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Old 05-26-06, 09:33 PM   #1
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Modernizing components on a '84 Schwinn Mesa Runner

I'd like to spread the rear triangle on a '84 Schwinn Mesa Runner to accomidate a more modern wheelset and components.

As you can see from the photo below this bike has a bolt on derailure hanger.


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I'm concerned that I will not be able to adjust a replacement derailure to compensate for being further from the rear cassette (than it would be on a bike with an integrated derailure hanger).

Is my assumption wrong?

I've considered using a Shimano Tourney Deraileur, but want to upgrade to an 8-speed (and I've heard my share of negative opinions on Shimano Tourney Deraileurs).
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Old 05-26-06, 09:45 PM   #2
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I'd like to spread the rear triangle on a '84 Schwinn Mesa Runner to accomidate a more modern wheelset and components.

As you can see from the photo below this bike has a bolt on derailure hanger.

I'm concerned that I will not be able to adjust a replacement derailure to compensate for being further from the rear cassette (than it would be on a bike with an integrated derailure hanger).

Is my assumption wrong?

I've considered using a Shimano Tourney Deraileur, but want to upgrade to an 8-speed (and I've heard my share of negative opinions on Shimano Tourney Deraileurs).
Not a problem. By the way, anybody who knocks Tourney derailers is speaking from snobbery, not knowledge.

They work as well as any other derailer, though they are heavier and not pretty.

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I just picked up a Mesa runner '85 today. Its in good shape. I too am thinking about putting new wheels on it. It looks like it would take a 700 cc wheelset but I think I would have to go to cantilever brakes. Not really sure what Im gonna do with it yet.,but it is a cool old heavy bike.
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'83 Schwinn le tour luxe, 4130 frame with stamped dropouts and an adapter claw derailleur hanger, rear dropout spacing cold set from 126mm to 130mm to accomodate a modern freehub. Current rear derailleur: Shimano XT from around '02 or '03, works like a charm, even with indexed shifting.
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Schwinn Mesa Runner

I just picked up an '84 Mesa Runner at a garage sale. It needs a lot of cleaning and work. One of the cogs on the derailleur has had the teeth completely worn off. I know nothing of bike mechanics, but want to learn, using this as a project bike.

Where should I look for parts?
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I'd like to spread the rear triangle on a '84 Schwinn Mesa Runner to accomidate a more modern wheelset and components.

As you can see from the photo below this bike has a bolt on derailure hanger.


(click for larger image)


I'm concerned that I will not be able to adjust a replacement derailure to compensate for being further from the rear cassette (than it would be on a bike with an integrated derailure hanger).

Is my assumption wrong?

I've considered using a Shimano Tourney Deraileur, but want to upgrade to an 8-speed (and I've heard my share of negative opinions on Shimano Tourney Deraileurs).
The position difference, isn't that much, most derailleurs have a fair range of adjustment, and the bolt on hangers are not that thick. One thing to remember, when you replace the cassette or wheel, get a new chain as well. Actually looking at that photo, does that chain even work?
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