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Old 10-28-04, 03:58 PM   #1
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1985 Schwinn Voyager

This is another bike someone had thrown out that I saved. Half step chainrings with a granny gear up front(50-46-30). I converted it from 15 speed to 18 speed and added bar end shifters, racks, and fenders. Haven't done any touring on it yet. I use it mostly as my commuter. Just wanted to show it off. Later.
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Old 10-28-04, 04:14 PM   #2
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Very nice job. What make are the racks?

I have a 1975 Voyageur II, so always interested in seeing other years of same model. I do not know if the 1985 models were from Panasonic, or another maker.

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Old 10-28-04, 05:02 PM   #3
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Lookin' good, Junkie. Definitely looks familiar. Here's my Voyageur. Schwinn equipped this 1991 version with 21 speeds, bar-end shifters and all the braze-ons--nothing to add except $$$ worth of panniers, fenders, etc. 17,000 miles on it now, including one crossing. It's a workhorse.

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Old 10-28-04, 05:15 PM   #4
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Very nice job. What make are the racks?

I have a 1975 Voyageur II, so always interested in seeing other years of same model. I do not know if the 1985 models were from Panasonic, or another maker.

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Racks are Blackburn. I'm not sure who made them either but I've seen a Miyata and a Nishiki that looked almost identcal.
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I have an early-80s Voyageur, a mid-80s Bianchi Brava, and a mid-70s Trek. If it weren't for the markings you would swear the frames came off the same assembly line. Nice old lugged steel.
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be-u-T-full !! (both bikes)
What size skins are you guys runnin'? Are those 27 inchers?
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What size skins are you guys runnin'? Are those 27 inchers?
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27 x 1 1/4 Gatorskins
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Nice job. How long did it take to build it and how much in parts. Did you have any trouble putting on a 6 sp. cassette to replace the 5? I toy with the idea of building up a tourer. I know you can get the frames for next to nothing and then spend the $$ on the comps. How much knowledge does one need to build a bike from a frame? I do a lot of my own repairs so I figure I might have the skills for most of the build-up. As winter is on it's way I feel like a project is brewing in my mind?? Charlie
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What size skins are you guys runnin'? Are those 27 inchers?
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Mine are 27-inchers too.
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Nice job. How long did it take to build it and how much in parts. Did you have any trouble putting on a 6 sp. cassette to replace the 5? I toy with the idea of building up a tourer. I know you can get the frames for next to nothing and then spend the $$ on the comps. How much knowledge does one need to build a bike from a frame? I do a lot of my own repairs so I figure I might have the skills for most of the build-up. As winter is on it's way I feel like a project is brewing in my mind?? Charlie
My Voyager was complete, I just upgraded the shifters and tires and added the racks and fenders. I switched the friction downtube shifters to indexed Suntour barend ones. I had to space out the rear hub slighty and re-dish the wheel. Switched from a 5 speed F/W to 6 speed F/W. Sounds like you're mechanically inclined enough to build up a bike from scratch. Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
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I two have a voyageur like yours with a crossing under its wheels it is 23 in. At 58 yrs old the toe over lap is getting to be a hazard. I have 90 cm. pbh. and was wondering what the stand over hight of the 25 in. would be? and where I could find a 25 in bike or frame?
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