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Should I Buy a Giant Rincon? Or Just Keep My Old Schwinn Sierra? Or A Single Speed?

Old 11-06-18, 07:33 AM
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Should I Buy a Giant Rincon? Or Just Keep My Old Schwinn Sierra? Or A Single Speed?

I have a 80's Schwinn Sierra I was going to put road tires on for $50. I paid $40 and it has a rack with it.

The question is: Would it be worth it to buy a Giant Rincon that has street tires already on it and try to transfer the rack? Guy is asking $100

My other option is something lighter....a Purefix Echo for $100 or a Aventon Mataro for $200?

This would be for commuting and grocery getting. There are some hills but only a few.

Distances would be no more than 10-15 miles.

https://chattanooga.craigslist.org/b...741398442.html

https://chattanooga.craigslist.org/b...41398699.html\

Or just stick with plan A and get road tires?

https://chattanooga.craigslist.org/b...738590281.html
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Old 11-06-18, 10:12 AM
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I have purchased used bikes for their parts before. I swap the parts I want (tires, saddle, etc..) and resell the bike.
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Old 11-06-18, 10:19 AM
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I guess what I'm really asking is...would the Giant Rincon be significantly better (faster, more reliable, more durable, better performance, easier to use) than the Schwinn Sierra
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They all look like lower end bikes. If you want a single speed/fixed gear get one they are fun but don't buy the pure fix for $100, maybe if they will take $30 but since they didn't show the drivetrain on any of them, it looks like they have something to hide or just don't know anything about bikes. If you knew anything about bikes like the Giant seller suggested, you would pass on a bike that was not much new and will not ever appreciate in value and was photographed from the wrong side. Yes it is not a bike from wally-mart but one does not have to always go to wally mart to find low end bikes though certainly wally loves to go lower than most.

Generally when looking at the stinky and stolen used bicycle marketplace anytime you see a bike with little info and one poorly done photo not of the drivetrain, it is a good idea to make a hard pass also generally when you see quill stems, cheap plastic pedals saddles that are way too high or slammed I would take a pass as well. However there are plenty of bikes with quill stems that have value but there will be good info on them usually with tons of great photos and a somewhat knowledgeable owner. Also it is always important to note with used bikes you get no warranties from the manufacturer or any service plans of any sort. Some actual bicycle retailers that sell used might offer something but you still will not get anything from the manufacturer.
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Keep the Schwinn as your grocery getter and buy the Aventon Mataro for enjoyment.....
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why not just post on the bike forum, just for your entertainment...
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Wha? I guess that was a snarky answer. It probably would have had more bite if it had been a little more coherent.
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Originally Posted by LifeNovice1 View Post
I guess what I'm really asking is...would the Giant Rincon be significantly better (faster, more reliable, more durable, better performance, easier to use) than the Schwinn Sierra
No, unless it fits you better or is in considerably better condition. The bikes are more or less at the same quality level.
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Old 11-07-18, 01:25 PM
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Then you'd love my Schwinn! It doesn't have grip shifters, it has friction shifters on the handlebars with the gear indicators broken off! It has a definite homeless guy vibe to it. I kind of like how ****ty it looks.
As an added bonus someone didn't like the red nose reindeer neon paint job so they tried to spray paint it Forrest green. Except they didn't bother trying to sand off the original color (or the clear coat), then seemed to have lost interest finishing the already ****ty job. So basically the seat post part of the frame is green and the rest is red. So ghetto!
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So I guess the ratio of useful answers to dick answers is about 3:1. Didn't get the official guidebook but that seems about right.
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