1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    New poster,Hello and a question

    Long time member (never posted but read a lot). I had given to me a Schwinn PROBE bike, and can't find anything about it. Anyone know. It has all the parts on it just need tires and cable replaced. It is a tall bike 61" color Blue head tube badge Schwinn made in USA

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    How about a picture?

    61" is five feet. Did you mean cm? That's still a tall bike, but within the realm of production frames. Or 16"?

    If it's older, be aware that Schwinn used bizarro tire sizes on some bikes. They're findable, but a pain.
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    Sorry wrong measurement. bike is a 59cm. and has 26x2.125 tires on it. I was told it was one of the last Schwinn bikes 1990. I am thinking it was produced in Mississippi. before Schwinn closed the door's. Thank you for any help you can give. Camera not working with my new computer. I will post picture later when I get compatible camera.

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    Schwinn still exists. Maybe one of the last American-made Schwinns?

    What did you want to know about it?
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    Yes one of the last American made bikes. I was just trying to find what year it was built.

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    More than you ever wanted to know about Schwinn serial numbers.
    http://www.re-cycle.com/history/schw...nb_serial.aspx

    There's stuff like this all over the 'net. Late '80s/early '90s is a little new for a lot of Schwinn enthusiasts, but between your serial number and old catalogs, I bet you can nail it down.

    It's too bad Schwinn couldn't make it work. As I understand it, they were trying to make a good-quality mass market bicycle. I think there are some players trying to do that now, but the current system is pretty entrenched.
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    Thank you for the info. Just what I was looking for.

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