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Old 10-28-17, 09:46 PM
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Just finishing plowing through this thread - lots of Schwinn goodness!

And the Doc really knows how to put the pieces together.
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Originally Posted by jamesdak
It's the inside fork on the Prologue, up top. I actually went at it yesterday with the "Purple" degreaser and finally got it off.
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This is the late 80's Schwinn I took out today for it's maiden voyage. Still need to dial in the front bar setup and then I'll add on the bar tape. It was no where near as bad riding the bullhorns as I was worried about.



It's got a 1988 frame number but a 1987 headbadge stamp, the opposite of what would be expected.
Good to hear you got it cleaned up!

It's looking good. I love the paint scheme on these. Looks like fun too!
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Old 10-29-17, 05:52 PM
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Nice build!!! I am thinking of building a gravel/cross bike for my winter project. What size tires did you end up using?

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Thanks. 32s. not much clearance left between stays..<1/8.
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Some of you may remember this rust bucket of mine I posted way back. I originally built it SS for a wheel but got bored of it. I tore it apart and let it sit in my storage for 6 months.

I finally pulled it out and built it her up. It still need some tweaks (Bar wrap job was quick to get it rideable) but the thing flat out flies. tighter geo and shorter top tube help me short arms
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Originally Posted by primo123

Some of you may remember this rust bucket of mine I posted way back. I originally built it SS for a wheel but got bored of it. I tore it apart and let it sit in my storage for 6 months.

I finally pulled it out and built it her up. It still need some tweaks (Bar wrap job was quick to get it rideable) but the thing flat out flies. tighter geo and shorter top tube help me short arms
Very nice, you've done it right!
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[MENTION=433911]primo123[/MENTION] Looks great!

I love that blue
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Looking good. I appreciate and enjoy shorter top tubes, even at 6'5". Mid-'80s Schwinn did that well.
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My new to me 1988 Tempo. I've been out on two rides with it and really love the way it feels but it looks like I'm going to have to swap wheels as at 6'3 and 240 lbs the original Wolber's keep giving me trouble. Anybody have any suggestions for a better wheel?

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They're what, Wolber Alpines laced to 1050 series hubs, 32 hole? That's acrually a pretty strong wheel, even for a 240 pounder. You don't specify what problems the wheels are giving you, but assume they keep going out of true. Could be they've been badly tensioned in the past, nipples are corroded, etc.

I'd disassemble them and relace (if this is new to you, loosen all of the spokes one turn, then another go round at two turns, then replace one at a time) with Sapim stainless DB spokes, which will cost you about $30 from Dan's Comp, then have them professionally tensioned and trued by someone you really trust. Total cost under $100 and should completely solve your problem.
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Originally Posted by richard4993
My new to me 1988 Tempo. I've been out on two rides with it and really love the way it feels but it looks like I'm going to have to swap wheels as at 6'3 and 240 lbs the original Wolber's keep giving me trouble. Anybody have any suggestions for a better wheel?

Great bike!! Great color scheme!!
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Originally Posted by richard4993
My new to me 1988 Tempo.

I love it! that color is on my list!
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Originally Posted by rccardr
They're what, Wolber Alpines laced to 1050 series hubs, 32 hole? That's acrually a pretty strong wheel, even for a 240 pounder. You don't specify what problems the wheels are giving you, but assume they keep going out of true. Could be they've been badly tensioned in the past, nipples are corroded, etc.

I'd disassemble them and relace (if this is new to you, loosen all of the spokes one turn, then another go round at two turns, then replace one at a time) with Sapim stainless DB spokes, which will cost you about $30 from Dan's Comp, then have them professionally tensioned and trued by someone you really trust. Total cost under $100 and should completely solve your problem.
Spokes keep loosening up. The bike looks like it was barely ever used and no corrosion on the spokes or nipples.

I took it to an LBS and had it fixed and only got me another 5 miles before it went bad again. I've got a Miyata with the same or similar wheels and haven't had an issue though so maybe I'll have to change the spokes.
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Yes, likely the spokes were over tensioned at some point. New spokes and nipples properly tensioned, stress relieved and trued by a knowledgeable pro (maybe not the folks who trued 'em the last time) should last pretty much forever without a lot of attention.
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Delivered today...I wonder what it could be? The chainstay appears to be chromed!!

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Already saw what it was someplace else. I thought a Voyageur at first but nope...Looking forward to more pics! Don't think there are too many on this thread, if any.
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I've only found two pics on the internet of the silvery blue '83 Super Sport SP and one was a repaint. Early 80's Voyageurs seem to be more abundant. I think this bike will be a nice complement to my '84 Schwinn Peloton. Both were built by Panasonic and have matching Aero Mighty cranks, Sakae "eagle" handlebars, and chrome RH chainstays.

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Originally Posted by richard4993
My new to me 1988 Tempo. I've been out on two rides with it and really love the way it feels but it looks like I'm going to have to swap wheels as at 6'3 and 240 lbs the original Wolber's keep giving me trouble. Anybody have any suggestions for a better wheel?
If those are 23 (or labeled as such) tire : A wider tire could help. Perhaps an isolated incident but had a customer a few years back with the same scenario. installed 25s on his bike (same wheels) and bingo, problem resolved. If you can fit 28s thats even better.
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Originally Posted by tyler_fred
I've only found two pics on the internet of the silvery blue '83 Super Sport SP and one was a repaint. Early 80's Voyageurs seem to be more abundant. I think this bike will be a nice complement to my '84 Schwinn Peloton. Both were built by Panasonic and have matching Aero Mighty cranks, Sakae "eagle" handlebars, and chrome RH chainstays.
I would love a 25"/25.5" Superior or Super Sport SP from 1983. Perhaps indicative of the Paramount line during those first years of the 1980s, but there was something to those models, and really, from mid level on up. Two tone paint with different colored head tubes, letter fonts and colors. Even their catalog for 1983 was rich and dark in tone, if a bit moody. It's an extremely intriguing era for Schwinn, for me, but one that I'd like to have a bike from. Glad you picked up a rare beauty!
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I saw the posting of your Waterford Paramount frameset. Can't wait to see the build up.
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1989 Schwinn Paramount Waterford build

Details of the bike are in this thread 89 Schwinn Paramount Waterford Build Cyclart repaint

PO wanted to streamline the look of the frame so he had the top tube cable guides removed and new ones brazed on to the NDS before having Cyclart repaint the frame red from its former tired white. It's now flawless.

He also buiilt the bike with an eclectic mix of Campy parts - from a newer Record headset to Cobalto brakes to C Record Calipers and Campy SR Cranks with Pat 84 Super Record RD.

Winter has set in and I've barely ridden it so it will have to wait till next spring to evaluate the ride. I may try to rationalize the components to one era for the sake of consistency. 80's SR is more my style so that's probably what I'll do.

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^^^^ That's a nice ride!!
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I slapped the wheels, saddle, and bars on last night for a quick assessment. It definitely needs some TLC.

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Originally Posted by tyler_fred
I slapped the wheels, saddle, and bars on last night for a quick assessment. It definitely needs some TLC.
I am sure, but man...do I need to get one of these! There was a 25" 1983 Super Le Tour for sale in Portland earlier this year. Dark warm grey metallic with silver head tube and black lettering. No SS SP, but a nicer Schwinn of that era. One day perhaps. For now though, thank you for picking that one up and snapping some photos of it so we can see what it looks like outside of the catalog!
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Almost missed the pics of the SS SP! It's a pretty bike, and different from most with the head tube painted another color. Looks to be in pretty good condition too.
I haven't seen but a couple, including yours, with the different color head tube. I wonder why there seems to be so few.
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