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1988 Schwinn Circuit - Part 2

Old 12-18-21, 11:08 AM
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TugaDude, thanks regarding the Ross! The bike store guys (all in their 20s, the owner is maybe 30 max) really dig it; they told me to keep it too. Theyíre all collectors (one has 52! Bikes in sheds - And I thought I had the itch bad . Hahah!
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Old 12-18-21, 11:13 AM
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I just got the Schwinn home!! Getting out of the car now. YOUíRE ALL RIGHT!! ITíS AMAZING!!!
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Wow. I took it for a quick ride around the block (after a brief test ride at the sellerís house). It rides so good! Iím so happy - bought myself a great Christmas present.

Thanks to everyone who posted on this thread! You guys (and lady - is my friend BianchiGirl here?) are better than the best!

Oh and here it is - hiding in plain site. 😉

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Yay !!!!
congratulations!!!

You will not be sorry. So SMOOTH and stable !🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲
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Yay !!!!
congratulations!!!

You will not be sorry. So SMOOTH and stable !🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲
BikeMike!!! Hahahahah Iím actually looking at the weather right now hoping itís going to be nice tomorrow. So I can ride it!!
😁😁😁😁
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Good to see it found a good home! I picked up an '89 Circuit JUST before the pandemic shut things down, stole it for $100, it's been my go-to roadie ever since. Alas, the RD had been swapped for a Tiagra or some other middling Shimano, but I had a period-correct DA to swap in. The Sante is VERY hard to keep looking good, and the brake release in the lever instead of a cam on the caliper is just plain dumb, but the bike overall is a delight to ride.

That ^^^^^^ chrome Ross looks a lot like mine, except that one is way cleaner.
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Old 12-19-21, 02:44 AM
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Crazy not to fully overhaul it before putting any more miles on it.
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Good to see it found a good home! I picked up an '89 Circuit JUST before the pandemic shut things down, stole it for $100, it's been my go-to roadie ever since. Alas, the RD had been swapped for a Tiagra or some other middling Shimano, but I had a period-correct DA to swap in. The Sante is VERY hard to keep looking good, and the brake release in the lever instead of a cam on the caliper is just plain dumb, but the bike overall is a delight to ride.

That ^^^^^^ chrome Ross looks a lot like mine, except that one is way cleaner.
$100 IS a steal!
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Old 12-19-21, 07:42 AM
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Hey Gang,
Any tire recommendations including sizing? According to the Schwinn catalog, I think it came with 700x19 new. Itís currently running 23ís BTW.
Thanks!
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Keep the 23 or go to a more comfortable 25!!!!!

And keep away from road salt !!!!!

It kills everything!!!!!!

Once that hits the road....no more riding for me.....until nice rain comes along to wash it all away 😁😁😁😁🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲
Also glad it went to a good owner who will appreciate and take good care of it 🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲
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Old 12-19-21, 09:40 AM
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Keep the 23 or go to a more comfortable 25!!!!!

And keep away from road salt !!!!!

It kills everything!!!!!!

Once that hits the road....no more riding for me.....until nice rain comes along to wash it all away 😁😁😁😁🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲
Also glad it went to a good owner who will appreciate and take good care of it 🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲
OK. OMG 😱 salt on steel? No way! Hahaha
Any make/model tires I should look for? Folding vs. wire bead? Iím looking at Panaracers online now.
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Originally Posted by Mdl View Post
$100 IS a steal!
It gets better. The ad said "make an offer on the spare set of wheels." He ended up throwing in the wheels -- Sun aero rims on absolutely buttery Phil hubs.

Originally Posted by bikemike73 View Post
Keep the 23 or go to a more comfortable 25!!!!!

And keep away from road salt !!!!!

It kills everything!!!!!!

Once that hits the road....no more riding for me.....until nice rain comes along to wash it all away 😁😁😁😁🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲
Also glad it went to a good owner who will appreciate and take good care of it 🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲
+1, I'm running 25s, and for my age and speed, they're plenty fast enough and not nearly as teeth-ratting / nail-biting as 19s or 20s. And +1 on the road salt, this time of year is when the beater MTB comes out.
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I have panaracer pasela AND Continental 3

The panaracers have more tread....the good......great traction.....the bad.....picks up every little pebble !!!!!

Continental 3. Which are about 30% less money have less tread, but I have these on 4 bikes!!!

Foldable ones I got on Amazon.

I think they were about 23.00 each


No issues with either tire.


I also have Gatorskins on one bike.


Cannot go wrong with any of these 3 choices


Good luck and again.....congratulations on a great pretty rare bike😁🚲🚲🚲🚲😁😁😁😁😁🚲🚲🚲🚲😁😁😁😁😁🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲
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Old 12-19-21, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by bikemike73 View Post
I have panaracer pasela AND Continental 3

The panaracers have more tread....the good......great traction.....the bad.....picks up every little pebble !!!!!

Continental 3. Which are about 30% less money have less tread, but I have these on 4 bikes!!!

Foldable ones I got on Amazon.

I think they were about 23.00 each


No issues with either tire.


I also have Gatorskins on one bike.


Cannot go wrong with any of these 3 choices


Good luck and again.....congratulations on a great pretty rare bike😁🚲🚲🚲🚲😁😁😁😁😁🚲🚲🚲🚲😁😁😁😁😁🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲
Thank you, BikeMike! OK. So, while I was looking for the Paselas and Contis, the below Vitorias popped up in the search results. The reviews looked good and theyíre half off so hopefully theyíll be good. Fingers crossed.
I took the Schwinn for a ride today. Fibers started coming out of the tires. Hahaha. Good thing I was close to home. It still felt great though!
Shifts precisely. Smooth ride, excellent handling. Love it!
hwre is the link to the Vittorias in case anyone is interested. Or if you have experience with them, please let me know. Thanks.
https://www.competitivecyclist.com/v...-tire-clincher
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Those are good basic tires and have the bonus of looking pretty close to the oem tires for this bike.
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Those are good basic tires and have the bonus of looking pretty close to the oem tires for this bike.
Are these the right size tubes?
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^^^^^^ Yes.
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Hey guys, the hoods came out good right?

Man, the bike was dirty. The detailing is mostly done. Iíll wax it next but first maybe a couple of paint touch ups.

By the way, the shifting is surprisingly precise. In my very humble opinionÖ I feel like itís better than the Ultegra bikes Iíve ridden. Iím interested to know whether you think thatís possible.



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Did not Santa just deliver it to the wrong house?
the Ross is a whole different type of use.

not sure what Bertin you have, in general they were pretty relaxed, the Schwinn is not.
I see no reason to not keep all three.
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WOW, you got those hoods so white it hurts my eyes! How did you do that? Now I feel compelled to work on mine.
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WOW, you got those hoods so white it hurts my eyes! How did you do that? Now I feel compelled to work on mine.
😂😂😂 hahaha! Thanks! Ammonia and a very soft bristled tooth brush and sponge. And then I hit it I with Motherís VLR. Itís supposed to protect vinyl rubber and leather.
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Question about replacement stem

Would anyone be able to recommend a replacement stem that would place the handle bars a little further out from the head tube? In case Iíd like to stretch out a bit more.

Apologies- I realize I may not be using the correct jargon.
Additionally, I plan to ask the LBS experts about fit. A mechanic there happens to collect vintage bikes and asked me to bring the Circuit in to have a look. Just interested to know your thoughts in case a longer stem is suggested. Thank you.


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Would anyone be able to recommend a replacement stem that would place the handle bars a little further out from the head tube? In case Iíd like to stretch out a bit more.

Apologies- I realize I may not be using the correct jargon.
Additionally, I plan to ask the LBS experts about fit. A mechanic there happens to collect vintage bikes and asked me to bring the Circuit in to have a look. Just interested to know your thoughts in case a longer stem is suggested. Thank you.

You might wish to raise the stem a bit as well.

But, measure the stem from bolt to midpoint of handlebar clamp and it should give you an idea of present length.

Then, replacements are plentiful depending on your price range.
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As for the shifting the internals of the Japan made stuff were basically the same so the crisper better shifting is likely because of the smaller tighter free hub spacing and tighter cleaner cabling.
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You might wish to raise the stem a bit as well.

But, measure the stem from bolt to midpoint of handlebar clamp and it should give you an idea of present length.

Then, replacements are plentiful depending on your price range.
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OK. Good to know. Thanks!
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