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CL Buy: '86 Schwinn Voyageur

Old 12-08-16, 05:26 PM
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CL Buy: '86 Schwinn Voyageur

We like pics so I thought I'd share my recent CL purchase. '86 Voyageur (pre-service pic), Looks like everything's there except for the saddle and wheels. Someone replaced the saddle with an old Panmax. Wheels are black anodized Matrix Safari's (never heard of them so please chime in if anyone knows what they are and/ or how they ride). Malliard Helico Matic hubs.

Paid $85. I thought it was a decent price for my first Voyageur. All decals are intact and there's only a few scratches. I plan to replace all the bearings, saddle, cheap-o Cheng-Shin rubber and go back to the original black bar tape. After that, I'll wax her up.


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Old 12-08-16, 06:08 PM
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Nice.
That's a great price, especially given the cosmetic condition. Don't know anything about them wheels but from all accounts one can't go wrong with a Voyageur. Especially if it's mostly original and $85.
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That's a heckuva bargain at $85. If you've got any hills, that granny will come in handy.
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Are those 700c wheels? If so, let us know how well the canti brakes work. Legend has it that 700 size rims won't play well with the original Dia Compe canti's.
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To add to my comment above: about a year ago I looked at an 87 Voyageur that was, from memory, original except the saddle and crank, although the original crank was available. If yours is an 8 cosmetically the one I looked at was a 5 and they were asking $175. I passed because I was looking for something nicer cosmetically.
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Wheels appear to be 27 1-1/4. At least that's whats on the tires. The crank is original. As for the saddle, I'd like to upgrade but I don't really want to spring for a Brooks B17 or anything that expensive until I get some time on the road. I'm in Michigan and we have ice on the streets this morning! Ideally, I'd like to only spend $25-$30 on a new saddle.

I have an old Gitane ('74 Interclub) with Mavic E wheels and Campy Nuovo Tipo hubs I'm considering moving those to the Voyageur but I can't find anything about those Matrix Safari wheels.

My approach to biking is work on projects during winter months, keep two or three bikes to enjoy when the weather gets better and keep trading and selling until I find the right mix of Paramount, Peloton, Circuit and Voyageur bikes.

As you may discern, my wife is highly pleased at the amount of room I've been taking up!
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Old 12-09-16, 08:30 AM
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Forgot to add, this is the first bike I've owned with those Dia Compe cantilevered brakes. Can anyone point me to an adjustment and maint. link?
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...you might reconsider your tyre choice. You can do much better than Cheng Shin for not much more investment if you shop around.
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Everytime I see one of these pop up on Portland/Vancouver Craigslist I have to fight myself to not buy it, my girl will kill me if I bring home another tourer. I see those selling around here for between 200$ - 400$, you got a great deal on it. Congrats and enjoy.
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That is a great bike for a great price. The Matrix Safari's where super nice 27 inch by 1 touring wheels made in the US, they came on a lot of nicer touring bikes back in the 80's mostly Treks, on this bike there a nice upgrade with good hubs and brake surface there actually worth a bit more than the OP paid for the bike, I wouldn't change them there about as nice as you can get for 27's and this bike won't take 700cs. As for value on the bike I would but it around $350 as presented.

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As always, thanks for the intel, gentlemen!
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Originally Posted by 1Mule View Post
Everytime I see one of these pop up on Portland/Vancouver Craigslist I have to fight myself to not buy it, my girl will kill me if I bring home another tourer. I see those selling around here for between 200$ - 400$, you got a great deal on it. Congrats and enjoy.
You know, this stinking forum is like crack. You say, "THATS IT! I'm hooked! I've had enough!!!!!" and this pops up:


Seller let it go for $200 and then adds, "I'll throw in this immaculate Prelude with new Continental Gatorskin tires for $100:


Like the true addict, I'll place blame on each and everyone of you. This provides some consolation when my wife tells me to sleep out in the garage because we have no room.

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