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Old 07-05-08, 06:47 PM   #1
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Schwinn Jaguar - Fun Cruiser

I went camping with my folks and sister this weekend and one of our usual past times is driving over to the next city and checking out the thrift store. The campground is nice and all but its good to get out and stretch out legs. When I walked in, I saw what looks to be a brand new Schwinn Jaguar for $60. My dad refused to let me pay for it given that I just bought the Giant Kronos the other week so he bought it and decided that we'd keep it at the camp ground for a good run-around bike. The Kronos is admittedly a poor choice given that the roads are all either wood chips or loose gravel/dirt - the tires were shooting pebbles and rocks everywhere and I felt like I was going to wipe out at every little bump/turn.

All in all its a pretty sweet bike. Obviously a more relaxed position to be riding in, and definitely more appropriate for the camp ground with its 26x2.125 tires at 40psi. My mom, instead of being pissed (what we expected) was thrilled, and enjoyed riding it around as well as my dad. Its got a twist-grip shifter for all 7 speeds, which is more than enough for the mostly flat campground. I found it a bit awkward to drive, and you have to forget making tight turns lest you want the end of the handlebars whacking you in the er.... crotchular region.

So, now we've got a bike to leave at our seasonal camp site. It has rack bosses, but there's not very many places close enough to permit riding a bike like that (a couple miles I could see, but the closest place is ~ 10 miles round trip - my back hurts even thinking about it).

Looking at the stickers on the bike, it was "bought" as a buy-out and based on the fact that its nearly flawless, I'd be willing to bet that it hasn't even been ridden beyond a few test rides. The only thing I might be changing is putting a quick release on the seat so that the height can easily be adjusted on the fly for my dad, myself and my mom.

Thumbs up for what it is!
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Old 07-05-08, 08:33 PM   #2
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These are great "short ride" bikes, and with a rear rack, are ideal for grocery shopping. The ultra-long chainstays soak up road shock, and provide lots of heel clearance when you are carrying a load of groceries.
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that does look fun, i never road a bike like that and i would be curious to see just how they ride. it's quite a pretty bike to.
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