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Old 06-02-19, 08:50 AM
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I was so excited about my 9:00 AM appointment to pick this bike up that I woke up at 4:50 this morning. Price was $30, but I shrewdly negotiated the price up to $35. Seller acquired the bike from-her high school boyfriend in the 1970's. What she knows about the bike is that the original owner was a bike shop proprietor, and that she was told that the bike as never painted and was always chrome. She was told it was chrome-moly. She said she rode it many miles for many years. It looks like it was ridden hard but well cared for, as evidenced by the barcons still having the little domed locknuts. That fork crown is chrome, Jerome. Weineman Vanquier centerpulls, Schwinn Approved Suntour barcons with white lever covers, DA crank, Brooks (can't tell if is labeled Brooks or Schwinn), Titlest FD, Suntour RD, 5 speed racing freewheel. I know the barcons and suicide brake levers were available as optional dealer installed upgrades The headbadge is missing, but the rivet holes are at 3:00 and 9:00 O 'Clock , like a World Voyageur I have. Based on the above and the serial number it seems to be a Panasonic-made Schwinn from 1972. So what is it? I have not weighed it yet or checked the seat tube size. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

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Schwinn made the 11.8 Voyageur and 12.2 Super Le Tour in chrome, so that's my guess. Only other models with factory chrome were the Paramount (this doesn't look like one), and occasionally I hear about a Super Sport in chrome, but that's about it.
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Only two Panasonic Schwinn back then, the cheap World Traveler and the World Voyageur. World Traveler would have weighed at least ten pounds more and would not have had a RD hanger, etc. So its not a World Traveler.

May not even be a Schwinn. Some parts have likely been changed over the years. G1 Dura Ace crank was a World Voyageur thing. Serial number matches well with Panasonic for March 1972.

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Yes, I had thought about the possibility it was not a Schwinn, despite the owner thinking it was. Did not ask if she had seen it with head-badge attached. The lack of any decals suggests it may have once been painted and stripped down to the chrome. Based on a brief test ride its a great rider despite the 70ís macho man gearing. It seems to be 58 cm square, while my similarly sized World Voyageur measures 57. Cm square. One more tedious detail- it has rando bars. Will weigh it before disassembly. Thanks Bill.
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OK, it appears to be a World Voyageur. Weighs 27.75 pounds with Brooks, pedals and water bottle; has same lugs, braze-ons and geometry as my Kool Orange WV, bare frame weighs the same, and has all the same parts as known original WVs except for 1st Gen DA RD and Christophe straps. Despite its distressed appearance everything came apart easily, including stem, seatpost, pedals and crankset. The surface rust will be easy to address, but Iím not sure what I can do with the chrome pitting.
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