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    A Son of the Cape Fear tarmusic's Avatar
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    Schwinn 754 Aluminum

    I picked up one of these last week, and was just checking to see if there are other owners on the forum. This is a light, fast bike and I'm enjoying it. I can't find much info. on it, though. What I've been able to piece together from the 'net tells me that it was built in the Greenville, MS plant. It has a "Paramount Design Group" sticker on it. I know that it was purchased new in '94. Anybody else have one of these, and how do you like it?

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    The 754 was in the '89 catalog, but not in the '91 catalog, so I'm thinking if it was purchased new in '94 it may have been NOS. It was second from the top of the aluminum framed bikes in 1989, and here are the specs from the '89 catalog.

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    Possible the seller got his chronology mixed up, too, but he seemed pretty certain of it. He did tell me that he bought it new in '94, and that "this was an $800 bike when new".

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    Cricket, cricket, cricket...

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    Hey Tarmusic!

    I just picked up an aluminum frame Schwinn (64cm!). Unfortunately, mine has been custom painted so I don't have the paramount stickers, or any other decals - just the Schwinn head badge. I want to try to date this bike (SN: D33789 A) and find out where it was made. Have you made any progress on your Schwinn Aluminum?

    thanks!

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    I remember when these bikes came into our shop in 89. Several of my teammates started riding the 974, and generally liked them. I think I sold one 754, but I never rode one. I don't recall when they disappeared from the catalog, but it wasn't far down the road. I think they were still around in 1990, but in 91 or 92 everything changed. I don't see how the bike could've been new at all in 94, so +1 for the earlier post.

    Generally, these were pretty nice racers for the time. I certainly wouldn't toss one away. I don't, however, have any idea about the longevity for this particular frame. Their comparative rarity makes it hard to determine just how well they aged with use.
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    Have I made any progress with it? Just riding it, that's all. I like it! It's a noisier ride than my chromoly Super Sport, but it's also faster. I appreciate the input! I didn't realize that so few of these were made.

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    I have an ’89 754. I use it as a trainer. The clampless seat post is cracking and I was wondering if anyone knew where I can find a replacement. I know these were around for only a few years so I am not sure where to look.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mma View Post
    I have an 89 754. I use it as a trainer. The clampless seat post is cracking and I was wondering if anyone knew where I can find a replacement. I know these were around for only a few years so I am not sure where to look.

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    Any 27.2 mm seatpost should work.
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    Its an internal clamp, not an external one. Was told that a traditional seatpost wold not work since it has not external clamp and not enough space on the frame to cut an opening to make a clamp work. Trying to locate an original part for this but any ideas would be helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mma View Post
    Its an internal clamp, not an external one. Was told that a traditional seatpost wold not work since it has not external clamp and not enough space on the frame to cut an opening to make a clamp work. Trying to locate an original part for this but any ideas would be helpful.
    Oops, you're right. The OEM seatpost was a SunTour Expander, 27.2 mm. These seatposts had a quill wedge to secure them internally to the seat tube.
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    Seatpost issues

    Has anyone ever tried cutting a notch in the frame and fitting a regualr seatpost clamp/collar?

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    My brother has a 564. His seatpost is fine but he's considering notching it also if he ever has to put a regular post in it. The bike has biopace chainrings and feels very light, very quick, and brutally stiff in ride.
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    I too have a Schwinn 754 Pearl White

    I got one from a garage sale for $100 in perfect condition. One thing on the bike that threw me was the front deraileur shifter has an indexer adjustment. you can set it for firm, light, or no indexing. I thought it was broken until I started looking at it.

    Nice, light, and fast. Just saw one for sale on Kijiji for $540 1989 Vintage in blue.

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    Someone had posted the catalog pages for old schwinns. The link below is for 1980-1990 and it has the Aluminum Schwinn Frames (circa 1989). I have heard that its not a "real" paramount frame- Schwinn put the PDG Paramount Design Group name on the Aluminum tubing that was used. Definitely a rare breed though- and so far mine is holding up well.
    http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1980_1990/index.html

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    I bought one of these new in 1989, I was just waxing nostalgic and wishing I still had it. I LOVED that bike!

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    wow this is an old thread but it kept popping up while I was researching the 754 models. I finally picked one up from ebay in pearl white after reading up on them. schwinn's last gasp at a high quality american road/race bike before going under. somewhat rare and underrated. very nice, light bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twomorestrokes View Post
    wow this is an old thread but it kept popping up while I was researching the 754 models. I finally picked one up from ebay in pearl white after reading up on them. schwinn's last gasp at a high quality american road/race bike before going under. somewhat rare and underrated. very nice, light bikes.
    Yeah, I first stumbled on this thread a few years ago when I found my 974. Mine is pretty well used, needs paint, and all the original drive train was beat. I worry about the aluminium frame while I am getting ready to ride it, but genneraly stop worrying or forget worrying on the road cause its a fun bike to ride. its the only bike I can keep up with the new stuff on. Super stiff, and climbs and takes off like a rocket.

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