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Old 05-11-16, 02:59 PM
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If I were to take a guess at the "7" imprint, I'd say it's a blemish that occurred during brazing that just happens to look like a number. Purely speculative on my part. There are others here more informed on the manufacturing process. Here are a couple photos of the same spot on my bike for comparison:



Is there absolutely no mark on the other side? Does your mark not appear to be anything but a mark?
The 7 looks perfect, quite intentional...but ofcourse that doesnt mean that it is/was, either lol

I was hoping some others would chime in to whether theirs had a mark or not.
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On mine, the lug is clean on the drive side of the bike. No marks, no imprints, no nothing. The non drive side of the lug is pictured. You can see a line just underneath where the seat stay is tacked, but there's no indication that its anything but an incidental mark. (ie doesn't resemble a number,letter, etc.)

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Is there absolutely no mark on the other side? Does your mark not appear to be anything but a mark?
The 7 looks perfect, quite intentional...but ofcourse that doesnt mean that it is/was, either lol

I was hoping some others would chime in to whether theirs had a mark or not.
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Old 05-12-16, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by GentlemanGeorge
On mine, the lug is clean on the drive side of the bike. No marks, no imprints, no nothing. The non drive side of the lug is pictured. You can see a line just underneath where the seat stay is tacked, but there's no indication that its anything but an incidental mark. (ie doesn't resemble a number,letter, etc.)
The drive side on mine is clean as well. I suppose it could just be nothing then. How odd though lol
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[MENTION=191879]oouellette[/MENTION] , stunner of a Madison ! Always enjoy seeing that one.
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You still liking that VO microfiber saddle? I might have to try one of those.
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You still liking that VO microfiber saddle? I might have to try one of those.
Yeah I really like it, just the right balance of squish and firmness - also like the suede although I wouldn't put it in the category of "breathable."
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In May, I found this 1989 Traveler on Craigslist. It sat in a shed for about 20 years prior to me acquiring it.

I took it down to the frame, and went through everything. It was really dirty – I don’t know what was on it, but it took lots of degreaser and about bottle of Meguiar’s #2 to get all of it off. I didn’t even know it had metallic paint until after it was cleaned up. I sanded the paint chips and treated the rusty ones with POR15 Metal Ready. It took several tries to find good color matches for touch up paint.

I bought some Evaporust specifically for this project – great product. I learned about cleaning spokes with aluminum foil and water from this site – what fun that was, but very effective. The rims and other aluminum bits cleaned up nicely with some Blue Magic.

I built it as a utility/commuter bike, not a restoration, so I took some liberty with the components.

Shimano Claris 46/34 crankset
Shimano 13-28 7 speed freewheel
Shimano 105 7 speed downtube shifters (rear indexed)
Original Exage Motion front & rear derailleurs
Tektro R540 calipers w/Koolstop pads
Original Exage aero brake levers
Specialized All-Condition Armadillo Elite 700x28c tires (bought them during Specialized’s BOGO deal in May)
Cionlli Schwinn saddle

I hate to put a rack on it, but I bought it to run errands, etc. so I guess that’s next.

I took the bike for a shakedown run last Sunday, which turned into a 40+ mile ride. This thing really likes to gobble up the miles compared to my mountain bike. Smooth and fast, clean and snappy shifts – lots of fun.




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Great job!! I foresee lots of errands in your future.
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I would run errands on that all day long.
Congrats, and nice work.
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Thank you...

There's something immensely satisfying about taking a bike left for dead in a shed for so long and putting it back out on the road where it belongs. I love the way it rides.
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Took me 10(yes 10) years to land this bike. My neighbor 3 doors down had this hanging in his garage. He averaged 1500 miles a year on it and I've mentioned a couple times that if he ever upgraded that I'd gladly like to own this bike. Well this past Christmas his wife gave him green light to buy new bike.(specialized). Fast forward and he asked if I had a bike his wife could fit so they could ride. I did. (A Fuji) and a trade was made for this 87 tempo. In my size in awesome shape. Thank you Mr Butler.
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Originally Posted by Kdogbikes
Took me 10(yes 10) years to land this bike. My neighbor 3 doors down had this hanging in his garage. He averaged 1500 miles a year on it and I've mentioned a couple times that if he ever upgraded that I'd gladly like to own this bike. Well this past Christmas his wife gave him green light to buy new bike.(specialized). Fast forward and he asked if I had a bike his wife could fit so they could ride. I did. (A Fuji) and a trade was made for this 87 tempo. In my size in awesome shape. Thank you Mr Butler.
That Tempo is fantastic! Such a terrific bike to put the miles on. Congrats on a great trade
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Thanks plonz Gotta dig up some toe clips out of the bins and ride.
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Old 07-20-16, 05:38 AM
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I just posted this in another thread but thought it deserved a spot here too, especially with the recent Tempo pics!

I just restored this old neglected Tempo... my first bike I've ever stripped to the frame. The components were neglected and beat up. Plus a lot of the original 105 stuff wasn't much to write home about anyhow. I decided to try a brifter conversion and turn this old frame into a great and comfortable rider. To make things hard on myself I decided on a Shimergo setup with Campy Veloce Ergos but Dura Ace 7800 crank and derailleur. To make things even more experimental I wanted to try a 1x10 setup, using 11-36 XT cassette out back, and still have more range than the original gearing. Working pretty good so far.







The sunset pic was on the very day I finished the build... had it done for literally minutes. But had to take advantage of the beautiful sunset and fresh build. But it wasn't 100% finished yet in that pic either.

I'm still tweaking things... first time ever doing bar wrap and it's not perfect. The Shimergo work well but still tuning everything. Might want to shorten the chain some too. Want to add a chrome chainstay protector if I can find one.

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V.O. Grand Cru Course Bar (I'm digging it so far)
V.O. Grand Cru Sabot Pedals (one of the few nice looking polished pedals that are both barefoot friendly and still look decent on a vintage-ish bike)
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Saddle came off another '88 frame, Rolls San Marco

Lightened it up a few pounds too, came in at 21.8 finished weight.

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Old 07-25-16, 02:54 AM
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WOW! I am drooling at both of these! So very well done (as I work on my '84 Super Sport).
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I built up this '89 Tempo on the indirect recommendation of [MENTION=108582]RobbieTunes[/MENTION].



Rides a lot like an Ironman.

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I like what you did with the drive train T Stew. White seat and tape look awesome
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I like what you did with the drive train T Stew. White seat and tape look awesome
He'll have to wear his dress gloves with that one.
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He'll have to wear his dress gloves with that one.


More like I'll be breaking out the dawn and warm water often.

The original was all white - seat, wrap, hoods... just keeping it original with a modern twist.
Got the Campy Veloce shifters for a great price, but having to buy white hoods separately was a bit costly for just a rubber hood. Seems everything is black now-a-days.

I took that Tempo on its first big ride, 63 mile group ride on Saturday, and also 50 mile ride Monday, did great handled well and comfortable! Can't tell you how many new carbon bikes I passed a long the way, not that it was a race or anything.

Another nice Tempo, [MENTION=43632]top506[/MENTION] I sometimes forget there are non-white/blue tempos out there.

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WOW! I am drooling at both of these! So very well done (as I work on my '84 Super Sport).
Thanks and good luck with your SS. I think I'm leaving my SS alone, save for new seat and wrap... maybe more comfy brake levers.

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I had an '89 Tempo in a 24" size, and the day I sold it another '89 popped up on CL (a 25" -- my size!) for $60. I passed on it because I thought I would have too many bikes--6 or 7. Yeah, I have 10 in my place now.

Fantastic bikes to ride and look at, yours included, top506.

Here is a picture of mine from a few years ago in full 7400 Dura Ace. Repainted fork (scraped up prior to me).

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Nice [MENTION=401497]RiddleOfSteel[/MENTION] that's one large Tempo! I like those deep vee rims though, I'm wanting to put deep vee's on one of my schwinns I'm thinking my Circuit which is currently down to the frame debating what to do with it.
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Nice [MENTION=401497]RiddleOfSteel[/MENTION] that's one large Tempo! I like those deep vee rims though, I'm wanting to put deep vee's on one of my schwinns I'm thinking my Circuit which is currently down to the frame debating what to do with it.
Deep V's would look pretty sweet on a Circuit. I'm always a sucker for the Shamal super deep high-polish look. There's a guy who employed similar rims/wheels on his '88/'89 Prologue (grey-black-grey paint job--my favorite) with a nice setup and it works perfectly. What color(s) is your Circuit? I may be forgetting...

Those Weinmann's are 700g+ a rim, so a great flywheel effect once up to speed along with a feeling of being locked onto the road (weight kept it planted). The Bontrager tires roll pretty quickly, so that helped.
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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel
Deep V's would look pretty sweet on a Circuit. I'm always a sucker for the Shamal super deep high-polish look. There's a guy who employed similar rims/wheels on his '88/'89 Prologue (grey-black-grey paint job--my favorite) with a nice setup and it works perfectly. What color(s) is your Circuit? I may be forgetting...

Those Weinmann's are 700g+ a rim, so a great flywheel effect once up to speed along with a feeling of being locked onto the road (weight kept it planted). The Bontrager tires roll pretty quickly, so that helped.
My circuit is the red/chrome one. I'm also going to strip and build up my Prologue but its a white/red/white fade and I'm going with all black components on it, already have that build pretty much ready to start.
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Black components, mmmmm. It's gonna look good. With it's touch of red, my Peloton with black/carbon pieces looks pretty fierce. I think you'll like it a lot.

Also, I dig your '80s Schwinn fleet. I try and keep myself from doing the same, adding to the other makes as well. Must exert self control...mostly....
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