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Old 04-22-05, 12:27 PM
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Need info on my World Tourist


Hi Everyone - I recently bought a Schwinn World Tourist - I think the guy said it was a '85.
It has 10 speeds. I absolutely love this bike, it is fast, comfy, and cute.
I was wondering if anyone had any information on these bikes - when did they start and stop making them? Are there rare colors out there? I've heard that these were top of the line at the time, is that correct? I am basically a novice to this, so I would love to just get some history on my bike.
I do have a question regarding sizing- for the women's bikes of that era, did they all come in just one size? All the Breezes, Suburbans and Tourists I've seen seem to be exactly the same size, frame-wise. If they did come in different sizes, how do I find out what size mine is? Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 04-22-05, 02:41 PM
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In the 1982 Schwinn catalog, the World Tourist had a "road-style" frame, with upright tourist handlebars, and was available in ten speed, five speed, and three speed versions for $150 to $190. Similar models were offered during most of the early 80's.

Built in Taiwan, likely by Giant, these 35 pound bikes were lighter and cheaper than bikes such as the Schwinn Continental and Schwinn Varsity, but just as reliable...and that was the end of THOSE models.

The wheels on the World Tourist have steel rims, which need to be kept clean and waxed to prevent rust. But, good steel rims will take massive levels of abuse that could destroy many lightweight alloy rims of today. With a "tune-up", a twenty year old World Tourist would be an ideal campus bike, shopping bike, or commuting bike. Put on a rear rack, some bags, and it is a family station wagon.

In the 1984 catalog, the ten speed version was called "The World", and had racing style handlebars, and the five speed version had the upright bars. That year, the women's version (with the curved top tube) came in light maroon, in sizes 17 and 20.

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Thank you for all the info.
Mine is a burgundy color (maroon, I guess).
I did try a search, and frankly, am a little overwhelmed.
Could you point me to a couple of links where I can search for my serial number and maybe see the catalog pages? Also, how do I determine the exact year of the bike?
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Old 04-22-05, 04:13 PM
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The Giant-made Schwinns of the '80's seem to have a very different serial number system than the Chicago-made Schwinns. Perhaps someone on the Forums has "cracked" the Giant codes.

Often, there will be clues on parts of the bike. Sometimes you will find a '82 stamped on the inside of a crankarm, or an '83 stamped on a hub, or serial numbers on some component that start with 82 or 83.

Don't be tempted to "upgrade" your bike with "modern" parts. If the original parts are cleaned, lubricated, and tuned, they will work very well. Your bike probably takes size 27 tires, not 700c tires. Continental makes one of its best touring tires in size 27.

Continental tires would be a big upgrade over the original 1984 tires in ride quality and durability (and HUGE improvement over the cheap 27 inch tires currently sold at K-Mart and Wal-Mart...really cheap, in every possible way).

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Thanks again - seriously, though, if you have any idea on where I can find a catalog, please let me know.
I have attached a picture of my bike - perhaps someone could help me track down the year?
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Old 04-22-05, 07:58 PM
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Looks like your info on the year is probably correct. Look for a four digit number stamped into the headbadge. If it's there, it is a date code.

Attached is the page from the '85 catalog.
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Yes, I bought my WT (men's) in 1985 new. After several years of storage
due the really bad knees it's back in service now after I had my knees replaced.

Do I like this bike.......you bet. These Giant built bikes has the short lived
Shimano Front Freewheel system that let you shift while coasting. To my
mind that one feature makes these bikes great for utility, commuting and
grocery getting better than most of the newer stuff being made today.

What you own is a sweet keeper just keep it maintained and you'll have
a sweet friendly ride second to none. I have other bikes for trail and beater
use but the bike I reach for first is always the WT.
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Thank you everyone for all the info (especially the catalog pages!) - I very much appreciate it.
I rode my bike around all weekend and had a blast.
I still haven't figured out what size frame mine is (didn't get around to it this weekend), but it looks like it is on the bigger side. On a bike like this, what are the main differences between the 17" and 20" frames as far as comfort and safety, and how important is it to match height (I'm 5'4'') to frame size?
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Originally Posted by touristgirl
Thank you everyone for all the info (especially the catalog pages!) - I very much appreciate it.
I rode my bike around all weekend and had a blast.
I still haven't figured out what size frame mine is (didn't get around to it this weekend), but it looks like it is on the bigger side. On a bike like this, what are the main differences between the 17" and 20" frames as far as comfort and safety, and how important is it to match height (I'm 5'4'') to frame size?
If you feel safe and comfortable, size doesn't matter.
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Originally Posted by USAZorro
If you feel safe and comfortable, size doesn't matter.
Yes, I agree. Frame size matters most if the bike is to large for you to ride it safely.
If you can get on & off Ok then it's "good'nuff" says I.

If you race in any fashion then frame size matters a lot but for casual use.........nah.
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Hey, today I saw one of these in green at my local Goodwill for only twenty clams.
 
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Buy it! Buy it! It's going to make you happy - at least it did for me. ;-)
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I had a mens WT, got it from my father in law's neighbor in Sun City, Tucson AZ. It was also maroon, kind of heavy & just a mild steel frame but it was in near new condition. I gave it to a friend in our church who wanted a good rider for recreation around town. The bike wasn't even close to top of the line (checkout the Paramount model for comparison) but was well built & durable. If you will be riding in wet conditions, it would be a good idea to replace the steel wheelset with alloy to get improved stopping power. There are lots of Araya 27 inch wheelsets out there. Check the thrift stores for donor bikes. This bike should give years of good service. Don
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Originally Posted by touristgirl
Thank you everyone for all the info (especially the catalog pages!) - I very much appreciate it.
I rode my bike around all weekend and had a blast.
I still haven't figured out what size frame mine is (didn't get around to it this weekend), but it looks like it is on the bigger side. On a bike like this, what are the main differences between the 17" and 20" frames as far as comfort and safety, and how important is it to match height (I'm 5'4'') to frame size?
Take your bike to a good bike shop for a fitting. Your goal is to be able to almost (but not quite) have your leg straight when the lower pedal is at the 6 o'clock position. You want to have just a SLIGHT bend in your knee at that point. For most women, the most comfortable position for the bars would place your hands at the same level as the top of the saddle (after the saddle is in proper position) or an inch or two higher than the saddle.

Your seatpost has a "safety line" to insure that you leave at least two or three inches of post inside the seat tube when you raise the seat. If the "proper" height does NOT leave at least two or three inches of post inside the seat tube, your bike shop can fit you with an extra-long seatpost.

Likewise, your stem, holding the handlebars can be raised or lowered. If you want the bars higher than the stem permits (as a couple inches of stem must be left inside the head tube for safety) your bike shop can install an extra tall stem, or even one of the new "adjustable" stems that make it easy to adjust both the height of the handlebars, and the distance between the bars and your saddle.

You will be amazed at how much more comfortable your bike can be on a long ride after it is precisely "set-up" to fit you.
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I found this 1983 World Tourist available on Craigs list last Friday. As I am 6'4", this bike is the perect size for me.

http://picasaweb.google.com/ztmarket...14998739219346

I sent it out and got it powdercoated, made a few changes and this Friday it looks like this.

http://picasaweb.google.com/ztmarket...15084825315298
http://picasaweb.google.com/ztmarket...15096561572386
http://picasaweb.google.com/ztmarket...15113644575634
http://picasaweb.google.com/ztmarket...15113644575634
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Originally Posted by Lu01eg View Post
I found this 1983 World Tourist available on Craigs list last Friday. As I am 6'4", this bike is the perect size for me.

http://picasaweb.google.com/ztmarket...14998739219346

I sent it out and got it powdercoated, made a few changes and this Friday it looks like this.

http://picasaweb.google.com/ztmarket...15084825315298
http://picasaweb.google.com/ztmarket...15096561572386
http://picasaweb.google.com/ztmarket...15113644575634
http://picasaweb.google.com/ztmarket...15113644575634

Where did you get that powder coated and how much did it cost? I've got a couple of frames I want to do that with, (but can't spend a fortune).
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I had the bike powder coated at a shop in Peoria Az. It cost $75
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Originally Posted by alanbikehouston View Post
The Giant-made Schwinns of the '80's seem to have a very different serial number system than the Chicago-made Schwinns. Perhaps someone on the Forums has "cracked" the Giant codes.

Often, there will be clues on parts of the bike. Sometimes you will find a '82 stamped on the inside of a crankarm, or an '83 stamped on a hub, or serial numbers on some component that start with 82 or 83.

Don't be tempted to "upgrade" your bike with "modern" parts. If the original parts are cleaned, lubricated, and tuned, they will work very well. Your bike probably takes size 27 tires, not 700c tires. Continental makes one of its best touring tires in size 27.

Continental tires would be a big upgrade over the original 1984 tires in ride quality and durability (and HUGE improvement over the cheap 27 inch tires currently sold at K-Mart and Wal-Mart...really cheap, in every possible way).
my world tourist is stamped on the seat down tube 72 and has GO683 stamped on the back right above the back drop out. brown in color all still real from day one 10 speed. mens frame. i will keep it real but would like to know how really old it is. if you found out about the date codes or can point me in the right direction.
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welcome to Schwinn heaven and the livin' is GOOD !
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I remember reading this thread a long time ago!!
I love my World Tourist. It has 72 stamped on the downtube as well. it has the three peice front freewheel system, five speed upright handlbars. Put wald basket racks front and rear, put a alloy front wheel on it, back is still steel. It is my farmers market/shopping bike, very comfortable and stable.
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Originally Posted by burnetkenny View Post
my world tourist is stamped on the seat down tube 72 and has GO683 stamped on the back right above the back drop out. brown in color all still real from day one 10 speed. mens frame. i will keep it real but would like to know how really old it is. if you found out about the date codes or can point me in the right direction.
G0683=June, 1983. Built by Giant in Taiwan. The 72 is the seat tube angle.

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