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Old 10-24-09, 07:40 PM   #1
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Schwinn tempo- thoughts?

I've been offered an 89 Schwinn Tempo as partial trade on one of the bikes I have for sale. Not a Schwinn guy myself, so am looking for a little direction here. Owner says it's a full 105 group, columbus frame. Not sure of size or color (have not seen bike or pics yet), and I know that in the late 80's Schwinn was all over the place. So, any help, guidance or advice that The Great Schwinn Gurus can supply would be much appreciated.

Worst case, I guess I could save the 105 stuff and sell the frame, but not if it's considered a heavy/crappy model.

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Its a pretty nice bike. I had a 1988 Tempo, which has moved on to another home.
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The Tempo with 105 is a good package. Bustin' it up, selling it in parts, don't know.

They were made with Columbus Tenax tubing, high quality seemless sturdy tubes.
Not unlike the better tubings in the mid-80s just slightly thicker with little extra WT.

Schwinn was all over the place, the Tempo was a better offering and more light than heavy. Frankly, the bike is more impressive than THAT year 105 which was that clunky design in a gray anodized finish, not light but worked fine, just not pretty and suited some color bikes more than others.

Tempos lately are resurfacing more these days, it's that 20 year mark for them.
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a Tempo? small world I have one in workstand now I am cleaning up. they are pretty nice IMHO. a basic Columbus Tenax frame and the 105 group. nice teal blue color with while seattube. I was thinking of using he 105 on a frame I got but I might try and sell the whole thing.
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Those bikes are sleepers Bianchigirll, those who know bikes or are wiling to learn about them can be convinced to pay what they're worth, more than just any old Schwinn. Armed with 105, it's a pretty nice bike.
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Yep, I'm very familiar with the 105 group from that era- not fancy but it works. Anything really odd or unusual about them, like weirdo cable routing, bizarre thread type/size used on an otherwise common component, or stuff that breaks/wears out faster than on another brand or model? I've seen the '89 Schwinn catalog and specs and it looks pretty normal to me, just haven't seen the bike yet and want to make sure I know what to look for.

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Tempos are OK, 3 main tubes Columbus Tenax w/ Tange fork and rear triangle. It should have a full 105 group including the headset, BB and pedals, SS spokes, Cinelli stem/bar combo and an expensive seat.

Depending on the condition you may or may not make some money parting out. 105 parts are a dime a dozen and dont sell for much unless they're in very good to excellent condition.
If its a Panasonic made frame like I think it is it'll have JIS sized 30.0mm headset cups.
I parted out a NOS '89 Tempo last fall.
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If its a Panasonic made frame like I think it is
Nobody seems to have the definitive answer on bikes from this period, but I would bet that it was made at the Greenville Mississippi plant.
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Here is an 85 Tempo. I believe the frame is Panasonic made. I think if they have the number stamped on the bottom of the headtube like this they are Panasonic made.

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well mine seemed like a good deal for two bottles of Blue Saphire until this morning when I discovered flat spots in the wheels those tri guys never take care of their stuff LOL

OH this is after the car wash but before I really started to clean it up. it looks much better now but I have to check the ride out and see if I can sell it honestly or just use it like I planned for the parts

OH right sorry about the cell pic. my beloved 10yo digital broke, and I just can't make up my mind. 10megapixel, 12 mega, 3xdigital zoom, front and back led screens OY! it is easier buying bikes!
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well mine seemed like a good deal for two bottles of Blue Saphire until this morning when I discovered flat spots in the wheels
Eh...the black wheels don't look good on that frame anyway IMHO.
Put a nice set of silver Open Pros on it.

I have the same frame waiting in the queue for buildup.
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Looks like a completely original late 80's model. Nice score!! They're a lot better than OK, IMHO.,,,,BD
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