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Just brought home a pink 80's Schwinn Prelude :)

Old 04-17-16, 01:45 PM
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Thanks! Beautiful bike! Lol
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Worked great on the test ride! Im out now about to start out on my first ride with my 4yr old boy he helped me this morning getting her ready, saying "i want this bike when im a big kid!" Lol
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Thank you Scooper!
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Do i need to be in a specific gear before changing it to index?
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Welcome to the club! I'm sure it'll clean up nicely and you'll soon appreciate how well it rides.

FYI, here are the original catalog scans for the 87 Prelude.

Schwinn catalogs, 1981 - 1990 (319 of 456)

Schwinn catalogs, 1981 - 1990 (330 of 456)

Is that a pearl white or silver color, the bartape?
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It's Benotto Cello Tape in white as seen here from a picture I lifted off a Google image search.



I had lucked out a few years ago when I went to an old school shop that had a a couple of packages left. I'd love to find more

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Is that a pearl white or silver color, the bartape?
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Its beautiful, very fitting!

Iv been debating between a white or like a light silver...love the way the benotto tape looks
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Very, very nice. Should bring you lots of joy!
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Originally Posted by Hardrock23
Do i need to be in a specific gear before changing it to index?
No, but before you ride, make sure the red arrow on the right shifter is pointing to the sis or index indicated.

Benotto silver is beautiful on these Schwinns. I have one package left for when I redo my 87 super Sport.

Enjoy your ride. Pics of the finished project when you can.
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Nice bike congrats!
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Definite like from here, should be very enjoyable. Have a great time with getting her cleaned up, and to your satisfaction.

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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
No, but before you ride, make sure the red arrow on the right shifter is pointing to the sis or index indicated.

Benotto silver is beautiful on these Schwinns. I have one package left for when I redo my 87 super Sport.

Enjoy your ride. Pics of the finished project when you can.
Thanks for the info! Think ill try it out on index tomorrow, out of curiosity mainly. Iv never had such ease using friction though!
Ill definitely post pics...Im still leaning towards a silver - pink, white, & silver would be nice - Ill have to see whats out there though
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Thanks everyone! Im loving her so far! First purchase iv had zero anxiety over
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That's a great bike. My friend has one in blue, same year, and he completed all of Eroica California this year with it. Between the two of us his Prelude was trouble free. I'm definitely a fan.
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That's a great bike. My friend has one in blue, same year, and he completed all of Eroica California this year with it. Between the two of us his Prelude was trouble free. I'm definitely a fan.
Good to hear! I love everything about this bike. It was between this one and a blue tempo, but the prelude just felt right and was in better condition. Im still learning everything and this is my first road bike, so i didnt want to start with one that needed work.
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Thanks! I just looked through them and there are two differences (iv noticed) between the listed and mine - There are only 2 top tube cable guides instead of 3, and it has turkey levers...Maybe because it was made in 86 but for the 87 year? Not really important, just thought that was odd lol
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Bikes in those range should have 3 cable guides. Not sure about the turkey levers, maybe an add on by the PO.

Silver Benotto would look stunning with white hoods.
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Consider fizik tape, maybe in silver. Definitely needs some different brake levers, I don't think those are stock. You might want to consider a different compact handlebar also which would put the levers in a better position when you are in the drops. I love that "dust rose" pink.
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Yeah with the pics iv seen, they have 3. There is zero indication mine ever had one in the middle though. The cable pulls out in the middle some...

I thought i read Wrk101 said the 86 had stock turkey levers and the 87 didnt. The PO said his wife liked them so they kept them, but its completely possible the owners before them put them on
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Yeah with the pics iv seen, they have 3. There is zero indication mine ever had one in the middle though. The cable pulls out in the middle some...

I thought i read Wrk101 said the 86 had stock turkey levers and the 87 didnt. The PO said his wife liked them so they kept them, but its completely possible the owners before them put them on
Wrk101 would know better than me, I'm just surprised to see them on a bike of that quality, that far into the 1980s!
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Yeah, def. want to get a different bar and levers! I cant reach the drop levers in any position, and can just barely reach the cross levers. Ill check out fiziks silver too...I like the white, but i think the right silver would look amazing
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Originally Posted by cyclotoine
Consider fizik tape, maybe in silver. Definitely needs some different brake levers, I don't think those are stock. You might want to consider a different compact handlebar also which would put the levers in a better position when you are in the drops. I love that "dust rose" pink.
+1. Someone advised scootching the saddle forward to make the reach work out, but I think a modern compact bar with less reach and drop would be far more appropriate. Tektro's BLR30 compact brake levers might be just the ticket, too.

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The PO did say in the CL ad "dont let the turkey levers scare you off...they can be easily taken off..." lol.
Iv read alot of posts from Wrk101 and he seems to always know what hes talking about. I havent checked on the 86 vs 87 myself though - really only mentioned the differences because i thought maybe the 86 also had only 2 cable guides, and maybe this prelude got made up with a little from each year somehow - not sure how possible that wouldve been, but its what ran through my head at the time lol ill have to check the early 86 preludes when im home. Its just odd
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Yes, the seat is actually in a pretty good position for me all around, and i havent even moved it yet from where the previous owner had it. The bar on it is nice and smaller than i expected it to be, but iv got some other bars id like to try running through my head already lol
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