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Old 03-16-14, 07:25 PM   #1
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Tempo in Transition

I recently acquired this 86 Schwinn Tempo off Austin Craigslist. The seller wanted $100 but i got him to take $80 and throw in a set of mismatched wheels. Around the same time I bought a pair of Campagnolo Victory Strada tubular rims laced to 7400 Dura-Ace hubs for freewheel. On these I installed some 700x 23 Continental Sprinter tubulars. I had a hell of a time getting these glued on the rims. Are the Sprinters especially tight? I put on some Suntour Sprint pedals that I have had on hand, which I overhauled today. It came with Shimano Light Action RD and some sort of Shimano FD. The seat post came free easily but is cosmetically compromised. I use my trainer as a work stand.

My rationale for this n+1 is that is the same Tenax frame as my 87 Super Sport with the addition of fender eyelets. I have had a set of 35mm Honjo hammered fenders for years that just might fit. I have thought about just leaving it in its' present stealth beater state, but I think it would really pop powder coated in Super Durable Wet-Black with those polished Honjo hammered fenders.

Does anyone know where I could get one of those little screws that holds the head badge on. What size screw should I look for?


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Old 03-17-14, 08:50 AM   #2
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Nice Tempo!

I wouldn't powder coat it, though- it looks to have just enough patina to be classy and not so much as to be a junker. Clean it up and dab on a little fingernail polish on the tiny rust spots is all. I hope to see you riding it around town soon-
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I dig it and can relate! My faithful Tempo workhorse is about to get a makeover as well! Can't wait to see where this thread goes.
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I am torn as to what to do.

The powdercoating($115) and pretty route will cost $300-400 total. Since I almost never ride in the rain, the only reason to put on the Honjo fenders is to have a bike that really looks good.

I may just experiment with this bike for a while. Hertofore I have always relied on my friendly LBS to do the work on my bikes. I have now resolved to do everything I possibly can myself. I have been acquiring bicycle tools and learning from this forum and youtube videos. Yesterday I overhauled pedals, changed freewheels, and adjusted the derailleurs. I had not had the confidence to do this before. My trainer works pretty well as a work stand.

Ultimately the gearing on this bike is not ideal for me. I may go for a 26/36/46 Sugino Triple up front and a 14/34 freewheel in the rear. I have a Suntour Vx-GT RD and a Cyclone FD. I may take the barcons off my wife's 20" Super Course that never gets ridden and put them on this bike. You may have noticed it needs some new handlebar tape. I have some Newbaums tape in eggplant that I might use. A Technomic stem might be in the cards. I will use this thread to chronicle everything I do on the Tempo. Powdercoat and fenders may be the very last step.
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The head badge screws are No. 2 x 1/8 round head type "B" sheet metal screws.

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Thanks Scooper.
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Real hobby shops are a good place to find small machine screws. The kind of shop that sells the things that RC model airplane, RC Car, and/or model train builders use. Take out the one screw and take it in with you.
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As far as the conti tires go, did you stretch them before you tried to put them on? I just stick a foot in one side and pull on the other. To do this, you need to have enough common sense to stop pulling before you destroy the tire. Continental tires come with a tag that gives a good pictoral description of the proper way to stretch a tire. Unfortunately, the purpose of the description is to tell you to not to do it this way. Ignore that part.
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Somebody told me that the local Schwinn shop sells those screws.
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As far as the conti tires go, did you stretch them before you tried to put them on? I just stick a foot in one side and pull on the other. To do this, you need to have enough common sense to stop pulling before you destroy the tire. Continental tires come with a tag that gives a good pictoral description of the proper way to stretch a tire. Unfortunately, the purpose of the description is to tell you to not to do it this way. Ignore that part.
I stetched the tires by putting them on the tubular rims ungued for 72 hours inflated to 145psi. Before I let thet sit inflated I took them on and off the rims several times without too much trouble once I figured out a technique.

It was a different story when I tried after rim and tire had been glued I finally had to resort to putting 2 nylon toestraps through the last bit of tire that would not go on and strapped that to my fence rail. By pulling, levering and swearing was finally able to get the last bit of tire on. I was wondering if tubular users have fingers of steel or is the Conti Sprinter especially tight.
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