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Old Schwinn and A Mountain bike.

Old 03-07-14, 09:27 AM
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Old Schwinn and A Mountain bike.

I have an old Schwinn World Sport. It needs tires brakes and a complete clean-up. I now live in the mountains of North Carolina and decided to buy a mountain bike. So the question is, do I fix up the Schwinn and sell or just trade as it is and being 52 years young and 5'11" can someone recommend a good inexpensive mountain bike. Thanks
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it depends

you need to consider
what fixer upper old road bikes are selling for
these days
in the moutains of north carolina
compared to what recently tuned old road bikes
with new cables tires and brake pads
are selling for

as for appropriate mtbs
your best bet is probably to find something used
from one of the major brands
like trek specialized giant cannondale etc

at your height you probably want a mountain bike
between 18" and 21"

the fit of the bike is the most important consideration
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For a potential value of around $75-$100 ready to ride I would donate it as is to a bike charity organization. By the time you invest time labor and parts you aren't coming out ahead.
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Join a coop and fix your old bike. Meanwhile, checkout bikesdirect for a nice mountain bike.

You can't go wrong with a Jamis Dakar mtb!
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What year is your Schwinn? Cause I have an 81 world cup that I just adore! I couldn't imagine not having it now.
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I say Diamondback for a inxpensive mtb,,,,,,,,they holdup and shift smooth,,,,,,,
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Originally Posted by Fastfingaz
I say Diamondback for a inxpensive mtb,,,,,,,,they holdup and shift smooth,,,,,,,
i am glad to hear you have had a good experience with them

however
diamondback bikes are made in the same factories
by the same hands
using the same moving parts
that make just about every other budget brand

and the assembly done by the shop has more to do with smooth operation than the brand

in fact
around here diamondback bikes are sold by a large multisport chain
where the quality of the assemblies is extremely inconsistent
so most people i know have had a different experience than you
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Well like I said this bike I've had for about 8-9 years and never had a bit of trouble with it to speak of other than flats!,, it's a sorrento with front suspention , a little spongy I will say but to me no big deal for the price i paid I can't ask for better,, thats why I recomended as inexpensive bike, I have no idea who makes it? I just ride it and it rides me where ever I want to go? maybe they messed up and built a good one........
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You don't say what type of riding you want to do. Is it road riding or trails? Depending on which, the decision should be easy.
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This is a great forum. Nice feedback and very helpful, thanks. I hope to do some trail riding as there are some new trails in my area. Nothing too strenuous but at least a decent workout. After reading the feedback from my post I have started working on my bike and decided to start riding in the Lake Lure, NC area and probably buy a mid level mountain bike also. Thanks for the helpful posts.
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I'd get a mountain bike for that purpose. I just got back into trail riding myself and went with a vintage mountain bike. No suspension and rigid fork. Great for easy trails and extremely reliable. Decent high level bike for only a couple hundred dollars.
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So, now that I have the bug and want to get rolling I first need new tires and brakes for my bike. I know I have to put 27 1/4" tires on it but does it really make a difference which tire I use with a bike this old? I like Michelin or Continental but are they worth the extra money? Thanks
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your choices in 27 inch are limited
you probably have the choice between 15 dollar cheapie tires and forty dollar good quality tires
either from michelin or conti or others
and yes the forty dollar tires are very much worth the extra cost
as they will almost definitely wear longer
and get far fewer flats
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