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Old 01-13-11, 05:59 PM
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Show off your late 1980's Schwinn road bike here

I have purchased a 1986 Prelude in awesome original condition. I should be taking delivery of it next week sometime. In the meantime, let me drool over your special Schwinn road bike and tell me something about the history of how it came to be yours. Or anything else you would like to share about it!!

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Heres my 1989 Schwinn Voyageur. I traded away a ProFlex Beast that I had $80.00 invested in including the purchase price. =0) Cell phone pics are all I can do. =0(


As it sits today.


















As it looked as "a work in progress."
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Whoa!! That first pic was freaking me out for a sec. Nice Bike!!

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Here's my '87 Paramount with 7-speed 7400 Dura-Ace. It was listed on Spokane craigslist for $250. I told the seller that I'd be stealing it at that price and asked him to take $500 so I could sleep with a clear conscience. He had purchased it from the original owner in the early nineties. The original Emerald paint was pretty rough, so I had Dr. Deltron respray it in Ferrari Red which was a 1987 Paramount factory color.





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I have 3 late 80's Schwinns.
1988 Ontare, Tempo and Premis
The Ontare was an eBay win because I had to have it to match the other two. The Tempo and Premis was a CL find. Husband and wife matched set. They rode test bikes at the Schwinn dealer (North Town Schwinn - Cedar Rapids IA). They brought the two bikes home, he rode his about 5 miles she never rode hers. Mint condition on both. $300 for the set.

I ride the Ontare but the other 2....not so much.


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Well, this is my '89 prelude. Need to take a current picture of it because the configuration has been changed somewhat:

(when I got it)











Sorry, the pics are a bit gratuitous.

Oh, and since you asked about the history, I bought it as a basketcase and powdercoated the frame, then rebuilt it with all new (well, used) parts from the ground up. I knew I wanted the frame because of the '87 super sport I had [and stupidly sold], my favorite riding bike of all time! (the prelude is pretty much the same thing though, and equally excellent)


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Here are a few more gratuitous schwinn pictures just because







This wasn't quite late 80's but it was an 80's schwinn nonetheless, also regret selling, although it was a little big.

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I'm sure most have seen these before but since you're asking. Here is my '88 Paramount Wheaties/Schwinn team bike. I need to take some better pics, maybe this spring.


My wife's '85 Paramount


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AWESOME PICS!! AMAZING LOOKING BIKES AND I DON'T MIND GRATUITOUS AT ALL!! KEEP 'EM COMING!! Man, its gonna be a long week... This will be my first vintage bike btw. I'm very excited!!

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Im REALLY digging the pink and white SS and that red Paramount WOW!!

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I'm sure most have seen these before but since you're asking. Here is my '88 Paramount Wheaties/Schwinn team bike. I need to take some better pics, maybe this spring.


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I havent seen them...VERY NICE!!

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Here's my '87 Paramount with 7-speed 7400 Dura-Ace. It was listed on Spokane craigslist for $250. I told the seller that I'd be stealing it at that price and asked him to take $500 so I could sleep with a clear conscience. He had purchased it from the original owner in the early nineties. The original Emerald paint was pretty rough, so I had Dr. Deltron respray it in Ferrari Red which was a 1987 Paramount factory color.





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AWESOME PICS!! AMAZING LOOKING BIKES AND I DON'T MIND GRATUITOUS AT ALL!! KEEP 'EM COMING!! Man, its gonna be a long week... This will be my first vintage bike btw. I'm very excited!!

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You'll enjoy your prelude, the tenax schwinns are about as under rated as bikes come.
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Scooper, as always very nice! I wish I could take pic like that.

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My 85 Le Tour Luxe. I've owned it for a couple of months, and have only been able to ride it for one short ride.

That color is amazing!
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ilikebikes, great looking bike. Where did you get that bell and did it come with the stem mount, it looks like a Crane bell. Do you have another pic of that handlebar cage. I've been looking for one and can't find anything I like.

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That color is amazing!
Im sot sure if its the same color...but the one i bought is "Bright Blue" and it looks similar to that one. But possibly a little lighter??

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My 1985 Schwinn Voyageur SP and my wife's 1985 Voyageur.

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You'll enjoy your prelude, the tenax schwinns are about as under rated as bikes come.
I agree. Most people overlook them. My Le tour is a Tenax tube bike.

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That color is amazing!
It's a good color, but I played with different settings(AV vs TV) on the camera that day. I came up with a couple of different examples. Here is a different setting.




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Im sot sure if its the same color...but the one i bought is "Bright Blue" and it looks similar to that one. But possibly a little lighter??

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My bike is the Bright blue
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Its a shame Schwinn closed doors when they did, but I guess all things end eventually, it would of been intersting to see what they could continue to put out into the '90s, they seemed to be doing a lot of things right by the late 80s, look how many great road machines you Americans had within reach. There wasn't any big Canadian company left to do anything, if CCM managed to stick around I can't imagine they would of been half as good as those Schwinns.
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Originally Posted by mazdaspeed View Post
Well, this is my '89 prelude. Need to take a current picture of it because the configuration has been changed somewhat:

(when I got it)


That is a great transformation. Is that paint or powder-coat? And who did it?
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'87 SuperTempo. Nice Tempo Tenax frame, touched up as needed, then fitted with all new Shimano 105 9 speed drivetrain with a compact crank, Michelin pro Race 3 tires, Ultegra hubs with Mavic Open Pro rims, D-A dt shifters, Tektro brake calipers and levers:


'87 Tempo, bone stock, refinished/rehabbed and sold to a gorgeous statuesque DC lady who was looking for a commuter bike. Rode it in Bike Baltimnore and a few long rides before it moved to DC, also built one just like it for my daughter but 21". Think I still have a few more in storage boxes like this, maybe a 23" and a 25":


'86 Paramount, 56cm, swapped out the D-A tubulars for a new clincher wheelset and new Michelin ProRace 3's in gray. Very sweet bike, full D-A. Guy who bought it has decided he wants to sell it, so anyone interested, let me know. Not cheap, around $1100.
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I have two 80's Schwinns.

1980 Schwinn Le Tour (Custom Build)





1986 Schwinn Super Sport (Original)






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'86 Paramount, 56cm, swapped out the D-A tubulars for a new clincher wheelset and new Michelin ProRace 3's in gray. Very sweet bike, full D-A. Guy who bought it has decided he wants to sell it, so anyone interested, let me know. Not cheap, around $1100.
That is a great looking bike(as is every bike you lay your hands on).Nice work, Rccardr. Are there more photos of this bike posted?
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Can I squeeze a 1990 in here? This is my 1990 World Sport, which I bought new from my local Schwinn dealer (still in business) when I was in college. This bike replaced my mid '70s Le Tour, which was my grandfathers....I got into an accident with it and stupidly threw it away when I was in high school.

After a year or so, I started jonesing for a bike again, so my girlfriend (now wife) helped me buy my World Sport. After I rode it a couple of times...I just lost interest in it. It sat in my mom's garage until about three years ago, when I decided to particpate in the American Cancer Society's Bike a Thon in memory of my uncle, who had recently passed away from cancer. I dug the WS out of my mom's garage and took it to the same Schwinn dealer that I bought it from....they couldn't get over the condition of it...it was like "looking at a time machine"...

This bike also rekindled my love for bikes...and while it may have fallen near the bottom of my pecking order...I love it...it's nothing special compared to the Preludes and Super Sports pictured here...but hopefully my boys will be arguing over who gets it some day...
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