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Old 08-05-20, 10:24 AM
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Nothing to see here, just another Schwinn..

Ciao Amico Fidatos,

I was given a 1987 Schwinn Prelude frameset earlier this year by @mstateglfr, and I knew immediately that this was one that I wouldn’t be afraid to make minor modifications to. The project in mind was to create a bike that emulated vintage Italian styling from the 60s/70s, but to do it on a minimal budget. The thing that I like about this frameset is its relaxed HT/ST geometry and that it is made from Columbus tubing. It has all day comfort so it was a perfect candidate.

To begin, I removed as many frame brazeons as I possibly could without going down a rabbit hole. I drewed the top tube guides, the head tube pump peg, all four fender eyelets, and the rear derailleur cable stop. The cable stop was replaced with a diver helmet courtesy of @gugie. (it brazed much easier than I anticipated). Also I spread the rear triangle to 128-130mm. I’m still debating drilling/tapping for dropout adjusters later on.

I wanted to build this with as many bin components as I could scrounge with Italian origin being the priority; however, the bin was somewhat shallow, so I backfilled with suitable Japanese pieces with no qualms. There were a few pieces that I did not have, and had to purchase. @jervine supplied the Campy front derailleur, and @gugie provided info for sourcing the top tube guides. I bought the English threaded Ofmega BB off the internet. The broken Gipiemme rear freewheel hub was replaced with a Shimano 5500 unit that was modified to receive the oil port cover. I even reused old handlebar tape... well, just because. I paid homage to the frame/components countries of origin on the NDS chain stay.

For the color choice, I looked to the pastel colors of the Detroit-based autos from the 50s/60s. It has been noted by @merziac that the color of choice is Bianchi flavored, and I must agree. With the exception of the fork decal (which I already had), I made the others using MS Office, a snipping app, and a pack of decal paper. It would be an understatement to say that waterslide paper is a good barometer of one’s patience. Afterwards, I top coated with Spraymax 2K urethane to seal the deal.

I assembled everything yesterday with a test ride pending. I was aiming for a vibe.. didn’t worry about correctness..
As for Amico Fidato (trusted friend), I thought a bit of Italian plastered to the NDS would be magnifico karma.

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Old 08-05-20, 10:35 AM
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Old 08-05-20, 10:43 AM
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Pretty Awesome, I like it a lot! Now you have me looking at the possibilities with my 84 Supersport. Way to bring back an old Schwinn, you nailed it!
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Old 08-05-20, 10:54 AM
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Very nice bike! I sold a few of those back in the Eighties.
(If a bike company were smart, they'd jump on that as their "signature" color!)
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Old 08-05-20, 10:55 AM
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Well you certainly put in the thought and sweat equity to make it your own! That's fantastic- strong work.

What I love about this subforum is the variety and creativity its posters bring.
In the span of 3 years with me, that frame was a traditional downtube shifting 2x7 bike, an STI shifting 2x7 bike, and a single-singlespeed bike. You have now given it yet another personality. That bike has changed its image more than Madonna!

And the frame that replaced this one on my end is a Schwinn Premis that was trashed, so new cable guides were brazed on, it was powdercoated, and is now a 2x11 road bike.


The crestive variety and re-imaging of bikes on this forum is just great to see.
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Old 08-05-20, 11:07 AM
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Great work! like it! Yes, interesting color. Certainly would confuse some!
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That is lovely. Great job.

I have read through the various Tenax threads and I know there is some mystery around it. I am curious if anyone knows if there is a difference between the Tenax used on the road bikes like this one and the Tenax used on the Voyageurs? Were there different butting profiles?
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Originally Posted by SJX426 View Post
Great work! like it! Yes, interesting color. Certainly would confuse some!
The 1987 Schwinn Traveler was sold in a similar color.
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The 1987 Schwinn Traveler was sold in a similar color.
Haven't dived into Schwinn so wouldn't know. I was thinking not only the color but the decals are quite a change too. The current ones look older.
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That looks great - nice work!

how does it ride? I just sold a way too small 1987 Prelude. The frame looked really nice, but I couldn't get an impression of the ride or handling.
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Well done! I really like that color.
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That looks great - nice work!

how does it ride? I just sold a way too small 1987 Prelude. The frame looked really nice, but I couldn't get an impression of the ride or handling.
This is Schwinn #5 for me. It's fun to ride, just as the others are. I actually built this up before breaking back down to repaint. You can see my test decals on the frame. I wanted to work out issues prior to paint.
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"Just" another Schwinn? I think not. Gorgeous, simply gorgeous.
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Thank you all for your comments. If anyone wishes to make their own decals, I recommend the thicker 23µ waterslide paper. The 13µ tends to curl under and stretch too easily. Here's a pic of my decal file. Remember.. Nesting is your friend!!
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Nice job on the Schwinn! With that color and red decals it's reminiscent of older Bianchis.
Could you tell me what brand and model the brakes are?

Thanks

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I am beginning to like these build-your-own-bike-with-what's-available projects more and more. And this is a fine example. Well done!
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The levers are Shimano Golden Arrow and the calipers are Shimano 6207.

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Nice job on the Schwinn! With that color and red decals it's reminiscent of older Bianchis.
Could you tell me what brand and model the brakes are?

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Beautifully done. I have an 89 to restore and there are some great ideas here.
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