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Old 04-26-10, 08:13 PM   #1
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Schwinn Madison love

There's been a little talk about the Schwinn Madison recently but I feel there should be more.

Now that my Kilo Club membership card has been revoked, I'd like this thread to be a gathering place for Maddy owners to post pics and make fun of each others' bikes until we all get kicked off the forum. (I'm kidding).

Here's mine:



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Old 04-26-10, 08:15 PM   #2
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Old 04-26-10, 08:16 PM   #3
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Hot Cat Scrod.
Your build makes me want to get a Madison as a new frameset
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I WANT MINE BACK NOW THAT ITS COOL (notallcaps)
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Old 04-26-10, 08:30 PM   #5
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damn! very nice.
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She's a pretty one...
Do you still have your 'scrambled egg' Kilo TT?
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I do, but I'll most likely be selling it soon.
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It looks really nice. Btw what size is your kilo tt?
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cross-post from schwinn sprint thread:

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That is mine.... an original 1986 Schwinn Madison. Made with mild Columbus Tenax tubing. Only drawback is it it can't take tires larger than 25c but who cares - its my first FG bike acquisition! ;-)

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Im really not a fan of the madison ( two tone color scheme on the frame, stock components are kind of bottom of the barrel and its on the high weight end for a track bike). That being said, I have heard only good things. I like that old white model, they should have went back to that for 2010.
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The reissue was inspired by the 1980s Madison, which interestingly enough, was sold as the last of the great Chicago Schwinns even though the factory closed about 1982!
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I owned one for a bit, it was alright for what I paid , but meh I found better. No love from me on the madison. Im sorry Scrod.

My brief days with the madison (don't worry it found a great new home):


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scrod, what is your front brake setup? i have the same bars as you and i like how your brake lever looks on them, as well as the entire front brake.
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Thanks! Click my Velosoace link. All the info is there.
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I'd do dirty things to that Scrod's Maddy.
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sold mine last year and i miss it.

stripped fork
campy aero post
thomson stem
t2 tt bars
arundel tape
brooks b17 champ special
polished veeps

shoulda took better pics while i still had it =(


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I like your Madison about 10x as much as I liked your Kilo. This shade of blue is really complemented by all the white; it looks great.
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So now if I buy your frame I won't be as cool... damnit.
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I like your Madison about 10x as much as I liked your Kilo. This shade of blue is really complemented by all the white; it looks great.
Agreed (and thanks)! My gold Kilo with all the white/silver parts was really nice but I think my blue Madison looks even better. More importantly, it fits me better and isn't quite so flexy underneath me. It may be heavier, but it feels much more solid.
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Old 04-26-10, 10:27 PM   #23
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So now if I buy your frame I won't be as cool... damnit.
Why not? Kilo TTs are still damn good bikes. I just happen to like my Madison better.
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Why not? Kilo TTs are still damn good bikes. I just happen to like my Madison better.

I'm just joking around. Did you post the 35c photos?
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2007 (apparently hard to find?) white maddy. REAL track geometry

before tape and other components


after first upgrades




I got this bike a while ago with the intention of riding it on the track. after i got the bike and rode the hell out of it i saw that there was a lot of criticism about it (especially as an actual TRACK bike) so i decided to upgrade it towards more of a street feel.

i have half come to the conclusion that since i am a big guy, this bike should be okay for me as entry level track racing. i just dont like the thought of being laughed off the track :/ but AYHSMB.

current upgrades:
surly cog
dura ace lockring (formula one stripped)
profile design pursuits with fizik tape and cane creek tt lever
thompson elite seatpost and stem
black gr-9s with christophes and exustar straps

very near future upgrades:
clipless pedals and shoes
dura ace 7600 cranks (already purchased)
track drops
some kind of 144 bcd 50 or 51t chainring (recommendations?)
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