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Old 03-10-14, 10:13 AM   #1
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1985 Schwinn Tempo

I've been relying on information from this forum as I've been researching to purchase my first road bike for commuting about 12 miles a day. Thank you all for being so knowledgeable!

I'm currently intrigued by this 1985 Schwinn Tempo. It's been redone and it's for sale for $315. The size is right for me. I read another post on here where people were singing the praises of the Tempo, and that's what made me consider it.

I've read complaints on Craigslist before that this guy overprices bikes, so I'm wondering what you guys think.

http://omaha.craigslist.org/bik/4358032676.html
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Old 03-10-14, 10:42 AM   #2
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I love the heck out of my 84 Tempo ... but I don't know if I three hundred dollars love it. Admittedly, I found it for a hundred and that was a smokin' deal, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say three is at the other extreme. Maybe you fight him down to two hundred plus? If I'd paid that for mine I would have zero regrets.

On the other hand, it's a pretty tall bike with Tenax frame and you're not going to find those every day. If you're in the market for something that size, you may have to bite the bullet and pay close to what he's asking.
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I'd say max of $250.00. Also, you need to nail down the size to make sure it fits. Schwinn didn't have a "large", they went by inches, such as 23" or 25" frame. That guy lists tons of bikes, usually listed high, although he says he will entertain reasonable offers.
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If it fits you and needs nothing (as it would appear from the advert) then that's a good price.

I've sold at least a dozen reconditioned Tempos in my area for $575 or more, although they were later '87 and '88 models with indexed shifting and full Shimano groupsets.
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That's a 25" frame (c-t), so you should be pretty tall for it to fit. The fork has Tange CrMo blades, and if it has the original components (Shimano 600 6-speed), it's a nice bike. IMHO, even $315 isn't a bad price if it has been serviced and is ready to ride. I live in the bay area so am used to higher prices.

EDIT - Oops! I was looking at the Super Sport specs column, not the Tempo. The Super Sport has 600 components; the Tempo doesn't.

Here's the '85 catalog page and specs.



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That's a 25" frame (c-t), so you should be pretty tall for it to fit. The fork has Tange CrMo blades, and if it has the original components (Shimano 600 6-speed), it's a nice bike. IMHO, even $315 isn't a bad price if it has been serviced and is ready to ride. I live in the bay area so am used to higher prices.
I dunno.. I was wondering if that could really even fetch that here. My 88 Premis had been sitting on CL for over a week at $85 when I snapped it up, and it was OEM other than seatpost saddle and tires.
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I dunno.. I was wondering if that could really even fetch that here. My 88 Premis had been sitting on CL for over a week at $85 when I snapped it up, and it was OEM other than seatpost saddle and tires.
Methinks you were very lucky.
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Well the price seems a bit high but not out of the question for the bay area if the rebuild was nicely done and the bike has no issues other junky pedals.
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Well the price seems a bit high but not out of the question for the bay area if the rebuild was nicely done and the bike has no issues other junky pedals.
But, this would be Omaha...and, even for my Atlanta area, this would be a bit high for that particular bike...although it appears to be a very nice bike.
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If it fits you and needs nothing (as it would appear from the advert) then that's a good price.

I've sold at least a dozen reconditioned Tempos in my area for $575 or more, although they were later '87 and '88 models with indexed shifting and full Shimano groupsets.
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That's a 25" frame (c-t), so you should be pretty tall for it to fit. The fork has Tange CrMo blades, and if it has the original components (Shimano 600 6-speed), it's a nice bike. IMHO, even $315 isn't a bad price if it has been serviced and is ready to ride. I live in the bay area so am used to higher prices.
The subject bike is in good nic and IMHO, high $200's is about right. Today, I just listed a 1982 Voyageur 11.8 in Ann Arbor at $295 and have drawn a prospective buyer. It is smaller, but the paint is not as good as Omaha.
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Thanks for the help! I wound up falling in love with the bike after riding it and paid $290.
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Thanks for the help! I wound up falling in love with the bike after riding it and paid $290.
You did ok, not a terrible deal. If you like the bike that's what matters.

By the way how tall are you?
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Thanks for the help! I wound up falling in love with the bike after riding it and paid $290.
Welcome to the Tenax club enjoy your sleeper.
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I helped a friend of mine to select a 1985 Schwinn Tempo when his regular bike was stolen back in ... 1985. I read a bunch of reviews until I stumbled across the article in Bicycling magazine which covered the tubing. The Tempo's frame is supposed to be Columbus seamed tubing ("Tenax") but in the first year of production (1985) Columbus didn't have a manufacturing line making seamed tubing so they sold cosmetic rejects of SL or SP racing tubing and this bike is DA BOMB !!! It's a thoroughbreed Italian Racehorse! It was by far the best deal on a 10-speed THAT SCHWINN EVER OFFERED, with the possible exception of THE SCHWINN VOLARE (The Japanese Paramount). Also, the Sugino GLP cranks are some of the most beautiful cranks that Sugino ever designed on their own.

I'd say if the paint is in really good condition, go for it! You won't be disappointed by the liveliness of the ride!

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I helped a friend of mine to select a 1985 Schwinn Tempo when his regular bike was stolen back in ... 1985. I read a bunch of reviews until I stumbled across the article in Bicycling magazine which covered the tubing. The Tempo's frame is supposed to be Columbus seamed tubing ("Tenax") but in the first year of production (1985) Columbus didn't have a manufacturing line making seamed tubing so they sold cosmetic rejects of SL or SP racing tubing and this bike is DA BOMB !!! It's a thoroughbreed Italian Racehorse! It was by far the best deal on a 10-speed THAT SCHWINN EVER OFFERED, with the possible exception of THE SCHWINN VOLARE (The Japanese Paramount). Also, the Sugino GLP cranks are some of the most beautiful cranks that Sugino ever designed on their own.

I'd say if the paint is in really good condition, go for it! You won't be disappointed by the liveliness of the ride!
As it says above, the OP bought it on 3-10-2014.
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