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    1987 Schwinn Tempo vs 1987 Schwinn Prelude

    What is the better bike for 60 to 100 mile fun rides.
    I have read the Tempo is a step up from the Prelude but they pretty much look the same to me.

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    I am not too familiar with the Schwinn lineup but I do think they are pretty close. It is even possible that they are the same frame with different groups.

    Either should be fine for 100 miler provided it fits correctly. Pics?
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    Yeah they are virtually the same bike. One is just a level up from the other, I think the Tempo is higher. Either would make a fine road bike provided it fits you.

    Edit: didn't read the specs close enough. Apparently there was a significant difference between the bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjames1452 View Post
    What is the better bike for 60 to 100 mile fun rides.
    I have read the Tempo is a step up from the Prelude but they pretty much look the same to me.
    Tempo is a significant step up, compare the specs (they are on line). Tempo has much better components (Shimano 105 vs Shimano Light Action). Tempo has cromoly fork, Prelude has high ten steel fork; Tempo claimed weight is 22 pounds, Prelude is 24 pounds. Both are good bikes, but the Tempo is significantly better.

    It takes A LOT to shave 2 full pounds off a similar bike, particularly as the weight gets closer to 20 lbs (pretty easy to shave from 40 lbs to 38 lbs).

    For reference, the Schwinn Circuit (a very nice bike indeed) weighed 21 pounds. So the Tempo is a real good bike.
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    If memory serves me right, Prelude geometry was also more relaxed. The "race" models had seat tube 74, head tube 73. I think Prelude was 73 or 72.5.

    A year or two later, Preludes upgraded to full cromo w/similar race angles.

    *Checked catalogs, 1987 Prelude indeed had 72.5 for both ST and HT angles. 1988 got the race angles, but with the same hi-ten fork. 1989 finally got an upgraded mangalloy fork.

    I would go with the Tempo even just for the nicer components. I rode the same one 155miles from NYC to the tip of Long Island during a nasty rainstorm (no refunds? Fine, I'm riding!) a few years ago. I slapped a rack on it and converted it to a commuter this year. Aside from the steep race angles, it's a really solid frame for light touring.
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    Ok - I bought the Tempo for $150. It came with a cool Zefal HP Pump. I will post pictures.

    I will post pictures of my two Preludes. Both have Shimano 600 components - with Biopace chain rings.
    One is the 600 ex group. The other is the 600 tri-color group. Both are fitted with aero bars and blackburn racks.
    One has the 600 hubs with Mavic Open Pro wheels. The other Dura Ace hubs with Open Pro wheels.

    The Preludes fit me perfectly. We shall see about the Tempo. I will ride it some this weekend and see.

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    Those are some nice groups on the Preludes. Sounds like you picked up some really nice bikes. Well done!

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    Looking forward to the pics...

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    Here's the 1988 price list for reference. The '88 Tempo retailed for $599.95, while the '88 Prelude retailed for $399.95.



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    Love my 84 Tempo, not as relaxing as the 89 Schwinn Caliente it replaced. Looking forward to pics!
    A link for some geometry measurements for you.

    http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...0/1987_17.html
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    Scooper, what's an Avion? Don't think I've ever seen one of those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
    Scooper, what's an Avion? Don't think I've ever seen one of those.
    It was the original name for the model that essentially became the 1989 Aluminum 974 built using aluminum technology licensed from Klein. There was a trademark issue with the name "Avion."
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    Thank you - that was helpful.

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    1987 Prelude (2)

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    1987 Schwinn Prelude - Ice Pink
    Shimano 600 SIS drive drain
    Bio Pace cranks
    Modern threadless handle bar stem and bars (threaded to threadless adaptor)
    Dura Ace Hubs with black Open Pro Wheels
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    (I will add two water bottle cages prior to the Saturday)

    I just got this bike together, and plan to ride this weekend.
    So far, so good.

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    1987 Prelude (1)

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    1987 Prelude - Blue
    Shimano 600 friction drive train
    Bio Pace crank
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    I enjoy riding this bike. The frame fits me well.

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    1987 Tempo

    I just purchased a 1987 Schwinn Tempo.
    I will put decent wheels on it - maybe replace the rear derailleur - and a vintage rack if I can find one.
    I took it out for a pre-shakedown 20 miles and was very happy with the ride.

    The frame is similar enough to the Preludes that fit me so well.
    The bike seems a little more responsive.

    We will see after I install a set of good wheels.

    It may be in the riding rotation this year.

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