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    Ive decided on a 2000 Schwinn Homegrown Pro

    because I like the Schwinn brand name and the cool Krate Orange color...and of course the nice lightweight 7005 Aluminum frame.

    I also like the Titec Hellbent Handlebars and Big Al Stem as well.

    The Deore components are good as well as the Mavic X221 rims.



    2000 Schwinn Homegrown Pro

    I thought I might get the one on ebay that sold today for $307 (plus shipping), but I was the 2nd highest bidder.

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    I don't know about shipping on that... it says pickup only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vk45de View Post
    I don't know about shipping on that... it says pickup only.
    I asked, they said it would be alright....not that it matters now.


    Anyways, anybody know the best way to ship a bike?

    Im guessing, remove the front wheel and take off the pedals and handle bars.

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    That bike is seriously sweet looking. Great for-the-time componet group as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocop View Post
    That bike is seriously sweet looking. Great for-the-time componet group as well.
    Yeah, check out this build that a MTBR member built a couple of years ago!

    2000 Schwinn Homegrown pro


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    nice pick up, that is a nice looking bike ya got there.
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    never tried anything new..... Albert Einstein

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    Nice I like the old schwinns

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    I think you need to cast a wider net than one particular year and model. The Homegrown is well regarded, so that's a good start. Older Stumpjumper hardtails and the Yeti ARC would be good ones too. I know there are more models but (believe it or not) I don't have an encyclopedic knowledge of c2000 bikes.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Remove both wheels (to shorten the thing), pop the stem/handlebar assembly off & zip tie it to the toptube, pedals off, ziptie wheels to side of bike. You can pop the rear derailleur off too if you're afraid of bending that as well but I've had 2 bikes shipped so far, nobody ever did that.

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