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    Schwinn Tempo

    I scored a new bike at a rummage sale this weekend. A Schwinn Tempo. It was a little dusty, but cleaned up very well. Not so much as a scratch in the paint and all the metal parts cleaned up like new. It looks like it just came from the LBS. I repacked the bottom bracket and cleaned her up. I put on some SPD pedals, a water bottle cage and a Mity 3 computer and she's ready to rock. She's got Sugio(?) gear and shimano components. The bike shifts and brakes very well. It even has indexed shifting. It has 700MM rims with 700 * 28 tires which are in good shape. They are on Belgium built Weinmann rims. On the Schwinn emblem it says Chicago and it has a decal which has a reference to Columbus tubing. I laid out a princely $15.00 for this bike and feel like I stole it. It rides really nice. Any comments on the Tempo in general? Where do I find the serial number and where do I look to find out when it was built?

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    Serial # should be either right under the headbadge or the BB shell.
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    I've got a 1988 Tempo that I just bought for $50. I love it. It handles great and it came in the Italian colors. Put my Brooks B17 Champion Special on it and couldn't be happier. Mine came with Shimano 105 components and Wobler rims. You got a great deal for $15. The date code is on the head badge. Have fun. Mark.

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    You should go through the wheel bearings, especially the front, also. I often find the wheel bearings set too tight and the front cones pitted. I think the wheel builders set them tight for ease of trueing, then forget to set them back to correct adjustment.

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    I took her out on a fast club ride last night and she aquitted herself well. The bike was great. The pilot needs a little work though.

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    Whew,
    Newbie to the Forum. Don't even know if I''m replying in the right place... but here goes.

    I love my Schwinn Tempo that I bought new in 1986. If I look hard enough, I know I'll be able to find the original Schwinn brochure from that year that listed the bikes available and features of each.
    Also have a Bianchi and a Trek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl
    Whew,
    Newbie to the Forum. Don't even know if I''m replying in the right place... but here goes.

    I love my Schwinn Tempo that I bought new in 1986. If I look hard enough, I know I'll be able to find the original Schwinn brochure from that year that listed the bikes available and features of each.
    Also have a Bianchi and a Trek.

    Bill
    Bill,

    welcome to the forums, and the friendliest sub forum of the bunch (Hey I'm
    very biased!).
    yes this is the right place.
    what year/model Bianchi and Trek?
    post photos we luvs photos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lotek
    Bill,

    welcome to the forums, and the friendliest sub forum of the bunch (Hey I'm
    very biased!).
    yes this is the right place.
    what year/model Bianchi and Trek?
    post photos we luvs photos.
    (if you need help with this let us know).

    Marty
    My brother and I both bought our Tempos in 1990 from Eddy's Bike shop in Hudson OH. They have DiaCompe Edge brakes and Suntour cranks & derailluers. The crank looks like a Mavic crank. SR handlebar, stem and seatpost. The French hubs are the most awfull things I've ever seen. The Weinmann rims aero version are really neat though. I was thinking about getting a better set of hubs and rebuilding the wheels. The tubing is Columbus seamed tubing and was made in Schwinn's Greenville MISS plant in their closing days. The frame was a bit on the heavy side but very durable. I can't say the same thing about the hubs though. Good luck


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    1986 Schwinn

    Here is one picture (I tried to download two but had file size problems) of my Tempo I bought new in 1986. Still one of my favorite rides.

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    I think these mid '80's Tenax tubed Schwinns are great bikes. I bought an '86 Tempo at a thrift and was amazed at how well it rode. My brother's got it now.

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    Rumor has it Columbus Tenax is just poorly prepared columbus tubing that was sold to schwinn cheaply. I have a super sport that is made of the same stuff that rides great. It took a car crash to stop the bike. The frame is still in tact with a slight buckle in the downtube.

    Its the perfect frame to upgrade overtime. An entry level Tempo/Prelude/Super Sport can be had sometimes for nothing if you are lucky enough.

    200$ powder coat/400$ set of handbuilt wheels,coldset frame/cassettehub=600$ entry level steel frame of much higher quality than any entry level Specialized/Giant/Trek.

    Vintage rules. If you like the super sport you will really like the old Treks too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dck View Post
    I think these mid '80's Tenax tubed Schwinns are great bikes. I bought an '86 Tempo at a thrift and was amazed at how well it rode.
    +1

    I've got two '88 LeTours and an '87 Super Sport. Nice riding bikes indeed.
    I'm looking to score both the '87 Tempo and Circuit.




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    Are these frames made for Schwinn by Panasonic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by embankmentlb View Post
    Are these frames made for Schwinn by Panasonic?
    I think these were made by Schwinn at the Greenville Mississippi plant.

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    I've owned a Prelude and a Premis - both nice riding bikes in the 22 lb range. I recently refurbished and sold a Tempo. It wasn't quite as nice at 24 lbs.
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    Check the seat tube sticker for origin of manufacture. Many of the mid-to late 80's Columbus tubed upper-end Schwinns were indeed made in Japan by Panasonic to Schwinn's specs.
    BTW- nice 3 year-old thread revived to the exact day!

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    My 85 was made by Panasonic. While researching it I read that the Panasonics have their Serial numbers stamped on thel lower lug of the head tube. Regarding poorly prepared tubing I have to wonder if they are correct. I removed my decals and ended up having to strip & sand various parts of the frame. Under the paint I found little splash or spatter looking marks that were brown. I do not want to call them rust or oxidation , but they were under the paint & primer.
    Here is picture of my bike, while in metamorphisis to a fixd gear.
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    I got an 88 frame NOS from eBay and built it up with a mix of japanese components (Ultegra rear, Suntour GPX front, old Shimano RX100 brakes, Dia Compe Levers, Sugino cranks and headset) and a set of Cane Creek wheels. Had an old blue suede Selle Italia Mundialita saddle for looks but just put back my old Brooks Flyer for comfort. It rides nice but I wish I could fit wider tires; I've got virtually no clearance left with 700x25s. Paint seems pretty easy to chip as well. Other than that I love it.

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    Schwinn Tempo Restoration

    Hi gang,

    This is my first time on a bicycle forum like this. I came across this thread while looking for info on the Schwinn Tempo. I'm a university student and someone left one of these bikes on a bike rack without any lock. The bike is in bad condition; the back tire is off of the rim and the rim itself is bent and busted. We have a bridge 80' off the ground on campus and I think someone threw it off the bridge, or just brought it here to die. I ended up taking it after a week and could use some advice on restoring it.

    I don't know if any work has been done to this bike in the past. I'm pretty sure is has 26"/27" inch rims (though the one is broken) made by Campagnolo. It's got a little rust on it, but nothing I can't sand down. The brakes seem to work and the gears appear to be functional as well.

    What should I do with this? Is it worth the trouble to restore? Where do I even begin? Should I sand the frame down, restore some original paint design, get some new rims? Should I just take it to a bike shop and tell them to fix it up? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charkue View Post
    Hi gang,

    This is my first time on a bicycle forum like this. I came across this thread while looking for info on the Schwinn Tempo. I'm a university student and someone left one of these bikes on a bike rack without any lock. The bike is in bad condition; the back tire is off of the rim and the rim itself is bent and busted. We have a bridge 80' off the ground on campus and I think someone threw it off the bridge, or just brought it here to die. I ended up taking it after a week and could use some advice on restoring it.

    I don't know if any work has been done to this bike in the past. I'm pretty sure is has 26"/27" inch rims (though the one is broken) made by Campagnolo. It's got a little rust on it, but nothing I can't sand down. The brakes seem to work and the gears appear to be functional as well.

    What should I do with this? Is it worth the trouble to restore? Where do I even begin? Should I sand the frame down, restore some original paint design, get some new rims? Should I just take it to a bike shop and tell them to fix it up? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    ~CB
    First piece of advice: you should go ahead and post a new thread—this one is five years old. Everyone is going to think that this post is about what the original poster was saying and your post is likely to get lost.

    The good news is that people have resurrected bikes far further gone that yours sounds to be. Between this subforum (Classic and Vintage) and the Bike Mechanics subforum, you should find tons of people ready and willing to help get your bike into tip-top shape.
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    He should also put the bike back on the rack with a lock and a note saying that he's interested in purchasing it.

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    I'm thinking it might be stolen to take it for a joyride. It was dumped when it became unrideable. Putting it back with a lock and note is not going to do anything. You should bring it to the police or at least see if it is registered as stolen.
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