Schwinn Mirada Women's Mountain Bike - Red
You can still buy a new Schwinn mountain bike. It'll be made of aluminum, with a suspension fork, at least 21 speeds, and a slick modern look that'll make even the most out-of-shape suburbanite fantasize about taking it on a weekend jaunt through the woods.
This Schwinn Mirada women's mountain bike is the complete opposite of that. It has an all-steel frame with a rigid fork. The graphics are simple, from the frame to the seat to the block-letter SCHWINN logo on the plastic pie plate. The Shimano 200GS crank, biopace-SG sprockets and SIS derailleur will run you through a mere 18 gears. There are no trigger shifters or grip shifters, just good old reliable thumb shifters. The brakes are cantilever with rear pulley cable routing, the seat post clamp is a nut and bolt, and the rear wheel doesn't even have a quick release.
Modern bike consumers don't want old steel mountain bikes. How can you pedal up and down the rail trail without a gigantic padded seat, full suspension and enough gears to boggle the mind of a rocket scientist? Apparently, you can't. Why would you want a relic like the Mirada when you can get its modern counterpart for $169.99 at Walmart at three in the morning? I guess you wouldn't.
Which is why guys like me can still buy bikes like the Mirada for next to nothing.
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