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Old 05-23-15, 12:45 PM
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Used Schiwnn Traveler owner from St. Louis, Missouri

Hello everyone!

I just purchased my bike two weeks ago. Hoping to find help and advice on updating or getting rid of it. Ha Ha!

Seems I have missed a lot about new bikes and how things in the 80's are now vintage or no longer made.

The issue of my having the wrong size bike has come up. I have been to four local bike shops for various reasons. I wanted to get the flavor high end bikes, as well as, just getting what I have running. Clearly, over the years, the previous owners have made repairs with things that are not truly compatible with the bike.

Stats: Schwinn ( a sticker says 1327) not sure what the size is. ( I think 19") I am adjusting it to fix my 5'11 height. I added a longer quill stem and moved the seat higher.

I had a blowout yesterday after inflating the tires. The tires must have been originals, and as predicted the rear one blew out. So now I am learning about the relationship between the tire, rims and inner-tubes. The front rim was a Araya 27" x 1 1/4". It may have been the original rim. The rear rim was a Wienmann. The Araya seems to be a non-hooked rim and the Wienmann appears to have a hooked sidewall. I am just learning about these terms! I think I now need to get a matching set wheels and tires.

I don't want spend over $200 on the wheels. I am not sure what is realistic. I really just want a bike to ride. I thought getting this bike and upgrading would be a good learning experience and it has been. I didn't know bikes and the individual parts could be so complex and have such a wider range of prices!

Thanks! And so nice to have you all as part of the forum.

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Old 05-23-15, 12:49 PM
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Hey orbit8,

Welcome to Bike Forums.

Just might be less expensive to look for another bike that is ready to ride.
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Welcome to Bike Forums, Orbit8!

I suggest posting up some pics of your bike, and asking your wheel and frame size questions,in our Classic & Vintage forum.
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Old 05-23-15, 10:25 PM
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Welcome to Bike Forums, Orbit8!

I suggest posting up some pics of your bike, and asking your wheel and frame size questions,in our Classic & Vintage forum.
Will do soon!
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Old 05-24-15, 12:32 AM
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https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos?p...93677176962097

Here is a picture of the bike with tires being taken off.
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Pic link not working for me.

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https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos?p...93677176962097

Here is a picture of the bike with tires being taken off.
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Old 05-24-15, 04:47 AM
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I found this pic in your other thread. If you are 5'11" tall, this bike is way too small for you.

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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
I found this pic in your other thread. If you are 5'11" tall, this bike is way too small for you.

Thanks for the reply. A few were saying that it was too small. I think a 22.5 inch frame is what is called for. I would have to be fitted to a new bike. I was trying to get something in my range and start riding. I bought the bike for $60. I may have to sell it if there are no other options. At this point, I need a wheel set and whatever I need to install them properly. I think that would cost $200 by itself. I really wanted to make this work because I don't want to drop $300 or more on a bike and still get told I bought the wrong bike for myself. This has been a good learning experience, as I know so little about what goes into buying the right bike.
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Find a good bike shot that has the capabilities to fit you to a bike, properly. The bike you show in your pictures is far to small for you. There is a direct coloration between your physical frame and the bike frame. A good bike shop can make the proper measurements. Once this is done you might want to look at the entry bikes, I hesitate to call them the bottom of the line, but the less expensive bikes. Cannondale makes very good bikes in this range as do other good brands. Select a good fitting bike in say the $600 range. Ride that for an entire season to first, make sure it is the size for you and second to be sure biking is the sport for you. Once that is established there is no end to the money you can spend in this sport. A fine carbon fiber bike with near the top of the line components might cost you over $5000. Because of this you need to know biking is the sport for you.
Good Luck.
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Originally Posted by Dick Sampson View Post
Find a good bike shot that has the capabilities to fit you to a bike, properly. The bike you show in your pictures is far to small for you. There is a direct coloration between your physical frame and the bike frame. A good bike shop can make the proper measurements. Once this is done you might want to look at the entry bikes, I hesitate to call them the bottom of the line, but the less expensive bikes. Cannondale makes very good bikes in this range as do other good brands. Select a good fitting bike in say the $600 range. Ride that for an entire season to first, make sure it is the size for you and second to be sure biking is the sport for you. Once that is established there is no end to the money you can spend in this sport. A fine carbon fiber bike with near the top of the line components might cost you over $5000. Because of this you need to know biking is the sport for you.
Good Luck.
Thank you!
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