Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 7 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 153
  1. #1
    Senior Member ColonelJLloyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Louisville
    Posts
    8,211
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    25" (63cm) 1973 Schwinn World Voyageur: They're not supposed to exist, right?

    All the literature I've seen lists two colors; orange and yellow. And, two sizes: 21" and 23". However, I've seen one World Voyageur in blue. I've wanted one of these since I discovered them, but had no reason to believe I ever would because I ride 63cm frames.

    Well, two states away and 10 hours in a car and I have one. Have you ever seen a 25" World Voyageur? Just how rare is this bike?

    Pics? I'll post some tomorrow morning. It goes without saying, but I'm pretty excited about my new bike.

    Edit: The catalog page below does indeed list "opaque blue".
    Last edited by ColonelJLloyd; 07-17-11 at 09:08 PM.
    Bikes on Flickr
    I prefer email to private messages. You can contact me at justinhughes@me.com

  2. #2
    Decrepit Member Scooper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    San Francisco California
    My Bikes
    2007 Waterford 953 RS-22
    Posts
    8,613
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That's really cool. I can't wait to see the pictures.
    - Stan

  3. #3
    Senior Member ColonelJLloyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Louisville
    Posts
    8,211
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I thought of you, Stan, when I came across the auction. I know you're a Schwinn fan AND that's your size.
    Bikes on Flickr
    I prefer email to private messages. You can contact me at justinhughes@me.com

  4. #4
    FBoD Member at Large khatfull's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Woodbury, MN
    Posts
    6,189
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
    I thought of you, Stan, when I came across the auction. I know you're a Schwinn fan AND that's your size.
    Not even a crappy cell phone pic eh?

  5. #5
    PanGalacticGargleBlaster Zaphod Beeblebrox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Smugglers Notch, Vermont
    My Bikes
    Upright and Recumbent....too many to list, mostly Vintage.
    Posts
    7,459
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    just picture the 23" with more headube.

    I couldn't believe it when I saw it....its a non-existent bike.

    Good luck finding white Hetres
    --Don't Panic.

  6. #6
    Senior Member ColonelJLloyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Louisville
    Posts
    8,211
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by khatfull View Post
    Not even a crappy cell phone pic eh?
    What has two thumbs and a 25" World Voyageur? This guy! (I have two thumbs; take my word for it).



    Last edited by ColonelJLloyd; 07-17-11 at 05:52 AM.
    Bikes on Flickr
    I prefer email to private messages. You can contact me at justinhughes@me.com

  7. #7
    PanGalacticGargleBlaster Zaphod Beeblebrox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Smugglers Notch, Vermont
    My Bikes
    Upright and Recumbent....too many to list, mostly Vintage.
    Posts
    7,459
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You need a hot Schwinn branded stem for that baby and not that ugly thing it comes with. The kind with the big "S" on it. I've got a couple around if you need one.
    --Don't Panic.

  8. #8
    FBoD Member at Large khatfull's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Woodbury, MN
    Posts
    6,189
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Ask and ye shall receive!


  9. #9
    Senior Member ColonelJLloyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Louisville
    Posts
    8,211
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The wheelset is obviously not original. Dark anodized 700c Araya clinchers laced to Suntour hubs and a 7 speed freewheel.
    Bikes on Flickr
    I prefer email to private messages. You can contact me at justinhughes@me.com

  10. #10
    PanGalacticGargleBlaster Zaphod Beeblebrox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Smugglers Notch, Vermont
    My Bikes
    Upright and Recumbent....too many to list, mostly Vintage.
    Posts
    7,459
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I call BS, i only see one thumb.

    Is this like the opposite trip the Blues Brothers made? 106 miles to Chicago..
    --Don't Panic.

  11. #11
    Senior Member ColonelJLloyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Louisville
    Posts
    8,211
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The one-owner bike was one block from Frank Lloyd Wright's house. Cool!











    Bikes on Flickr
    I prefer email to private messages. You can contact me at justinhughes@me.com

  12. #12
    Senior Member ColonelJLloyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Louisville
    Posts
    8,211
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Other things I didn't expect to happen in 48 hours time on my World Voyageur quest.

    - Eat sous vide French toast. I don't even like French toast, but this was great stuff. Spiced whipped cream, macerated pineapple and pink peppercorns. Nice.



    - Go to an art gallery (free beer at 9:30am!) Oops, no pics on this one. I wish there was, there was weird hairless cat walking around the joint and all the art was made from reclaimed objects (yes, trash).


    - Bartend a baby shower for 20 some-odd ladies while wearing a fake Tom Reingold mustache. I made enough money (the hard way) to pay off the bike in one day!

    Last edited by ColonelJLloyd; 07-17-11 at 11:45 AM.
    Bikes on Flickr
    I prefer email to private messages. You can contact me at justinhughes@me.com

  13. #13
    Freewheel Medic pastorbobnlnh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Trying to Ride in the NH Mountains!
    My Bikes
    Vintage Schwinns, Classy Cannondales, & an '83 Santana Tandem
    Posts
    9,036
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Justin,

    Great catch! Now don't you need a 25" Paramount?
    Bob
    Dreaming of Summertime in NH!

    Visit my websites:
    FreeWheelSpa.com orpastorbobnlnh.com

  14. #14
    Senior Member ColonelJLloyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Louisville
    Posts
    8,211
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks, Bob! Maybe one of these days, but had I not a) made it a near break even trip and b) sold a bike in Chicago, my wife may have poked out my eye. If I'm smart I'll cool it on the N+1 craziness. Problem is. . . .
    Bikes on Flickr
    I prefer email to private messages. You can contact me at justinhughes@me.com

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Forked River, NJ
    My Bikes
    1973 Peugeot UE-8, 1973 Mariella Sprint, 1982 Schwinn World, 1983 Schwinn Voyageur, 1985 Schwinn Voyageur, 2010 Trek 1.2
    Posts
    575
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    To the best of my knowledge, the 73 WV was a pre-run up for the 74 Voyageur II. Same colors, same sizes. I don't think it ever even showed up in the Schwinn catalog. Few were built, and only certain dealers got them. Original list price was around $250-$275. It is quite a find!

    I may be mistaken on this, but I believe it was Shwinn's first real 10sp import.
    The above comment is entirely my delusional ramblings, and not those of my family, friends, past and future employers, the Academy of Motion Pictures, or any of my other personalities.

  16. #16
    Senior Member tugrul's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Portsmouth, NH
    Posts
    2,437
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
    Cogs... too... close... to... down tube...


    I'm so used to the World prefix being on the entry level riff raff in the catalogs, but you guys seem genuinely excited by these models.

    Somebody with one should start a thread dedicated to them.
    Looking for Quick release for a BR-6208 Cotter pin press

  17. #17
    FBoD Member at Large khatfull's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Woodbury, MN
    Posts
    6,189
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
    What has two thumbs and a 25" World Voyageur? This guy! (I have two thumbs; take my word for it).

    TRULY the expression of a guy who just drove two states to buy a bike. Priceless!

  18. #18
    Decrepit Member Scooper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    San Francisco California
    My Bikes
    2007 Waterford 953 RS-22
    Posts
    8,613
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That is a great catch! Congratulations, Justin. ...and you're right; the 1973 specs list only model V21 (21" frame) and model V23 (23" frame). You've found a rare bird.

    Every time I go to Chicago, I drive out to Oak Park to take the tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's home.
    - Stan

  19. #19
    )) <> (( illwafer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    2,400
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    cool blog you have here.

  20. #20
    Senior Member Bikedued's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    9,035
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Now there's one I would have kept had I found a 25"! My orange one was as cool as a vintage Schwinn can get. If it was two inches larger it would have fit me perfectly! Congrats on the rare find!!,,,,BD
    "Whale. Oil. Beef. Hooked!" The Rumjacks

  21. #21
    Senior Member auchencrow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Detroit
    Posts
    10,077
    Mentioned
    22 Post(s)
    Tagged
    3 Thread(s)


    Congrats Colonel!
    I never had any idea these existed! (QUITE a rarity though I'm sure - glad you got it!)

    The house tour had to be very cool too. Could be worth a trip road trip all by itself

    - Auchen

  22. #22
    Senior Member ColonelJLloyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Louisville
    Posts
    8,211
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Beach Comber View Post
    To the best of my knowledge, the 73 WV was a pre-run up for the 74 Voyageur II. Same colors, same sizes. I don't think it ever even showed up in the Schwinn catalog. Few were built, and only certain dealers got them. Original list price was around $250-$275. It is quite a find!
    That's how I understand it, but I don't think I quite agree with your characterization. I'd speculate that the '73 wasn't a pre-run, but rather the Voyageur II was produced because of the success of or interest in the World Voyageurs. They are very, very similar bikes for sure. Perhaps there were a few 25" World Voyageur "missing links" during the transition. This is the only one I've ever seen an haven't heard from anyone else who has laid eyes on one until now.


    Quote Originally Posted by Beach Comber View Post
    I may be mistaken on this, but I believe it was Shwinn's first real 10sp import.
    Yep. I think this was a bike with which the Japanese company was essentially saying, "here's the kind of bike we can build and this is the price for which we can build it".

    Quote Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
    Congrats Colonel!
    I never had any idea these existed! (QUITE a rarity though I'm sure - glad you got it!)

    The house tour had to be very cool too. Could be worth a trip road trip all by itself
    Thanks, Auchen. I didn't have time to go inside, but will do so next time.

    Quote Originally Posted by tugrul View Post
    Cogs... too... close... to... down tube...
    It's all good. She wasn't harmed.
    Last edited by ColonelJLloyd; 07-17-11 at 11:58 AM.
    Bikes on Flickr
    I prefer email to private messages. You can contact me at justinhughes@me.com

  23. #23
    no one cares -holiday76's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    NYCadelphOrnia
    Posts
    5,251
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    so wait, you drove 10 hours one way to get this?

    That beats me driving 4 hours round trip a few weeks ago to get a bike 14cm too small for me.
    Mmmm, bicycles.

    I prefer emails to private messages - holiday76@gmail.com

  24. #24
    Senior Member ColonelJLloyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Louisville
    Posts
    8,211
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I drove 600 miles round trip. My plan was just to win it and have a friend in Chicago pick it up. But, it worked out that I helped said friend with a catering event and in doing so paid for the bike.

    In a seriously "small world" event, it turns out the guy who bought my '82 Voyageur 11.8 was the only other bidder on this World Voyageur. A great guy who's really into vintage stuff as well. I'm glad he bought my bike, but his bid cost me a hundred bucks.
    Bikes on Flickr
    I prefer email to private messages. You can contact me at justinhughes@me.com

  25. #25
    Larger Chainring Oregon Southpaw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Corvallis, Oregon
    My Bikes
    1988 Schwinn Circuit. Bike-Boom-Puegeot. First "real bike" Trek 720 Hybrid in gross disrepair.
    Posts
    1,232
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Did you get rid of the chrome voyageur or the blue one?

    Great bike. Great to know there's another red schwinn to look out for :/
    Quote Originally Posted by Dovetube View Post
    At times my crotch has thought the title to this thread.

Page 1 of 7 123 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •