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Old 09-29-19, 03:15 PM
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Here's your Schwinn PDG seller, apparently ready for the Summer bike buyer rush. Has other listings. Why is it continually relisted? Why no answer to replies or to potential buyers?

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(Also has this $450 Torelli that's been re-listed all Summer. Left text and ph mess. but never heard back.

https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bik/d/chicago-torelli-super-strada-14-speed/6989169699.html

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That is a 21" PDG R50 and it looks to be in great shape. If you can get the original fork, you should be all over that. The shifters, brake levers and fork have been switched out but everything else looks like the original parts. Those are even the tires it came with.
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I'd probably be more interested in the PDG 40 due to the fork situation with the R50, but the seller is elusive, responds with vague answers or not at al, and crank addict suspects it's a scam of some kind. Apparently 'seller' has another bike that c.a. was trying to buy.

The other PDG I'd found (or thought so) was a 1991 70 on Facebook marketplace, but that guy doesn't respond at all to messages. Possibly he's not getting them.

I'm just going to buy a Huffy and be done with it all.

(btw beicster: my mom was a Berea graduate and had a lifelong connection with the college and town. Beautiful place. We visited there when I was a kid and ate at the Boone Tavern, possibly stayed there. In retirement she and my dad were there often. My family and I have stopped over there several times, including once staying at the Tavern, but we missed the dinner seating.)

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That is a 21" PDG R50 and it looks to be in great shape. If you can get the original fork, you should be all over that. The shifters, brake levers and fork have been switched out but everything else looks like the original parts. Those are even the tires it came with.
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Originally Posted by Chicago Al View Post
I'd probably be more interested in the PDG 40 due to the fork situation with the R50, but the seller is elusive, responds with vague answers or not at al, and crank addict suspects it's a scam of some kind. Apparently 'seller' has another bike that c.a. was trying to buy.

The other PDG I'd found (or thought so) was a 1991 70 on Facebook marketplace, but that guy doesn't respond at all to messages. Possibly he's not getting them.

I'm just going to buy a Huffy and be done with it all.
That sucks. I hope you find something worth buying.
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huffy made some good bikes
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Great, thanks for the kind offer.

I'll PP you $20 plus shipping right away.

Heck, I'll make it $25.

;- )

Seriously, I see something like that and I get more ambitious in what I'd like to find.
It's honestly too small, pretty rough and tweaked but no matter, couldn't get it bought fast enough.

Never seen one person or for sale before, very lucky.
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For something light, I suggest a LATE '80's - '90's bike and adapting the cockpit to make it as upright as you like with the right bar/stem combo. By this time the mountain bike ideal was based on NORBA race bikes - shorter wheelbases, lighter frames, more aggressive (lower and more forward, similar to road bike position) geometry, long stems and narrow flat handlebars and lighter parts. If I were looking for something both fast and comfortable I'd go this route (or a hybrid or sport touring frame.)




For something "cruising ready" the '80's bikes are good - longer wheelbases, upright bars (bullmose!), heavier frames and parts. In the early days mountain bikes were designed to be versatile and heavy duty. I run a mid-eighties Norco as my basket/baby carrying bike and it's great for the task. It's way more comfortable and stable than fast and nimble.
Thanks, Tashi. It's definitely this era, 80s up to early 90s, that interests me, and I have been wondering about some of the design differences you describe. Maybe I need to concentrate on the earlier years, as this will definitely be comfortable rather than fast riding. Of course if a bike my wife likes pops up it won't matter what it is.
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Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
Here's your Schwinn PDG seller, apparently ready for the Summer bike buyer rush. Has other listings. Why is it continually relisted? Why no answer to replies or to potential buyers?

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(Also has this $450 Torelli that's been re-listed all Summer. Left text and ph mess. but never heard back.

https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/b...989169699.html

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some will only want a person to speak to.tried calling?
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Originally Posted by '02 nrs View Post
some will only want a person to speak to.tried calling?
Same seller also has an Olmo listed, equipped with 'dork disc', 'wheel reflector' and Campy Delta brakes. Appears its been reposted at least two dozen times.

A very good friend of mine called the number, primarily interested in the Olmo. Apparently it continues to be listed but not available. Seller who answers the phone always replies "hold on, let me call you back". Disconnect.

Doubtful the Stumpjumpers exist as well. Weird.
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It's honestly too small, pretty rough and tweaked but no matter, couldn't get it bought fast enough.

Never seen one person or for sale before, very lucky.
Well, if it's too small...and isn't the fork bent, a little?

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Well, if it's too small...and isn't the fork bent, a little?

;- )
Cold, dead hands wouldn't even be a start.
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Obviously Chicago was not a huge MTB site so pickings here are pretty slim. ;- )

https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/b...986270149.html
That's a bloody steal. Look at the CU pics. Even if it is Accushift
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Update: I bought a 1987 Schwinn Cimarron from wrk101! Deal worked out for both of us as he had a road trip planned that would bring him up fairly close to Chicago, so Mrs Al and I had a nice day out in the country, including a hike at a restored prairie we'd been meaning to visit. Bike is mostly original, missing only pedals I think. 17" size should work for either me and Mrs Al, while the 17" (ctt) High Plains (not High Sierra) 'ladies' I'd bought earlier seems small. Obviously need to compare more closely. I'll take pics of the Cimarron once it's shiny, which may take a while.

BTW this Cimarron is red. I'd love a green one as I have a grey-green Brooks I need to find a bike for. ;- )
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I could see it...
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For sale in Winnipeg. I might be able to facilitate, just in case anyone is interested in a bike that NO ONE else has. It is, however, interesting in a silly sort of way - a reverse steering nightmare..!-(


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^ So many questions!
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I have a 97 Trek 7000 as my youngest MTB:
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^That blue is amazing!
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^That blue is amazing!
Thanks, Al!
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Have you found the bike you want yet?
If not, I expect to be selling a Bridgestone XO for a friend soon.
The frame size should be close to what you want, but I haven't received the pics yet and not sure of its condition.
It will also have some special provenance interesting to cyclists.
Let's just say it will put you closer to Frazz than most people.
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An XO would be cool but I imagine a bit more 'collectible' (=$$$) than I'm in the market for. But you never know!

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Have you found the bike you want yet?
If not, I expect to be selling a Bridgestone XO for a friend soon.
The frame size should be close to what you want, but I haven't received the pics yet and not sure of its condition.
It will also have some special provenance interesting to cyclists.
Let's just say it will put you closer to Frazz than most people.
Watch the C&V Classified section in the coming weeks.

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Here's the Schwinn Cimarron, an '87 I think, that I got from wrk101. Aside from pedals, this is just 'as found' and complete but for the unfortunate gel saddle. I wonder about the 17" size with that much seat post exposed and stem at max. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a similar bike in 18" if only to compare. Also am still in the market for a second bike of this caliber!
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Here's the Schwinn Cimarron, an '87 I think, that I got from wrk101. Aside from pedals, this is just 'as found' and complete but for the unfortunate gel saddle. I wonder about the 17" size with that much seat post exposed and stem at max. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a similar bike in 18" if only to compare. Also am still in the market for a second bike of this caliber!
Nice bike. That setup doesn't look bad to me for an mtb. I have done a few drop bar conversions - the first two were closer to my road bike size and were fine cruisers, but the one I have now (which has comparable seatpost to yours) just feels a lot spunkier. A lot may be the frame itself, but I feel like sizing down had a positive affect.
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For sale in Winnipeg. I might be able to facilitate, just in case anyone is interested in a bike that NO ONE else has. It is, however, interesting in a silly sort of way - a reverse steering nightmare..!-(


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