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Early/Mid 80's 12sp Schwinn World Sport - weight?

Old 09-21-05, 06:24 AM
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Early/Mid 80's 12sp Schwinn World Sport - weight?

Calling the resident schwinn experts.

I'm looking at what I believe to be about an 84-85 Schwinn World Sport to use as my future commuter instead of my current 80 Traveler. To be honest, I have no idea what I'd do with a third road bike frame, but I am just too attached to the color of the Traveler's paint to cover it up with a rattle can job. This bikes paint though - I wouldn't mind in the least changing.

So I'm looking to find the approx weight of a Schwinn World Sport 12 speed. SERIAL #GO585, frame is 4130 CroMo steel. Oh, and if you know if the wheels are alloy or steel it would be greatly appriciated as well. Thanks!
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I've stated this a few times recently, so if you've seen it already, I apologize. My '83 le tour frame, completely stripped of parts, 23" size, 4130 cro-moly, weighs 5 lbs., 8 ounces. I built it up into a commuter/tourer, using mostly new parts, including drivetrain and wheels, and the complete bike weighs 25 lbs. 6 ounces. These weights aren't anything to get excited about, but they're not bad either, considering the purpose for which I use the bike. The truth is, with a new 4130 frame that's more than likely welded instead of lugged and is built for the same type of duty as this frame, you wouldn't shave more than a few ounces off the frame weight, if that. That's one reason I think bikes like the old Schwinn road bikes from the early to mid '80's are so well suited for this type of thing. They're bomb-proof, and the geometry is relaxed so you can carry a load without compromised handling, and they don't weigh a ton........So anyway, that's what I know about it. I would think that the frame weight of a mid-'80's 4130 World Sport would be so close to the same as the le tour it wouldn't be worth mentioning, if not the exact same. And since the World Sport is a twelve speed, as was the le tour I'm talking about, the overall weight would probabaly be very, very close as well. I would think around 26 pounds for the whole bike, with the original components........One more thing, I wouldn't put TOO much emphasis on the frame weight of any bike. The way it's built up, especially the wheels, cranks, etc. will usually make more difference in weight than the frame itself, unless you're talking about a frame that is unusally heavy or unusually light. That was one reason not long ago I was surprised to see the weight of an '80 Traveler listed at 32 lbs., and an '85, even with a lighter frame, listed at 26 lbs. Six pounds is WAY too much to attribute to just the frame, so the components must have gotten a LOT lighter, too. Hope this helps. BTW, I don't blame you for sticking with the original color on your Traveler. You get attached to those old Travelers.......I wish I still had mine-
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Thanks for the rundown Well Biked. I must have missed your LeTour weight info in the past and appriciate you taking the time to state it again. I mainly ask because I had been planning on using my Traveler as a commuter after a repaint, possibly as a single speed. However the more I thought about it, the 1020 frame, my school gear, fenders, rack, etc etc was adding up to a really big number, for a mixie let alone a single speed. I spotted the World Sport on ebay and is located within 5 miles of my house so I figured I might try to pick it up for the commuter role. If I do, I'll probably give the Traveler to my sister's boyfriend who has been thinking about getting a bike and is taller than me and would fit the frame just as well if not better than me.
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Originally Posted by cuda2k
So I'm looking to find the approx weight of a Schwinn World Sport 12 speed. SERIAL #GO585, frame is 4130 CroMo steel. Oh, and if you know if the wheels are alloy or steel it would be greatly appriciated as well. Thanks!
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The 1985 catalog shows the World Sport's weight as 27 pounds, and the rims are ARAYA 16 A7 27 x 1 1/4 alloys. The frame, as you say, has 4130 chrome-moly main tubes and stainless steel dropout faces with eyelets. Derailleurs are Sun Tour AR front and rear with a Sun Tour 6 speed 14-15-17-20-24-28 freewheel.
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Scooper - that describes this bike perfectly. Color is not what I would describe as attactive by any means. Kind of a gray with pink lettering. (yup, that was the 80's). My plan is for a gloss black, gloss red fork and red lugs. Red cable hosing too. The original plan was to do the Traveler like this, but I can't bring myself to paint it regardless of how scratched and nicked the current paint is.
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My 1984 Schwinn Super Sport weighs 24 lbs (no bags, bottle or pump, but that does include the Brooks B17 Champion Narrow, and the original pedals/clips/straps).

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I just picked up that bike today for $60 from some guy that bought it and stuck it in his garage. Its in perfect condition. The letters are split with white and pink right?
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Wow, this thread is a blast from the past. I didn't know what I'd do with 3 road bikes huh... (looks over shoulder at 4 full bikes + a boxed up frameset). Yeah, I've got the bug bad.

SteelFrameFreak - good price on the W.Sport depending on your location. As far as I'm concerned any ****ioning vintage steel bike is worth at least a $50 to someone somewhere!
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I've got a WorldSport that's been in the repair stand for over a month now, has several issues I've been working around on it.

Anyway, it has/had 27x1-1/4 tires and wheels on it, steel rims, steel hubs. Just for grins one day I decided to compare the weight of the steel setup to a pair of 700c tires on alloy rims and hubs. The steel wheel set weighed at least five full pounds heavier than the alloy wheel set. Just by swapping out the wheel set would reduce the weight of the bike by about the weight of the frame alone.

The bike will probably end up with the steel wheel set back on it for several reasons, weight is secondary to function, and this bike has some weird spacing that I don't feel like messing with. I will nick name it "Tank", even if it does have a lightweight sticker on the seat tube.

2005, seems like it was only yesterday.
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Don't forget the steel wheeled 38 lb Varsity is considered a "lightweight".
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Wow, this thread is a blast from the past. I didn't know what I'd do with 3 road bikes huh... (looks over shoulder at 4 full bikes + a boxed up frameset). Yeah, I've got the bug bad.

SteelFrameFreak - good price on the W.Sport depending on your location. As far as I'm concerned any ****ioning vintage steel bike is worth at least a $50 to someone somewhere!
Ah, so, $10 was a good price for my '84 World Sport, huh? (Okay, it was stored outside and has terrible rims, but the frame is sound and I have components from another bike I crashed that I'll be hanging on it.)
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Yup. My '81 Traveler lost 4.5lbs when I switched it to alloy wheels.
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The two World Sports (87, 88) I had had alloy wheels, were roughly 60 cm, and 28 lbs.
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1985 world sport vs 1988 le tour

Hi. Just looking through the posts and you seem to be very knowledgeable. Am looking to buy either a 1988 le tour in. Dry good shape or a 1985 world sport also in great shape. The le tour is $65 and the world sport is 90. Also has new tires and many upgrades. Looking to bike about 16 miles a day and then some more on weekends. Any info or input on the differences of the two.

The 1985 catalog shows the World Sport's weight as 27 pounds, and the rims are ARAYA 16 A7 27 x 1 1/4 alloys. The frame, as you say, has 4130 chrome-moly main tubes and stainless steel dropout faces with eyelets. Derailleurs are Sun Tour AR front and rear with a Sun Tour 6 speed 14-15-17-20-24-28 freewheel.[/QUOTE]
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Boy, talk about a zombie thread!

Of the two ('88 Le Tour or '85 World Sport), the '88 Le Tour would be my choice, especially since the price is lower. This assumes both bikes would fit you and are in comparable condition.

1985 Schwinn Specs page 1
1985 Schwinn Specs page 2

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