I have been meaning to do a thread on this for the past 2 months. I was waiting until I had it cleaned up and put back together- but there were intervening circumstances... In a good way.
Shortly before Christmas, my wife's grandmother had presented us with a substantial amount of money for Chrismas gifts- under the conditions that it be for us individually. We were supposed to use it for stuff that we wanted. We weren't allowed to buy things for each other, not buy stuff for the kids, not pay bills with it- selfish stuff for ourselves.
I saw this bike on the Ebay- so I bought it. A really clean 1984 Schwinn Voyageur SP.
I've been a big fan of the Voyageur, for those that don't know about this- the Voyageur SP was Schwinn's "top of the line" touring bike. I've heard the "SP" as standing for "super premium." This bike came with the cat's pyjamas of frame and components. A Columbus SL/SP mix, and the best components- sealed bearing hubs and bottom bracket- this is a bike that rivaled any other touring bike of its day.
The handlebars got bent in shipping, so I did replace them as well as the stem. Since I was changing some things, I opted to change and add a few things. Although everything was in fantastic shape, there were a few things I wanted to change up, and had Rootboy build me a set of bar plugs to compliment this bike.
I'd acquired the rear rack for my 86 Voyageur, and had acquired the front rack along the line.
It came with a Suntour LeTech rear derailleur, although it was in really nice shape (the lower pulley was still painted silver), I really dig the early 90s Suntour XC Pro. I think they're really great looking and they have a really nice feel and function. At some point down the road, I may choose to go with some indexed shifters and the XC Pro will work with that.
I really, really like XC Pro.
Really, the original DiaCompe brakes were in wonderful shape, but I didn't like the look of the exposed springs, and doggone it, these XC Pro brakes are among the prettiest brakes evAr. IMO.