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1980 Schwinn Voyageur with odd tires and seat problem

Old 11-25-09, 05:59 PM
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1980 Schwinn Voyageur with odd tires and seat problem

I just bought a 1980 Schwinn Voyageur but there are a few things that are weird about it. For some reason, it has 26x1 1/8 rims and hybrid tires on it. I am hoping that I can switch these out for a set of 27" quick release rims and tires. Is there any problems with doing this? The bike is in pretty good shape besides the tires and the fact that it needs new brake pads. The main issue with the bike is the seat. The seat post seems pretty wedged in there. It also looks like someone cut the back to try to get it out. Any suggestions? I somehow missed this when looking at the bike and am kicking myself for it. The seller said it was a world sport but the chrome rear stays and shimano altus derailleurs all look like voyageur stuff according to this catalog http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...0/1980_10.html. What do you guys think? I think I got a decent deal but am second guessing it a little.
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Old 11-25-09, 06:23 PM
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you're likely right. i'm pretty sure the world sport had stem shifters while the voyager had downtube shifters like your bikes shows.
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Old 11-25-09, 06:26 PM
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Go to the Sheldon Brown site, he has an excellent recap on the various steps to try. About 90% of the time, I have been able to get a stuck post freed up using those steps.

As far as what the seller told you, I am not surprised. I do my own research, as most of what I am told by sellers is wrong.

Looks like a Voyageur to me. I had a 1981 one, that was just about identical.

I would put the work into the seat post first, that can be a deal breaker.



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Old 11-26-09, 07:31 AM
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I believe that this was either a Chicago or Mississippis made frameset. Should have 27" alloy wheels: looks like someone threw on cheap 26 " steel wheels. Many ways to get a stuck seat post out-remove the seat post clamp bolt, to start. Try spraying PB Blaster from the top down, around the stuck seat post. Keep the seat on, in order to use it for leverage in twisting the seat post out. Desperate measures include removing the crank and bottom bracket, and either spraying or pouring various anti-seize agents from the bottom bracket, down into the seat post area. Might time some days, but eventually it will come out.
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UPDATE: After dissassembling the frame and spaying pb blaster and bike aid down the tube and soaking the seat end of the post, there is no movement. I tried cutting the top of the post off whit the hope that I could get a hack saw blade down in there to saw through the aluminum and pull it out in pieces. Unfortunately, the seat post was almost completely solid aluminum. I ended up having to melt the aluminum out with a torch. This went pretty easy and only scorched a little of the paint. I am thinking I can just use regular black paint with some primer and maybe some clear to repaint the burnt part. Does anyone know where I could get the red tape to complete the finish on the tube? On another note, I have begun the process of reconstructing the bike. So, far, I have found a steel rear wheel for cheap so I put that on. For a front wheel i found a Campy Rim in good condition for $25. Is it worth it to put a nice rim like that on a bike like this? Also, how much weight am I adding by using a steel rear wheel? I am trying to keep the bike light if possible without spending a fortune. Thanks
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