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Old 09-26-07, 11:15 PM   #1
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1981 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8, good deal for $100?



Supposedly in perfect shape, is it a good, light bike? Will I fit on it (6'1")?
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25" Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 (pretty big bike)
4130 double-butted cro-moly steel frame
27" Araya rims with Shimano hubs
Front & rear derailleurs & shift levers - Shimano Altus LT
Chain - Shimano Superglide
Crank - Sugino Super Maxy (yes, that's right) with 52/40 rings
Cassette - Shimano 6-speed 13-28
Saddle - SR
Brakes - DiaCompe 500 G
Weight - 4 POUNDS VERY LIGHT (lol this can't be right)
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Old 09-26-07, 11:18 PM   #3
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Looks like a 23"/24" by the seattube length. $100 sounds reasonable for an all-chrome model.

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Old 09-26-07, 11:19 PM   #4
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Looks like a 23"/24" by the seattube length. $100 sounds reasonable for an all-chrome model.

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How will it compare to my early 70's grand prix?
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Old 09-27-07, 04:53 AM   #5
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The four pounds is probably the bare frame weight. I think 11.8 is the bike weight in kilograms.
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Old 09-27-07, 05:28 AM   #6
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Perfect shape chrome 11.8s have been going for $350 to $385 on ebay. I agree that it looks like a 23" since the headtube is too short to be a 25" (could be the camera angle though). Take a look at the Voyageurs in my sig - the black one is 23" and the chrome one is 25". They're the best riding bikes in my modest stable. Buy it, buy it now before it gets away!

Edit: Will it fit? Probably. Basically the only difference between the 23" and 25" is the seattube length. The top tubes are both 22". If the seatpost will extend high enough for your legs you're good. That bike already has a taller, slightly longer stem on it.

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Go for it! You probably won't find that deal again. I found the deal of a lifetime on mine, $15 with a bent fork. Can't be in perfect shape with no decals on it? Probably will be a very decent bike with some cleaning, cables, etc. You might even be able to find repro decals still. Did anyone pick up the ball on the Voyageur decals yet?,,,,BD

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Old 09-27-07, 09:07 AM   #8
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You might even be able to find repro decals still. Did anyone pick up the ball on the Voyageur decals yet?,,,,BD
Not yet as far as I know. I've been waiting to get a few bucks ahead, then post to see if anyone else wants to get in on a group buy to help spread out the artwork cost.
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I'de jump on it for that price!
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I'll probably buy it
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He is asking for offers so you might get swooped. The bike is a steal at $100
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I'd even consider it, and I try to keep my Schwinn purchases under $20, though I did pay $25 for a Voyageur SP.
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I'd even consider it, and I try to keep my Schwinn purchases under $20, though I did pay $25 for a Voyageur SP.
Wow - send me a note when you find me a 1977 Paramount for $20 - I've been looking for one.
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Well I went and got it. It's in great shape except a few of the decals are scuffed up.
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What size is it? I don't agree that it looks like a 23".
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What size is it? I don't agree that it looks like a 23".
I haven't measured it and I can't really tell. I'll just take a picture..
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Well I went and got it. It's in great shape except a few of the decals are scuffed up.
Good deal! I was afraid you waited too long to jump on it. Let me know if/when you get ready for decals. JRrestore has already quoted $65 for the complete set, plus a onetime artwork fee of $75. If we can get a few of us to order at the same time we can knock that fee down to say $15-$25 each.
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Just measure from the center of the crank to the top of the seat tube. Either inches or centimeters will be fine.

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Just measure from the center of the crank to the top of the seat tube. Either inches or centimeters will be fine.

I don't think I have a tape measure around here..
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I don't think I have a tape measure around here..
That's ok it's a 23", and SWEET!!!

PS You must have one heck of a Mazda if that's what is burning all the rubber off those slicks!

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That's ok it's a 23", and SWEET!!!

PS You must have one heck of a Mazda it that's what is burning all the rubber off those slicks!
Yeah sometimes trail braking can flatspot well used tires like that..

I'll take some better pictures of the bike when it's light outside and I've cleaned it. I'm surprised at the condition it's in, it seems all original too.
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What year Voyageurs are you getting the artwork for? I have a 1984 Voyageur that is missing most of its decals.

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What year Voyageurs are you getting the artwork for? I have a 1984 Voyageur that is missing most of its decals.

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'80 to '81 Chrome or '80 to '82 Sable Black Voyageur 11.8s (the black's decals are the same as on the chrome, they just have a few extras for the transitions between chrome and black paint on all the stays and fork).

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Bingo. 22.5"-23".

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