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HarborBandS 09-27-18 02:37 PM


Originally Posted by shoota (Post 20588500)
Does anyone have a 56-58cm mid to late 80s 27" wheeled frame (or complete) for sale? I have a WTB in the sale section too. I'm thinking '86 Prelude or late 80s Le Tour. I have....plans...

I have a really nice 1986 Schwinn Prelude 23Ē (~58cm) that I was going to sell in the Spring. But I could part with it earlier. Has a few nicks and scratches, but clear coat is still shiny! I am in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Gunmetal Grey. All original except for bar tape (crummy termination job), rim strips, tubes, and newer Continental Ultra Sport tires. Also has newer headset lock ring in place of ugly old galvanized reflector bracket. Reflectors, toe clips, and ďdork diskĒ are missing.

HarborBandS 09-27-18 02:46 PM


Originally Posted by shoota (Post 20588500)
Does anyone have a 56-58cm mid to late 80s 27" wheeled frame (or complete) for sale? I have a WTB in the sale section too. I'm thinking '86 Prelude or late 80s Le Tour. I have....plans...

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...432f5546d.jpeg

Itís a crappy picture, but itís all I have access to here at work.

mkeller234 09-28-18 10:01 AM

I weighed my 1985 tempo today. Iíve added a cyclometer, other that that it is almost exactly how it was specíd in the catalogs. Tires, bar tape, reflectors and dork disk are either removed or changed.

377oz total, about 23.5 lbs

Kdogbikes 09-28-18 05:55 PM

Speaking of 27 1/4 wheels@ shoota.... Pic of my prelude. Rough rural roads in my neck of the woods so these wheels work and ride great. https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f55be761f.jpeghttps://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...2027b5c8f.jpeg

brandenjs 10-12-18 08:31 PM

Picked this up today. 1988 Tempo. 105 group and looks to be all original. In need of a full restore, but well deserving of a better life. Canít wait to post the after photos.
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d10dc4030.jpeg

HarborBandS 10-29-18 08:36 AM

1987 Schwinn Super Sport
 
Here is 1987 Schwinn Super Sport. I started with just a frame, which I had powder coated. I then built this up with all new components, except for the stem, which I bought used on eBay. I really like how it rides, and itís about four pounds lighter than my all vintage Prelude.

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...afacb2b04.jpeg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e71291051.jpeg
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...56888eeea.jpeg
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a16c53fd8.jpeg
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7459c1913.jpeg

RiddleOfSteel 10-30-18 12:23 AM

Yup, needed an official entry here as well!

RiddleOfSteel 11-04-18 12:44 PM

It's been a while for my 1987 Prologue, and it has received some updates, chiefly in the area of weight reduction, or should I say, making the lightest fully lugged steel bike I can with normal pieces. Things to do when you're bored, I guess. And if my mail scale is right--weighing each element as it has an 11 lb limit--it checks in at just 41g over 19.0 lb (sans bottle cage). I have a mini hang scale that shows the weight essentially the same. I know a Park Tool hang scale (official, large, dual hook) at a bike shop that is optimistic and will likely read somewhere in the 18.6-18.75 lb range, which of course is appealing to me as the whole endeavor was to see if I could build a 19.0 lb bike. Regardless of numbers hunting, ditching the perfectly good 7900 shifters for period-correct 6400 brake levers and 7900 down tube shifters has netted, to my delight, a much more lithe front end. Over 120g / 1/4 lb is off the handlebars, with the additional benefit of a lever body that is more slender (the 7900 shifters are comfortable, though a touch chunky when gripping), increasing the feeling of lightness. You heard it here, if not first, then confidently: brake lever design/thickness and resulting fit, when paired with the bike properly, can heighten certain aspects/good traits of a frame or bike. Too slender a lever body on a bulky/heavy bike is incongruous and the character of the lever belies the nature of the bike it's on. Similarly, too chunky a lever body on a delicate or light-footed bike is incongruous, the levers conveying too strong a feeling of solidity/indestructibility while the frame/bike prefers to fly and dance beneath. Consider my move to 6400 levers an alignment of character. Looks great, too, IMO. ;)

Indoor photos due to constant RAIN!
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e087f3e5d4.jpg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...3376a3ee93.jpg

ryansu 11-04-18 04:45 PM

1987 LeTour I picked up for cheap to sell on -not my size.

as found
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a1904b74e7.jpg

minus a rear brake

And as it sits today - waxed frame, rebuilt BB and HS. Lubed seat post and stem, left the bar tape and brake levers as found. Replacement rear brake installed.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d21e820efc.jpg

cooperryder 11-05-18 08:06 AM


Originally Posted by Bahnzo (Post 20584313)
My 1986/87 Passage from a number of years ago. Still have it, but with racks and bags and new parts, etc. Still my favorite bike.

Hey Bahnzo,

I was able to lighten your photo a bit.https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...9628bf69fe.png


I have a Passage in the dark blue color.
I haven't seen many in the color of yours.
Do you know what it's called?

Why is it your fav?
I ask because mine is also my fav.

Apparently the Columbus Tenax tubing is pretty good stuff.

I know there are so many factors in why folks really like or dislike a bike. A few like fit, aesthetics, ride quality, geometry, and a host of others.

What works for one individual may not for another.

Well, there is something special about how this Passage rides for me.

I've had lots of different bicycles over the years and my preferences have evolved. Among them have been about a half dozen touring bikes.

I was surprised this Passage rides lighter for me than it is, around 26 pounds, maybe 27, I need to check that again.

It seems to have enough flex to seem to work with me when on flat roads and pushing myself a bit and especially out of the saddle and going uphill.
Some call this planing.

I don't understand all the specifics of how that works.

I would have thought it being a touring oriented model it would be a bit stiffer with a thicker tubeset
than a road bike or race bike.

Anyone know the tubeset thicknesses?

A guy on one forum bought a device that measures that and from what I read it's pretty accurate.

Anyway it would be interesting to know.

Part of the enjoyment may be the supple Vittoria Voyager Hyper tires that measure 40mm wide on Dyad rims.

At any rate I am enjoying it a lot.

I'm running Sunlite North Road alloy upright handlebars on mine with Paul Thumbies utilizing the original Sachs Huret DT shifters.

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e1f1c9494f.png

HarborBandS 11-21-18 08:44 AM


Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel (Post 20647635)
It's been a while for my 1987 Prologue, and it has received some updates, chiefly in the area of weight reduction, or should I say, making the lightest fully lugged steel bike I can with normal pieces. Things to do when you're bored, I guess. And if my mail scale is right--weighing each element as it has an 11 lb limit--it checks in at just 41g over 19.0 lb (sans bottle cage). I have a mini hang scale that shows the weight essentially the same. I know a Park Tool hang scale (official, large, dual hook) at a bike shop that is optimistic and will likely read somewhere in the 18.6-18.75 lb range, which of course is appealing to me as the whole endeavor was to see if I could build a 19.0 lb bike. Regardless of numbers hunting, ditching the perfectly good 7900 shifters for period-correct 6400 brake levers and 7900 down tube shifters has netted, to my delight, a much more lithe front end. Over 120g / 1/4 lb is off the handlebars, with the additional benefit of a lever body that is more slender (the 7900 shifters are comfortable, though a touch chunky when gripping), increasing the feeling of lightness. You heard it here, if not first, then confidently: brake lever design/thickness and resulting fit, when paired with the bike properly, can heighten certain aspects/good traits of a frame or bike. Too slender a lever body on a bulky/heavy bike is incongruous and the character of the lever belies the nature of the bike it's on. Similarly, too chunky a lever body on a delicate or light-footed bike is incongruous, the levers conveying too strong a feeling of solidity/indestructibility while the frame/bike prefers to fly and dance beneath. Consider my move to 6400 levers an alignment of character. Looks great, too, IMO. ;)

Indoor photos due to constant RAIN!
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e087f3e5d4.jpg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...3376a3ee93.jpg

I missed this when you first posted, but I really like the original paint on this Prologue. And the mix of black and silver components really fits with it.

You're making me want to find one of these for myself (but in a 58 cm/23").

RiddleOfSteel 11-21-18 12:28 PM


Originally Posted by HarborBandS (Post 20672282)
I missed this when you first posted, but I really like the original paint on this Prologue. And the mix of black and silver components really fits with it.

You're making me want to find one of these for myself (but in a 58 cm/23").

Thank you! Yeah, when I first saw this paint scheme fully assembled in a picture several years ago, I was instantly hooked, and passively kept an eye out for one. They come in red/white fade in the same pattern and while they do look nice, the black/dark grey is my favorite. Prologues aren't common, and I'd really like to know just how many were made.

brandenjs 11-21-18 07:04 PM

Here is a Prologue for sale on my local CL. Way too small for me, but could be a find for someone.
https://frederick.craigslist.org/bik...708373525.html

brandenjs 11-28-18 11:38 AM

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a81cf0685.jpeg
Itís been raining late 80ís Schwinnís for me lately. Grabbed this 88 LeTour from a local auction. Looks to be all original and needing a complete rebuild.
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...c876cab28.jpeg
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...3a7556da1.jpeg
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1c1908dc0.jpeg

mstateglfr 11-28-18 11:10 PM


Originally Posted by HarborBandS (Post 20638454)
Here is 1987 Schwinn Super Sport. I started with just a frame, which I had powder coated. I then built this up with all new components, except for the stem, which I bought used on eBay. I really like how it rides, and itís about four pounds lighter than my all vintage Prelude.

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...afacb2b04.jpeg

oooh, that's sharp. Fantastic color and nice looking build. More appealing than most new modern road bikes.
strong work.

HarborBandS 11-29-18 09:12 AM


Originally Posted by mstateglfr (Post 20682810)
oooh, that's sharp. Fantastic color and nice looking build. More appealing than most new modern road bikes.
strong work.

Thanks! That's how I felt about it too. I had considered buying a newer steel bike, but thought the vintage frame was a more fun and intriguing option--and probably a higher-quality frame. And in the end, I didn't really spend much more--and I got the stuff I wanted on the bike with fewer compromises. I'd have to swap some stuff out on any new bike I bought anyway.

I do have a nearly all original Prelude (pictured further up in thread) that I rode for a while to see if I liked the Tenax frame. The geometry is slightly more relaxed than the Super Sport and it has 27" wheels, but I liked it enough to invest the money in this project.

Wilmingtech 11-29-18 12:11 PM


Originally Posted by HarborBandS (Post 20638454)
Here is 1987 Schwinn Super Sport. I started with just a frame, which I had powder coated. I then built this up with all new components, except for the stem, which I bought used on eBay. I really like how it rides, and itís about four pounds lighter than my all vintage Prelude.

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...afacb2b04.jpeg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e71291051.jpeg
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...56888eeea.jpeg
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a16c53fd8.jpeg
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7459c1913.jpeg

Where did you get the "Super Sport" Decal from? I have found the Schwinn Logo decals but cannot find one to replace the super sport logo.

Thanks.

-Sean

Wilmingtech 11-29-18 12:13 PM


Originally Posted by ryansu (Post 20647919)
1987 LeTour I picked up for cheap to sell on -not my size.

as found
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a1904b74e7.jpg

minus a rear brake

And as it sits today - waxed frame, rebuilt BB and HS. Lubed seat post and stem, left the bar tape and brake levers as found. Replacement rear brake installed.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d21e820efc.jpg

Looks Nice!

HarborBandS 11-29-18 01:09 PM


Originally Posted by Wilmingtech (Post 20683433)
Where did you get the "Super Sport" Decal from? I have found the Schwinn Logo decals but cannot find one to replace the super sport logo.

Thanks.

-Sean

I got them from Velocals.com. The 1987 models had a slanted letter version of the model name on the top tube, but I opted for the 1986 upright letters because I liked the look better. You can get either slanted or straight, and you can pick any color for the letters and underline.

These narrow top tube decals were very challenging to put on. Perhaps a Tempo or LeTour would be easier (shorter names), but the "Super Sport" letters were cut around and only attached by the underline portion, and I didn't do a great job of keeping that underline perfectly straight. I may end up removing them and trying again. I have a feeling they will eventually chip off (got the thicker vinyl decals, so no clear coat on them).

The seat tube decals were a piece of cake, however.

Bik3head 01-03-19 02:15 AM

Quick potato photo of my Schwinn Prologue.


https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v...psuz10xwfa.jpg

rccardr 01-03-19 06:58 AM

Oooooh, that's nice.

RiddleOfSteel 01-07-19 01:25 PM

Mmmmm pretty Prologue.

I need to check outside to see if I can ride mine today--may still be wet... :/

Grey goat 01-26-19 10:33 AM

Convenient store Paramount
 
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7418f78d9.jpeg
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...982e5c325.jpeg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...2ba7b80ad.jpeg
I picked this Paramount up at a convenient store and stripped it down, media blasted it, repainted it and then built it up as my first build. I am proud of it but more proud of having a great friend like Bill to guide me through each step of the way.

RiddleOfSteel 01-26-19 01:09 PM

Beautiful Paramount, sir!! OS tubing, I presume? I really like the neon green accenting--complements the white, black, and (ever so slightly blue-ish) dark grey. How do you like the ride? :)

You have also inadvertently answered a very recent mental question of mine: Will first generation Shimano STI shifters (I have 6400-era 600 units like you do here, and like them over the DA ones, color-wise) work well with a more modern bar set up where the curve from the tops/ramps to the hooks/drops is much smaller in radius (like how it is where you've clamped your shifters) than older, traditional drop bars. I make a big deal (internally of course) of having a level, smooth, and non-concave/scoop-like transition from bars to the shifter "knob" (where it kicks up 90į or so). These first generation STIs still had a lot of standard aero brake lever "logic" in the way they were oriented to a handlebar. Second generation (9-speed) moved a little more toward the shifter body being longer and a place that would be more comfortable to spend time, with early 10-speed being better still, with the arrival of a long enough shifter body that it didn't matter if you rode a modern or classic drop bar--the shifter body was long enough to rest your whole hand on. That was the second iteration of 10-speed (Shimano 7900 Dura-Ace, 6700 Ultegra, 5700 105).

All that to say thank you! I'm planning on mounting my 6400 STIs on some Soma Highway One compact drop bars soon, and now know that it will look good!

RollingBuffalo 01-26-19 01:44 PM

'82 Super Le Tour.. Just finished up going through it
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...de2fdcdf92.jpg


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