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Old 08-09-14, 10:04 AM   #376
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They're Mavic Open 4CD's, and a sweeter set of wheels would be hard to find. Used them on my Merckx Faema for about a week while a new set of wheels was being laced up for it, and it was a very pleasant experience.

Meanwhile, best way to keep this from turning into a 'vanity' thread is for the rest of you Schwinn lovers to get busy, as I have more projects in the pipeline!
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They're Mavic Open 4CD's, and a sweeter set of wheels would be hard to find. Used them on my Merckx Faema for about a week while a new set of wheels was being laced up for it, and it was a very pleasant experience.

Meanwhile, best way to keep this from turning into a 'vanity' thread is for the rest of you Schwinn lovers to get busy, as I have more projects in the pipeline!
I did rereredo my tempo some months ago.. I'll have to polish her up and put her up again and the Premis' latest transformation is almost done too.. but I still prefer staring at yours.
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here is my personal favorite.
i had it all original with gumwalls and original suntour components but decided it needed a facelift to newer grouppo.

1989 schwinn letour MADE IN THE USA yeah.
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'87 Tempo powder coated in Harley Orange Metallic by Len McCreary at Figure Finishing LLC, new decals by Velocals. Shimano 600 tricolor with rare 8 speed down tube shifters, Cinelli stem and bars, Chinese Regal knock-off saddle, Vittoria Zaffiro Pro's in 25, just an all-around really nice bike. I think I'm gonna move that saddle nose up a bit, though:
I assume you're flipping all these Schwinns you post? How are you making money on a repaint?
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Another recent completion. Actually built this one last year with 10 speed Shimano 105, but think the Shimano 600 (6207/6208) stuff is more appropriate. Little damage to the seat tube decal, but what can you do? New wheelset with 600 hubs laced to Velocity Twin Hollow rims.



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Can't believe it's been over 5 months since anyone posted a new build in this thread!

Here's one that got completed today, a 1987 Schwinn Circuit with full DA 7400/7401 7 speed. Built this last year with Ultegra, but that got swapped over to the Della Santa and the DA stuff is period correct, anyway.

Yes, that's Guinness Foam powder coat, and Velocal decals that you can't get any longer, thanks to The Schwinn Decal Police:


Wow. Great work. Nice Schwinns.
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Flipping probably isn't the best term for what I do.

Each bike I complete is an individual and often unique project, so think of me more as an artisan mechanic. Most of the bikes I build eventually get sold, and for a relatively high price (e.g. That orange Tempo is currently listed for $825, and the Circuit sold for a similar amount). Fortunately, my retirement and financial situation allows me to do this without having to make any money at it, so I can afford to invest in components that are in excellent condition, work with talented painters and powder coaters, and sell the finished bikes to appreciative new owners willing to invest in a really well done end product. It's not a great business model, but it works for me.
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Flipping probably isn't the best term for what I do.

Each bike I complete is an individual and often unique project, so think of me more as an artisan mechanic. Most of the bikes I build eventually get sold, and for a relatively high price (e.g. That orange Tempo is currently listed for $825, and the Circuit sold for a similar amount). Fortunately, my retirement and financial situation allows me to do this without having to make any money at it, so I can afford to invest in components that are in excellent condition, work with talented painters and powder coaters, and sell the finished bikes to appreciative new owners willing to invest in a really well done end product. It's not a great business model, but it works for me.
More power to you. Definitely good to hear people out there (and the market) have an appreciation for these Schwinns.

When I got my Prelude, I was pleasently surprised by the ride quality, and have considered updating its components for that reason.
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I picked this up yesterday from a flipper that probably didn't know what he had. The ad was listed as a "Schwinn Road Men's Bike" - no model name listed it at all. I had been reading up on some of the Panasonic DX/Schwinn Tempo threads and knew that it had to be a Tempo. The bike didn't even have air in the tires(he may not have had a Presta pump). Here are some pictures right after I brought it home. It needs a thorough cleaning but it appears to be underused specimen:




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This is my first post to Bike Forums! I just picked up my second Schwinn Tempo. My other tempo (got it about 3 years ago) is used primarily as my commuter bike and I absolutely love it! Its quick, relatively light, good components, and its a Schwinn!

I was cruising the Minneapolis Craigslist bike section and I came across another Tempo and I had to have it. Its a 1987, 23", blue and white. Its in really good shape but does have external rust. Ive got big plans for this ol' gal!
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Picked up this '88 Premis a couple weeks ago. I have $70 into it. I like the white components. This is on my trainer for the winter and will be on CL in the spring. I doubt if I will ever get it on the road.

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Flipping probably isn't the best term for what I do.

Each bike I complete is an individual and often unique project, so think of me more as an artisan mechanic. Most of the bikes I build eventually get sold, and for a relatively high price (e.g. That orange Tempo is currently listed for $825, and the Circuit sold for a similar amount). Fortunately, my retirement and financial situation allows me to do this without having to make any money at it, so I can afford to invest in components that are in excellent condition, work with talented painters and powder coaters, and sell the finished bikes to appreciative new owners willing to invest in a really well done end product. It's not a great business model, but it works for me.
Dr. C,

Your work is just superb! Just went through this whole thread, and each and every one of your creations stand out. Great craftsmanship is evident, and your taste in paint, components and overall look make each one like a work of art. Keep 'em coming!

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Why, I believe I'm blushing.

Thanks for the kind words!
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^^Doc, looking at your minty bikes are killing me

Just in tonight from romping on this too big for me Japanese Super Sport beater. Would love someday to have the identical in my appropriate 57cm. I realize riding an ill sized frame doesn't tell the story, but I surely can say, these are now top on my list for a sporty tour ride. Very relaxed seat tube, shorter chainstay (a bit odd for touring but could work), and tight enough head angle.

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My '85 Super Sport

I picked this up over the summer from CL. Pretty sure this sat in a garage for 30 years. It's entirely original except for the tires, bar wrap and brake hoods. It's a real treat to ride!





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1980 Schwinn my sisters bought then (original owners not ebay) and we still have it. Might get rid of it soon if my mom gets a new bike not sure though. Probably will be next year anyhow. My be varsity not sure but the white stuff is all rubbed off. Serial number is still there. however.

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I built up my '87 Tempo again... this time as a sort of rando/gravel bike to tide me over until my custom 650b frame is done (no ETA). I've been funemployed (by choice) for a bit now, so this bike shares a wheelset with my CX bike. Eventually I might get a back-up set.

SRAM 11-32 cassette, Shimano 5800 RD and chain, Apex crankset 46-34, DA 11-speed bar ends. Waiting on a 46T ring to replace the 50T and an FD... otherwise it's done.

The neon bar tape makes it impossible to photograph

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Not only the neon bar tape...but that GREAT electric pink color also makes the pictures pop! Don't get me wrong...LOVE the colors! As you said, makes the photography a bit tough!

Nice build...
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I built up my '87 Tempo again... this time as a sort of rando/gravel bike to tide me over until my custom 650b frame is done (no ETA). I've been funemployed (by choice) for a bit now, so this bike shares a wheelset with my CX bike. Eventually I might get a back-up set.

SRAM 11-32 cassette, Shimano 5800 RD and chain, Apex crankset 46-34, DA 11-speed bar ends. Waiting on a 46T ring to replace the 50T and an FD... otherwise it's done.

The neon bar tape makes it impossible to photograph


I thought you had a distaste for multiple chainrings? Or is that just MTBs?

In any case- that's a "pop" of a bike!
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I thought you had a distaste for multiple chainrings? Or is that just MTBs?

In any case- that's a "pop" of a bike!
Yes, for off road applications I don't like or need multiple chainrings. For road I do.
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This one was finished today. Another '85 Peloton, but this frame had to be refinished because the paint and chrome was too far gone. Len did another awesome powder coat job and JR came through with the reproduction decal set. Drive train is 7402 Dura Ace with NOS shifters, 7402 hubs (UG on the back) laced to Mavic MA40 clinchers, recovered Flite saddle.

The geometry on these frames are really nice, steering's not too quick, easy to ride all day, and the Columbus SL/SP adds to that as well.

Always amazes me how smoothly these late UG bikes shift.



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I love these "better than new" restorations! Beautiful.

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This one was finished today. Another '85 Peloton, but this frame had to be refinished because the paint and chrome was too far gone. Len did another awesome powder coat job and JR came through with the reproduction decal set. Drive train is 7402 Dura Ace with NOS shifters, 7402 hubs (UG on the back) laced to Mavic MA40 clinchers, recovered Flite saddle.

The geometry on these frames are really nice, steering's not too quick, easy to ride all day, and the Columbus SL/SP adds to that as well.

Always amazes me how smoothly these late UG bikes shift.



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Wow that Peloton is killer!!!! Great job
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