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1983 Schwinn Voyageur SP

Old 05-23-21, 07:49 PM
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1983 Schwinn Voyageur SP

My 700c Conversion Voyageur SP "boomerang" bike. I picked this bike up off of CL about 4-5 ears ago, pretty much stock. I swapped in upright bars and shifters so my teenage son could use it. He got his drivers license and rarely did so it sat in my garage for a long time, unused.

I was talking with a co-worker one day and he let me know he was looking for a bike to get back into riding so I sold him this bike with some different bits on it at the time for pretty cheap. HE loved it, rode it all over the place and got bitten by the C&V bug,

I helped him snag a Ti Lemond road bike that was a bit too small but it got him focused on road bikes. He then picked up a vintage Kestrel CF bike and I helped him make some mods on that and he has been riding that pretty much exclusively. He then sold me this bike back tome for half of what I sold it to him for originally and now it was back in my garage, again. Boomerang always returns.....















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Old 05-23-21, 07:51 PM
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MMM mmmmmmm.
Nicely done, sir!
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Nice! Everyone should have a bicycle/pick-up truck.
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Old 05-23-21, 08:09 PM
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Nice! Everyone should have a bicycle/pick-up truck.
Pretty much what I was thinking when I put it together. I have done errands and shopping with it and its been a great addition.
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canti bosses a little high for the conversion? you got'em to work, though

sure wish those map bars weren't as pricey. i wouldn't mind having some myself. very nice build!
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Very clean bike and nice build. I like the front basket
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Old 05-24-21, 06:16 AM
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Those thumb shifters seem to be like gold these days.
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I dig it.
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Well done.
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Pretty much what I was thinking when I put it together. I have done errands and shopping with it and its been a great addition.
The brakes were a challenge. Not so much the height of the posts but the width. The front canti mounts are only 60mm wide and the rear are 65mm wide. Super narrow by modern canit brake standards. I had removed the original Dia Compe canti's (not sure what model) as I could not get them to work well with 700c wheels. This was probably more about my ability to set them up properly, than it had to do with the brakes. Those original brakes enede up being donated to the local co-op after this bike was sold. I installed some older Shimano SLR canti's and they worked OK but were never really very powerful.

When I got the bike back I noticed how the rear drive side pad was worn way out of spec and then realized my initial set up was pretty bad. I went thorugh about 9 different types of cantis and the only ones that worked were the Dia Compe 981's that are currently installed. I wanted to post this up for anyone who may enounter this in the future. Start with the 981's and save yourselt the time and aggravation of the trial and error cantilever brake installation!
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Don't let this one get away again. Your son will probably want it back once he sees the current set up.
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Very nice, I love that SunXCD triple. Those Voyageur SPs are great bikes.
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The brakes were a challenge. Not so much the height of the posts but the width. The front canti mounts are only 60mm wide and the rear are 65mm wide. Super narrow by modern canit brake standards. I had removed the original Dia Compe canti's (not sure what model) as I could not get them to work well with 700c wheels. This was probably more about my ability to set them up properly, than it had to do with the brakes. Those original brakes enede up being donated to the local co-op after this bike was sold. I installed some older Shimano SLR canti's and they worked OK but were never really very powerful.

When I got the bike back I noticed how the rear drive side pad was worn way out of spec and then realized my initial set up was pretty bad. I went thorugh about 9 different types of cantis and the only ones that worked were the Dia Compe 981's that are currently installed. I wanted to post this up for anyone who may enounter this in the future. Start with the 981's and save yourselt the time and aggravation of the trial and error cantilever brake installation!
were these the original style?



i'm not trying to be persnickity, but i really think the boss height is the issue more than the width. what you had to do was, in effect, make the brakes "squat" outward more to get the pads to reach down to the lower rim diameter since you don't have enough vertical adjustment to go any lower with the pad in it's holder. it's more apparent on the rear since the pad posts are secured more close to the end opposite the pad itself....that is vs the front wherein the pad/post are secured more to the middle. make sense?
i've got an '83 univega gran turismo (miyate built) i've converted to 700c. i'm pretty sure the post (boss) width is narrow like yours, but the brakes shown above are what i have and i didn't have any issues. not the strongest of brakes, but i have an idea to modify them so i can use an adjustable straddle cable. anyway, i'm gonna go out measure things today. i may be wrong, but it just seems like you should be able to get better brake geometry/fitment. even if you're completely satisfied, i'm just curious myself...lol

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fender1 as i suspected, the canti boss width on the univega are like your miyata; 60mm front and 65mm rear. they're 23-24mm center of the boss to center of the rim brake surface in height, though. if you care to explore the dynamic at all, what might the height be on yours?
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Love the color scheme on these bikes, very lovely setup. Bravo!
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