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Old 07-02-15, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by tyler_fred View Post
jjames1452 gave me this 1986 Tempo frameset last month, and I'm slowly building it up. I'm just waiting on the remaining components to arrive...

Looks great. I am still waiting for the right one - slept on a 1987 Tempo that was almost NOS in Milwaukee and missed it.
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That Tempo looks amazing. And really, I pretty much drool over mid to late '80s Schwinns of medium to high performance intention. They are such sleepers and I just get a kick out of the graphics. I would buy them all, but a 500 sq-ft apartment can really only hold six bikes, and I'm around there often. [Obviously this man is still single - Ed]. So yeah, everyone, I like ALL YOUR BIKES!

Pictured is my recently sold 1989 Tempo (Tenax SL with Shimano SIS 105 plus Biopace) and my 1985 Peloton with 7400-series Dura Ace that I bought as a frame and fork only (Superbe Pro is original equipment). If you have not witnessed the '84/'85 Peloton red paint job, it is gorgeous and presents in many ways depending on light. Schwinn does great paint, and they did a really good job with this. Fast, smooth, steady, beautiful; she is part of the permanent stable.
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Been putting some serious miles on this one the last few months. '87 frame with NOS 6207/6208 group (I collected the bits over several years), Sugino 110 BCD crankset with 50/34 rings. Turns out the guts of a 7800 series bar end shifter fit perfectly in the socket of the right DT shifter, so now it shifts 10 speed indexed.

Modern wheelset of Crostini 3.2 rims on 5700 hubs, Vittoria Rubino ProIII tires (my 2015 go-to) and Sapim db spokes. Nitto stem and matching Noodle bars. Even found a white Sella Italia Q-Bik saddle SE (the one with a cutout).

Fast, light, pretty:

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I would be interested to know how much modification it took to get the vintage shifter to shift 10 cogs. Pics would be helpful too.
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Pics won't help because there's nothing to see. The conversion was amazingly simple.

There are two types of vintage Shimano indexed downtube shifting systems. For the purpose of this discussion, let's call them Socketed and Sealed. Socketed shifters have a completely self contained indexing unit that easily pops out of the shift lever. Good examples are Shimano 6208 and Dura Ace 6 and 7 speed units. The inside of the indexing unit has six small tabs that mate with the tubing spacer; over time the tabs on early versions like the 6208 would break off one by one until the shifter was either only able to shift in friction mode or not at all.

Sealed shifters like Shimano 1050/1051/640X/7700, etc. do not have indexing units that are easily removable. In fact, I'm not sure you can remove the guts at all without damaging them. On the other hand, they are much more robust and last, well, pretty much forever. I've had dozens and dozens of them roll through The Lab and even though some of them were visually unattractive and/or abused, they all worked just fine.

I had wanted to build up a nice 6208 equipped bike for some time, and many of you know how much I like working with late 80's Tempo and Super Sport models made of Columbus Tenax tubing. Over several years, I'd acquired a NOS 6208 FD & RD, NOS 6207 brake levers and brakes, the nicest '87 Tempo frame I'd ever seen, and a lovely Sugino 110 BCD crankset. Although I had purchased several sets of indexed 6208 shifters, the tabs on all of them were either completely gone or enough had broken off that I wasn't going to risk installing them. My plan at that point was to polish a pair of 1050 six speed shift levers and use them with a freewheel 6207 wheelset.

Took a car load of frames, wheels and parts over to Velocity Co-op at the beginning of the summer, and the guy who runs it allowed me to paw through what I think of as the 'better components section' in the glass case. There, I discovered a pair of new 7800 series Shimano bar end shifters marked at $10 because they didn't have the base mounts that go into the handlebar ends. Not something that would typically give me pause, but when I turned them over it turned out that they were...you guessed it...socketed shifters. 10 speed, indexed or friction, socketed shifters! I figured, hey, for $10 if the sockets aren't the same dimension as the 6208 shift levers I have at home, somebody somewhere will be able to use them.

Serendipity, I suppose. Got home, pulled out the 6208 levers, and the 7800 guts dropped right in there. Works like a charm. Just mounted up a pair of modern 105 hubs laced to Crostini 3.2 rims with a 12/28 cassette, and the rest is history. And the bike is freakin' fast, smooth, and pretty. Great for club rides, centuries, you name it.
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
Pics won't help because there's nothing to see. The conversion was amazingly simple.

There are two types of vintage Shimano indexed downtube shifting systems. For the purpose of this discussion, let's call them Socketed and Sealed. Socketed shifters have a completely self contained indexing unit that easily pops out of the shift lever. Good examples are Shimano 6208 and Dura Ace 6 and 7 speed units. The inside of the indexing unit has six small tabs that mate with the tubing spacer; over time the tabs on early versions like the 6208 would break off one by one until the shifter was either only able to shift in friction mode or not at all.

Sealed shifters like Shimano 1050/1051/640X/7700, etc. do not have indexing units that are easily removable. In fact, I'm not sure you can remove the guts at all without damaging them. On the other hand, they are much more robust and last, well, pretty much forever. I've had dozens and dozens of them roll through The Lab and even though some of them were visually unattractive and/or abused, they all worked just fine.

I had wanted to build up a nice 6208 equipped bike for some time, and many of you know how much I like working with late 80's Tempo and Super Sport models made of Columbus Tenax tubing. Over several years, I'd acquired a NOS 6208 FD & RD, NOS 6207 brake levers and brakes, the nicest '87 Tempo frame I'd ever seen, and a lovely Sugino 110 BCD crankset. Although I had purchased several sets of indexed 6208 shifters, the tabs on all of them were either completely gone or enough had broken off that I wasn't going to risk installing them. My plan at that point was to polish a pair of 1050 six speed shift levers and use them with a freewheel 6207 wheelset.

Took a car load of frames, wheels and parts over to Velocity Co-op at the beginning of the summer, and the guy who runs it allowed me to paw through what I think of as the 'better components section' in the glass case. There, I discovered a pair of new 7800 series Shimano bar end shifters marked at $10 because they didn't have the base mounts that go into the handlebar ends. Not something that would typically give me pause, but when I turned them over it turned out that they were...you guessed it...socketed shifters. 10 speed, indexed or friction, socketed shifters! I figured, hey, for $10 if the sockets aren't the same dimension as the 6208 shift levers I have at home, somebody somewhere will be able to use them.

Serendipity, I suppose. Got home, pulled out the 6208 levers, and the 7800 guts dropped right in there. Works like a charm. Just mounted up a pair of modern 105 hubs laced to Crostini 3.2 rims with a 12/28 cassette, and the rest is history. And the bike is freakin' fast, smooth, and pretty. Great for club rides, centuries, you name it.
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This is good stuff. I had to go to my parts bin immediately to see what I had. So far I've found a 7401 & 7402 right shifter, a 12-25 10spd cassette and chain from my Cervelo stash. I guess I just need to locate the barcons. I might head over to the triathlon forum to have a look around. Thanks for the write-up. I wonder if anyone else has ever stumbled onto this setup?

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Just make sure you get the BS78 model, it will have a D ring on the right side with a separate mounting bolt and will say both 10S and Friction. BS77 and BS79 models will not convert like 78's because they are sealed units without the friction option.

I have never heard about anyone else discovering this swap, but certainly possible.
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
Just make sure you get the BS78 model, it will have a D ring on the right side with a separate mounting bolt and will say both 10S and Friction. BS77 and BS79 models will not convert like 78's because they are sealed units without the friction option.

I have never heard about anyone else discovering this swap, but certainly possible.
Yep, BS78 is what I'm searching for...
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Here's my 1984 Schwinn Peloton once again. I recently removed the Suntour Superbe friction group in favor of Shimano 105 indexed shifting. I found the PDG saddle with titanium rails on eBay for under $25.
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New purchase



I know this is late 80s thread but this is a 1991 Traveler (close enough to late 80s) I just purchased for $100. I'm pretty psyched to get a True Temper cro-mo frame for that price. I already have a 700c wheeled road bike so I'm thinking of putting 650b wheels and bar end shifters (which are currently on a tank of a late 70s Maruishi Road Ace 303) on this. If it were more collectible, I'd probably keep it as is since its so clean but the frame will be perfect for the 650bs. Maybe I'll move the other components and wheels to my son's 86 World Sport. What do you guys think? Good deal? Should I leave it intact? Any suggestions are welcome.
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Looks really clean. I like that blue with bold white decals.
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Sold these two Le Tours over the summer. Nice bikes. The red is an '87 and the brown is an '89.
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First time I noticed this thread, so thought I'd contribute with what I have thus far. All were sold to me as 88's but after I learned how to read the headbadge it appears the Prologue was '87 or at least the frame was built in 87.

First my nicest of the three, the Prologue:


All original 7spd Suntour Sprint group. I put new Veloflex Masters on it and barefoot friendly pedals for the summer but have the originals too.

Next up is my project bike for this winter, the Tempo:

The Tempo will be freshened up and modernized with 10 speed drivetrain. I've got just about all the parts I need, just need to get the rest of the tools, and the spare time.

Lastly I present my first road bike, the LeTour:


Honestly I liked the LeTour so much I thought it would be all I needed, and for the money it was a steal. But then I thought about doing a duathlon and decided to see if I could find one of the lighter and higher end Schwinns at the time and got the Prologue for a good deal. Then the bug bit. Looking for more 80's Schwinns. So far I have a nice even spread... 1 True Temper, 1 Tenax, and one Tange Prestige. Would really like a Voyageur with more of a touring setup.
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I am a new member of this club with my recently rebuilt 1985 Schwinn Tempo. Shimano 600EX Arabesque groupset with FIR EL19 wheels. Bike weighs 22.5 lbs as pictured.

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Very, very nice work.
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Turned out to be a little less clean than the pictures made it appear. The side facing the garage had some serious scratches. I already had plans to powdercoat the World Sport so I brought this one in too. Also, although the 650b front wheel fit within the fork, the chainstays on this aren't crimped and the rear triangle was too narrow to accommodate a 650b rear wheel. That really surprised me. Basically, this will continue to be a 700c road bike. Since I'm already repainting it I'll play around with/upgrade the components too.
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@neologism, that might be the most beautiful bike I ever saw. Stunning.
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@neologism, that might be the most beautiful bike I ever saw. Stunning.
Thanks! It rides nice too!

Also, I have a Traveler similar to yours. It came with 6 speed indexed downtube shifting which worked great....but I had some parts laying around and figured i would fix was wasn't broken. Now has a 9 speed frankenbuild with shimano cassette and bottom bracket, FSA crankset, microshift "brifters" and SRAM brakes....built up to be a super solid commuter. I guess what I'm saying is....Get ready to love your bike!

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Pretty slick update for a Traveler neo!

So many great looking bikes on this thread, wish there where like buttons! Pretty cool mod and upgrades there @rccardr love the two tone Tempos!

Just bought a red & black 80's Super Sport to go with my 80's Schwinn lightweight road collection. Don't have it yet, but I'll throw up some pics soon as I do.
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Its great to see that so many of us are repainting and upgrading components. Sometimes people think that if you modify a bike from its original configuration you're some sort of a heretic. But I don't buy a bike to be a museum piece, I buy it to play with it and ride it. These old Schwinns are good bikes with decent cro-mo frames that are perfectly capable of being modernized, painted, upgraded and ridden.

Anyway, the World Sport and the Traveler both come back from the powdercoater this weekend. I designed decals similar in size and font to the original Traveler decals but with colors (burgundy with a black outline) that will compliment the new color (Ivory/RAL 1014). Neologism's Super Sport inspired me but the color's somewhere between that and a custard Kogswell. My son's bike was gray and now it will be anthracite gray (RAL 7016). He designed his own decals in bright red with a yellow outline and black shadowing in an almost comic book-like font. Not exactly classic but its his bike! I'll post pictures when they're built up.
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Love the late 80s Schwinns. I posted this in the retro roadies thread but here's my 86 Schwinn Peloton.

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This is my 86 Super Sport, picked it two weeks ago in Craglist for 120 $. It was rusted and dirty as hell, but after a lot of elbow grease spent cleaning/polishing it, a few new things like cables, toe clip straps, cane creek brake hoods and such, and testers red 1103 and classic black enamels for touching up the many scratches, I think it is coming along quite nicely. All original Simano 600 EX components. I have been riding it everyday to work for the past week, light and smooth bike. I think this weekend I will take it to see the California coast along the pacific coast highway.

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I have to add that I have no idea if the schwinn badge originally belonged to this bike, the seller gave it to me separately. Schwinnn only made bikes in Chicago until 83 but this super sport is definitely an 86, probably made in Greenville, Mississippi or perhaps Japan. I think it is another bike's badge, but I put it in there anyway. Looks good.

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Nice find Carron! I just got a similar SS myself, and such I just took pics today for another thread, might as well update this one too! I didn't get nearly as good of deal on it, but it is in nearly perfect shape!



Haven't done anything to it yet (not even clean it) except swap the white seat it came with for a black one, white just didn't look right to me with all the black stuff already on it. Plus the white seat will look good on another frame.
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Mine was definitely not in as good state as yours when I got it, it was complete but there was rust on components, and was scratched and filthy. Yours looks very clean to begin with. Nice.

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Nice find Carron! I just got a similar SS myself, and such I just took pics today for another thread, might as well update this one too! I didn't get nearly as good of deal on it, but it is in nearly perfect shape!



Haven't done anything to it yet (not even clean it) except swap the white seat it came with for a black one, white just didn't look right to me with all the black stuff already on it. Plus the white seat will look good on another frame.

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