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Old 02-05-18, 03:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post
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I just picked up a 1988 Tempo frame with a few parts. Top tube ctc is 56. And the ST ctc is 57. I assume it is a 22inch? I think it is too small but I'll probably build it up to experience the "hype". Are the Tenax 23 inch Schwinns all 58 inch top tubes? Or do the SS and Peloton differ in ST/TT measures from year to year and compared to the Tempo?
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Cool pick up! Given that the ST is 57cm CTC, and Schwinn measured it CTT, it's a 58cm frame. A calculator conversion says that's 23". You'll have to compare that to other bikes you ride as far as size goes.

As to your question regarding TT lengths of Tenax frames, Tenax was employed across a range of frame levels and styles, so that is a question with no answer. As the Tempo is an upper level road frame, it shared basic (stated in the catalog) geometry with other high-end steel models (Circuit and Premis). I would imagine that it would also be similar to the Prologue. Paramounts kept similar TT lengths but had different HT and ST angles as well as different fork rake and trail geometry. 1986+ Schwinn seemed to have a standard geometry for their high end road bikes. Others will have to confirm measurements as I have an '85 Peloton and an '84 Super Sport that possess steeper angles.
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Thanks. So my 1988 Tempo is a 23" = 58 cm frame and I measure a 56cm ctc top tube. Anybody got a TT measure ctc of a 24 inch frame? I'm trying to figure if this is as close as I can get to 57 TT.

edit: A little searching on here and it seems that the 24 inch frame would have a 57cm ctc top tube because the angles are much like the Paramount. But it would be nice if someone had a 24 inch Tempo that could measure the top tube for me.

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My most recent labor of love is finally dialed in: a 1988 Schwinn Circuit, which was originally two 1988 Schwinn Circuits, both Craigslist finds. One was too small, but had the complete original Shimano Sante group; and the other was my size, but had a frankengroup of non-Sante Shimano parts. A strip and a swap later (plus a visit to the powder coating shop) and here she is.

Also, shout out to Sellwood Cycle Repair in Portland (I couldn't love that shop any more than I currently do) for having a full set of Uniglide cogs that I picked up this morning for when the current ones wear out.
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Nice and nicely done!


Not my preferred setup for saddle or bars, but hey, whatever makes you want to ride it all day!
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Originally Posted by davered58 View Post
My most recent labor of love is finally dialed in: a 1988 Schwinn Circuit, which was originally two 1988 Schwinn Circuits, both Craigslist finds. One was too small, but had the complete original Shimano Sante group; and the other was my size, but had a frankengroup of non-Sante Shimano parts. A strip and a swap later (plus a visit to the powder coating shop) and here she is.

Also, shout out to Sellwood Cycle Repair in Portland (I couldn't love that shop any more than I currently do) for having a full set of Uniglide cogs that I picked up this morning for when the current ones wear out.
Great non-stock color! The Sante with the dark rims and tires just pops. Well done!
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^^^ That’s a nice looking Circuit!!!
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Old 02-08-18, 06:09 PM
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Wow that is one nice looking Circuit @davered58

I have just a frame but have acquired what would have been all the original parts for an '87 build with Suntour drivetrain. The white Sante group does go quite nice with your colors though! Mine is faded red, kind of pink, I am thinking of a respray as well not sure what I want to do with the color though.
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Thanks @t_stew, looking forward to seeing pics of yours when you get it finished!

I also have a 1986 Fuji Team with a nearly complete Suntour Sprint group that was my "gateway drug" into restoring old road bikes. I painted that one myself, which was a mistake, but I chose a non-stock color for that one too, navy/sky blue. I'm in the middle of installing new (old) brake levers at the moment, but I can post a pic when I get it back up and running if you're interested.
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Here is my 89 le tour. upgraded everyting except for the cinelli stem and bars.
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Old 02-13-18, 02:13 AM
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Originally Posted by davered58 View Post
My most recent labor of love is finally dialed in: a 1988 Schwinn Circuit, which was originally two 1988 Schwinn Circuits, both Craigslist finds. One was too small, but had the complete original Shimano Sante group; and the other was my size, but had a frankengroup of non-Sante Shimano parts. A strip and a swap later (plus a visit to the powder coating shop) and here she is.

Also, shout out to Sellwood Cycle Repair in Portland (I couldn't love that shop any more than I currently do) for having a full set of Uniglide cogs that I picked up this morning for when the current ones wear out.

Of course my fav thread pops up while I'm away from BF for 2+ weeks.

That color is just gorgeous and the Sante group goes so well with it!!
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Originally Posted by davered58 View Post
My most recent labor of love is finally dialed in: a 1988 Schwinn Circuit, which was originally two 1988 Schwinn Circuits, both Craigslist finds. One was too small, but had the complete original Shimano Sante group; and the other was my size, but had a frankengroup of non-Sante Shimano parts. A strip and a swap later (plus a visit to the powder coating shop) and here she is.

Also, shout out to Sellwood Cycle Repair in Portland (I couldn't love that shop any more than I currently do) for having a full set of Uniglide cogs that I picked up this morning for when the current ones wear out.
Wow, this is beautiful and a perfect use of a white groupset.
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Originally Posted by Hardrock23 View Post
Of course my fav thread pops up while I'm away from BF for 2+ weeks.

That color is just gorgeous and the Sante group goes so well with it!!
Story of our lives isn't it? "I looked away for five seconds and now everything's different!" I (we?) were wondering where you went--I mean, it was probably somewhere good and well deserved, so there was nothing to worry about.

That bike looks so good. And it rocks some rare Sante. Late '80s FTW.
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Story of our lives isn't it? "I looked away for five seconds and now everything's different!" I (we?) were wondering where you went--I mean, it was probably somewhere good and well deserved, so there was nothing to worry about.

That bike looks so good. And it rocks some rare Sante. Late '80s FTW.
Thanks for noticing lol No one else seemed to notice I went missing from social media, not that I've been too active anywhere but here on BF. Unfortunately, I was pretty ill and bed ridden for a few weeks. I'm doing much better now! Did I miss any ROS threads? I'll have to check!

Wouldn't mind having Sante on my pink Prelude...just because of how it looks, really
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This Tempo came to me without wheels, RD, chain, or right shifter. Seat post is at its limit and I need a longer stem but even so, it is a very nice race bike. Place holder wheels are 7700/cxp33s and shifters, RD, chain are also 7700. If the longer stem does what I think it will, I may put the rest of my 7700 bits on it. There's a wierd little patch of rust at two places on the seat cluster but the frame is quite unmolested.
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Originally Posted by davered58 View Post
My most recent labor of love is finally dialed in: a 1988 Schwinn Circuit, which was originally two 1988 Schwinn Circuits, both Craigslist finds. One was too small, but had the complete original Shimano Sante group; and the other was my size, but had a frankengroup of non-Sante Shimano parts. A strip and a swap later (plus a visit to the powder coating shop) and here she is.

Also, shout out to Sellwood Cycle Repair in Portland (I couldn't love that shop any more than I currently do) for having a full set of Uniglide cogs that I picked up this morning for when the current ones wear out.
Nice repaint, much nicer then the original red.
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Looks good @Classtime
+1, I like it.
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1987 Schwinn Circuit and Prologue

The Circuit was found hanging on a wall of a Bike shop. All factory original but for the tires , tubes, bottle cage and the original Sprint pedals are in a box. Cleaned and lubed, left unmolested other than that.

The Prologue got a full rebuild with a set of tubular wheels, a new saddle and like new 3tt bars and stem.

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Originally Posted by Steve Whitlatch View Post
The Circuit was found hanging on a wall of a Bike shop. All factory original but for the tires , tubes, bottle cage and the original Sprint pedals are in a box. Cleaned and lubed, left unmolested other than that.

The Prologue got a full rebuild with a set of tubular wheels, a new saddle and like new 3tt bars and stem.

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Both are looking wonderful!

Alwys fun to see some Suntour love shown. I have a sleeping Superbe Pro groupset that I've been slacking on, mostly because the crankset is 170mm and not 175mm. I'd happily trade for a 175mm...and then take the crankset somewhere to polish up to a chrome-like shine to match the other pieces in the group.
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I decided to go ahead and try some blue bar tape on the SP. I opted for the Fizik metal blue.

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Here she is the day before..

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I decided to go ahead and try some blue bar tape on the SP. I opted for the Fizik metal blue.
The blue bar tape looks really good on this.
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I second that sentiment. Really ties it together.

I finally have another late-80's Schwinn to show off: my facilitated 1987 Prologue in black/grey! This has been a bit of a Grail bike for me, equal if not more so than a Paramount. Part of me can't quite explain why, but the other part says rarity, color combination, tubing, etc....

Tange Prestige tubing, running a Dura-Ace mix. 7900 for shifters and brake calipers. 7800 for the derailleurs, and 7700 for the crankset. Vuelta Corsa Lite wheels. This bike bridges the eagerness gap between all my steel and my aluminum/carbon '16 Trek Emonda (which is super eager to go fast and up steep hills). What a frame, and what a machine!



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