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My new 1986 Schwinn Voyageur

Old 08-15-20, 01:35 AM
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My new 1986 Schwinn Voyageur

Had been really wanting one of these and came across a Craiglist ad across the country of one that looked to be in great shape. Turned out to be our very own cb400bill! A few emails later and the bike was on it's way to me. It was already in remarkable shape but I did a clean/polish/wax, scrubbed the hell out of the spokes, added my VO randonneur rack, the bell, hoods, pedal straps, bottle cages, bags and the b17 and swapped out the cables and bar tape. The hoods don't fit snugly enough but I had them on hand and they'll do for now. I'm pleased with the results and can't wait to get riding it!

Future: bar ends, lighting, and Iíve got a nice set of touring 700s but they need to be laced up. Debating shellac.





















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Dang you're lucky I didn't know it was for sale, you would have had some competition
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Beautiful!
I've been looking for one too.
What frame size is that? Looks like 22"/56cm, but I didn't think they came in that size.
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Old 08-15-20, 08:28 AM
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Beautiful bike! I'm really surprised Bill let that thing go!

Congratulations and enjoy!!!
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Beautiful!
I've been looking for one too.
What frame size is that? Looks like 22"/56cm, but I didn't think they came in that size.
Itís the 23Ē frame. Looks a little closer to 22Ē to my eye as well which is funny but measures and feels like a 23Ē, which is my size thankfully.

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Very nice! I had its little brother -the 86 Schwinn Passage and really liked it. I am sure that Voyageur is a smooth customer.
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Very nice! I had its little brother -the 86 Schwinn Passage and really liked it. I am sure that Voyageur is a smooth customer.
Thanks! Iíve seen that passage you had. Rad bike!
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Hammered mudguards :drool:
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Hammered mudguards :drool:
Thankfully they came with it but would have been my choice as well. Perfect for this bike.
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Itís the 23Ē frame. Looks a little closer to 22Ē to my eye as well which is funny but measures and feels like a 23Ē, which is my size thankfully.
Check the geometry- I'm convinced my Voyageurs rode differently- and I attribute that (whether it's correct) to having a steeper seat tube.
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Beautiful bike! Try that tape without shellac for a while if you haven’t before. Cotton feels nice by itself.
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I just had an idea for the lever hoods.

What if you made the lever body a bit bigger by wrapping it in cloth handlebar tape?

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Beautiful bike! Try that tape without shellac for a while if you havenít before. Cotton feels nice by itself.
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Beautiful bike! Try that tape without shellac for a while if you havenít before. Cotton feels nice by itself.
Oh for sure, this is the only tape I use so Iím used to it. Shellac, on the other hand, Iíve never tried.
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I just had an idea for the lever hoods.

What if you made the lever body a bit bigger by wrapping it in cloth handlebar tape?

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Hmmmm! Iíve got some extra laying around Iíll give it a mock up and see. Thanks!
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Check the geometry- I'm convinced my Voyageurs rode differently- and I attribute that (whether it's correct) to having a steeper seat tube.
Different in what way?
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I'd susupect that they rode slightly different base on the geo numbers. The Passage would be slower steering I'd guess. I like the Voyageur specifically for it's steeper angles. Schwinn catalogs, 1981 - 1990 (312 of 456)
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Different in what way?
The bike feels shorter- front to back.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
The bike feels shorter- front to back.
Ah, yeah makes sense. Havenít been able to give it much or a ride yet but will today so weíll see.
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Took it out for a spin this morning. Rides very very smoothly but handling doesnít seem to suffer much, it doesnít seem bogged down. I agree TheGoldenBoy it does feel shorter which I like. Iím experiencing the clips hitting the ground for the first time when my feet arenít in so BB is obviously lower than Iím used to. Also some serious fender rattle to contend with it but Iíll work that out. Loving it!

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Your bike is rad.

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Handsome bike, enjoy it.
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Great looking bike like the step-up. Have an '85 LTL very similar, but mine looks quite a bit more ridden!
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Great looking bike like the step-up. Have an '85 LTL very similar, but mine looks quite a bit more ridden!
Honestly with nary a scratch on this thing Iím anxious to get the first one over with
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I like your choice of bottle cages.
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