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Craigslist Help - 1974 Schwinn Continental

Old 06-04-14, 09:09 PM
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Craigslist Help - 1974 Schwinn Continental

Is this a good price for this bike? just wanted to get a more experienced opinion. Its a 1974 Schwinn Continental - $225.

For a 6'4" person- Bike would be used for commuting around Chicago and also leisurely rides on trails. Thanks for your help!!

VINTAGE SCHWINN CONTINENTAL....1974 near mint

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Old 06-05-14, 12:43 AM
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Bike is priced at least double it's worth. Stay away from this one. Looks nice, shiny, decent paint but it is a low end tank of a bike.

For $225 you can do far better.
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Here are a couple I found that would be better suited to you.

73 Raleigh Super Tourer strange as but best deal
1980's SPECIALIZED SIRRUS 12-SPEED ROAD RACE BIKE SHIMANO 105 PRISTINE
VINTAGE ORIGINAL 1984 TREK 510 12-SPEED ROAD BIKE REYNOLDS SUPERBE a bit overpriced IMO
1980s Univega Sportour
Raleigh Super Course
MOTOBECANE GRAND RECORD
cannondale 62 cm 27in tire shimano sante
*** TREK 2100 CARBON COMPOSITE 60cm ***
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Back in 1974, new, the bike sold for around $125. In 40 years, it hasn't improved with age.

I still have my 1973 version and would sell it for $100-$125 if I was offered that kind of money. Two years ago, I spent about $100 fixing it up.
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It is missing the original saddle but it also appears to have a set of dealer installed chrome fenders plus a period correct generator set, which can fetch $100 on their own.
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I was just about to reply with a lot of what's linked below. There are many better bikes for the money on Chicago CL.
Here's one more: Trek 400 Road Bike

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i might offer $300 for that nice trek. it looks more ready to ride than the univega, but you can't really tell from pics. i might go visit the univega too, with an offer of $200.

good luck. finding a bike is hard work, but worth it.
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Size first, then shop. The Continental is too small and overpriced. Several of the other suggestions are too small as well. Google bike size, take a few measurements, and you will be ready to go.
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Thanks for your help! This was a bike my boyfriend was interested in, we are both new to biking- he loved the color so much that he went to test it out anyhow. He said its definitely too small, needs a 63cm and the ride was just ok. Will keep looking, thanks for the CL suggestions! will check them out.
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Originally Posted by Citytraveller View Post
Thanks for your help! This was a bike my boyfriend was interested in, we are both new to biking- he loved the color so much that he went to test it out anyhow. He said its definitely too small, needs a 63cm and the ride was just ok. Will keep looking, thanks for the CL suggestions! will check them out.
You can find them for around a hundred if you look hard enough,,and there are a lot of large frame ones out there , I think they are harder to sell. Bike is a fun ride for a hundred bucks and more is rediculous.
In the detroit area I see them for 60 to 300 bucks.
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Bike is priced at least double it's worth. Stay away from this one. Looks nice, shiny, decent paint but it is a low end tank of a bike.

For $225 you can do far better.
Agreed. The EF Schwinns are bomb-proof and practically indestructible. They have much to commend them as a beater bike but if you want a lighter ride, you can do far better for the price.
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I sold a 1973 Schwinn Continental about a year ago for $200. There wasn't a mark on the orange paint. Bike could have passed for out of the box! All I did was detail it and put new tires on it. New owner was giddy when he saw it, lol.

BTW...frame size was 26''....my size.
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