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    New bike: Swobo Del Norte

    Bonktown had the Del Norte on sale for a pretty decent price recently, $370 plus shipping. I had been looking at replacing my old Nishiki because it's just too big and uncomfortable, even for the short rides to the subway and errands. I was going to order a Windsor TimeLine from bikes direct, but decided the Swobo was closer to what I wanted.

    Swobo has a funny box. It was sitting in my house since Thursday afternoon before I put it together on Saturday. I didn't even open the box until I knew I had time to put it together. The only changes I'll make are adding fenders and I may need to level the saddle. My spin around the neighborhood makes me think it will be a good fit for what I want, but I'm going to have to get it dirty ASAP so I feel better about locking it at the subway. It looks too new right now!

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    1. One part of the box
    2. The complete bike
    3. The bike being replaced (going to my dad if he wants it, a swap meet if not)


    By the way, Bonktown has had both the Swobo Del Norte and the Swobo Sanchez listed at least once or twice since I made this purchase. Both get listed for $370.
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    i wondered about those swobo bikes, been on bonktown ffor quite a while...


    I really like that nishiki frame, too
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    You got a great deal! I've had my Del Norte for 6 or 7 months now, and it's one of the best bike purchases I've ever made. I use it for daily commuting and weekend road riding. It's very comfortable, and the handling is superb; great cornering and nice weight distribution. I put some Salsa road bars on mine, and a White Industries freewheel, but it's otherwise stock.

    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnHenry
    i wondered about those swobo bikes, been on bonktown ffor quite a while...


    I really like that nishiki frame, too
    I like the Nishiki well enough for what it was, but once I got a better fitting more modern bike in 2004 I realized that the Nishiki fit very poorly and just isn't comfortable for me. I have had it for about 25 years and got many miles out of it, but time to get rid of it.

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