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Old 06-14-21, 02:12 PM
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Vintage 10/12 Speed Road Bike

I am looking for recommendations on a 10 or 12 speed road bike with stem-mounted shifters that would be good for commuting and causal rides and which cost around $100 (though I know YMMV with prices). I donít really know These bikes at all, as Iíve only ever ridden a 3-speed, but Iím anxious to get started!

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Rabbit ear shifters = stem mounted shift levers?
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At that price, I’d grab anything you could find in your size or invent a time machine.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
At that price, Iíd grab anything you could find in your size or invent a time machine.

Point taken...now what bikes would you recommend at a lower price point?
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A Schwinn World Sport is one possibility.
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Originally Posted by poetman View Post
I am looking for recommendations on a 10 or 12 speed road bike with stem-mounted shifters that would be good for commuting and causal rides and which cost around $100 (though I know YMMV with prices). I donít really know These bikes at all, as Iíve only ever ridden a 3-speed, but Iím anxious to get started!
lots of options around here at that price around here. My Schwinn Le Tour is nice.
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Go on your local Craigslist and sort by price, lowest to highest.

There were dozens of companies in the 1970s who made bikes fitting your criteria. Looking for something specific, at your price point and experience level, is a great way to overlook possibilities and end up disappointed.

If you just want something to ride, fit (size) is far more important than manufacturer. A bike from a famous maker like Peugeot or Raleigh in the wrong size is useless to you. A bike the right size by a company youíve never heard of would be great.
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Old 06-14-21, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by poetman View Post
Point taken...now what bikes would you recommend at a lower price point?
Whatís your location? And are you looking for a fixer upper or something mostly ready to ride?
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"Thank you all very much for your helpful replies. I am not sure what my size is. I think my Raleigh sports is a 22” or 23”. The Ironman was 22” and perfect; the Technium was 21” and fine.

I have checked out Randy’s site, but I was more interested in hearing you share makes/models that I should look out for.

While I am in a pretty premium bike city (Boston), Craigslist deals do appear for those patient English to wait.

On a side note, I am looking at a Shogun sport touring city bike but am uncertain if it would fit. The seller says it’s a

“24-1/2” Tange Champion lugged frame with
Friction shifters, 6x3 Shimano Deore”
but he says it “fits a 6’ +/- rider. I’m 5-10.5” and its ok”
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https://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/bi...329352479.html
https://boston.craigslist.org/nos/bi...335655611.html
https://boston.craigslist.org/nos/bi...329572041.html

That third one, a Shogun, is the best of the three. It’s also been listed for weeks, so the seller might be willing to take less.
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I would recommend looking on Craigslist for a vintage road bike that you like the look of and that fits. Naming anything special is not really important since your goal is not anything special. There will, most likely, be lots to choose from if you persist and look every day. If you do see what you like/want, do not waste time. Pounce immediately or you just might miss your chance. Or, as others have suggested, if the bike has been listed for a while, negotiation just might get you a better deal.
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craigslist is your friend... if you are in boston the above Shogun is the way to go -
try to find a nice cheap set of alloy wheels and it will look great

https://boston.craigslist.org/nos/bi...329572041.html

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+1 on that third listing for the Shogun. Looks to be in great shape and a higher-end build than it deserves to be for $100 in Boston

I'm betting you want a 23"/58cm frame as an ideal, and not the taller 24"+ frames

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https://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/bi...329352479.html
https://boston.craigslist.org/nos/bi...335655611.html
https://boston.craigslist.org/nos/bi...329572041.html

That third one, a Shogun, is the best of the three. It’s also been listed for weeks, so the seller might be willing to take less.
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Old 06-15-21, 06:26 AM
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The OP is looking for a rideable $100 bike in Boston.

In the DC market, I've scanned briefly at the $100 price point. I'm seeing a mid 70s Schwinn LeTour that meets his criteria at $80. And a pretty nice Bridgestone Altair at $99 - this probably would be more bike than he needs.

So, there may be something to be found for him.
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FWIW. I've been having better luck with FB Marketplace than with Craigslist of late. Even then, it's a matter of luck and/or being willing to do my own repairs and overhaul.
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Even in Southern California , $100 will buy an entry level vintage ten speed. You may have to put tires and cables on it , but that can be negotiated at time of sale. Craigslist has been very productive but now there are other sites that are pretty good as well.
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Heck -- $20 got me this, at a yard sale, but that was ca. 2000 pricing. It originally had an ugly dull red paint job, no fancy white head tube, no downtube decals, but it was in working order, with the OEM Weinmann brakes and a nice Nervar Star Crankset, which I put back on after the Campag. cracked. Front Campag. Gran Sport pushrod derailleur was worn out, but my newer replacement was another cheap yard sale find. Be flexible and keep looking. Happy hunting! The thrill of the chase is half the fun.


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Thanks, everyone for these helpful replies! My biggest problem is that I am finding a number of bikes in my budget but have no idea which brand/model is better. Also, am I correct that size is determined by measuring the venter of the peda sprocket to the top tube? Thank you!Motobecane Super Mirage
schwin Caliente
Aerowind
Puch Parhfinder, Cavette
Fuji Sport, Gran Tour
Miyata
Soma Generation
Univega
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Make sure your budget includes repairs. Most budget bikes need tires/tubes. What Suoer Mirage are you looking at?
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Originally Posted by poetman View Post
Thanks, everyone for these helpful replies! My biggest problem is that I am finding a number of bikes in my budget but have no idea which brand/model is better. Also, am I correct that size is determined by measuring the venter of the peda sprocket to the top tube? Thank you!Motobecane Super Mirage
schwin Caliente
Aerowind
Puch Parhfinder, Cavette
Fuji Sport, Gran Tour
Miyata
Soma Generation
Univega
Like.. Just buy something. Brand/model your talking about 20-30 year old bikes-u buy whatever is cleanest
​​​​​​. The suggested bikes above are good deals which are rideable for 30+ mile journeys. There's a whole lot of **** on Craigslist and the above posts picked some good ones. Size is irrelevant unless ur 5 foot 4 or you have no idea what you're doing and buy too small of a bike. U should Be able to spot a bike that is too large immediately. I'm done
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Originally Posted by poetman View Post
Thanks, everyone for these helpful replies! My biggest problem is that I am finding a number of bikes in my budget but have no idea which brand/model is better. Also, am I correct that size is determined by measuring the venter of the peda sprocket to the top tube? Thank you!Motobecane Super Mirage
schwin Caliente
Aerowind
Puch Parhfinder, Cavette
Fuji Sport, Gran Tour
Miyata
Soma Generation
Univega
There is no way to tell which is better based on that list because some of those are just brands that each have a multiplicity of models from low end to very high end. Also, even the ones with model names often changed what the model name represented over the years and there's no way to tell what year models you are talking about. A picture or link to the ads would be worth a thousand words.

Yes, frame size is measured from the center of the bottom bracket (i.e. where the crank arm revolves around its attachment to the frame) along the seat tube to the top of the top tube.
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$66.95 CND on Kijiji just three or four days ago (had to drive a hundred miles to get it, though)...
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Make sure your budget includes repairs. Most budget bikes need tires/tubes. What Suoer Mirage are you looking at?

MOTOBECANE BIKE - $100 (ATHOL)

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Looks like someone is retiring their commuter. Good candidate for your purpose.
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