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The '86 Prelude was only available in Bright Blue or Gunmetal, so yours is definitely built to be an '87 model year bike.

I think that small frame may have only two top tube cable guide braze-ons because the tube is so short. I suspect the turkey wings were added by a previous owner.

Here's the '86 catalog page:


1986 Schwinn Lightweight Specifications
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That's a small bike, and if it fits you, perhaps your problem with the brakes is that you have small hands. Adjustment could make the difference. On the other hand, you might need a change of equipment. That would include one or both brake levers, and it might include changing the calipers, too. The calipers require more hand pressure than modern calipers do, and not everyone can exert the required force. Your local bike shop can help you decide what you need. You might need lubrication in the brake cables. The first adjustment I would try is moving the brakes down the handlebars very slightly. This will bring the turkey levers a little closer to the tops of the bars. But be sure you don't bottom out before exerting maximum braking. That would be a very bad thing.

The bike is a sleeper. It wasn't terribly expensive, but it rides great. I had one briefly. I bought it for the purpose of reselling (flipping). I was sorry to let it go since it was so nice. I sold it to a woman entering a sprint triathlon.
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Originally Posted by Scooper
The '86 Prelude was only available in Bright Blue or Gunmetal, so yours is definitely built to be an '87 model year bike.

I think that small frame may have only two top tube cable guide braze-ons because the tube is so short. I suspect the turkey wings were added by a previous owner.


1986 Schwinn Lightweight Specifications
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Chris in Miami's old post shows only two cable guides on the 1989 Prelude 19" frame. https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...ke-here-6.html

I have a 1986 Prelude in blue in Palm Beach and a pink 1987 Prelude here up north. The biggest distinction between the model years, besides the color, is the narrow 27" rims on the 1986 vs. 700c rims on the 1987.
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Originally Posted by Scooper
Congratulations! Those late eighties Greenville built Tenax models are solid, reliable, quality bikes.

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I would never argue with you Scooper (on a Schwinn issue), but I believe the 87 Preludes were made by Panasonic. I could be wrong. I am under the impression that only the Letour line was made in Greenville. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Along another line, I had one of those (my first nice road bike) and could never get used to the color. I now have one in Midnight Mauve.
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Oh it wasnt wrk101 who said that about the levers! I went back and checked his post...must of been someone else then. The levers werent on the 86 either, anyway.
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Yes its definitely an 87, thats clear lol The shorter top tube explanation makes sense, thank you for that info! I never wouldve figured that out.
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i cant reach the levers from the bar on or off the bike in their current position. Ill try moving them for the time being. Im getting ready to clean and lube, now that iv got some free time. Im going to eventually switch them out though...ill have to keep that in mind about the calipers, thanks!
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i cant reach the levers from the bar on or off the bike in their current position. Ill try moving them for the time being. Im getting ready to clean and lube, now that iv got some free time. Im going to eventually switch them out though...ill have to keep that in mind about the calipers, thanks!
I think you need a mechanic who understands the needs of people with small hands. This is a bit of a tough problem, but there are solutions. Keep at it. You won't feel comfortable on the bike until you solve this. Consider getting some dual pivot brake calipers. That will solve the problem of needing to squeeze hard, but it won't solve the problem of needing to reach far.
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Originally Posted by noglider
I think you need a mechanic who understands the needs of people with small hands. This is a bit of a tough problem, but there are solutions. Keep at it. You won't feel comfortable on the bike until you solve this. Consider getting some dual pivot brake calipers. That will solve the problem of needing to squeeze hard, but it won't solve the problem of needing to reach far.
Thank you for the info. I never imagined this being an issue while searching for a road bike over the past few months...Im short, so i thought that would be the main hang up lol. I have a pretty good mechanic now, so ill def swing by there and see if he can help me out with this
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Very nice bike. Enjoy, and post pics with the changes you're making.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize
I would never argue with you Scooper (on a Schwinn issue), but I believe the 87 Preludes were made by Panasonic. I could be wrong. I am under the impression that only the Letour line was made in Greenville. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Along another line, I had one of those (my first nice road bike) and could never get used to the color. I now have one in Midnight Mauve.


This article published in a Schwinn dealer newsletter notes that beginning in 1986, the following lightweight models were manufactured at the Greenville plant:

Traveler, Le Tour, Passage, Prelude, Madison, Tempo and Super Sport.

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BTW, this Bicycling article on the Prelude sheds some light on the turkey wings.

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It [the Prelude] certainly gains credibility by omitting the stem-mounted shifters and brake lever extensions usually found on "recreational" bikes. (Kudos to Dia-Compe for designing the brake levers to accept optional extensions instead of forcing consumers to pay for the unwanted and soon-removed devices).


The article does contain misinformation about Columbus Tenax tubing though. It claims Tenax is "Columbus's production-grade version of its SL and SP professional series." SL and SP are seamless tubesets made with Columbus Cyclex steel alloy. In an email to me a couple of years ago, Columbus states that the Tenax used by Schwinn is seamed, and is made with 25 Cr Mo 4 chromoly, virtually the same as AISI 4130. Columbus Cromor is also seamed 25 Cr Mo 4.



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The photo here of course, lacks much to be desired but I found this interesting.

87 schwinn prelude Olympic edition - $500


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The photo here of course, lacks much to be desired but I found this interesting.

87 schwinn prelude Olympic edition - $500
That does look interesting; it's similar to the Wheaties Team paint scheme.
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That does look interesting; it's similar to the Wheaties Team paint scheme.
Looking around real quick, perhaps it is the same kind of bike: SOLD. 1989 Schwinn Prelude(OLYMPIC EDITION). 52CM. COLUMBUS TUBING. SHIMANO 105 GROUP. WOLBER RIMS! 22.6LBS. $360.00 Photo by velocejoe | Photobucket

But I see this website even calls it Olympic and then, to the catalog cited above: Schwinn catalogs, 1981 - 1990 (354 of 456)
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Originally Posted by Hardrock23
Thank you for the info. I never imagined this being an issue while searching for a road bike over the past few months...Im short, so i thought that would be the main hang up lol. I have a pretty good mechanic now, so ill def swing by there and see if he can help me out with this
There are brake levers for smaller hands. I have seen at least one pair on a bike that I converted to flat bars. I think they were Dia-Compe. I can look to see if I still have them.
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Originally Posted by CuttersRidge
Looking around real quick, perhaps it is the same kind of bike: SOLD. 1989 Schwinn Prelude(OLYMPIC EDITION). 52CM. COLUMBUS TUBING. SHIMANO 105 GROUP. WOLBER RIMS! 22.6LBS. $360.00 Photo by velocejoe | Photobucket

But I see this website even calls it Olympic and then, to the catalog cited above: Schwinn catalogs, 1981 - 1990 (354 of 456)
Good call. So it's an '89 instead of '87 as in the Minneapolis CL ad.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2
Congrats, nice acquisition. Whitewalls will look really look sharp on the pink Prelude.

In regard to the brakes, if you feel to laid out, try moving the saddle forward on the rails. However, if the distance from bar to lever is too much, look for smaller hand levers like below.

Tektro R341 Ergo Brake Levers in Tree Fort Bikes Drop Bar Brake Levers
I just reread this. It's a perfect suggestion.


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To help with your brake issue, might want to install inline (cross top ) levers . Nice Schwinn , BTW ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtPBPn3kXlM
You'll probably like these levers, too.
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Originally Posted by Scooper


This article published in a Schwinn dealer newsletter notes that beginning in 1986, the following lightweight models were manufactured at the Greenville plant:

Traveler, Le Tour, Passage, Prelude, Madison, Tempo and Super Sport.

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Originally Posted by Pompiere
There are brake levers for smaller hands. I have seen at least one pair on a bike that I converted to flat bars. I think they were Dia-Compe. I can look to see if I still have them.
Thank you! Im starting to look into those options now, as iv seen a few mention that they do make such levers
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Originally Posted by noglider
I just reread this. It's a perfect suggestion.




You'll probably like these levers, too.
I agree - Im most likely going to go this route, with both probably. The price is perfectly in range too if i buy new, plus they offer them in silver.
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There are indeed small levers for small hands. I have a set that I pulled off a 73 Schwinn years ago. Don't remember who made them but the brakes were DC. Levers usually follow.
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Originally Posted by noglider
I just reread this. It's a perfect suggestion.




You'll probably like these levers, too.
The tektro R341 are to be used with short pull - Is that what i have now? I looked into the dual pivot ones also - are they all short pull?
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Originally Posted by echo victor
Very nice bike. Enjoy, and post pics with the changes you're making.
Thank you! I will - any reason to post pics
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The tektro R341 are to be used with short pull - Is that what i have now? I looked into the dual pivot ones also - are they all short pull?
Yes, single pivots and dual pivots are short pull, also called standard pull. The only long pull brake type is the V-brake, unless I'm mistaken.

What is the actual cable pull of brake levers? - Bicycles Stack Exchange

https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-me...ke-levers.html

So definitely get the Tektro levers. Once they are installed, see if you're satisfied. If the brakes don't stop well enough, get the dual pivots. They require a lot less force.

Oh, did we mention Kool Stop pads? Definitely get those when you get the levers. There is no better brake pad, though there are some that cost more. (Do I sound like a commercial?)
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