Vintage schwinn or modern Bianchi?

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  1. Casuarius

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    FWIW. First of all, you had better be over 6'0" tall for any of those bikes ...

    • Cannondale (Sunny Isles Beach) ... probably not ... of course, in FLA you don't really need shifters, so maybe ...
    • Cannondale w/ Dura Ace components (Plantation) ... ¿yes? this is the one which I would try to get (presuming you are 6'0", or taller) ... but, I would plan to change the handlebars to either 'regular' Drop handlebars OR Flat bars (depending on YOUR preference).
    • Bianchi (Boca Raton) ... okay ... modest components ... the steel frame can be a PLUS-or-MINUS depending on your POV (I'm a fan of steel frames, but ...)
    • Scwhinn Varsity ... definitely, no ... nice bike for 1965 ... barely acceptable in 1979 ... it probably weighs 32-to-38 lbs. (not that weight should be a determining factor, one-way-or-the-other)

    BTW. Dura Ace is Shimano's best grade of components. The Cannondale in Sunny Isles Beach MAY also have Dura Ace components, but probably not -- ask the seller.

    Sora is close to the bottom of Shimano's lineup ... but, still 'okay'.
     
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    Aw, heck, alfeng. In the normal range of 16-25 lbs. for a normal road bike, weight shouldn't be a limiting factor, But when you're pushing well over 30 . . .

    I just worked on an old Varsity today, and it felt as though the fork, handlebar, and front wheel alone weighed more than my 17-lb. Giant. And when you're trying to steer with that kind of mass in front of the headset, it can't help but diminish the ride.
     
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    Thanks for the input guys. I'm going to see the bianchi tomorrow and check the fit and see if I can talk the price down some if not i'll go for the cannondale. Also your presumptions were right i'm about 6'3-6'4 so I've been looking for some bigger framed bikes which limits the choices dramatically.
     
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