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    Just picked up a pristine (95%) 1984 schwinn peloton...what should I do with it?

    Hey everyone,

    Always lurked here, enjoying the content, but seldom contribute, but now I finally have something! Locally picked up a a 1984 schwinn Peloton. Its not NOS by any means, but its pristine and 95% original, with the exception of the tubular tires and bar tape. Superbe pro derailleurs, shifters and hubs, sugino aero mightly crankset, original dia compe levers and brakes, SR Four Sir cockpit (seatpost, stem and handlebars), mks esquartz pedals

    I have a few considerations. Should I ride it as is? Modernize it with perhaps dura ace 7800? or squirrel it away for another 10-20 years?

    In the spring summer and early fall, I ride frequently on my cannondale caad10 and some triathlons, which is why I'm considering modernizing this bike...always admired vintage training rigs with updated components.

    My only reason for not modernizing it is because I feel it might be worth something to someone now or in 10-20 years. I know the superbe pro can fetch a a pretty penny too. Otherwise I'm ready to use and abuse!

    Here a few pictures for yall, let me know if you have any questions or want to any more photos!









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    Very nice bike! I would keep the components in storage and modernize the bike with Campagnolo carbon record! Unfortunately, the parts on the Schwinn Peloton have very little collector value, so parting out will take selling on Ebay to sell, not CL nor locally.
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    wow! I'd grease & clean where it needs it and just ride it. Looks perfect as is

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    Quote Originally Posted by gioscinelli View Post
    I would keep the components in storage and modernize the bike with Campagnolo carbon record! Unfortunately, the parts on the Schwinn Peloton have very little collector value, so parting out will take selling on Ebay to sell, not CL nor locally.
    If you believe the above statement, you can donate the Superbe kit to me and I will recycle it.

    Quote Originally Posted by cobrabyte View Post
    wow! I'd grease & clean where it needs it and just ride it. Looks perfect as is
    +1 I'd ride it for at least 50-75 miles after the above work is done. Then make a decision on whether you want a modern drivetrain.
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    Service the bearings and ride.
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    I've been down the same road a time or two and if I liked the bike I ultimately would want to update it, personally.
    I would ride it the way it is until you know if you like the fit and feel. If you do, then update to components to your tastes.

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    I personally would "update" what needs updating, and keep what can be kept.

    That bike is ALL top of the line stuff- the finest in bicycle components of it's day, put together with the might of the Schwinn empire.

    So, my opinion is grease and lube, new cables and housing if it needs it, and the only thing I think I'd replace would be the shifters- something like Simplex retrofrictions, or Suntour Sprint or Sachs/Huret ratcheting...
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    I'd keep it as is, but it would update nicely, too, if that's what you're into. Be aware that the dropout spacing on this would be too narrow for a modern cassette hub unless you cold set the frame. Any competent bike shop can handle that for you if you don't want to tackle it yourself.

    Here's a great thread on vintage frames with modern drivetrains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
    I personally would "update" what needs updating, and keep what can be kept.

    That bike is ALL top of the line stuff- the finest in bicycle components of it's day, put together with the might of the Schwinn empire.

    So, my opinion is grease and lube, new cables and housing if it needs it, and the only thing I think I'd replace would be the shifters- something like Simplex retrofrictions, or Suntour Sprint or Sachs/Huret ratcheting...
    +1. Not only are the components great, the frame is built from a mix of top quality SL and SP Columbus tubing. That helps make this bike one of the best Schwinn models for stronger riders.
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    Great score!

    If it were mine, I'd clean it, lube it, then ride the dickens out of it. If it fits and you decide to upgrade components, to me a modern group that complements the frame would be Athena "Bright Silver" 11-s alloy.
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    Ride first, then decide whether and how to upgrade.
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    Paging @calamarichris
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    Superbe Pro stuff is harder to find than Record/Dura Ace from that era. It looks good too

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    Great bike, lucky you. Restore, rebuild and ride. If modern is what you want then start with a frameset or even new steel, which would likely offer some performance benefits.

    If you part it I will hunt you down.


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    Quanda bella! Gratulations!

    Wonderful, wonderful bikes. I've got a pair of '86es that I love dearly, but they didn't come with the pristine original components like yours did.
    Found these frames on Ebay and Built both up with modernish (but metallic) Dura Ace 7800 bits and enjoy cleaning and looking at them almost as much as I enjoy gliding past 20-somethings on their carbon-whatevers with them.




    Had one back when I was a $#it-hot teenaged triathlete and Cat-3 crit racer. These frames are chromed UNDER THE PAINT. My old racer had been in many crit bash-ups, and the chrome battle-scars were always a source of pride for me.



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    Very nice bike. Clean and lube it but don't ditch any of that stuff. (OK, you can take off the dork disc if you want to.)
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    Wow!!!!

    It looks absolutely NEW.

    My opinion is that bikes are meant to be used and enjoyed. If that Schwinn was meant to be a $10,000 bike... well, you would have paid $10K for it. Keep it pristine for another 20 years, and it may still top out at $1000 (including all the future inflation).

    Perhaps don't chain it up at stores... but use it and expect it to get some wear.

    The drive train and shifters are up to you. Too much upgrading, and you're essentially down to a bare frame. But, do what you find is comfortable and appropriate to your riding style. I still have friction downtube shifters on my bike But, have done a few other upgrades and parts replacements over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
    (OK, you can take off the dork disc if you want to.)
    I hear they're making a comeback.
    Quote Originally Posted by EvilWeasel View Post
    Well, if you are gonna carry a snapped frame all the way home. It might as well be light weight carbon fiber.

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    I agree with many others here. Put at least 100 miles on it before making a decision. If everything is adjusted properly you might find the shifting to be just as nice as a new group. The Superbe and Cyclone stuff of that era is just amazing stuff and a real joy to use, much less mundane than most integrated shifters. Moderns stuff is a different beast, but not necessarily "better". Please don't think I am hating on new components. My current dream bike would have Ultegra 6800, but I would also love to have a pristine Superbe equipped bike such as yours.

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    Speaking of which, I've got Calamarichris' old frame, beautifully repainted. It's my go-to retro-roadie.
    Very nice riding frame, tastefully upgraded to Ultegra 9sp
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    I agree with those who suggest riding it as is for a while. My CIOCC has modern components while my other three bikes are period correct. When riding the period correct bikes I find myself having to anticipate when I will shift sooner and being more involved. With the modern components, I seem to concentrate less on the technical part of the ride knowing the brakes and shifters can "bail me out" if I forget.

    You may find that you enjoy having the different riding experience from your new bike for a change of pace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kactus View Post
    I agree with those who suggest riding it as is for a while. My CIOCC has modern components while my other three bikes are period correct. When riding the period correct bikes I find myself having to anticipate when I will shift sooner and being more involved. With the modern components, I seem to concentrate less on the technical part of the ride knowing the brakes and shifters can "bail me out" if I forget.

    You may find that you enjoy having the different riding experience from your new bike for a change of pace.

    I agree with this one.

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    congrats! I like red bikes

    what I hear: you got it because it might worth something to someone else in 20 years, doesn't make sense
    what does make sense, is the first thing I heard: "always admired vintage training rigs with updated components"

    great project, sounds like!
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    Ride the crap out of it. Rinse and repeat

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    A pic of the last '85 Peloton that passed through The Lab:



    The Dura Ace 7700 stuff looked very nice and performed just as well. Great frames, very solid ride. No matter what you do with it, you'll enjoy it!
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