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Schwinn Volare, never heard of them?

Old 12-28-05, 12:24 PM
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Schwinn Volare, never heard of them?

So Im rooting around in an old buddies garage and I come across this beautiful old lugged schwinn. Its a Volare, model down from the paramount. Its a 77' or 78' model, I forgot to look at the derailer which is the tell tale sign. It is in very good shape, full original dura ace everything and full 531...but I cant find info on it anywhere. Its common knowledge that the paramounts are collectable, but how about this model?
Its a 63cm frame, just my size, but he is not parting with it..."it would cost a lot more for a new bike of the same quality"...damn it-

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Old 12-28-05, 12:47 PM
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very collectible. The Volare was a nearly exact match for the paramount, except that it was made in Japan, with dura ace instead of campagnolo. They only made it for a couple of years, and the scarcity keeps the price right up there. and he's right, it would cost a lot more for a new bike. Does he ride it? If not, then price is moot. $500-$600 for a good example on ebay - sometimes more - I haven't seen one sell for less in a while.
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Old 12-28-05, 01:46 PM
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Yes he rides it, only very occasionaly for a sunday ride. It looks brand new, he repacks all the bearings once a year. And those chrome lugs.....wow-

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Here's a little info ...

https://www.geocities.com/sldatabook/...tml#1977volare

https://www.geocities.com/sldatabook/...tml#1978volare

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Old 12-28-05, 06:29 PM
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Here are the Volare pages from the '77 and '78 catalogs. Gorgeous head tube lugs!
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Old 12-28-05, 08:01 PM
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Although the Volare is not well known, it was "historic". From around 1955 to 1975, Japanese bikes and components were viewed in the USA as cheaper alternatives to the best bikes from Italy, France, the UK and the USA...but of lesser quality. The Volare was one of the first Japanese bikes that was available everywhere in the USA that was marketed as being equal in quality to high performance bikes built in Europe and the US.

It was another twenty years before a bike using Dura-Ace won the Tour de France...but the Volare indicated that Schwinn considered Dura-Ace to be a respectable alternative to Campy. Schwinn ranked the Volare higher than any bike Schwinn built, other than the Paramount. A real breakthrough in the image of Asian made bikes.

So, if I stumble across a Volare at a Goodwill store...

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Old 12-29-05, 09:10 AM
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Shcwinn used Shimano Crane (pre Dura Ace) touring derailleurs on early seventies 15 speed Paramounts, so they must have thought Shimano made pretty good stuff. Pre-74 the only other alternative was that lower level Campy touring derailleur. In 74 they introduced the Rally, but the Crane shifted better.
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Seems that Schwinn is reviving the Volare, but through mass retailers. Any chance this is an indication that it will be a collector such as the '77 or '78 versions of the Volare?
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Not a chance. The '77 and '78 Volares were high end bikes with lugged 531 frames and Dura-Ace components; I strongly suspect the new ones will be junk in comparison.
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Yes, you{re all probably right, but had to give it a chance.
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Here is one. Mine is a 77 and someone stripped the paint off fortunately its chrome underneath. It didn't have the original fork. This is a screaming bike semi origingal since I started with a frame and fork that did fit fine from a newer bike. Its period dura ace except for the crankset and its 600 I think. This is the best riding bike I have and I won't give it up. I might have it powdercoated in an orange thats near the original color but not a perfect match. What color is your friends Volare?
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KRhea: How many teeth on those chainrings? Looks like yours has a long cage RD. Mine is a Shortcage Crane and is supposed to be correct but who knows with my bike its a guess and by golly but I sure do like the way it rides. Very quick and responsive almost twitchy but not like it was with the first fork I tried on it. I bet there wasn't an inch of clearance between the downtube and the tire, the fork I have on it now still doesn't give a lot of clearance but it is better.
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It looks as if KR has added (or someone else before him) a much larger range freewheel then would have come on a Volare, thus the longcage Crane or LeTour RD. Possibly the original owner requested this change fromthe Schiwnn dealer?
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As far as I know, supposedly the only none stock/original part happens to be the freewheel. Not 100% sure but that's what the original owner told me when I purchased the bike. I never really dig into the details of bike I purchase so you guys might know than I on this one as to the parts.

Great bike though and a fun ride.

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Even in the un original condition of mine its my favorite bike. I commute on it and ride it recreationally. Its so responsive I can't belive it. This bike really took some getting used to as far and the way it handles. If you look at the pics even with the second fork there isn't a lot of clearance between the downtube and the tires but its so much fun to ride. If you get a chance to pick on up get it you won't regret it one bit
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A member here, I forget whom, has a gorgeous orange one. I'd love one myself..
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The chainrings look like '70s dura ace 52/39 which was original on my Voyageurs. Beautiful bikes those Volares.
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Mine are 52 and 42 but they aren't dura ace they are Shimano 600
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Originally Posted by divineAndbright View Post
A member here, I forget whom, has a gorgeous orange one. I'd love one myself..
Here is my orange one. Completely original as far as I know. Not a very good pic, but the only one I have at the moment.

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Originally Posted by Sierra View Post
Here is my orange one. Completely original as far as I know. Not a very good pic, but the only one I have at the moment.

Thats what I'm talking about. Love that orange
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I have one in Milwaukee. It's orange and can be found on the web: Cyclofiend #505.https://www.cyclofiend.com/cc/2008/cc...brown0908.html
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More Volare

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I have one in Milwaukee. It's orange and can be found on the web: Cyclofiend #505.https://www.cyclofiend.com/cc/2008/cc...brown0908.html
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