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    This is a great post. I love 80's vintage Schwinns. Here's my 86 Super Sport with 600 SIS. Bought it new and after a few years retired it to the trainer. Subsequently it turned into a rust bucket. 2010 saw a new powder coat job with color change (just for something different) and a complete rebuild using most of the original components. I added a new seat, stem and nitto noodle bars. I also used vintage Super Sport decals because I liked them better and was having trouble locating the original ones.

    Before rebuild:









    After rebuild:








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    Quote Originally Posted by bikenut2011 View Post
    I might just go with a MTB freewheel/derailluer/chain swap first to see what it does. If I had a 34 in the rear I might be able to keep the crank setup. Just wondering out loud...Of course any input about this from the Schwinn masters around here would be greatly appreciated!!!

    andy
    I did that with both my '88 LeTour and '88 Prelude.
    I used Shimano MegaRange(freewheel on the LeTour, Cassette on the Prelude). I like them because you get a fairly tight set of cogs and then a big jump to the 34 tooth bailout cog. The freewheel jumps from 24t to 34t and the cassette jumps from 26t to 34t. This gives a nice set of ratios with even jumps using a crossover shift sequence and then gives your bailout gear when things get really tough. I'm using a Shimano Deore XT model 750 rear derailleur on both bikes.

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    Update on MY bike... . UPS is in possession and its scheduled for delivery on Tuesday !!! WOOHOOO In the meantime, i guess i will just keep drooling over all these prime examples of a golden era for Schwinn!!

    Nice Bikes... I especially love the super sports, i think I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for one of those babies. That Pink and white one on page one just grabs me for some reason. I also love the red/ white combo. Of course all these bikes are great and a cut above!!

    @Sierra: Thanks for the great info on the gear change. I was thinking about the mega range freewheel 34T w/ 7 speeds. What would be the most economical new derailluer that you would even consider using with one of these?? I saw this one, but the price is really scaring me. anyone know anything about these? Would they even bolt up to the bike?

    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=414546

    Im not trying to spend a bunch of bread, I've been buying WAY too much bike stuff!!!

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    1986 Schwinn Prelude now a 14 spd (survivor bike, almost mint)
    2009 Motobecane 27 spd Flat bar (too small for me, now wifey's ride)
    2011 Motobecane 18 spd Cross Bike turned road bike (my "modern" ride)
    1973 Schwinn Continental... 36 pounds and yellow (for my son) :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikenut2011 View Post
    Update on MY bike... . UPS is in possession and its scheduled for delivery on Tuesday !!! WOOHOOO In the meantime, i guess i will just keep drooling over all these prime examples of a golden era for Schwinn!!

    Nice Bikes... I especially love the super sports, i think I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for one of those babies. That Pink and white one on page one just grabs me for some reason. I also love the red/ white combo. Of course all these bikes are great and a cut above!!

    @Sierra: Thanks for the great info on the gear change. I was thinking about the mega range freewheel 34T w/ 7 speeds. What would be the most economical new derailluer that you would even consider using with one of these?? I saw this one, but the price is really scaring me. anyone know anything about these? Would they even bolt up to the bike?

    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=414546

    Im not trying to spend a bunch of bread, I've been buying WAY too much bike stuff!!!

    andy
    Here is a little bit better picture of it. Also, FYI, the rear triangle was resprayed so it's all white. Normally the seat stays are pink (magenta, whatever). As I said I regret selling it, although the '89 prelude seems to feel pretty much the same (in '89 they changed the high-ten fork to a tange mangalloy, I'm not sure what the super sport had). The complete 600 group was something to behold!


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    ^^ it may not be "correct" on the paint scheme...but, it just speaks to me for some reason. Perfect road machine in my eyes. Thanks for sharing!! Hope i didnt offend by calling it "pink"


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    Quote Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
    '87 SuperTempo. Nice Tempo Tenax frame, touched up as needed, then fitted with all new Shimano 105 9 speed drivetrain with a compact crank, Michelin pro Race 3 tires, Ultegra hubs with Mavic Open Pro rims, D-A dt shifters, Tektro brake calipers and levers:

    Love this bike too!! Missed it the first time reading this thread... I think i was distracted by the yellow one below it.

    NICE!!


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    2009 Motobecane 27 spd Flat bar (too small for me, now wifey's ride)
    2011 Motobecane 18 spd Cross Bike turned road bike (my "modern" ride)
    1973 Schwinn Continental... 36 pounds and yellow (for my son) :)

    My C&V pics here
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    1988 Centurion IronMan "Miami Vice" - 2008 Gary Fisher Genesis
    Moved to Boise....I miss all my old bikes....Time to start over.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikenut2011 View Post
    What would be the most economical new derailluer that you would even consider using with one of these?? I saw this one, but the price is really scaring me. anyone know anything about these? Would they even bolt up to the bike?
    Sorry Andy. Can't help with that.
    I never buy anything new...that's why I hang out here on C&V.
    You wouldn't want the mounting "claw" on that derailleur though. You want to mount to the integral derailleur hanger on the dropout.

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    Does every tenax schwinn have a 26.6 seat post? Just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra View Post
    Sorry Andy. Can't help with that.
    I never buy anything new...that's why I hang out here on C&V.
    You wouldn't want the mounting "claw" on that derailleur though. You want to mount to the integral derailleur hanger on the dropout.

    Yes i was thinking something didnt look right with that!! I'm sure i can find something that will work and be reasonable priced. Thanks for the input.

    Is it Tuesday yet? haha

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    My '88 Paramount w/ Dura-Ace 7400-Found on craiglist for 600.00 last year-


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    Quote Originally Posted by mazdaspeed View Post
    Does every tenax schwinn have a 26.6 seat post? Just curious.
    The Schwinn catalogs actually mention seat post diameters. Quickly flipping through them, the only exceptions I see are the 1989 "Tenax SL" Tempo with a 27.2mm post, and the 1985 Le Tour Luxe with a 26.4mm post.

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    1986 Paramount as found, original Dura Ace components. Bought from a Charlotte DKO flipper. Its really too small for me, but it is a sweet Waterford Paramount, so I just can't let it go...)





    1987 Prologue as it sits today (updated with nine speed Ultegra drivetrain). Bought off ebay. I also have a second 1988 Prologue in the same color combination.




    I've had several other late 80s Schwinns pass through the workshop in the last few years including a really sweet 1987 Tempo and two 1986 Preludes. The Tempo was really hard to let go, as it was my size.. I'm a big fan of the Tenax Schwinns.

    Next project is to swap out the Ultegra bits on the Prologue with nine speed Dura Ace parts, just for something different (I've got the Dura Ace bits in hand, garage sale find). The current Ultegra set up is the third drivetrain I've had on this bike. Then I will put the Ultegra bits on my 1992 Paramount Series V.
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    Quick snapshot of the updated '88 LeTour and the recently completed '88 Prelude.
    These are the ones that are running wide range gearing with MegaRange freewheel & cassette respectively.


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    This thread is awesome! Some beautiful Schwinns here. Glad to see them properly taken care of. Here's my latest restoration project that I'm working on; a 1986 Peloton w/ Superbe Pro. I've almost got all the original parts tracked down.



    -Collin-

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra View Post
    Quick snapshot of the updated '88 LeTour and the recently completed '88 Prelude.
    These are the ones that are running wide range gearing with MegaRange freewheel & cassette respectively.

    The saddle bag on your LeTour matches perfectly; very very cool.

    -Collin-

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    I've had a couple of these since last fall.

    A 1988 Tempo, or fairly close to that.

    This one is going bye-bye tomorrow.

    They ride great and are values, no doubt!

    This one was covered with garage dust, but otherwise shows like a new bike.

    We regreased her, put on new tape, pads, and new tires.

    The kids cleaned her to a beautiful shine and our neighbor bought her on the spot today.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Collin2424 View Post
    This thread is awesome! Some beautiful Schwinns here. Glad to see them properly taken care of. Here's my latest restoration project that I'm working on; a 1986 Peloton w/ Superbe Pro. I've almost got all the original parts tracked down.



    -Collin-

    Wow. Just when i thought the thread might be fading in to oblivion, more amazing bikes show up!!!! Nice job all of you!! I am really liking the white/black paint combo on this. Is the Peloton one of the higher end models? What exactly would the hierarchy be on the late 80's Schwinns any way?

    You do know you will need a chain to ride that thing right??

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    2011 Motobecane 18 spd Cross Bike turned road bike (my "modern" ride)
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    Here, you'll enjoy these:





    Also note that at some point in the late 80's, the prelude went from sport touring geometry to racing geometry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikenut2011 View Post
    Very Nice!! Am digging the seat and the fenders. Good Job, Clint! =)

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    Fenders came off an old 5-speed Bridgestone Kabuki "touring" bike that somebody gave me, and the Brooks B-17 I bought new as a kid for my '77/'78 Bridgestone Kabuki Diamond Touring that I also bought new and still have. During the summer this bike makes my day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mazdaspeed View Post
    Also note that at some point in the late 80's, the prelude went from sport touring geometry to racing geometry.
    That change happened in '88. It has HT/ST angles of 72.5/72.5 in '87 and changed to 73/74 in '88. The wheel base stayed at 39.75", a 1/4" longer than the higher end models with 39.5". Then in '89 the wheelbase was shortened to 39.4" along with the other models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Collin2424 View Post
    Here's my latest restoration project that I'm working on; a 1986 Peloton w/ Superbe Pro.
    Really nice bike there!

    I've had my eye out for one those for several years now but haven't found one yet in my size and at a price that I can afford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikenut2011 View Post
    Is the Peloton one of the higher end models? What exactly would the hierarchy be on the late 80's Schwinns any way?
    The Peloton and the Circuit seemed to take turns from year to year as the top model sold as a complete bike(The Paramount and Prologue were sold as framesets only). I think there may have been one year where they were both offered though, and I don't remember which one outranked the other.

    The hierarchy changed a bit from year to year with models appearing and disappearing.
    The best way to see it is to browse through the catalogs on Tom Findleys website.

    http://www.trfindley.com/pg_schwinn_cats.htm
    Last edited by Sierra; 01-15-11 at 05:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra View Post
    The Peloton and the Circuit seemed to take turns from year to year as the top model sold as a complete bike(The Paramount and Prologue were sold as framesets only). I think there may have been one year where they were both offered though, and I don't remember which one outranked the other.

    The hierarchy changed a bit from year to year with models appearing and disappearing.
    The best way to see it is to browse through the catalogs on Tom Findleys website.

    http://www.trfindley.com/pg_schwinn_cats.htm
    Awesome info!! Thanks for taking the time. I will be bookmarking that one.

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    You mean this one?

    Fork's bent!

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