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Old 11-03-17, 03:19 PM
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Schwinn Tempo Year and Value?

Hi Everyone,
I'm a complete newbie here and not a bike mechanic. Would anyone know the year of the Schwinn Tempo I found online here: newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/d/schwinn-tempo-52cm-columbus/6340551411.html

Additionally, the seller sent me the attached pics (I haven't seen the bike in person yet)IMG_0245.jpg

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The seller said the head badge doesn't have a number on it (based on other posts here I expected it would) so I'm stumped.
I'm just getting back into biking. I'd like to upgrade from a 1979 Schwinn World Sport (33 lbs - which I restored this summer) into a light weight quality steel bike with indexed shifting. I was looking for a bike with at least a Shimano 105 groupset when I came across the above Tempo. MY concerns are:
1. Groupset: I'm not familiar with the Shimano Light Action - how does it compare to the 105?
2. Condition:
- The rear wheel is Alesa but the owner says the front wheel is by Weinman (no pic). Should I be concerned about mismatched wheels? Are they good quality?
3. Price: Do you think $300 is fair for the NY City, NJ area?
4. Comparison vs. the Panasonic DX-4000 here (which costs $100 more and has the 105 groupset (plus it's being sold by a dealer - should I assume it's tuned?). I've read up on the Panasonic and know it's a great quality bike.

I'd appreciate any advice and info you may provide. Thanks!

Last edited by Mdl; 11-03-17 at 03:24 PM. Reason: Sorry, here is the Panasonic newjersey.craigslist.org/bid/d/panasonic-dxcm-road-bike/6326264330.html
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Old 11-03-17, 05:18 PM
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1986: https://waterfordbikes.com/SchwinnCa...986Ltwt09.html

Specs: https://waterfordbikes.com/SchwinnCa...986Ltwt30.html

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Old 11-03-17, 06:10 PM
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Thanks, Clang! So it looks like an ‘86 in the catalog. It’s just that the Shimano Light Action derailer on the bike doesn’t match the catalog spec sheet, right? I thought I read in the forums that the light Action was sold on comfort bikes. NOw I’m confused.
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Actually, I may be mistaken. From what I’m reading, it seems the RDL-525 and Light Action are the same.

Any thoughts on mismatched wheels and price? Thanks!
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Ok. Thanks!
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The non-OEM (stock) wheel is on the back. It’s an Alesa.
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I sold a Tempo about a month or so ago that was the same year. It was in excellent condition. I think I sold it for $225. I should know but I sold 3 bikes one weekend for between $225 and $250 and I can't remember which ones were which price.
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Thanks for the info, RJ. Wow! That’s a nice Tempo.

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Is 52cm the frame size you need? I have a few frames or complete bikes depending on the size you need.
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Would anyone know whether a 51cm or 52cm would be a better fit? It seems my measurements are in between the chart ranges: In sneakers: Bike inseam: 77cm, height 5’7”. I test drove a 51cm Felt road bike. There was a little room (1/8” ?) between the top bar and crotch. However, when pedaling, it seemed my knees were touching my stomach. Not sure whether the fix is to raise the saddle/stem or go up to a 52. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to test a 52. Thanks!
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Hey, Oddjob, what you got?
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Would anyone know what’s it would cost to upgrade the bike to Shimano 105 derailer and shifters? It looks like parts are on sale now. Could a newbie do the work himself?
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Oddjob, yes a 52cm is what I’m looking for. Do you have anything that fits the bill?
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I know this is an old thread but I happened upon it and since I've got an '86 Tempo also, I figured I'd throw in my 2 cents for anyone who might care:

I got my tempo all original for $125 but have since invested around $500 total on the quest to make it the perfect bike. The light action derailleur and Weinmann wheels were original equipment. I have upgraded to 105 front and rear derailleurs, 105 triple crankset (with a dura-ace large chainring), and 105 aero brake levers (the same ones that were included on the '87 Tempo if I'm not mistaken). This year was the first year it was available with indexed rear shifting, and I left the original Shimano downtubes as well as the dia compe caliper brakes.

The bike rides great and the 105 groupset is fantastic, though I'm biased because I've always thought the 105 designs are Shimano's most aesthetically pleasing components and so I want to like them

Bottom line: Columbus tubing and aluminum 700c wheels make the Tempo a fairly light bike and if you do get the chance to build one up with a 105 groupset, you won't regret it
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