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    is this a stupid idea

    Suntour Blaze components from a Specialized Sirrus on an 87 Schwinn Tempo.

    Silly or no.

    The Specialized is too small for me. I've had the Tempo frame in storage for a while.
    I know the Blaze were lower end, but if they work ok it gets a frame out of storage.

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    not stupid. bring that schwinn back to life, if it sux donate it or craigs list it, both are better than letting it rot.
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    This reads like a really good build. Decent Suntour stuff on a nicer Schwinn frame that's your size nothing seems wrong on this one if you have both the bikes and everything works.

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    Honestly, to me it doesn't matter. Components can be swapped out anytime for something different. If you wanted to sandblast and powdercoat it then I'd be screaming. But putting a different group on? Who cares. Do what you want so long as it can be changed back in the future. Make it a fixed gear with no brakes, whatever. Someone can always swap on the original parts someday.
    Why "derailer" is the correct way to spell the gear-change mechanism: sheldonbrown.com/derailer.html

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    That's a good idea. Maybe not a fixed gear bit a nice light single speed with brakes for the bike paths around Dayton. Its pretty flat here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjames1452 View Post
    That's a good idea. Maybe not a fixed gear bit a nice light single speed with brakes for the bike paths around Dayton. Its pretty flat here.
    This bike is not a good SS or fixed candidate late 80's tempo has fixed postion somewhat rigid dropouts with wrong rear wheel spacing. This bike should be left geared ! But would be sweet as simple six speed.
    Last edited by zukahn1; 07-14-12 at 04:04 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
    This bike is not a good SS or fixed candidate late 80's tempo has fixed postion somewhat rigid dropouts with wrong rear wheel spacing. This bike should be left geared ! But would be sweet as simple six speed.
    The dropouts are short but still horizontal. You may have to be careful of gearing choices but it would make a fine SS/FG. I've made bikes with vertical dropouts work with SS/FG so short horizontal dropouts are really no challenge. Frame spacing? Just add 3mm of washers on each side of a (track) wheelset.

    I'm also curious to know what a "somewhat rigid dropout" is.
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    The Tempo, like most Schwinn road bikes of the late 80s and earlier are fine for FG/SS use. My Super Sport has the same dropouts and it can run anywhere from a 17t-19t cog in the rear while keeping the front chain ring the same size and keeping the chain the same length.

    The vast majority of track wheel-sets can be purchased in any width you prefer.

    So, there's that.

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    I try to be careful on what frames I ride. I have minor back and shoulder issues that I do not wish to make worse. (Lord willing, I would like to ride until I am 90) The 25 frames of the Schwinn Prelude, Tempo, Voyageur 11.8 and Le Tour 12.2, fit well. I have ridden other frames, that, while very responsive and fun to ride, have left me in pain after 25 miles. I get off the bike and cannot straighten my back. I tend to ride comfortably in a little more upright position than normal.

    That is why I liked the idea of a single speed bike on a proven (for me) frame.
    I am sure there are other bikes with similar geometry to the above models that would work equally as well.

    The trails in Western/Central Ohio are flat. I only use two gears normally on a 20-60 mile ride.

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