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should I buy a $10.99 10-speed for training?

Old 10-16-05, 09:48 AM
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should I buy a $10.99 10-speed for training?

Hi All,
I usually MTB, but now am on a 9-5 schedule so no more riding during the week.

I saw an old cro-mo Murray 10-speed at a Goodwill store yesterday for $10.99. It needs probably $50 in cables, tires, etc, but the truing, frame and components look good. I'm pretty broke, and just want a road bike for exercise during the week.

Do I scrape up $400 for an entry level road bike from pricepoint.com (or a LBS), struggle to find a decent used one locally, or buy the Murray?

Thanks!
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(I might crosspost with MTB forum for a different perspective)
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Old 10-16-05, 09:56 AM
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Save up.
That 11 dollars goes towards a Trek 1000 [for example].
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Save up, get a job, last year's bike are pretty cheap now.

Or if you're desperate, get one from bikesdirect.com
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Thanks for the replies so far.

About saving up- That's the thing, I won't have enough cash until Spring for a new bike, and what I wanted to do now is simply to get in rides over the winter. I figure if I'm enjoying doing the roadie thing, I could save up for a nice one for next summer.

btw- do MTB pedals (eg, Shimano SPD clipless) usually fit road crankarms?
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If it fits buy it. Cables and tires can be had for less than $50. For $11 I'd get it because you'll definatley get your money's worth over the winter. Also, depending on the bike, the old frame may ride better than an entry level road bike.
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at first i thought you meant, like 10 spd cassett LOL...

get it, 11$ isn't exactly a huge investment if it only last's a couple of weeks... even if you have to put 50$ in the bike, you're not likely to find much better for 60$, and when you scrap it, for a new bike, 60$ isn't going to be a huge difference if you later have the money for a 1000$ bike.
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Get it, fix it, you might end up loving it. I got my Nishiki for $5, got some cheap tires, cables, and bar tape and trued the wheels. Its a great beater and I ride it for all my errands and to work and class.
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My ancient Schwinn is still a great bike for training, and it's 30 years old.

The pedals on my new road bike absolutely will not work on it! Neither will most of the other parts! They simply are not compatable--the screws are different sizes! Older 10 speeds also use 17 1/4 wheels, not 700c. Hard to get tires, tubes, and spokes for wheels--not to mention replacement wheels.

The last bike shop that did cable work for me had to go to the hardware store and jury rig various components together.

So whether or not your MTB pedals will work depends on how old that Murray is. There may also be other compatability problems.
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thanks for the replies, folks!
good point there about compatability, Ineedhelp!
I'll go back tommorrow and measure the wheels, take a wrench, and see if my SPD pedals fit the crank arm!
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For that price I'd buy it! While many parts will not be compatible, most towns have at least one used bike store around. You could likely get most parts you need through them.
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Originally Posted by Ineedhelp
My ancient Schwinn is still a great bike for training, and it's 30 years old.

The pedals on my new road bike absolutely will not work on it! Neither will most of the other parts! They simply are not compatable--the screws are different sizes! Older 10 speeds also use 17 1/4 wheels, not 700c. Hard to get tires, tubes, and spokes for wheels--not to mention replacement wheels.

The last bike shop that did cable work for me had to go to the hardware store and jury rig various components together.
Huh--that's weird. I had no problem whatsoever in finding tires, tubes, and cables for my 1973 Schwinn Suburban. I got the tires at the bike shop just up the street from where I live, actually. $12 each, no less. The wheels are 27" x 1 1/4" which was standard on road bikes for a lot of years. Bikes like my gas-pipe Schwinn and all those other 1970s bike-boom bikes are going to be with us for a very long time, so I expect tires and tubes for such will be around for a while, too.

I had to scuff a bit of the housing off the shifter cables to get them through the guides on the frame, but it was no big thing. I used a bit of sandpaper to take a little bit of the plastic off the cable housings...not all the way through to the coiled wire part, just enough to slim it down enough to get it weaseled into the guides.
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buy it. strip it. turn it into a fixed gear.
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Riding on a MTB Is training for riding a roadie
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Did you just hapen upon this bike by accident or were you really looking for a bike to begin with?... I suggest that you try looking around for a better used bike that would require less work to get on the road... $11.00 does not sound like alot of money but you might end up spending more than $50.00 to get her going... Especially with the compatability issues that were mentioned earlier..
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it sounds like you are not able to ride your mtn bike for a while, so take that money and buy narrow slick tires for MTB. Then save up for for a very entry level road bike. If you do still ride it on weekends, see if you can find some cheap wheels that are compatable and put the slicks on them, so that you don't have to change the tires all the time.
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Does it look as good as this one on ebay. THis one on ebay is $24.99 with free shipping...
https://cgi.ebay.com/Sears-Bicycle-Gr...QQcmdZViewItem

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I found a Bell "Tune Up Kit" for $4.50 at Wal-Mart. It has all four cables in it for my Nishiki. I had to try the downtube friction shifters just once. I now know why STI is so popular (and safe).

I'd say get the bike. You can alway convert it to a SS/fixie later. Hell, you can use it as wrench training for when you finally get your "bling" bike.

EDIT: It probably has a wider clearance underneath the center-pull brakes. That'll come in handy when you decide to try cyclocross or something.
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I found this XL 1984 Schwinn World Sport during bulk trash collection last year. It's in wonderful condition (kept indoors obvioiusly). 27-1/4" Tires/tubes & seat from Walmart and I'm good to go. It's really FAST!
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Originally Posted by hanshananigan
...I saw an old cro-mo Murray 10-speed at a Goodwill store yesterday for $10.99. It needs probably $50 in cables, tires, etc, but the truing, frame and components look good. I'm pretty broke, and just want a road bike for exercise during the week.

Do I scrape up $400 for an entry level road bike from pricepoint.com (or a LBS), struggle to find a decent used one locally, or buy the Murray?
Used "toy" bikes are great values if you have the mechanical aptitude to work on them yourself. Otherwise, you'll rack up hundreds of dollars in parts & labor at the LBS getting it up to speed. Used "racing" bikes are a much better deal for $150-250. You can find them in the local papers, on Craigslist, fleaBay, etc. These already include the parts that you'd be buying to upgrade the commuter bike when the original parts wear out.
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Get a Trek on the ride now, pay later plan.
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You guys seem to be missing a significant point here - it's a Murray - pretty much the worst of the worst. I advise you look around for another week, I bet you'll find something appreciably better for under $50.00.
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Thanks all!

I think I'm decent enough with a wrench to fix it up, but I agree with those who said a Murray (I'm guessing circa 1985) might be a pain to fit parts for and will generally be poor quality... I can afford to look around for a few weeks, but I haven't had luck the past month... don't have time for garage sales, either... I have a feeling the bike will sit at Goodwill for a while anyway, so I'll just keep it in mind. If I buy it, I'll post a pic on the Classic & Vintage forum!
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