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Vintage 1987-1988 Schwinn Voyageur

Old 08-09-17, 08:32 AM
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Vintage 1987-1988 Schwinn Voyageur

Hi everyone,

You won't believe this, but several days ago I found this wonderful memory sitting out with the garbage at the curb.

When I was a kid and teen I was the neighborhoods best bike mechanic. Also, I rode ten speeds and road bikes, one dirt style bike until the weld at the neck gave out going over a jump and old GT.

Schwinn, Raleigh and others were my favorites.

I took over 200 images of this beauty after I cleaned and hand polished the rims and spokes. Hand waxed the frame I just uploaded to my FB account.

This link goes to my FB photo album of this bike. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=91f1fefc58

If I have to post the 200 plus photos here, I can do this. But, this makes it much easier to see them.
That is an album devoted just to this one bike.

I have priced out the components, and like cars I can part it out and get the amount I need.

However, I would like to explain what I want to do.

I would like to ask $400 for this. Yes, as the entire bike it may seem overpriced. But, the parts can be sold for about that to a little more at least from my research. I could and most likely am wrong. If so, be gentle in letting me know this.

I want to use the money I make from this to build a one off handcycle for myself.

I want to use 2 identical mountain bikes, a steel frame mesh chair as the seat and build a four wheel recumbent.

I will be using Walmart MTBs for my first build, and feel I can build a quad mountain handcycle for less than $500 to max $1,000 Of course I would post tons of photos and keep everyone here up to date. If this works I might start making these for other people also.

Please take a look at my images, they are of every inch of the bike and parts.

From what I can tell this bike was only used a few times or so as it shows no cassette wear at all. No front sproket set wear, and overall normal wear and tear marks for a bike of this age.

I only added the black wrap, and an extra water bottle holder.

This bike has one more attachment point directly below the silver water bottle holder for a PUMP. Not another water bottle as I read in another forum. The tire and front sprocket would make a water bottle here a poor choice.

Everything on this bike works like brand new. Smooth, and crisp. Tubes hold air, tires are drying, but still usable if you wish to use them. Tread is hardly worn at all.

Take a look, and let me know if $400 would be an OK price point or maybe I need to lower it. I have not sold or worked on a bicycle since 1995 when I became injured at work and had to stop riding at age 25.

I looked on ebay, and other forums I have seen this bike for $80 low needed work, and as much as $545 at one place that has sold on it in the same shape as mine. So I am really lost as to what it might be truly worth.

Thanks for any input.

And, yes I will be checking out the Handcycle section of this awesome site soon.

Image of the bike all ready to go. Again I can upload them here, but that would be a lot of images. Over 200.
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Old 08-09-17, 06:19 PM
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If the bike is actually as new, as you describe, it might be worth $400 to the right buyer. The Voyageur was a nice bike and has fans. You might have to sit on it for a while until that buyer shows up with the cash, or lower the price to sell sooner. Parting out is a little riskier since you might sell some of the stuff right away and the rest never. Good luck with your handcycle project but don't blithely expect this bike to fund it completely.
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Old 08-09-17, 06:57 PM
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These are some of the photos I have on the bike. Thank you for the input also. I agree with it.
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Old 08-09-17, 07:15 PM
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More images now that I figured out how to upload from my phone.
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Old 08-09-17, 07:30 PM
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I hope that the images above help.

I love these older bikes, oh heck if it has wheels I'm interested. But, these take me back to some fun times as a kid and teen.

So if I over valued this one, I will understand. However, I like to think the right buyer is waiting to see this.

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Old 08-09-17, 07:44 PM
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Old 08-09-17, 07:47 PM
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Some more images. I feel the more the bike is viewable the better. If any pictures of any part(s) of the bike are needed let me know.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
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Thank you for that. Sorry about posting in the wrong spot.
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Like I mentioned I took a lot of pictures.
I hope this is OK to post this many.
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...the later ones, like yours, with cantilever brakes and full braze ons for racks and dual eyelets on the drops and fork ends are usually the ones that command the most money. Don't be fooled by other "Voyageur" prices, as the bike started out without all those things, and eventually evolved into a better touring bike, like the one you are selling.

I could list that on the local CL here, mention the Japanese Touring Bike with cantilever brakes and full rack braze ons aspect, and probably sell it for 400 bucks here in Sacramento. But it might require some patience for the person who needed that size frame to come along. Good luck with it.
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As an FYI, I'm currently trying to sell a 53 cmrefurbished, but similar paint/frame condition as yours, for $340. I'm making money at that price but having a hard time getting any bites. May be the size or maybe I'm just not good at selling stuff

If I were you I'd list it for $400 and just see what happens. Better to price too high than too low. Great bikes, I wish mine was the right size. It'd be a keeper.
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Thank you for the info. It is great to know people still like and love these bikes. You are correct this is diffenately for a taller rider.

It would be awesome if you could list it like that. And, thank you again.

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You are correct this is definitely for a taller rider.
Your bike is not for a taller rider.

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Thanks for the info cb400bill.

This AM I used my crutches to stand next to the bike, and it is not as tall as it seemed from my wheelchair. I stand 6'-1" I sit 4' to 4.5' really changes how things appear.

Again, thanks.

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