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Chrome Voyageur 11.8 Never Used!

Old 10-16-21, 05:25 PM
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Chrome Voyageur 11.8 Never Used!

I've wanted a chrome Voyageur 11.8 for some time now but never found the right one but I was checking out the auctions and there was a nice local one so I took a chance on it and bought it. The ad stated ridden 20 miles but I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to it. It looked nice so I bought it. Well it probably wasn't even ridden 20 miles, ever. There was a slight bit of grease on the first 3 cogs in back, and the big chainring has not been used at all. The original Schwinn tires are still new. This bike is as clean as they come. I spoke with the seller afterwards and she said her father bought it in 1982 and never really rode it. He kept it in the house the whole time so that helped preserve it. This has the foam padded handlebars with safety levers which I've seen on some Voyageurs instead of the wrapped bars and no safety levers. I'll be converting it. Other than fresh grease and some waxing, this thing needs nothing. I may replace the seat with a Brooks Swift. I think it would go well on it. Here's some pics.









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Well, congratulations on finding the bike you have be after for quite awhile...and in Pristine condition no less...enjoy!!!!!!!!!
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BTW, If I may ask, you mentioned an auction nearby you....what type and what did you get it for.
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Originally Posted by xiaoman1 View Post
Well, congratulations on finding the bike you have be after for quite awhile...and in Pristine condition no less...enjoy!!!!!!!!!
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BTW, If I may ask, you mentioned an auction nearby you....what type and what did you get it for.
It was ebay and the seller happened to be near me so it worked out great for me.
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Always liked the looks of that bike. Congrats!
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That is a ridiculously nice bike. Congratulations!

I should know this, but didn't the Voyageurs use some non-standard-diameter quill stem? Or am I thinking of some other flavor of Schwinn?
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Originally Posted by jonwvara View Post
That is a ridiculously nice bike. Congratulations!

I should know this, but didn't the Voyageurs use some non-standard-diameter quill stem? Or am I thinking of some other flavor of Schwinn?
I'm not sure of that. I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than I can answer that. Thank you for your congrats.
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Originally Posted by jonwvara View Post
That is a ridiculously nice bike. Congratulations!

I should know this, but didn't the Voyageurs use some non-standard-diameter quill stem? Or am I thinking of some other flavor of Schwinn?
You are correct sir. I believe it to be 21.1 stem diameter.
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That old foam can be quite comfortable with light gloves…great bicycle…just me, but, I’d leave the safety levers and seat as is for a couple of rides…just cuz, I guess…
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Originally Posted by Senrab62 View Post
You are correct sir. I believe it to be 21.1 stem diameter.
Well, I hope the original stem is the right length for the OP. I suppose you could get a machine shop to turn a 22.2 stem down to 21.1, but probably not cheaply.
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Originally Posted by jonwvara View Post
Well, I hope the original stem is the right length for the OP. I suppose you could get a machine shop to turn a 22.2 stem down to 21.1, but probably not cheaply.
I fit well on the bike so the stem will stay.
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Absolutely beautiful!
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i have a '81 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8. Are you planning to modernize it? ( 700C wheels etc.) My has been rebuilt and modelized and run great..
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WOW !!!!

What a time capsule !!!!!

You do not see these 11.8 everyday.

And NEVER in this pristine condition !!!

This is a GREAT bike, and will last for YEARS !!!!!!

The only thing I noticed was a slight bend in the cable under the top tube.

Will probably work just fine.

Congrats and safe riding!!!
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i have a '81 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8. Are you planning to modernize it? ( 700C wheels etc.) My has been rebuilt and modelized and run great..
I'm not sure exactly what I'll be doing to it yet. I bought new bar tape and I have a set of barcons i may install. I might change to a set of Dura Ace aero brake levers I have but that's about it.
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'Will look great alongside your Volare!

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On my NOS 78 SLT 12.2, I only changed tires, bartape, brake pads, and brake hoods.

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On my NOS 78 SLT 12.2, I only changed tires, bartape, brake pads, and brake hoods.

That's a great looking bike. I have a blue 76 SLT 12.2 in nice shape but yours looks incredible. I'll do the same things to my Voyageur but may add the barcons. We'll see. More pics of your SLT please.
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'Will look great alongside your Volare!

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Yeah it will, but the Volare still looks classier I think.
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More pics of your SLT please.
Ok, here's what opening the box looked like,








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A few more,










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A few more,









That is amazing. Where did you find it?
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I was put in touch with a old Schwinn dealer. It had been put away in a safe place. It had never been opened.
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Well there is NOS and then there is "NOS"....this one would have been hard for me to unbox other than to open the top to see what was in there.
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Well there is NOS and then there is "NOS"....this one would have been hard for me to unbox other than to open the top to see what was in there.
Best, Ben
I understand that. I had been searching for a chrome SLT 12.2 or Voyageur 11.8 for a while when I stumbled upon this one. I think that my generation is probably the last to have any sentimental feelings for this level and age of Schwinn bikes. If I didn't grab it, unbox it, and ride it, it would probably have just ended up in one of those super collectors racks of unused bikes that go unridden. To each their own, there's room for all types.
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