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

Old 04-16-16, 09:45 PM
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Just brought home a pink 80's Schwinn Prelude :)

I just brought this home and snapped the pics - no cleaning or anything yet. She is beautiful though! My first road bike, also!

The seller listed her as a 1987, but i havent checked yet. Added in a pic of the badge though, if anyone knows off the top of their head.
He said everything is original also, again I havent checked.

She seems great, other than slight rubbing of the chain on the FD...and slight rubbing on the right side of the front brake...and the all the brake levers are nearly impossible to reach lol

Pics! There are more located here - Schwinn Prelude by Hardrock0223 | Photobucket

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Looks good. What size frame is that.
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Looks like it should clean up nicely. Made in late 86 according to the head badge?
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Love it!
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That looks like it is in pretty nice shape., should clean up well. Nice score. I had a Prelude and liked it a great deal. Nice score!
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Very nice bike. Love the color. Enjoy!!
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Cute!

Looks like it will polish up nicely. Don't forget to post in the pink bike thread after it's all sparkling.
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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
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I was thinking 86 as well from that. Thanks
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They would!
Great, thanks for the link. Im thinking i do need different levers
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Yes, made in 86 but late so prob'ly set for the 87 market.

Great score.

Are both wheels the Weinmann type in the pic? I have been trying to find one of those to match the orphan I have.
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I was just reading a comment from Wrk101 about the differences between the 86 & 87, and by that, this would be an 87
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Yeah, seems so.
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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
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Originally Posted by elboGreaze
To help with your brake issue, might want to install inline (cross top ) levers . Nice Schwinn , BTW ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtPBPn3kXlM
It would require a set of aero levers as well for cable routing.
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Thats right, good point , I missed that !
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Ill probably just get some new brake levers...these are incredibly stiff anyway - not sure if theyre supposed to be or not, but even if i could reach them i dont have the strength to squeeze them in that position. The top/cross levers will do for now atleast.
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Thanks! Its a 49cm
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The stiffness in the levers are most likely due to cables binding. New cables would be a good idea or lubing all 4 cables at least.

Cross levers would do a good job. I tend to use them on my SS/Fixed set ups and they perform well.
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Good to know, thanks! I did get some new cables for her last night. Ill clean n lube today and see how she does
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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)
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I think you'll be pleased with how that Light Action stuff shifts.

Congratulations!


As a totally unrelated aside- I saw a nice young lady riding a pink Trek 770 yesterday.
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I see the shifters are set to friction. I wonder if this group will do indexed ? Probably should, your decision.
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Congratulations! Those late eighties Greenville built Tenax models are solid, reliable, quality bikes.

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The previous owner did say the index works...i ran through the gears before seeing which it was set to and thought it was indexed, so its pretty crisp - i actually preferred index until riding her..
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