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My Local 1988 Schwinn Bike Shop

Old 12-29-20, 12:38 PM
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My Local 1988 Schwinn Bike Shop

In 1987, my mom surprised me with a brand new Schwinn World. - for a single mother of 5 just trying to make ends meet- this was a BIG purchase. It was white, I added rear rack, water bottle cage and rode that bike thousands of miles - that bike was freedom! RAGBRAI in my home state of Iowa, used for all types of things from age 13 to 16, fishing, golfing, collecting aluminum cans for cash, jobs, etc. Then came a car, girls, college, and other interests and I stayed off road bikes until two years ago. I loved going to the LBS (Hall Schwinn in Cedar Rapids IA or Northtown Schwinn) and drooling over all the higher end models & cool colors but usually walking out with nothing, a catalogue or maybe a inexpensive accessory. I would stare at the 1987 and 1988 Catalogues for hours. The Super Sport was one of the coolest and the Ice Pink Prelude always caught my attention.

Fast forward 33 Years and what better time than now to recreate that Schwinn Showroom.. My understanding wife agreed I could have the third car garage for bikes, with one stipulation -no bikes in the house or vintage bikes in the other two garage stalls (i need to sell some more bikes). This agreement allows for a 10x11 Bike Workshop and 11x11 bike cave/Showroom. I have been accumulating the inventory via FB Marketplace, Craigslist and most recently eBay. I sold some of my newer bikes, saved my proceeds from the flips of other vintage bikes and hoarded some cash from other sales of stuff to fund the collection. Some need a lot of work and a few are like time capsules. I plan to refurbish all of into riders. I lack the Paramount, Avion, Circuit and Madison but have an example of each of the rest of the bikes down to the bike that started it all, the World. For the cost of one quality new bike, I bought several quality Schwinns and couldn't be more excited!

I will use this thread to post pictures of each as I get them up to speed and the bike cave as it progresses. I would love to see your pictures of any of these bikes as well!


the most expensive of the collection, by far. Its a 24" and I got caught up in the eBay fever...but it looks to be in very good condition and it was my favorite back in the day.. $783

coolest seller - he bought this '87 Tempo new in July '88, he had the original owners manual, invoice and even credit card slip! The bike is in very good condition. $200

this '88 Premis is very nice original condition, including a color Matched Avocet Computer. $200

Best Bargain I think, also on eBay - this one looks like a time capsule! I really like the Ice Pink, but this midnight Mauve is cool too! $350

this '88 LeTour came from a young man that rode it after his father passed away. He had some sentimental attachment to it, I plan to get it all cleaned up and send him a pic of it and the '88 Showroom once complete

the '87 Traveler is in good shape, mostly original but I think will clean up well.

this World has been converted to an upright and is the red/white version - but still happy to own it ...$75

1987 Voyageur torn down and ready for refurb...$50

This World Sport and LeTour behind it were in sad shape. I also learned rattle can paint jobs are not for me. Paid $30 for the World Sport. Its a place holder till a find a nice Black one in my size.

So here is the summary of what I paid, what the '88 MSRP was and what that would cost today. Can you actually buy a quality bike as good as a Schwinn for $1063 these days?
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Nice.
That Tempo is an 87 model.
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
Nice.
That Tempo is an 87 model.
good catch - the Seller bought it new July '88 - must have been a leftover model which makes sense as he got 10% off and negotiated some free accessories.


original owners manual, invoice and credit card slip
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I worked in and around a Schwinn store around 87 & 88. The store also sold Cannondale and TSDI Guerciotti.
No one wanted the Schwinns. Not that they were not great bikes and an excellent value but the other brands were just in much higher demand.
The Schwinn brand just seemed old and uncool to most people.
I donít believe that to be the case but perception was definitely there.
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Originally Posted by embankmentlb View Post
I worked in and around a Schwinn store around 87 & 88. The store also sold Cannondale and TSDI Guerciotti.
No one wanted the Schwinns. Not that they were not great bikes and an excellent value but the other brands were just in much higher demand.
The Schwinn brand just seemed old and uncool to most people.
I donít believe that to be the case but perception was definitely there.
makes sense. '87-'88 was close to the end for Schwinn and some of the last years with lightweight steel as the primary frame material. But you won't find a Cannondale in my shop and I have never heard of a TSDI Geurciotti
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Honestly the 87-88 Schwinn logo is probably my favorite iteration. I used to have an 87 Le Tour in white. I am looking forward to seeing all of these together. By the time I was born, downtube shifters were already obsolete so I've never been in a bike shop to see bikes like these new. Such a cool project.
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Originally Posted by embankmentlb View Post
The Schwinn brand just seemed old and uncool to most people.
I donít believe that to be the case but perception was definitely there.
I think there's still that perception. I believe there are people that wholeheartedly believe that any Schwinn (perhaps besides a Paramount) is a 50 pound gas pipe paperboy bike. Regardless of the model or era. It may have been about my old 86 Voyageur- someone trying to convince me to not spend money/time/attention to the bike by something to the effect of 'besides, it's just a Schwinn.'
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
I think there's still that perception. I believe there are people that wholeheartedly believe that any Schwinn (perhaps besides a Paramount) is a 50 pound gas pipe paperboy bike. Regardless of the model or era. It may have been about my old 86 Voyageur- someone trying to convince me to not spend money/time/attention to the bike by something to the effect of 'besides, it's just a Schwinn.'
I agree...to each their own....I have owned a few what might consider to be "better" bikes, but they just don't speak to me like these old Schwinns do so I sell those cooler bikes for more $$ to buy more Schwinns.

The Voyageur is a cool bike! I plan to have the Voyageur Frame Powder coated and spend the most time on it polishing the components.
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Nice collection justcynn. I have the same soft spot for 80ís Schwinns. I own an Ď83 Super Sport SP, Ď84 Peloton, Ď86 Tempo, Ď87 Circuit, Ď87 Prelude, and Ď89 564.
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Originally Posted by embankmentlb View Post
I worked in and around a Schwinn store around 87 & 88. The store also sold Cannondale and TSDI Guerciotti.
No one wanted the Schwinns. Not that they were not great bikes and an excellent value but the other brands were just in much higher demand.
The Schwinn brand just seemed old and uncool to most people.
I donít believe that to be the case but perception was definitely there.
They really did try. I always thought the move to have all their midrange and up bikes be badged as Paramount was a bad move that cheapened both brands, but I can get why they did it, in retrospect.
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