Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Rural Western Wisconsin
Bikes: 9 vintage touring machines and a 1975 Motobecane Le Champion
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Imperial Rose Voyageur rides again
I finished the rehab of the 1987 Schwinn Voyageur I picked up last fall. I bought it on eBay as kind of a lark since I already had a Specialized Expedition. But I felt it was comparable and the Expedition has a shimmy issue I haven't worked out yet.
Anyway it was pretty scratched and nicked up so I decided to do the quick and dirty (and cheap) route and sand it down and do a rattle can paint job. The decals were pretty good so I masked them off and went to work. I got a pretty close but a bit darker Duplicolor match to the paint. Overall I'm pleased with the results and it seems relatively hard with the clear coat.
It came with the bar end shifters but I reworked the handle bars adding the interrupter and Techtro aero brake levers. The only other things not stock are the Shimano Mega freewheel and the seat. It came with the Blackburn front rack and I replaced the rear no name rack with a Blackburn I had.
It finally cracked the 50 degree mark here yesterday and I took it for a very enjoyable ride. What a sweet and comfortable ride the old girl has! I can't wait to load it down for a short tour to try it out. It it works well I guess I'll go the full powder coat route when and if my paint job gets bad.
Enjoy a before and some after pics.
Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride - JFK