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What Can I Do?????(9 posts)

What Can I Do?????adelmeyeae30
Jun 24, 2003 9:21 AM
I have a friend who has an old Schwinn Traveler. He is willing to sell it to me for $38. I have very little money right now, but I love to bike and I am sick of using my Giant Boulder SE on the road. I wanted to put shimano brake lever shifters on it, but I don't know if it already has Shimano Integrated Systems on it. I think the bike is from the 1980's. I you have any information that you could give me, even if I should buy this or not, it would be greatly appreciated.

re: What Can I Do?????eddie m
Jun 24, 2003 10:11 AM
Most likely you are looking at a significant amount of money to upgrade to STI. You will need levers, a rear derailer, a cassette, a costly 9 speed chain, probably a freehub which will require rebuilding the rear wheel with new spokes, and maybe a crankset. Also, STI levers have somewhat less leverage than your current levers, so you will probably want a new dual pivot front brake caliper. You would be better off riding it as is, or even upgrading it to a fixed gear.
STI is way over-rated. Except for racing, or riding in groups that do a lot of drafting and attacking on hills, it's completely unnecessary. When I ride alone, my fixed gear is almost as fast as my 9 speed, unless there are long hills. Actually, the fixie is way faster, if you count the added maintenance time of the 9 speed in my average speed.
ride and enjoy---rear spacing incorrect for current 9 or 10speedandy02
Jun 24, 2003 10:20 AM
You would have to have the rear streched to go to 9+ speed. That is so very little money for a bike buy it and ride the ?? out of it. When you can afoord a new one one you will fly!

Besides I love seeing someone flying in a group ride in a retro rocket.
ride and enjoy---rear spacing incorrect for current 9 or 10speedadelmeyeae30
Jun 24, 2003 11:13 AM
I'm new to the road bike and it's component scene. What do you mean by having the rear streched, and could I go with a 7 or 8 speed? Do they even make 7 or 8 speeds?

ride and enjoy---rear spacing incorrect for current 9 or 10speededdie m
Jun 24, 2003 11:32 AM
8 speed is obsolete. Current high end bikes are mostly 9 speed, but 10 speed is available and 9 speed will be obsolete within 3 years. Unless you are racing(see my post above), 6 speed is fine.
If your budget is $38No_sprint
Jun 24, 2003 11:13 AM
then you don't have much choice. Does it fit you reasonably? If not, then $38 is too much. If you want new, you're looking at $600 or so for anything I'd call in the ballpark of somewhat decent.
Another vote for riding it as is.dzrider
Jun 24, 2003 12:21 PM
The cost of the upgrading that you're contemplating is so great you should only do it on a frame you love and want to ride forever. Buy the bike for $38.00. If you feel so inclined, put some fast new tires on it. If you're riding it a real lot you may want to change to a more comfy seat. If you're feeling really extravagant, a new pair of pedals.
Like many of us I have an old bike that I ride a lot with friction shifters and a 6sp freewheel. It's cool.
re: What Can I Do?????adelmeyeae30
Jun 24, 2003 12:56 PM
I would just like to thank everyone for their advice. I think that I may just keep it as is, and put some new tires on it. It is a cheap bike and I think that it is one that I can tinker with. Thank you again for the advice.

Don't botherAlexx
Jun 24, 2003 1:12 PM
Once you spend the $500-600 or so to upgrade everything (and to have the dropout spacing professionally spread, too, BTW), you'll end up with a slow, heavy piece of junk that's still not worth $100 to anybody. What's the point?

If you want to BUILD a bike (which is what you'll end up doing if you go through with this hare-brained scheme), you can find a fairly decent old frame (maybe an old Reynolds 531 steel frame?) for probably no more than $100. H3ll, even those Nashbar road frames are better than this old lead-sled (and they are cheap, too).

If you want a 30 lb cheap old bike, offer him $30 for it, tops, and ride it as-is. If you really want a road bike, build one from scratch, or start saving your money.