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650B Schwinn Voyageur Project

Old 05-24-16, 09:57 PM
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650B Schwinn Voyageur Project

Just got this back today and will be building up over the next week or so.



I bought this frame recently at a local swap for $30 and had a framebuilder I know braze in new canti posts to fit the 650b wheels with modern brakes. He also got rid of the three top tube housing guides in favor of two housing stops, and spread the rear triangle to 130mm.

I'll be building it up with a mixed 9-sp drivetrain (bar-ends) and a TA cyclotouriste double. It will get powder coated soon, but I want to ride it first. I'm thinking something like the Bruce Gordon "Rust" color.

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Old 05-24-16, 11:27 PM
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Nice conversion!

Contact Bruce Gordon hisself - he's still around.
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Looks nice. I might suggest removing the pacenti decals as they don't quite look right with those tires. Black rims, tan sidewalks and black tires would look good.
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That's going to be a fun bike!!!
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Sweet, looks nice and cushy with good ground clearance. What size are the tires & any idea what year the frameset is?
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can't wait to see the finished build. there's a beat up voyageur frame for sale on my local CL but i already have my 80's touring bike slot filled
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Sweet, looks nice and cushy with good ground clearance. What size are the tires & any idea what year the frameset is?
88/89- the "emerald" years. 86 was more dark green, 87 was "imperial rose."
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If you don't mind me asking, what did the frame work cost?
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88/89- the "emerald" years. 86 was more dark green, 87 was "imperial rose."
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Originally Posted by Sir_Name View Post
Sweet, looks nice and cushy with good ground clearance. What size are the tires & any idea what year the frameset is?
650b x 42 (Hetre EL) and I think it's '88. I checked when I got it but then I took the head badge off.
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If you don't mind me asking, what did the frame work cost?
Let's just say I'm very fortunate and what I paid does not reflect the actual cost. I snuck in a little extra payment in the form of some beer.
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Let's just say I'm very fortunate and what I paid does not reflect the actual cost. I snuck in a little extra payment in the form of some beer.
OK, but any idea what this type of work would normally run? I'm curious about this too.
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OK, but any idea what this type of work would normally run? I'm curious about this too.
This should give you an idea: Bicycle frame repair and services in Minnesota
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Thanks!
Have you ever seen Sandro Fouche's Voyageur Comparison Chart?

It's great for comparing specs and components.
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OK, but any idea what this type of work would normally run? I'm curious about this too.
all the repair shops I've looked into have prices posted online. They seem to start around $50 for removing/replacing one set of canti bosses.
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all the repair shops I've looked into have prices posted online. They seem to start around $50 for removing/replacing one set of canti bosses.
Super helpful - thanks!
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That frame seems like a great choice for a conversion, from my limited knowledge anyway.
How wide a tire will you be able to run 650B? How wide before the conversion?
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Those Pacenti rims look great on it.

Are you going with a drop bar or upright?
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That frame seems like a great choice for a conversion, from my limited knowledge anyway.
How wide a tire will you be able to run 650B? How wide before the conversion?
I don't know, I think these came with 27 x 1-1/8 or 1/4. The 584x42 Hetres fit easily, and I'll stick with that for now because this is a parts bin build. Rock n Roads might fit too, but it will be close at the chainstays.
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Those Pacenti rims look great on it.

Are you going with a drop bar or upright?
They'll look better once I take the stickers off! Drop bar, Nitto B132.
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I like it already!
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Awesome. Your builds are always spot on; can't wait to see it complete. I'd vote for de-stickering the rims, too, not that you asked.
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I'm mostly +1 on taking the stickers off. Although, there is kind of a neat look when you also have Pacenti tires installed.

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This is going to be great! (I was always fond of your pink Schwinn). Looking forward to seeing the complete build.
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Thanks all. Will definitely post pictures of my progress. Still waiting on a few parts. Here's a pic of the powdercoat finish I'm leaning toward. From Bruce Gordon's site:

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