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Schwinn Continental 10 Speed

Old 09-21-07, 12:16 PM
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Schwinn Continental 10 Speed

Anyone know anything about this bike? I was looking to purchase a used one. It would be my first bike, and they are asking 80 for it. I haven't looked at it in person yet, but it looks like it is in very good shape.
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Old 09-21-07, 01:04 PM
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It is a very bulletproof, but very heavy American built Schwinn bicycle.

It is built with the proprietary Schwinn "Electroforged" process.

Typically it comes with solid steel almost everything, rims, hubs, nuts... very little alloy on it. The little bit of alloy (as I recall) and center pull brakes are what set it apart from the Schwinn Varsity of the same era.

$80 depending on who you ask is a fair price, or extremely over-priced. Not many would think you are getting a great deal (unless it were a very early year, and in museum quality).
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I second what Darwin said . . . it's a heavy, almost indestructible bike. I still have mine, a size 64cm, weighs 40 pounds!!

It can't compare with today's bikes, it's too heavy. There will be hills that are too difficult mainly because of the weight of the bike. But if you're young and looking for a challenging workout, it'll do if you can't find anything lighter in your price range.

I wouldn't buy one unless I lived in a predominately flat area like Florida or Nebraska or Texas . . . or I was between 16 and 35 years old.
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Good thing i'm 22. The guy is offering 75 for should i push for it to get cheaper or just take the deal.
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Originally Posted by Dyoon View Post
Good thing i'm 22. The guy is offering 75 for should i push for it to get cheaper or just take the deal.
I'd pass and look for a 70's or 80's Trek or Japanese road bike which would likely be cheaper but better in every way than the Continental.
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Go ahead, see how low he'll go, what the heck. In that price range you can't lose. Just make sure you don't have to spend a lot to get it in riding condition:

Check the wheels to see if they spin true.

Check the chain for any irregularities.

Check that it shifts properly.

Check that the brakes work, and the pads for sufficient rubber.

Maybe take it for a ride if the opportunity presents itself.
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Originally Posted by Dyoon View Post
Anyone know anything about this bike? I was looking to purchase a used one. It would be my first bike, and they are asking 80 for it. I haven't looked at it in person yet, but it looks like it is in very good shape.
I then presume you would consider a nice 1987 Yugo as your first car? I'm only asking $500 for it.



You can throw a Yakima rack up top with that nifty Schwinn Continental and go hit on triathlon babes.

It's another BF Trailer Park moment.
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I rode a Schwinn Continental 10 speed for transportation all through college. It was certainly indestructible. I have many fine memories of riding that bike. What a contrast to my current sub 20 lb road bike.
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If you want to know about the Schwinn Continental go over to the C+V section of this forum. Lots of old Schwinn lovers over there including me. I'm restoring a 72 Continental right now with a mix of new and old pieces. Alloy wheels and a sealed BB and some new old stock Schwinn stuff. Earlier this summer I reclaimed an old Varsity, the thing weighs a ton but rides smoother than my new bikes and really gets lots of nice comments. Will I ever race it or take it on a century ride?, probably not I'm doing it cause I like old bikes. I have new bikes too, heck I just like bikes so ask around over there and all your questions will be answered I'm sure. Rev. Bob is the man when it comes to Schwinn questions.The roadies over here are fabulous about new stuff and it sure is purty but something about a vintage bike. Its hard to explain but once the bug hits you will be hooked and then you will have to figure out what to do when you want a new bike and a vintage piece at the same time. Believe it I've had it happen too many times to count so I give in and get both. Oh what a weakling I am for all things two wheeled.
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Originally Posted by rubic View Post
I rode a Schwinn Continental 10 speed for transportation all through college. It was certainly indestructible. I have many fine memories of riding that bike. What a contrast to my current sub 20 lb road bike.
What would weigh more, the Schwinn Continental or the Yugo?
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Have both quarter panels rusted off the Yugo yet or is it a "preserved" sample of the marque?

You can count on the Conti to roll in a straight line however...

Like others I'll 2nd the indestructibility of the Schwinn. If it's clean and straight 50$ ain't bad. Even the asked or $80 isn't thievery but definitely offer less as the bike is in the 30 year old range.

Normally I'd be one of those who'd point out that it's the rider, not the bike. But that's when dealing with higher end vintage bikes. A strong rider on my 21# Basso smokes average riders on 16# whatevers.

However, that comparison begins to fail when bikes begin pushing the kind of weight old Schwinns do. It'll definitely get you from A to B but don't look for speed.


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Considering all the posts here, I liked this bike:
Schwinn Continental ...
And I'm going to go for a test ride soon.
The only thing is that I don't know if 140$ is too much for a 10 speed continental or not.
Thanks!
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Resurrecting an old bike and a very old thread.
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Originally Posted by Hyoma View Post
Considering all the posts here, I liked this bike:
Schwinn Continental ...
And I'm going to go for a test ride soon.
The only thing is that I don't know if 140$ is too much for a 10 speed continental or not.
Thanks!
It's about $110 too much.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
It's about $110 too much.
Thanks for the comment.
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I used to dream of a Continental; its QR hubs made it a notch above the Varsity. Buy it and use it as weight training. If you have a 15lb. carbon bike you will scream like taking off a heavy back pack after a long day of hiking!
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