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Old 07-01-11, 09:17 AM   #1
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Schwinn Voyageur...can I get a little motivation?

I've been eagerly waiting for two days to finally get over to check out a Schwinn Voyageur. It's a 1987 and comes in Khatfull's favorite color: "Imperial Rose." To me, it looks like "Feminine Orange," or something like that. Masculine Fuchsia? Anyway, I digress...

I've heard on multiple occasions that time kills all deals. I'll admit that I'm quick to pull the trigger on Craigslist deals and I just love the excitement of finding a killer deal. Well, I found a killer deal two days ago on this bike. I arranged to go see it today because it's an hour and a half away from my house, but only 45 minutes from my girlfriend's house. Well, here I am ready to head off and I'm just not feeling that "I GOTTA HAVE IT" feeling anymore. I've been searching around for a touring bike and this one is just the right size, decent condition (I think) and has the Shimano Deore groupset. Can't get much better than that, right?

I've read up and down the forums of how these bikes are great, undervalued, etc. I even followed Colonel's thread on a gorgeous restore he did. I guess I was just looking for some of my C&V buddies to push me over the edge so I can get in my car and go get the darn thing. I mean, are there really any better choices for ~$200 in my neck of the woods? Highly doubt it. Will it handle any task I'm able to throw at it? Most certainly. Maybe I'm jaded by that $40 Trek thread by Holiday? Uh oh.

Maybe I just haven't had my morning coffee yet. Yeah, that's probably it. Okay, off I go to get the darn thing. I'll check this thread every seconds as I cruise down Highway 1 to make sure no one stops me

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Old 07-01-11, 09:27 AM   #2
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IMO, $200 is a great price on any 85-88 Voyageur. Well done!!
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Looks good to me. I sold one that might have had more wear for $400.
I have no patience now for bikes that don't fit perfectly and it was a size small.
Go for it and dont look back. You'll always have good resale if you change your mind later.
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In that photo the head tube looks steeper than the seat tube.

In the catalog, it lists a 74 degree seat tube versus a 72 degree head tube.

Same angles the prior and following years.


Those numbers seem odd for a touring bike. The Passage and the slack Prelude were 72.5/72.5.
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+1 do it.

It looks like my size... I'll take it off yer hands if you hate it

a couple of degrees of Seat tube angle has much less effect on handling than Headtube angle.
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Well, I bought it. The drive was hell. It's hilarious because my GPS has four options for route decisions: quickest time, least distance, most use of freeway and least use of freeway. Painstakingly absent is the setting called "do not take me through dirt roads, farmland, 4x4 trails, unincorporated crack head areas, peoples' back yards, roads that no longer exist and zip codes where shotguns are legal to have in your back pocket."

Anyway, I'll pull it out of the car once I get back home. Surprisingly, it's a lot nicer than I thought it would be. Everything is original down to the saddle, which is suede and in nice shape. Wolber Super Champion 36/40 spoke rims, Maillard sealed hubs, Deore components, etc. etc. I'm actually quite pleased. A tad bit of surface rust, but the paint is really nice and it's all there.

Thank you guys for your motivation

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Photos without me doing a single thing to it:



















She definitely needs a good cleaning and the usual (cables, housing, repack bearings), but I think this is a heck of a bike to start with. She and I are going to become good friends, and rather quickly I think

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Sorry I didn't get here soon enough to motivate you but I love mine (same year and color). I'm going to be taking it on the first loaded trip since I've had it in a few weeks and can't wait. You got a good deal. Mine had F/R racks and bar ends but I paid a little over a hun more than you did. Enjoy it!
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Dibs! You motor boatin' son-of-beech. You old sailor you!

It appears too short for you anyway... Lol.
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Dibs! You motor boatin' son-of-beech. You old sailor you!

It appears too short for you anyway... Lol.
I'm going to watch that movie just because you said that! Rule number 647: never let a fellow crasher ride a Schwinn.

Needs some work, but she's got potential. I think I will name her Rachel McAdams now.

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Sorry I didn't get here soon enough to motivate you but I love mine (same year and color). I'm going to be taking it on the first loaded trip since I've had it in a few weeks and can't wait. You got a good deal. Mine had F/R racks and bar ends but I paid a little over a hun more than you did. Enjoy it!
I think I saw a photo of yours! It looks nice as well. Hopefully I can get her cleaned up and RTR sooner rather than later. Wish I could spend the long weekend doing it, but no time and then a new job starts on Tuesday. Argh!!!

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I had one of these in the 80's. In fact I rode my first century on it, and several bike camping trips. It actually came a with 40-spoke back wheel from the factory. My personal opinion was that the brakes were unimpressive, the hubs were mediocre, but overall was an excellent bike. In fact you could probably not touch it, sell it and make money. Now you need a nice Brooks saddle! (BTW I have an '86 Schwinn Tempo from the same era, Tenax frame).
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Nice score ! I'd have beat you to it if I lived out that way. I have a Passage that is its twin, and I still love to ride her.
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I had one of these in the 80's. In fact I rode my first century on it, and several bike camping trips. It actually came a with 40-spoke back wheel from the factory. My personal opinion was that the brakes were unimpressive, the hubs were mediocre, but overall was an excellent bike. In fact you could probably not touch it, sell it and make money. Now you need a nice Brooks saddle! (BTW I have an '86 Schwinn Tempo from the same era, Tenax frame).
I've got a better set of cantis on the way and I also have a brand new Brooks Pro...but I think a B17 would be better. I'll hunt for one of those

Oh, I have a used Brooks Pro in brown as well. Can these be suitable for touring or are they more for the "race" position?

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What's with the piece of housing on the front derailleur cable? There shouldn't be any housing on that cable at all? Wacky but cool find!
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It looks like someone got that piece of housing by cutting the rear one in half, too!

Great bike. Plenty of potential.
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Looks like the DRs were re-cabled. Original would have been that gray, semi-transparent color (is there a name for that?) you can see still exists on the brakes. They cut the RD cable a little short too. Thats a crimp that won't take long to fray.
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That bike should clean up nicely...Congrats. I'd of jumped all over that deal if it appeared in my area. Good Job!
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You don't need this, but here it is for grins anyay:
Hey man, super nice bike. I'm coming to believe that 1980's touring bikes are the most interesting. That's my two cents.
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