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Old 12-13-09, 02:44 PM
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Good idea or just polishing a turd????

After having to burn out my seat tube to get it free, my 1980 Schwinn voyageur needs a little touch up paint. Besides the burnt spots, the bike is in great shape with all the original components. This bike also needs wheels and tires. A local bike shop has used campy front rims for $25. I am also looking for an aluminum rear rim to keep the bike as light as possible as I know it is semi lightweight for the year. If I end up using a steel rear wheel, is it worth it at all to get this campy front rim? Even though its just an everyday bike, I would like it to end up lighter than my other mid 80s Schwinn world sport. What do you guys think? Should I do an all out search for a rear alumuinum rim, use what I have for now(steel), use the steel rear/campy front combo until I find something better, or just look for other options? Am I heading in the right direction here or am I just "polishing a turd" ???
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Old 12-13-09, 03:56 PM
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Its a good enough bike for you to want to ditch the steel wheels. You can get a new Rear wheel from Niagara Cycle for as little as 30 bux.

Its certainly not a turd
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If it fits and if you like how it rides then go ahead and fix it up. You can even just get it ride-a-ble and then upgrade as you find things to upgrade on it.
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Never install steel wheels on a decent bike you want to ride. Look hard enough, and you will be able to find a decent set of alloy rim wheels (used) for less than $40 for the pair. I have found multiple wheelsets this year, none cost more than $20. Often, the used wheelsets have even come with good tires!!

You can also buy brand new wheelsets at Niagara for about $50 plus shipping. Be careful with the shipping cost.
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Old 12-13-09, 05:42 PM
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You're not .... The bike's worthy. As a fellow here has stated, AL. wheel sets can be had for 75 W/Frt. on avg. from a few places. A hundered more or or less gets you better quality which I think is worth the extra few. I've bought the cheaper brands; Weinman etc. and they're fine. Used sets W/O Frt. can be had for forty or so in my exp. I've used steel ones in the front of some cheapos, it was handy.
It's not just about lightess; dent res., appearence appeal should you decide to sell it, come into play as well. I use steels on bikes that have 'em in the first place.
Your's is a very nice bike. www.everybicycletire.com has some a click better, although I would be hard pressed to disrecommend other stores, just to provide more choices.
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Remember, a wise man said "you can't polish it, but you can spray paint it".
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An 11.8 is one of those bikes that should be in any collection, as well as used as a daily rider.
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Good idea or just polishing a turd**********

Then how will you know it from shinola?


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You can polish a turd. Adam and Jamie proved it. Turned out pretty nice too!

In life there are no mistakes, only lessons. -Shin

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