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Old 08-09-16, 06:59 AM
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1987 Traveler

She is beat up and has a lot of scrapes but it rides great! And it's mine!!
My name is Sam and I figured this was a good spot for my first post because this is the bike that brought me to this forum.
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Right now this is the only picture I have of my Prologue, in the condition I bought it in. $75 off the Craigslist. I had seen it for a solid 2 weeks before I scooped her up. It's not in the best shape, but I addressed the surface rust as best I could with a wood bleach bath and frame saver. The stem was stuck and as you can see the drive side crank arm was sheared off. Have a new set of 7401 or 02 cranks to put on her, and the rest of the drivetrain is DA 7400. I forget what the brakes and levers are.

Still down to fork/frame/headset. I have to get a new stem and small chainring, as well as the usual consumables. I've gone back and forth on what to do with this bike for awhile. The wheels don't match the rest of it - Suntour LePree hubs laced to rims that are anodized gold, which I think would be fine with brakes that weren't black. There are a few too many colors. Add in the corncob freewheel and it's one aggressive bike. I finally decided on just getting what I need to get her up and running and bring her out on some flatter loops and alley cats. It's not like I can't change it up later. Too nice to just leave sitting in the workstand.
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Originally Posted by samblam


1987 Traveler

She is beat up and has a lot of scrapes but it rides great! And it's mine!!
My name is Sam and I figured this was a good spot for my first post because this is the bike that brought me to this forum.
Welcome to the forum Sam!
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Welcome to the forum Sam!
Thanks tyler_fred. I have found a wealth of knowledge here and hope to learn and maybe contribute!
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Like the color on that traveler
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Picked up this '86 Prelude a couple days ago for $30. Needs the usual consumables but it's a definite keeper.


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Originally Posted by bmthom.gis
Right now this is the only picture I have of my Prologue, in the condition I bought it in. $75 off the Craigslist. I had seen it for a solid 2 weeks before I scooped her up. It's not in the best shape, but I addressed the surface rust as best I could with a wood bleach bath and frame saver. The stem was stuck and as you can see the drive side crank arm was sheared off. Have a new set of 7401 or 02 cranks to put on her, and the rest of the drivetrain is DA 7400. I forget what the brakes and levers are.

Still down to fork/frame/headset. I have to get a new stem and small chainring, as well as the usual consumables. I've gone back and forth on what to do with this bike for awhile. The wheels don't match the rest of it - Suntour LePree hubs laced to rims that are anodized gold, which I think would be fine with brakes that weren't black. There are a few too many colors. Add in the corncob freewheel and it's one aggressive bike. I finally decided on just getting what I need to get her up and running and bring her out on some flatter loops and alley cats. It's not like I can't change it up later. Too nice to just leave sitting in the workstand.
$75!!! Phenomenal score! Second to the Paramount, that is going to be an awesome bike to ride. I agree on the "too many colors" thing as well. That and the mismatched and odd hubs/wheels. If you can snag some Dura Ace hubs (laced to anything normal, and matched) from the 7400 era--Uniglide or Hyperglide cog set/cassette, you will be in business. Great ride quality, but also stiff when you get on it out of the saddle. Enjoy!
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Are wider tires possible?

Here's my 1986 Super Sport. I'd like to use it for Eroica, so I'd like to put wider wheels and 32mm tires on it. Is this possible? Has anyone done this with one of the Tenax Schwinns? What type/size/brand of brakes would I need?

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25's will fit, 28's will be very tight or probably not fit, 32's are a fantasy.

I ran 28's and wished I had 32's.

Unless you convert to 650b, no way larger tires will fit on that frame.
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Here is my late February assembled '90 Schwinn Traveler, which is almost late '80s. It doesn't look to bad from 20 or so feet away, if you squint your eyes and ignore a few things. I have been pleasantly surprised how well it rides, which is what matters to me.

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Originally Posted by rccardr
25's will fit, 28's will be very tight or probably not fit, 32's are a fantasy.

I ran 28's and wished I had 32's.

Unless you convert to 650b, no way larger tires will fit on that frame.
I realized you were right, so yesterday I bought this 1986 Schwinn Passage touring bike from EBay to fix up for Eroica. Tenax tubing, but it's pretty scratched up. The Eroica galleries show a lot of beautiful old racing bikes, so I hope this one will be fancy enough for the event. But I think I'll feel better on gravel with the longer wheel base and lower gears; don't know about the cantilever brakes, though.
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Cantilever brakes may be a deal killer for L'Eroica. Sorry, just looking at the rules.

Probably a good idea to touch base with the organizers to see if they. will allow it before putting a lot of money/effort into that project.
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Cantilever brakes may be a deal killer for L'Eroica. Sorry, just looking at the rules.

Probably a good idea to touch base with the organizers to see if they. will allow it before putting a lot of money/effort into that project.
OOPS. Oh well, kind of on the fence about Eroica anyway. I just kind of want to try gravel riding.

But here's a question I've been wondering: I have some nice Weinmann center pull brakes. Can these brakes be put on a cantilever frame/fork?
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Originally Posted by rccardr
Cantilever brakes may be a deal killer for L'Eroica. Sorry, just looking at the rules.

Probably a good idea to touch base with the organizers to see if they. will allow it before putting a lot of money/effort into that project.
So, I looked at the Eroica rules and found this sentence. Seems like my brakes should work:

"[T]here are no particular rules on types of brakes as long as they are in line with the construction period of the bicycle and they are efficient for safety reasons."
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Ah, well, there you have it. Old rules specified 'no cantilever brakes' or something similar, as they were trying to keep the entries as close to actual racing type bikes of the period as possible and, generally speaking, road racing bikes of that period did not use canti's. Glad to see they relaxed things a bit.
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I currently have two Tenax Schwinns.

The first is my longtime steed, a 1985 Super Sport. Have had this bike about five years. Rides great thanks to the frame and Dura Ace/Shimano 600 components. Pic has a cheap saddle but it normally rocks a Brooks B17.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3...kw2QVZVcUU5cVE

My second bike is a 1986 Voyageur and is my first build (finished in July). Rides great now that the kinks are all worked out. I probably overspent on building it up but I'm glad I did. Most comfortable and "solid-feeling" bike I've ever ridden. Love it. I've since fixed the saddle

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3...HBHNHowR0RqTkU

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I quess I can share my new to me 1987 Schwinn Circuit that I picked up as a frame set recently. Built it up with a black Campagnolo Athena 11 speed I picked up real cheap recently. I've only got a couple of rides on it so far and it is fast and way more comfortable than I expected with the tight looking rear triangle. I did have a very scary "death wobble" incident on it Saturday at 55 mph but I'll either sort that out or just keep this on out of the mountains. Very pleased with this bike overall although I may tinker with the build a bit more.

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Here are some recent pictures of my 1984 Peloton.
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Really nice, Tyler. Don't see pelotons much. I like your tool roll.
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Here are some recent pictures of my 1984 Peloton.
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Love it I have a red Waterford Paramount frameset in the build queue and you've just shown me exactly how to do it.
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Peloton

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Schwinn Peloton by trentschler2001, on Flickr
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I like this!

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As it was when I pulled it out of storage. 1987 World Sport.



As the frame sits now.



Some of the bits cleaned up and ready to be reinstalled.

I am waiting on a few tools and parts to come in, but as soon as it's all back together I'll post again in here. It's not going to be a pristine restore like some of what I've seen here - lots of very nice examples - but I'm excited about learning to wrench on them, and having a cool road bike with a history.
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Here's a recent purchase that jjames1452 helped facilitate. Thanks Joe!

I took my first ride this past Saturday after cobbling parts together to make it road worthy. I plan to swap some things out but for now, here ya' go...

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