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    Schwinn Passage

    Anyone know anything about this bike? It looks to be an 80's bike with fairly good components and columbus tubing. It's surprisingly light, and so comfortable I'm considering making it a tourer/commuter. It's in great shape and is a real beauty, and since I plan on haggling over it I'd love maybe a ballpark as to what it's worth. I can't find anything on google. Thanks in advance to whoever can give me some info.

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    Tough to say anything without a full description and pictures. I thought the Passage was a late 90's model.
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    Sorry, no digital camera. Columbus tubing. Says Schwinn and chicago on the head badge. Cantilever brakes, full set of lugs for racks and such. Sez "passage onthe top tube. It has been brought to my attention it may be a "traveller" with cantilever brakes. Definately mid-eighties, probably Panasonic? I'd even tell you what colour it is if I wasn't so bloody colour blind, either purple or blue with "Passage" written in yellow or green. The Eighties does not seem to be a very well documented and/or regarded era for road bikes, as I can't find anything on the net about anything but the really expensive ones,(Paramount,) or foreign,(Raleigh, Nishiki.)

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    No really, I'd like to know about this bicycle and I swear by all that is holy I shall keep posting on here to keep this thread fresh so it doesn't get flushed down the toilet of no return. These posts will get progressivly more and more rediculous. C'mon I know one of y'all old school collectourd who's memorized the "Suntour hierarchy" for each model year knows something about this bike. Throw me a frickin' bone here.

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    Okay, I'll throw a bone...

    My collector friend (who posts here on BikeForums) just bought two Passages in Indianapolis, Ind. One of them has only about 30 miles on it and the other, identical to the other one and bought as a backup, has ZERO miles on it and has dry-rotted tires and alot of dust on it.

    I saw the bikes today and they are really nice. They do have lugged Columbus tubing (Tenec, or something like that, I can't remember) and they have Sachs Huret Duopar deraillers on them. They both are sort of dark blue in color.

    I think they would make excellent tourer/commuters with a little updating/upgrading. Maybe ditch the 27" wheels for some 700c rims and 28 or 32mm tires.

    I would LOVE to buy one of these bikes from him if they weren't so damned little (looks like a 48 or 50cm frame). If you want to know anything more about these bikes I can call him up about it. I think they are very collectable but I don't know alot about that.
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    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krispistoferson
    Anyone know anything about this bike? It looks to be an 80's bike with fairly good components and columbus tubing. It's surprisingly light, and so comfortable I'm considering making it a tourer/commuter. It's in great shape and is a real beauty, and since I plan on haggling over it I'd love maybe a ballpark as to what it's worth. I can't find anything on google. Thanks in advance to whoever can give me some info.
    The folks on this forum are mostly interested in pre early eighties bikes. The Passage is probably just outside that timeframe, meaning you might not get a response hear as to worth. Try watching eBay if you want the estimate of what it is worth to others. I've heard of the Passage, but I've never seen one. My guess is that the components are decent if it has Columbus tubing. You sound like you like the looks and feel of the bike. And if it fits you, it is worth way more than the money you could get for it. Even though Schwinn made some decent bikes in the 80's-90's, they don't have much resale value now, except the Paramount.
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    I DO like it. I've been wrackin' my brain all weekend trying to figure ot if I wanted it or not, and I think I do. It's also looks brand new, so it's kind of like a poor man's Rivendell. I checked it out again and it's got a lot of high end Huret components on it, and it surprised me how light it is.

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    Since I have a passage, I can answer some questions about them, they were a limited production in 1984-1985, Schwinn sold out of them before the advertising for them was put into any bicycling magazines. The bike is a touring/road-racing bike that uses non-indexed mountain bike companants for the derailers, chain rings, and sprockets. They have three water bottle braze on's. With the lanyard racks the bike will support 150 lbs of cargo plus the rider. The origional price I paid for the bike was $259.99, I purchased the last one that was availible in Maryland in 1985. At the time it was the top bike in the schwinn line the bike weighs 7lbs with the origional rear lanyard rack that came as part of the package. If I were purchasing the Passage today, I would expect the price to be in the $800-$1,000 price range. I've actually had the Passage up to 35MPH on level dirt trails, and 40 MPH on level asphault roads, while carrying about 30lbs of cargo. They are excelent bikes, and easy to adjust/maintain. Two years ago I converted mine from the origional 15 speed to a 21 speed by changing the rear sprocket. I also changed the high range chain ring so the highest speed on the bike now matches the last time trial bike Lance Armstrong used in the Tour De Ferance.

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    I got one.

    Cuda2k (a mod) got one and fixed it up.


    http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=199684 is the definitive thread.

    Search the Classic & Vintage forum for Schwinn Passage for maybe some more info.

    I tried making mine a faux-fixie, then a faux-cyclocross. Now it's just sitting in the garage back in StL. I think I'll repaint it someday...



    Schwinn has used the Passage name on other bikes, I think, to add to the confusion. It's not a fantastically light bike, really just typical for a double-butted chromoly frame.
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    Good Lord - this thread was resurrected after 3 years. Better late than never, I guess...
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    Whoops! The OP even posted his admiration in the thread I linked to. Need to pay more attention, I guess.
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    about the Passage

    Do you still like the Passage? I am also checking in to getting one, for touring.
    Thanks. I hope you still check this sometimes...

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    thanks for the info

    I'm going to go ride a used Passage tomorrow, am wanting to get a quality bike that could handle a lot of touring. thanks for your info, that was very helpful. Any other tips?

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    that was to you...

    If you have other thoughts about the passage...I'm curious. thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by dgettle View Post
    Since I have a passage, I can answer some questions about them, they were a limited production in 1984-1985, Schwinn sold out of them before the advertising for them was put into any bicycling magazines. The bike is a touring/road-racing bike that uses non-indexed mountain bike companants for the derailers, chain rings, and sprockets. They have three water bottle braze on's. With the lanyard racks the bike will support 150 lbs of cargo plus the rider. The origional price I paid for the bike was $259.99, I purchased the last one that was availible in Maryland in 1985. At the time it was the top bike in the schwinn line the bike weighs 7lbs with the origional rear lanyard rack that came as part of the package. If I were purchasing the Passage today, I would expect the price to be in the $800-$1,000 price range. I've actually had the Passage up to 35MPH on level dirt trails, and 40 MPH on level asphault roads, while carrying about 30lbs of cargo. They are excelent bikes, and easy to adjust/maintain. Two years ago I converted mine from the origional 15 speed to a 21 speed by changing the rear sprocket. I also changed the high range chain ring so the highest speed on the bike now matches the last time trial bike Lance Armstrong used in the Tour De Ferance.

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    And I meant to ask you: do you still like the Passage...indeed, 3 years later...

    Quote Originally Posted by KrisPistofferson View Post
    I DO like it. I've been wrackin' my brain all weekend trying to figure ot if I wanted it or not, and I think I do. It's also looks brand new, so it's kind of like a poor man's Rivendell. I checked it out again and it's got a lot of high end Huret components on it, and it surprised me how light it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisPistofferson View Post
    No really, I'd like to know about this bicycle and I swear by all that is holy I shall keep posting on here to keep this thread fresh so it doesn't get flushed down the toilet of no return. These posts will get progressivly more and more rediculous. C'mon I know one of y'all old school collectourd who's memorized the "Suntour hierarchy" for each model year knows something about this bike. Throw me a frickin' bone here.
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    I think the Passage frame was made for Schwinn by Bridgestone.
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    Actually, I'm pretty sure the Passage was made in the USA - and only for a couple of years. I bought one recently in great shape and had it outiftted with new cables, rack, fenders, lights to use as a long-distance and winter bike. So far, I like it - though the stem on mine was oddly short for the framesize (23-inch), which makes the front end a bit whippy - not what you want on a longer ride - so the stem will likely get swapped out. Finding a good, cheap touring bike is not an easy task, so this bike will do nicely for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picchio Special View Post
    Actually, I'm pretty sure the Passage was made in the USA
    +1....at least the ones I remember being discussed here have been American made. And given the time period, that would mean they were made at the Greenville, Mississippi plant.

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    Here is a like to photos of my passage...
    http://community.webshots.com/album/...host=community

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgettle View Post
    Here is a like to photos of my passage...
    http://community.webshots.com/album/...host=community
    That bike looks GREAT! - Thanks for sharing the photos!

    I've been looking for perhaps a Passage or a Voyageur frameset around 23" recently. Like many of the 1980s Japanese built touring framesets, they seem to have just about everything I'm looking for in a bike these days... How sad that I never looked into some of the incredibly sensible Japanese built bikes 20 years ago, when they were readily available. Now there are simply no comparable steel frames being built - unless you want to order something from Bruce Gordon and also spend a fortune.

    If anyone knows of a similar current production bike I may have overlooked, please do PM me.

    The relatively inexpensive "Long Haul Trucker" from Surly seems to one of the only remaining steel bikes which still retains some of the desirable features, although in that case with a fat-legged cheap-o MTB style threadless unicrown fork tossed on - to save on production costs, I assume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stronglight View Post
    The relatively inexpensive "Long Haul Trucker" from Surly seems to one of the only remaining steel bikes which still retains some of the desirable features, although in that case with a fat-legged cheap-o MTB style threadless unicrown fork tossed on - to save on production costs, I assume.
    Actually, the Surly LHT forks are, according the website, "Lugged and brazed, [with] tapered curved blades." They are threadless, though.

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    Hello everyone, this is my first post, so far, and no one has replied for months now, so not sure if anyone will reply, but anyways
    I have a schwinn Passage. When I bought it, i wasnt sure how old it was, paid $325 for it. It came completely upgraded with new shimano derailers (21 speed) also came with break gear shifters, not so sure what they are called, and new wheel sets, i guess I got a extremely good deal. I had a question, How do you check what kind of spoke rench you need, I am not sure which one to buy to true the wheels, thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetviralfever View Post
    Hello everyone, this is my first post, so far, and no one has replied for months now, so not sure if anyone will reply, but anyways
    I have a schwinn Passage. When I bought it, i wasnt sure how old it was, paid $325 for it. It came completely upgraded with new shimano derailers (21 speed) also came with break gear shifters, not so sure what they are called, and new wheel sets, i guess I got a extremely good deal. I had a question, How do you check what kind of spoke rench you need, I am not sure which one to buy to true the wheels, thank you
    You really didn't need to bump this old thread to ask a generic question.
    You can buy a spoke wrench at your local bike shop that has many spoke sizes on it, it is round and has a bunch on slots on it.

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