, but have read enough here in this forum to know it's a pretty special bike. Congrats.
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Originally Posted by TalkNormal View Post
I don't have anything to add to this except that I recently grabbed a '99 Circuit off ebay so I'm pleased to see the positive review! It hasn't even come in the mail yet though and I'm already eyeing those nashbar threaded carbon forks but I should probably curb my impulse to tinker with stuff until I've actually ridden the thing... anyway I'm pretty excited about it since it'll be the nicest road bike I've owned.
1-You may be surprised how smooth the steel fork is. I tried CF forks where I had Tange chro-mo forks, and am happily back w/Tange. I was caught up in that, have gotten past it.
2-If you really want a 1" threaded CF fork, junkfoodjunkie has a couple that were too small, I think. It would depend on size.

Originally Posted by divineAndbright View Post
If you or anyone else goes ahead wanting to swap the fork out and its a 56cm frame send that straight blade aluminum fork my way (:
I have two aluminum forks off of 56cm bikes, one from a Cannondale (silver sloped crown) and one from a Kestrel (stripped, has the seams at the crown)...
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