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1984 Schwinn Voyageur $175

Old 12-10-16, 08:18 PM
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1984 Schwinn Voyageur $175

I found this 1984 Schwinn Voyageur on CL. The seller is in western PA and is asking $175. It has been listed for about a month. Here is the description:

Mid 80's touring bike.
21 inch frame
New cables, chain & handlebar tape.
STX rear deraileur.
Converted to aero levers for easy front pack access.
Comes with front pack & rear rack.

I realize that though this is a nice touring bike it is not the most desirable Voyageur due to only having a 5 speed freewheel and no front fork bosses (from what I can tell) and it has the Champion and not Columbus tubes. I think the STX rear derailleur is an upgrade. Does that mean it can easily be upgraded to a 6 or 7 speed now if it hasn't been already? I like the aero bars and that the bike comes with a rear rack and a handlebar bag. Here's a link to a catalogue for that year.

I will be using this bike mainly to drive to work and ride the Rail to Trails around here, I won't making any heavily loaded long trips with this bike. I do like that it has a triple since it is very hilly where I live. I'm debating whether I should get this or hold out and save up more for a newer Fuji Touring or maybe something in the Sports Tourer category. So what do you think?
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Old 12-11-16, 12:26 PM
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I just heard back from the seller and he said the bike was converted to a 7 speed with a 12-28 freewheel
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I wonder if the wheels are original? I'd pay that if all was well and it fit. You can likely negotiate that price.
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Worth closer to $125; that's why it ain't selling....
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Originally Posted by AlexCyclistRoch View Post
Worth closer to $125; that's why it ain't selling....
Wow, thats insanley low for my area and my area is often times on the cheaper side of things.
If its sitting at $175, i would figure its because there is something wrong with the bike or its the season (cold and not many buyers).
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Worth the ask in most markets if all is well but since sitting make an offer (140 or so). Cash in hand in winter setting = buyer stronger negotiating position You will want to run the gearings while pedaling to make sure that 7 speed fits correctly and saddle is often personal. I would take this bike over the modern ones mentioned, esp at price point.
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It's all about condition & consumables. If it's got brand new tires, chain, brake pads, handlebar wrap, fresh grease & ball bearings, then yes. It's well worth $175. Otherwise, pay a reasonable amount & count on having to replace what's needed.
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Originally Posted by DanBF View Post
I found this 1984 Schwinn Voyageur on CL. The seller is in western PA and is asking $175. It has been listed for about a month.
If it's been listed for a month and still hasn't sold, you may be able to talk the seller down a little bit, but that's a fair price for a pretty nice canti-equipped touring bike.

Originally Posted by DanBF View Post
I realize that though this is a nice touring bike it is not the most desirable Voyageur due to only having a 5 speed freewheel and no front fork bosses (from what I can tell) and it has the Champion and not Columbus tubes.
As the previous owner already discovered, 5-speed freewheels are generally pretty easy to upgrade. The lack of mid-fork eyelets is only a big deal if you want to mount low-rider racks and panniers. You can still mount a conventional front rack, though. And while it doesn't have the snob appeal of Columbus tubing, Tange Champion (presumably #2) is good stuff.

Originally Posted by DanBF View Post
I will be using this bike mainly to drive to work and ride the Rail to Trails around here, I won't making any heavily loaded long trips with this bike. I do like that it has a triple since it is very hilly where I live. I'm debating whether I should get this or hold out and save up more for a newer Fuji Touring or maybe something in the Sports Tourer category. So what do you think?
If it's in good shape and it's your size, I think it seems like an ideal fit for the riding you're looking to do.
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