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Old 07-16-13, 02:41 PM
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Vintage Schwinn (unspecified) vs. Vintage Motobecane?

Hey guys! New to cycling, but want a road bike! I am looking to find a classic/vintage bike as I like anything vintage. I am looking through craigslist and came across a ride ready vintage schwinn, or a motobecane that I (or the LBS) have to do some minor work on (new tubes, tires, pedals and probably some adjustments as well. I'm leaning towards the motobecane, even though I can't ride it right away, but that is all just based on looks. Any experiences with either brands? I do enjoy the idea of fixing up, restoring and "upgrading."
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Both brands made everything from basic to excellent, and everything inbetween. A bike that has been neglected/ignored will likely need more than tubes and tires; add bearings, grease, cables, housings, chain, and brake pads to your list. Plus servicing the freewheel.

French bikes, depending on the era, can be more challenging to upgrade due to the uniqueness/obsolete nature of french sized parts. Reproduction parts are out there, but often for 4X the regular stuff.

And before any decision comes SIZE. There is a size that is right for you. Often, newbies will post three or four bikes they are considering, all different sizes, many times very far apart.

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Without knowing the model/year of issue and condition of the bikes, I think it's impossible to make any kind of informed judgement.
(We don't know if we are comparing Schwinn Paramount to boat anchor, or a boat anchor to a Motobecane Team Champion)

Can you provide pics?
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As Bill says, getting a bike that fits is most important; you can pay a premium to buy a high end vintage bike that's in cherry condition, but if it doesn't fit you won't ride it.

There's not nearly enough information in your post about the two bikes to offer any opinions. Both Schwinn and Motobecane made models ranging from entry level bikes with heavy plain carbon steel straight gauge tubing, stamped dropouts and steel wheel rims with steel components, to high end bikes with quality double-butted chromoly (or better) tubing, forged dropouts, alloy wheel rims and alloy components. I'd steer clear of Motobecanes, Peugeots, and other French vintage bikes because of limited parts availability.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
Without knowing the model/year of issue and condition of the bikes, I think it's impossible to make any kind of informed judgement.
(We don't know if we are comparing Schwinn Paramount to boat anchor, or a boat anchor to a Motobecane Team Champion)

Can you provide pics?
Indeed, very little to go in. Year is less important than the size and condition in my book. Probability would suggest the Motobecane is the better choice condition being equal.
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Old 07-16-13, 05:09 PM
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Here are the only pictures I can find...
The green is the motobecane. The owner of the Schwinn hasn't really gone into too much detail, other than it is "vintage" and in great rideable condition.
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Here are the only pictures I can find...
The green is the motobecane. The owner of the Schwinn hasn't really gone into too much detail, other than it is "vintage" and in great rideable condition.
Are you about 5'4" or thereabouts? Or 5"9"? The Schwinn appears to be the better machine just from the pic.
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Originally Posted by Shp4man View Post
Are you about 5'4" or thereabouts? Or 5"9"? The Schwinn appears to be the better machine just from the pic.
I'm almost 5'9. More like 5'8" and a quarter.
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I'm almost 5'9. More like 5'8" and a quarter.
The Schwinn is the one- it may be just a bit too big, but the Moto would be cramped for you.
Or look for a 54CM bike.
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The Schwinn appears to be an early World Sport- a low end bike with steel rims, but it if fits you and it's priced right it'll get the job done.
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Originally Posted by Shp4man View Post
The Schwinn is the one- it may be just a bit too big, but the Moto would be cramped for you.
Or look for a 54CM bike.
Thanks for the input!
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The Schwinn is a bit big, the Moto too small.
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If either of those bikes are over $50 forget it.
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Old 07-16-13, 07:33 PM
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It's a Schwinn Le Tour.
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It's a Schwinn Le Tour.
LeTour is nice bike, somewhere in the middle range, yes? The Motobecane is too small.
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LeTour is nice bike, somewhere in the middle range, yes? The Motobecane is too small.

So it is a good bike? Good to hear. Is 75 a decent price for it?
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So it is a good bike? Good to hear. Is 75 a decent price for it?
$75 is fine.
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So it is a good bike? Good to hear. Is 75 a decent price for it?
I would be tickled to get a Le Tour for $75. I think it will probably fit and I am sure you will like it.
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Thanks guys! Just picked it up
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