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Montgomery Ward Road Bike - OPINIONS? [PICTURES]

Old 12-27-12, 03:12 PM
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Montgomery Ward Road Bike - OPINIONS? [PICTURES]

How much is this bike (type of bike) usually worth? And is it a good bike? The owner says that everything works and it is good.
Please come with opinions. Thank you all, and happy holidays.





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Old 12-27-12, 03:40 PM
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Probably not much, but you should ask here: http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...-and-Inquiries
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Old 12-27-12, 07:25 PM
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$5 at the scrappers...

Seriously, it was a very low end bike in it's day, still is. I wouldn't waste my time or money on it, even if it was given to me and I don't turn down very many bikes. If you need a beater bike to use as a campus cruiser it might fill the bill.

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The cablelock on the frame is probably worth more ($12-20 new).
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Old 12-27-12, 08:05 PM
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Sears and similar bikes don't get much respect in the used-bike market, as noted above. I bought a nice 3-speed Sears Free Spirit bike for $15, put new tires and brake pads on it, my daughter used it a semester or two, and I sold it for $25. That was a bike maybe 35 years old in good shape?
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Old 12-27-12, 08:23 PM
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The only thing that bike has going for it is it should he unattractive to theives. Unfortunately theives can be stupid.
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Old 12-27-12, 08:26 PM
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If it rides OK, I say $20. If it needs any repairs at all, walk away. Also, if you are only going to ride a few miles a week, this bike might be adequate but if you want to do any amount of riding, you should look elsewhere.
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Garage sale price..
over the decades, Sears and Wards went to different suppliers,
in the early 60's,
I got a J.C.Higgins 3 speed from the Sears-Roebucks store, back then,
they got Puch in Austria to make them.
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To be honest, when the hypothetical I is low on budget, I might borrow the saddle, reflectors, cables, and the cablelock.
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It looks a lot like the 10 speed "racing" bike I bought at MW around 1970. Amazingly the frame came from somewhere in Europe. Mine did have drop bars tho. It was my first semi lightweight bike, and started me on the way to better and better bikes that came from a LBS.

I guess I would say that most any bike that is all there and rides ok is worth at least $20. Disreguard all the snobbery and just ride!!!
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Old 12-29-12, 09:02 AM
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My brother had a Montgomery Ward 10 speed, vintage about 1973. We had an apartment together in the early '80s and he left it out on the balcony when he moved away. I was graduating college and was out of funds and my bikes needed repairs, so I tried resurrecting it. I inflated the tires and what do you know, they held air. A liberal coating of WD-40 and the drive train worked fine. So I rode that for the final month of school.

Only one problem, about two weeks after I started riding it, the frame came apart. The downtube separated from the bottom bracket.

Being poor and resourceful, I took some baling wire and some turnbuckles and wired the frame back together for the duration. That got me to 3 days after graduation when the repair failed. I stripped the bike of all good components and threw the rest in the trash.

On the good side, the Eagle derailleur from that bike is still in use decades later.
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I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.
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Okay, so the bike was the Ford Pinto of it's era. However, just like the Pinto, it can be made into a good vehicle.
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Originally Posted by fettsvenska View Post
If it rides OK, I say $20. If it needs any repairs at all, walk away.......
That's about what I'd pay for it, assuming the tires were in decent condition. But bad bikes can do good things. I have fond memories of a department store Royce Union 10 speed that was pieced together. Went for my first longish (50 mile) ride on it. Needed a lot of fiddling to keep it going.
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Originally Posted by gpsblake View Post
Okay, so the bike was the Ford Pinto of it's era. However, just like the Pinto, it can be made into a good vehicle.
Decent comparison, perhaps a bit unfair to the Pinto.

I worked for a land surveyor in the '70's and he had a 4-cyl automatic Pinto wagon, with about 200 pounds of surveying equipment in the back. Sometimes I drove. It was woefully woefully underpowered, and the suspension was taxed by the weight. Aside from that, it was just an economy car. The brakes worked.

It's not exactly a sweet riding bike, but if you just want transportation faster than walking then it will serve. The thing I really don't like about these old department store bikes is their braking. If the derailleurs quit working, fine you can still ride as a single speed. A frame failure will be gradual (see above post), so you should notice it before something catastrophic happens. But when you add up chromed steel rims, fully encased brake cables, poor quality calipers... you typically get very poor braking power particularly when wet. If the wheels can't be trued then you're opening the brakes up to prevent rub, further reducing stopping power. I think this was originally a drop-bar 10-speed; the MTB brake levers may not have the correct leverage for road style brakes, further diminishing braking power.
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Judging from the really crummy quality of the pics, it's hard to tell whether or not the bike in question is any better than really crummy/awful.
Is the OP unable to spend more than almost zero dollars on a bike or just looking for a real bargain?
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A frame failure will be gradual (see above post), so you should notice it before something catastrophic happens.
In my case it wasn't very gradual. Suddenly the bike felt strangely soft. Then it seemed to be changing proportions. I stopped and discovered what had happened. Had I been doing anything more robust than cruising down a bike path, it could have been quite surprising.
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to me it should be a giveaway to a good home. It has virtually no $value. So whatever you have in your wallet at the time.
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I like any bike that works.
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