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Old 07-16-17, 09:00 PM
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1985 Schwinn Voyageur

It's in rough shape. They want $170. Missing brake hood, mismatched wheels, rusted chain, torn seat, and most certainly needs all the consumables. The seller seems a little delusional. They say "it's perfectly rideable and in great shape." I offered 100 and they said no.

I know it's a nice bike, a pretty serious touring machine, but the price seems high to me considering the condition.

Should I make a higher offer? Am I delusional??

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just one pic of the non crank side
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Shows a lack of maintenance, and replacement front wheels are always a red flag. Looks tired, and needs everything. $100 offer seems high, IMHO.
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Split the difference, Seller's at $160.
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If you go for it, take a close look at the down tube about 2" back from the head tube. I think I see a dimple, but it may just be an illusion from the background.
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If you go for it, take a close look at the down tube about 2" back from the head tube. I think I see a dimple, but it may just be an illusion from the background.
The front wheel has been replaced, so I presume it was in an accident. Didn't see the dimple, thanks, you saved me 4 hours of driving.

I just really want a dedicated touring bike. The Voyageur is one high on my list. But condition, location, and price just aren't really working on this one...
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Front wheel replacement sometimes means crash, other times it could have been lost or replaced. Not everyone gets 30 years out of their wheels. I have a friend that rides A LOT. He doesn't get more than one year out of wheels. So none of his bike's wheels match.... I've bought bikes where the front wheel was stolen. QR = easy to steal!

And as you have noticed, its a REAL touring bike. Real vintage touring bikes in nice shape go for at least $350; grail models (this one is not a grail model), can bring a lot more. Seller is only asking $160, not bad. Fork does not look bent, thats good. Trying to determine crash from such a craptastic picture is very difficult.

If it is a 1985, its a nice bike! Columbus Tenax frame, nice components, mid fork rack braze ons, etc.

Before I drive so far, I make sure stem and seat post are not stuck.
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I bought a 1986 Schwinn Passage, the "little brother" to the Voyaguer last year for $120 after bargaining a bit. I thought it had had some refurbishing done but it was pretty superficial and not great work ( or maybe I'm just picky lol) Anyway a bit higher than I would normally pay but it was for me not to sell and I was really jonesing for a vintage touring bike. It was a fun project and has been a fun ride. Then again I had a 40 minute drive to buy it not 4 hours! Good luck in your search
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Well I should clarify. It's about an 1 hour and 45 minutes away so that would be round trip time.
So even in this condition 130-170 would be a fair price? as long as nothing is bent or stuck.
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You know you want it

You could always wait a while to see if they will come down a bit, but you know the risk of it getting gone

$125 max
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130 to 170 would be a GOOD price if nothing is bent or stuck. Figure if you do the work, you will put at least $50 to $75 into it getting it road ready (add more for expensive tire choices). Also realize there is almost always some money that will have to be spent on a used bike purchase.
I would be doing all the work myself.

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You know you want it

You could always wait a while to see if they will come down a bit, but you know the risk of it getting gone

$125 max
I guess I have to work on my poker face. I really do want it. The seller has lowered it 20 dollars in the last 2 days. I'm gonna try and get a look at it this week.
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