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Old 09-01-19, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by brandenjs

I know, I know itís a dime a dozen 1978 Schwinn Traveler 3, but when I jumped on one of my online local auction houses and there wasnít even a bid on this I had to throw a $1 on it. Well I ended up paying a $1.16 with tax and buyers fees. A bit of surface rust, but not bad shape.
I built a very similar Le Tour III (Japanese built Schwinn) up for my sister in law. It came out pretty nice and it started about where you are at.

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Old 09-01-19, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Kdogbikes
Just an old varsity but... serial# A19177 reads 1953? Internet pics looks more 60ís. Which would be cool because my current schwinns are 70ís-80ís.
Kdog, I'm a bit puzzled with that serial #. It's definitely later than early 60's given the round headbadge (appears to be original) came in the mid 60's, paint/decals would also be mid 60's or later, down tube shifters pre '67; I believe it's '64-'66. Obviously, the saddle, bar, stem, and one pedal are not original. The ten speed gears were around '62/63 but different aesthetics. My varsity is '75, but stem shifters.

Quick edit: I forgot to mention that serial numbers started with two letters in '65, thus my confusion with your number, mine starts JL#######; check for painted over letter which may not be easily seen. Where is the serial number located? Left dropout area?

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Old 09-01-19, 03:13 PM
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After some researching seems to be a 66. Pretty cool with the downtube shifters. This is one of those bikes that Iíd really like to redo paint and all,bc it would be a fun project. Weíll see.
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Old 09-01-19, 03:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Kdogbikes
After some researching seems to be a 66. Pretty cool with the downtube shifters. This is one of those bikes that Iíd really like to redo paint and all,bc it would be a fun project. Weíll see.
Good photo; still odd having that single letter; maybe someone will chime in with another similar serial number. I would get with one or more of the Schwinn sites with serial databases and give them a couple photos; essentially what you've shown (badge, serial, drive side, etc) so they can update their data. Good luck on the rebuilding.
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Old 09-02-19, 09:30 PM
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Saved this in the middle of nowhere Mississippi from an unloving home. Facebook ad was titled "SHIMANO MOUNTAIN BIKE." These are AS IS pictures, before i even washed it off. Notice the spark plug in the pedal hole haha.


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Old 09-02-19, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Padgett
Saved this in the middle of nowhere Mississippi from an unloving home. Facebook ad was titled "SHIMANO MOUNTAIN BIKE." These are AS IS pictures, before i even washed it off. Notice the spark plug in the pedal hole haha.
Those are supposed to be decent frames; way to save it from the recycle pile. Not sure what parts are original on it though.
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Old 09-03-19, 12:31 AM
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Originally Posted by HPL
Those are supposed to be decent frames; way to save it from the recycle pile. Not sure what parts are original on it though.
No supposed to be about it, these are some of the first and best MTB's built by Chris Chance who is building again.

Here's a pic of the OP's same bike, couldn't be more the real deal.

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Old 09-03-19, 07:22 PM
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[QUOTE=Padgett;21105093]Saved this in the middle of nowhere Mississippi from an unloving home. Facebook ad was titled "SHIMANO MOUNTAIN BIKE." These are AS IS pictures, before i even washed it off. Notice the spark plug in the pedal hole haha.


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Wow.
Just wow.
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Old 09-03-19, 08:26 PM
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Sometimes you need to look past the dirt and look at the bones. This 1993 Specialized Allez Comp with full 105 8 speed group is all original and looks to just have been parked in a barn somewhere since new. Cleaning up nicely and the after picture is going to be awesome.

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Sometimes you need to look past the dirt and look at the bones. This 1993 Specialized Allez Comp with full 105 8 speed group is all original and looks to just have been parked in a barn somewhere since new. Cleaning up nicely and the after picture is going to awesome.
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Old 09-03-19, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Padgett
Saved this in the middle of nowhere Mississippi from an unloving home. Facebook ad was titled "SHIMANO MOUNTAIN BIKE." These are AS IS pictures, before i even washed it off. Notice the spark plug in the pedal hole haha.


I live two minutes from a shop that was probably THE Fat Chance dealer in the SE in the 80's & 90's. I'm ALWAYS watching for that FAT that will pop up at some old hippie's garage sale, ha ha! Some bikes have a telltale on the frame that you can spot a mile away. You captured Fat's in one of your pics. Where the seat and chain stays meet the rear dropout, the ends of the stays are kind of pointed. That's the famous "bulleted" Fat Chance stay. There is a cool video of the FC plant somewhere on the web, and it shows the machine that turned the stays to create that. That's most likely also a nice steel Salsa stem. And the spark plug. Fat's are also famous for the sparkplug pedals!
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Old 09-03-19, 10:32 PM
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[MENTION=67192]AngryFrankie[/MENTION] Thanks for the info man! Now that you point that out, those chain stays ARE awesome. I sometimes wonder how this bike ended up in Euporia, MS but hey, I am not complaining! I am also always looking for a steal on Facebook marketplace/craigslist etc. and it just payed off big time.
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Old 09-04-19, 11:40 AM
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1980s Concorde Aquila - Sean Kelly / PDM Team colors

Rescued this nice frame this morning. I think it's a late 1980s Concorde Aquila in PDM colors. Found it nearby, not at the dump exactly, but not far from it. Having an Irish father and family, and being named Sean myself, it's hard not to be a Sean Kelly fan (seen him around more than once when I've been training in Mallorca over the years... Uep!).

I don't know too much about team PDM, and I don't have any Italian bikes (though I suppose this would be a Dutch bike despite the frame being made in Italy?). Maybe some Concorde experts can weigh in. What I've found online seems fairly speculative. I have no idea what the frame is worth. I've heard and seen a huge range in it's valuation online.

What I can say though is that this frame feels very light and very responsive. It's nice and straight if a little cosmetically rough. The components are all over the map and a complete mishmash.

I'm not sure what I'd like to do with it. I'm open to ideas. It fits me. If I were to hang on to it and slowly sort it out whilst riding it, any suggestions on what gruppo & wheelset would be most appropriate or most aesthetically awesome? In general I like to keep things more or less period, but aesthetics can win out on that count in some cases. I'm not a stickler.

Thanks for any input.



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Old 09-04-19, 12:28 PM
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1984 Schwinn Tempo rescued

I picked up this 84 Schwinn tempo for $30. It's the year the tempo debuted and I believe the only year the frame wasn't made from Columbus tenax, frame and fork are both Tange Champion 2. I believe this must have been hanging in a garage for the last 30 years. The tape is slightly worn and severely faded, but the tires still hold air despite being crusty. There is little brake wear on the rims and the lever hoods look good as new. The listing pictures were poor, turns out this was a 19" frame, too small for me, so this will be sold, but not before I take those nice 27" wheels with Araya rims and sunshine gyromaster hubs for my 82 Voyageur SP. This will get an "upgrade" to 700c with some mismatched wheels I've got lying about. It's greasy and dirty, but should clean up real nice.

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Old 09-04-19, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by CriticalThought
Rescued this nice frame this morning. I think it's a late 1980s Concorde Aquila in PDM colors. Found it nearby, not at the dump exactly, but not far from it. Having an Irish father and family, and being named Sean myself, it's hard not to be a Sean Kelly fan (seen him around more than once when I've been training in Mallorca over the years... Uep!).

I don't know too much about team PDM, and I don't have any Italian bikes (though I suppose this would be a Dutch bike despite the frame being made in Italy?). Maybe some Concorde experts can weigh in. What I've found online seems fairly speculative. I have no idea what the frame is worth. I've heard and seen a huge range in it's valuation online.

What I can say though is that this frame feels very light and very responsive. It's nice and straight if a little cosmetically rough. The components are all over the map and a complete mishmash.

I'm not sure what I'd like to do with it. I'm open to ideas. It fits me. If I were to hang on to it and slowly sort it out whilst riding it, any suggestions on what gruppo & wheelset would be most appropriate or most aesthetically awesome? In general I like to keep things more or less period, but aesthetics can win out on that count in some cases. I'm not a stickler.

Thanks for any input.


Critical- I don't know much about these frames, but the presence of the tab under the top tube often indicates a pro race team bike, as this tab was the number-plate holder. You might want to check into it's background a bit.
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Old 09-07-19, 08:08 PM
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Interesting find on the curb...everything seems to work as I should. Has had some attention or at least some over attention.
Prob going to a nephew with a new found bike interest.
Not a whole lot of information on it...
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Old 09-09-19, 04:23 PM
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Picked-up some CL freebies this morning after my ride. Got lucky with some clean 105 goodies among other things.

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I bought this Miyata 912 a week ago. I gave it a complete overhaul and swapped out the cruiser bars and brakes for drop bars and brakes. The guy I bought it from deals in properties and this was in one of the properties he had. The listing had a couple of bad photos with minimal description of the bike but I was able to determine it was a 912. The size wasn't listed and from the photos I couldn't determine the size. I picked it up for pretty cheap but unfortunately it is too small so I will pass it on.

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Nice bike! Since it fits, ride it. Ride it like you stole it. Because, well, aaahh, you know....
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Old 09-09-19, 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by billnuke1
Interesting find on the curb...everything seems to work as I should. Has had some attention or at least some over attention.
Prob going to a nephew with a new found bike interest.
Not a whole lot of information on it...
Cycle Pro was the economy house brand for West Coast Cycles that also sold Nishiki brand bikes in the '80s. Okay bikes. Everything got rolled into Raleigh USA when they built the Washington state factory, as I recall.
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Originally Posted by thumpism
Cycle Pro was the economy house brand for West Coast Cycles that also sold Nishiki brand bikes in the '80s. Okay bikes. Everything got rolled into Raleigh USA when they built the Washington state factory, as I recall.
Doesnít seem to be ridden very much...definitely not abused...tires still have the mold ridges on them!
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Those tires look like recent replacements. Originals would likely have been gumwalls of the 1.95 variety.
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I hit the scrap yard every morning I can. I've pulled some nice bikes out of the pile and seen some real nice bikes get crushed. I get the parts that I can from the wreckage. I keep on forgetting to take pictures of the carnage. But today I have pictures. Slightly off topic but I got to gloat on this one. $13 and I ran out of there like I stole it.


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Originally Posted by thumpism
Those tires look like recent replacements. Originals would likely have been gumwalls of the 1.95 variety.
Ooops! Been busy! Mind on auto pilot! Didnít even think of that!
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Originally Posted by 2cam16
Picked-up some CL freebies this morning after my ride. Got lucky with some clean 105 goodies among other things.

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CL Freebies (aftermath, hubby in garage) … Honey have you seen my bike parts? Oh you were going to use those dear?
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