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Old 05-11-20, 12:48 PM
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1984 Schwinn High Sierra

Was just given a rough High Sierra. I think it is a 1984 based on another post that I cannot link to because I am a newbie. It is now fourth on my list of projects! I am going to get 5 more posts and then put up some pictures in all of its filthy, uncleaned glory.
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Everything looks to be original. Viscount Anatomic looked good underneath the seat cover, except for some rusty rails.






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Edit - Pic assist no longer needed.

That is one dirty bike. A thorough cleaning should shave a pound off the total weight.

Five-speed rear and bull moose bar indicate it's a 1984. You can confirm, after shedding the layer of dirt, by looking for a four-digit number stamped (probably sideways) on the headbadge. Last digit is the year (within the '80s), first three are the julian/ordinal day (nth day of the year).

Value? Highly dependent on location. If I recall, this was second in line only to the Cimmaron at the time. These days, '80s MTB are mostly sought be people looking for an "all-arounder". Prices vary not only geograpically, but with "presentation". I picked up an '87 (?) High Sierra, with the roller-cam brakes and smoke chrome finish, for $50, literally fresh from the seller's chicken coop. If he knew what he had, and had cleaned it up and tuned it, and presented it well in an ad, he could have asked (and possibly gotten) 3-4 times that.

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The brake levers are upside-down because the right lever's on the left side of the bar, and the left is on the right. It's always fun to clean a bike this filthy. Please post some more pics after its bath.
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I will definitely post some pictures when it is cleaned. I have looked at the head badge and can't find a stamp. I was researching the date, and it looks like the frame was built in August of '83.

"Some Taiwanese (built by Giant) Schwinns have a date code (on the right rear axle hanger or on the bottom bracket shell) in the format 'Gmmyy'. The letter "G" followed by a two-digit month code (01 = January etc.) and two more digits for the production year (80 = 1980 etc.). An example would be 'G0680' and equates to "Giant, June, 1980"."

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The stamps on the head badges are hard to see sometimes. These are pictures of my High Sierra head badge with the numbers 0335 (i think) and the bottom for comparison.

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Looks to be in very good mostly original condition under the filth. I will wait to see the results after clean up before giving value also check and tell us if the wheels are 1.50 or 1.75 which will make a significant effect on value the 1.75 being worth more often times more than the whole bike on mid level MTB's from the 80's.
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^^^^^ Interesting to know about the 1.75s. The OP's rims look wide (last pic in post 2), they might indeed be 1.75s.
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They are definitely Araya 1.75s. When I looked originally, there were no stickers and the stamping was completely covered by filth. Another thread mentioned the stamp was next to the valve & there you go!

Also, the head badge just says Schwinn and Sierra (not High Sierra). Don't know if that is normal for '84s or not. Crappy pic in second post from top.



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Those are cool bikes. Nice project -- I hope you're able to get it all polished up.

My first "real" bike was a yellow High Sierra from a few years later.
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You have a nice one, but it is filthy. What does the seat post look like (under the saddle)? Oh, you should toss those foam grips ASAP.
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Originally Posted by bamab2 View Post
The stamps on the head badges are hard to see sometimes. These are pictures of my High Sierra head badge with the numbers 0335 (i think) and the bottom for comparison.
I looked again and cannot find a stamp?






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You have a nice one, but it is filthy. What does the seat post look like (under the saddle)? Oh, you should toss those foam grips ASAP.
Unfortunately not the quick release clamp.


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[QUOTE=CCTiger;21472988]I looked again and cannot find a stamp?

Looks like you are right, no stamp. I guess nothing is 100%. Looking forward to seeing it cleaned up.
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Yes those are the dimpled 1.75 high walls if there strait and clean up nice with decent looking spokes there worth $200 or so for the set basically more than the whole bike in it's current state.
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A friend (who has an awesome shop & collection) is helping me go over a '90 Crosscut I have been riding, and the High Sierra is next in line. I will post progress pics when we get to it.

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^^^^^ Looks just like my '90 CrossCut ('cept mine's not taken apart....). Seems intentional that Schwinn called them "cross" bikes rather than "hybrids".

You'll have a nice mix there when you get them both roadworthy.
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G1184=Giant November 1984

I have a 1984 frame that has G1184 on the rear drop out. Looking into it, I gathered that Giant made the first chrome-moly mountain bikes: the sierra and high sierra. I think that is what I may have on my hands but not sure? If anyone knows this particular serial number/model, please throw out some ways to know what this little gem is all about. Thanks. And of course I can share more of what little I know
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G1184=Giant November 1984

I have a 1984 frame that has G1184 on the rear drop out. Looking into it, I gathered that Giant made the first chrome-moly mountain bikes: the sierra and high sierra. I think that is what I may have on my hands but not sure? If anyone knows this particular serial number/model, please throw out some ways to know what this little gem is all about. Thanks. And of course I can share more of what little I know
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Here's some resources that might be helpful.

https://bikehistory.org/bikes/sierra/


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