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Univega Range Rover, Schwinn Express, or Fuji Sunfire?

Old 05-21-16, 12:00 PM
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Univega Range Rover, Schwinn Express, or Fuji Sunfire?

Hi. I'm going to look at 3 bikes this weekend and could use your advice on which one to get, if any. I'm just a casual rider...around 25 miles or so a week around town on paved roads and not looking to spend much $ at this time. I'm not that knowledgeable yet on bikes, so your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Men's Schwinn EXPRESS 21-Speed Commuter/Hybrid Bike

Fuji Sunfire 18 speed

Men's Univega RANGE ROVER 18-Speed Hybrid Bike

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Originally Posted by mojobaseball View Post
Hi. I'm going to look at 3 bikes today and could use your advice on which one to get. I'm just a casual rider...around 25 miles or so a week around town on paved roads and not looking to spend much $ at this time. I'm not that knowledgeable yet on bikes, so your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Men's Schwinn EXPRESS 21-Speed Commuter/Hybrid Bike

Fuji Sunfire 18 speed

Men's Univega RANGE ROVER 18-Speed Hybrid Bike
Whichever one fits best, as that's the single most important factor. Fit notwithstanding, I'd lean towards the Schwinn, since it has street tires. I also prefer its 700c wheels, compared to the smaller wheels on the other two. Any of them should perform your stated task well. The extra-wide saddle on the Univega looks like it would be uncomfortable. (Wrong width and too much padding are two of the main reasons saddles are uncomfortable.)
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The Univega is the best for sure. They are all medium small size, for a 5'7" guy.
The Schwinn is a walmart POS.
The Fuji has about the same frame as the Uv, but looks to have a poor drive train.
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Originally Posted by GamblerGORD53 View Post
The Univega is the best for sure. They are all medium small size, for a 5'7" guy.
The Schwinn is a walmart POS.
The Fuji has about the same frame as the Uv, but looks to have a poor drive train.
That Schwinn is a mid-90's, pre-Walmart version. It's a bike shop bike.
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The Schwinn Express was only made in 1996 and had an MSRP at that time of $320. Most of the components are entry level grade. 1996 Schwinn Express - BikePedia The listed weight of 30 pounds means it is neither lightweight nor obese. A lot of the entry level bikes at mass merchandisers weigh considerably more. It is the middle of the three frame sizes available. At that price, it would have been a bike shop bike, not a mass merchandiser model in 1996. It is the only one of the three with quick release both front and rear.

The Fuji has a solid rear axle (no quick release). That's the first sign of an entry level bike and one that is heavier. Anyone who describes a bike with a rusty chain (looks like it in the picture) as "like new" is full of it. Take a scale along and pick it up and weigh it. Your weight holding the bike - your weight alone is a good estimate as long as you can hold the bike steady.

Ditto for the Range Rover - 18. It has a solid axle which generally means low end bike and there is a lot of surface rust showing on the front derailleur meaning it has been exposed to the elements for some time. If I bought a bike with that seat, I would throw it in the trash right away. Both the Univega and Fuji have spring loaded saddles. They are wide which means chafing on your thighs if you ride any distance on them. Might appear to be more comfortable than a narrower saddle but not from my experience.
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Originally Posted by Jaywalk3r View Post
That Schwinn is a mid-90's, pre-Walmart version. It's a bike shop bike.
I just came here to second this ^^^^
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Old 07-06-16, 07:38 AM
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Update: Thanks for all your help. I did check out all 3 bikes, and indeed the Schwinn was by far the best fit, and also in the best condition. However, while looking at the other 2 bikes, the Schwinn had sold by the time I got back to purchase it. Now, I'm going to look at this other bike I found on CL as soon as I can get together with the owner. I know it's old, but it's in my price range, and looks decent enough in the pics. After a quick phone call, the owner tells me he's about my size, 5'10, fits him good, and that the bike was serviced at a LBS less than a year ago. Your thoughts on this one would be much appreciated. Thanks again. 80's road bike
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Originally Posted by mojobaseball View Post
Update: Thanks for all your help. I did check out all 3 bikes, and indeed the Schwinn was by far the best fit, and also in the best condition. However, while looking at the other 2 bikes, the Schwinn had sold by the time I got back to purchase it. Now, I'm going to look at this other bike I found on CL as soon as I can get together with the owner. I know it's old, but it's in my price range, and looks decent enough in the pics. After a quick phone call, the owner tells me he's about my size, 5'10, fits him good, and that the bike was serviced at a LBS less than a year ago. Your thoughts on this one would be much appreciated. Thanks again. 80's road bike
That bike is quite small and you shouldn't trust that it would fit you. If the owner had to install handlebars that high the bike is obviously much too small for him
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Thanks Alcjphil. The more I look at the bike, I believe you are right. It does look rather smallish. I'm not sure I want to drive another hour or so to check it out.
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I wouldn't drive an hour for that bike either. It originally would have come with drop bars and probably stem mounted shifters so somebody has done extensive modification to the bike. While Gitane was a reputable French builder, this one looks like it would have been a basic model and probably sold for not a lot more than what the seller is now asking for it. It is also good to remember that French bikes had French threaded components which are different from most other bikes. The Japanese used English threads on their bikes so you don't have much trouble finding parts to fit but French threaded components are a lot rarer.
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Your about 5'10" and that is my height too. A 56cm sized bike would be a place to start. Medium/Large would also fit your height IMHO.
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The Gitane appears to be almost my size or possibly a size up, and im roughly 5'3". Id agree with others about going up in size.
Hope you find something you like!
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Again, thank you for all your help. I'll be looking for a bigger bike from now on. I like these two and might go check them out. The Centurion looks super clean and may be sized right for me. From what I've read the Miyata may be a better built bike, but something about the Centurion appeals to me. And, is it just me, or does something look odd with the Miyata brake cables? Your thoughts on these two would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Classic Miyata One Hundred Road bike Model 1024
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Nothing really "wrong" with the brake cables. It's obvious the cables and housing were replaced and the person who did it didn't shorten the housing enough when reinstalling the cable. You can shorten it yourself. The solid rear axle on the Centurion could mean a lower quality bike or maybe the axle was replaced at some time with a solid axle. I'd ask the sellers to weigh the bikes. The lighter of the two is likely to be the better one to buy as long as both are the right size for you. You can get a rough idea using a bathroom scale (no bike vs holding the bike steady). Not perfect but should be a good estimate as long as the owner holds it steady.
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One thing to watch out for if an older bike has wheels with solid axles is if the rims are aluminum alloy or steel. Steel rims are heavier and provide terrible braking if they get wet. If you are not sure whether the rim is steel or aluminum alloy you can check using a magnet
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