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Old 04-17-09, 11:46 AM   #1
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Schwinn High Plains Questions

I bought this Schwinn 19" High Plains today for $35.00. I only bought it because of the Araya rims 26 x 1.5, HE-VP-20 made in Japan.
After getting the bike home and taking a closer look I noticed hat the frame doesn't appear to be low quality.
The main tubes and front fork have a CroMo Sticker, and the dropouts are forged. the bike was made in Taiwan.
The seat tube has a sticker that says Oversized Cromo and another which reads " Engineered and Tested". It also indicates a lifetime frame warranty.
The is a sticker on the right chain stay with what appears to be a serial number
It has Shimano Altus C50 Crank, Alivio brake levers, front and rear derailleur.
The 4 digit date code on the Head badge is 2073. Is this a 2003? The components do not match the Schwinn High Plains in the 1993 catalog. It has shifter with a lever for the thumb that can be pumped, not the grip shifters.
Also the FD will no shift to the largest chain wheel, and the FD shifter will not move to the "3" position. will adjusting the FD limit screws fix this problem?
The frame is TIG welded. It is blue with red "High Plains" lettering.
The wheels and seat tube bolt are quick release.
Thanks in advance for your help and comments.
Uni
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Old 04-18-09, 07:53 AM   #2
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Here is a video on adjusting. NOTE- there are many other bike repair videos there, too.
http://bicycletutor.com/adjust-front-derailer/
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Old 04-18-09, 06:40 PM   #3
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Here is a video on adjusting. NOTE- there are many other bike repair videos there, too.
http://bicycletutor.com/adjust-front-derailer/
Thanks Esteban. Hello to all. As it turned out, The FD cable did not have enough tension on it. Now it shifts to all three chain wheels, after tightening the FD shift cable. Thanks Jesus!
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Old 04-19-09, 06:55 AM   #4
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Great ! I like those repair videos. It is a lot easier for me to understand repairs when I see it done, rather than reading how to do it. Those were decent bikes. I bought one awhile back, serviced it & sold it to a friend at cost. He doesn't ride a lot, & it has been a good bike for him.
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Old 04-19-09, 08:32 AM   #5
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I picked one up last year. It had some pretty crappy components but the frame is solid... 4130 and lugged. It's my main commuter bike right now. Here's a pic taken after it was first assembled... not nearly this clean at the moment!

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[QUOTE=Noah Scape;8758525]I picked one up last year. It had some pretty crappy components but the frame is solid... 4130 and lugged. It's my main commuter bike right now. Here's a pic taken after it was first assembled... not nearly this clean at the moment! QUOTE]

Hi Noah Scape, nice handle, and a nice bike. I like that large frame too. I'm hoping to pickup one of the older Schwinn Mountain bikes with a 23 inch frame.
Thanks for sharing,
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Old 04-20-09, 07:13 AM   #7
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It's a 93. A couple of thoughts come to mind as to why the shifters don't match the specs. First, this was when Schwinn was entering bankruptcy, and things changed with little or no notice in those days. They were still importing bikes from Giant, bought into the China Bicycle Company, and were trying to import bikes from Hungary (I believe Greensville was closed by this time). Another thought, that might be tied to the first, is that around this time, SRAM only had shifters available. To source a bike with SRAM shifters, you ended up paying more for components from Shimano (Suntour went away around this time too), because you were not buying the complete groupo. SRAM ended up taking Shimano to court, and settled out of court some time later. My thought is that if Schwinn was looking for every way possible to save a penny, and SRAM would have cost more, it's feasible they just put the shifters you have on there now to save a buck.

Just speculating, who knows.

Great find for $35 though

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