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Found a cheap road bike!

Old 09-08-04, 04:32 PM
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Found a cheap road bike!

I know it's not as nice as probably everyone's on this board but this is my first road bike. Found it at the second Salvation Army I went to for only $45, it's a Schwinn World Sport. I have a mountain bike turned commuter already so this will be my second bike.

My first impressions: (Sorry if any terminology is wrong, I'm a noob ) the drop bar is a bit thin in width (not exactly shoulder width) and needs to be retaped. Brakes also need to be lower on the drop bar, none of which should be too hard to do by myself. Chain also needs a big cleaning. I'm really excited because riding up these hills in Austin is a bit of a pain in a heavy MTB. Me = EXCITED


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Old 09-08-04, 04:41 PM
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Nice looking bike, dont be ashamed at all... We all have to start somewhere...
Once you start roadie you will see all sorts of goodies you want and will either upgrade the bike or get a newer better bike...
again congrats and ride safe
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Old 09-08-04, 04:44 PM
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bianchi is right, we all had to start somewere, i used my old magma *with rusted drop bars i found in pond and used slick tires* to start the wheels turning for me.
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jlin453, i'm kind of in the same position as you! i've been riding my mountain bike everywhere, but decided i wanted something i could go further distances on with less effort.

i got this road bike last week at a CHOC thrift shop for $24.


i've been ecstatic about it ever since i got it. i took it into the shop to get the wheels trued and a basic tuneup, and i ended up investing $114 more into it! these things are addictive! with everything they were offering me, i had trouble saying no.
anyways, my bike will be ready for pickup in 35 minutes and i can't wait!

good luck with your bike!
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Just picked this one up at a goodwill store for $15.00
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Old 09-08-04, 07:22 PM
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The frame of my bike is actually a bit high for my size, but it shouldn't be too much of a problem. (I'm 5'11").

Dropped the bike by at the LBS and had the guy briefly look at it. I still have to retape the bars but other than that nothing majorly wrong. The tires need to be trued but it's not a problem right now; brakes working great.
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Old 09-08-04, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by upthebikepunx
my bike will be ready for pickup in 35 minutes and i can't wait!

good luck with your bike!
You gotta post some pics if you had any new parts installed.

As far as the World Sport goes, my wife has a World Sport WSD and it's a pretty good bike.
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Old 09-08-04, 07:55 PM
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Be sure to repack all the bearings - especially the wheel hubs. Looks nice. enjoy your classic steel.
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What exactly does that mean repack all the bearings?
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Repack means to clean out the old nasty 30-year old grease residue and replace it with fresh wheel bearing grease. It is a somewhat advanced do-it-your-selfer job which will require tools and may require special bicycle tools. If you are not mechanically inclined you may want to ask the assistance of a friend, your LBS, or another bicyclist that does their own maintenance. Repacking the bearings is necessary because the odds are 1000 to 1 that the previous owner(s) did not ever do the job themselves. And with a bike that old, if you ride it more than a couple of hundred miles without good grease you WILL ruin something like a bearing race or cup or the bearings themselves. You will likely pay more for the grease job than you did for the bike at your local LBS, but you'll have the assurance that the bike will be much more reliable and they may find potentially unsafe conditions. I hope it works out for you.

BTW - I tear down these old bikes and rebuild them frequently. They make good starter bikes and they will last just as long as you keep treating them with respect and give them a fair ammount of attention. The day the bike is holding you back, then it is time to look at an upgrade. Until then, you'll find they are the most fun you can have for the money.
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Nice. I had a World Sport in school. Rode to class, did my first triathlon on it, eventually used it as a commuter. I was careless with it and had it stolen. I've had several better bikes since, but I still miss my Old Blue.

Enjoy!
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HEY! awesome. College student, my age, into bikes...Lets go ridin dude!
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Don't forget to drop the kickstand...
My bike looks/sucks a lot worse than you. And hey i'd join you guys for riding if I wasn't where I am right now.
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nice! i've got a world sport that i've changed over to a fixed gear bike. i prefer riding it to the fancy nishiki i've got. the schwinn just feels better and is more fun. hope you enjoy it as much as i have. they made good bikes back there in chicago.
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Originally Posted by HammerTheHill
HEY! awesome. College student, my age, into bikes...Lets go ridin dude!
I just started this obsession () since the beginning of semester. Where are your classes usually? Where do you live?

I'm usually in the RLM, Taylor building area. (CS major). I live North campus at Duval St. and 43rd.



Originally Posted by hair07
nice! i've got a world sport that i've changed over to a fixed gear bike. i prefer riding it to the fancy nishiki i've got. the schwinn just feels better and is more fun. hope you enjoy it as much as i have. they made good bikes back there in chicago.
hehe, I don't think I want to turn mine into a fixed gear, I can barely handle the steep hills in Austin as it is





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GOD DAMN YOU AND YOUR CHEAP BIKES!! Things like this in London would last about 10 minutes.

Lucky for me there are many thrift stores in Austin

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I'm gonna have to make the rounds of thrift stores more often. Some pretty good rides for very little $$. Congrats on great finds!! Ride on!
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Originally Posted by JoeTown244GL
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Repack means to clean out the old nasty 30-year old grease residue and replace it with fresh wheel bearing grease....
I opened my BB on my older road bike, there was no grease in it (good/bad?), bearings looked ok, but also had no grease on them. Evidently you'd get this really loud creaking/screeching noise from the BB.

How much would LBS charge for doing something like repacking? Would it be worth it or should I just buy a new bike. (It's quite old but works fine).
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with performing a Thrift Shop rescue of a fine bike!
I have done that with 3 of them:

78 Raleigh Grand Prix $22.95(now traded off to a friend)
78 Raleigh Rampar R1027 $15.25(my backup commuter/rain bike)
mid 80s Raleigh Mustang SIS ATB $23.95 (winter HEAVY commuter)
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Originally Posted by operator
I opened my BB on my older road bike, there was no grease in it (good/bad?), bearings looked ok, but also had no grease on them. Evidently you'd get this really loud creaking/screeching noise from the BB.

How much would LBS charge for doing something like repacking? Would it be worth it or should I just buy a new bike. (It's quite old but works fine).
I just had my BB overhauled and repacked at my LBS on my old Peugeot and it cost $30.
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