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1988 Schwinn Tempo

Old 07-01-13, 09:39 PM
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1988 Schwinn Tempo

Seriously, anybody looking for a bike on craigslist needs to look in the sporting section.

I just picked up a 1988 Schwinn Tempo for $40. It has some nicks in the paint, is missing one of the cable stays on the top tube (which has caused some of the paint to rub off), but it has no rust. A lot of the components are original (shimano 105 hubs, rear derailleur, brakes, cassette and DT shifters), but it has a campy "racing t" front derailleur and rx100 triple crank. It needs a new seat, but I have a couple lying around. It also has old SPDs, which I am hoping will fit my cleats.

Couple of questions. Would it be worth it to replace the crank and FD with original 105 components to flip? It's my size (which I didn't know when I bought it), so if I decided to keep it I would probably replace those items. There is a used biopace 105 crank on ebay for $36 and a FD for $10 (plus shipping on both).

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Apologies for the ridiculously dirty garage.
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What a steal. I should check that section now...

I wouldn't bother with the crank. Some people might be happier with the triple and RX-100 is close enough to 105 that I don't think many people will care. They are both very nice cranks. The Campy front derailer is odd though. If I was bored I would hunt down a 105 triple FD or maybe even an RX-100 triple FD, but probably wouldn't pay more than $15 for one.

Sucks about the cable guide. Not sure what to suggest there except an ugly zip tie.
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Old 07-01-13, 10:38 PM
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Thanks. I feel like this is one of the deals I read about rather than find myself. It had been sitting for 4 days when I found it. Terrible non-drive side photo, zero information ad.

The only reason I would replace the crank is that originally it was a double rather than triple, and the shifter is supposed to be a double, although the rear shifter is SIS and the front shift is not. The cable guide is the middle one rather than the first or last. I need to tighten the cables, though so I am hopeful it will work itself out.
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Old 07-01-13, 11:59 PM
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While there is no real reason to change the Campy stuf for flipping or riding an ambitous flipper could sell the Campy bits on Ebay and buy vintage correct 105 stuff and make slight profit. Great find on a bike as whole better model Japanese built Schwinns from the 80's are some of the most underated bikes on the market. There is no need to worry about the middle cable guide I doubt ounce fixed up anyone will notice it isn't there.
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Good find! I should say great find.
Were I you, I would keep (almost) as is for now. I am not a huge fan of mixed mfg components and would replace the front derailleur.
I love my Tempo, and am looking for a frame to build the next one. If I found a straight frame with no dents for $40 I would be extatic.
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