Cannondale vs. schwinn

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  1. Daniel Dixon

    Daniel Dixon New Member

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    Hey all! I've got two bikes I need some opinions on. I'm in the market for a new road bike and have narrowed it down to these two options. I ride 16 miles per day on average, sometimes more. I live in Washington DC, so this is primarily street riding.

    Cannondale- http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/bik/5795139487.html

    Schwinn- http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/bik/5830282726.html

    The owner of the Cannondale is not sure what year or model it is, but bought it "around 10 years ago".

    What are your thoughts? Thank you!
     


  2. Shalem'sDad

    Shalem'sDad New Member

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    No replies? I'm curious also
     
  3. Shalem'sDad

    Shalem'sDad New Member

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    Well my thoughts are to definitely go with the Schwinn, although, my opinions aren't too creditable bc I just started cycling less than 2 months ago. But what I'm looking at, hold it, first are they the right size for you?, bc the Schwinn sure looks taller. Anyway I don't know about the quality of the components but I do know the value of vintage and the value of 4 season tires. I personally hate shifters on the frame, about killed me a month or so ago. The cannandale looks like it has cheap nylon tires that need replaced soon if not now, I've been looking at the 4 Season Continental tires and they go for over $45 a piece. Just my 2 sense
     
  4. CAMPYBOB

    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    My opinion?

    The 30-year old Schwinn is over-priced 2x and would fit a rider 6'+ tall...and more than likely 6' 1" or better. Sure, a 5' 8" rider might straddle it with the seat slammed and looking like ass...whatever.

    Edit: a 63 Cm / 25"? More like 6' 2" or better for a reasonable fit.

    The C-dale is also a dated design and no one has anything good to say about the outdated and poorly designed Bio-Pace chainrings. The bike does 'look' fairly clean and perhaps cared for in the pictures, but it's not worth much in my book. Maybe $250-$275 on the high side? Those models rode like bricks and weren't called recycled beer cans for nothing. They made a decent, cheap crit frame until the derailleur hanger got snapped off in a fall.

    And possibly sitting on sew-ups?

    Either bike will certainly get a guy 16 miles up the road. No problem there. Make certain one of those two actually fits you because they are NOT sized for the same height / inseam by a long shot. Go over the one you buy with a fine tooth comb, mechanically, before setting off from home.

    Who knows, some one might pop in and fall in love with the downtube shift levers, the steel frame and the vintage components.
     
  5. Daniel Dixon

    Daniel Dixon New Member

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    Good advice so far! Personally, I really enjoy downtube shifters. I'm not set on them though. As long as I get a good value for my money, I'm happy.
     
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    Go over the one you buy with a fine tooth comb, mechanically, before setting off from home.
     
  7. Froze

    Froze Well-Known Member

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    Both bikes are gone anyways.

    I read Campy Bob's comments about the BioPace chainrings. They were not poorly designed, outdated? hmm, then why are some pros using similar designs? Why did Shimano reintroduce them again called the Dura Ace FC7700 Triathlon around 2011?

    The more appropriate question is do they work? and the evidence is not solid enough to say with any degree of certainty that they do, but it seems it depends on what you read. However one needs to read this to determine if they do: http://blog.artscyclery.com/general/shimanos-ill-fated-biopace-validated-in-university-study/

    But back to the issue of being poorly made, one needs to read Sheldon Brown's thoughts on this, see: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/biopace.html There is nowhere on the internet that has any reports of the chainrings being poorly made. I have one on a Miyata and it has quite a few miles, not sure of how many maybe 25,000 miles on the bike and the rings are just fine even the teeth are still good.

    What do I think of them? They do seem to be a bit easier on the knees, and I can spin a tad faster then regular round ones without the butt bounce. I definitely would not be swayed away from a bike that had them.
     
  8. Otilia Larocca

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