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Old 04-15-11, 02:56 PM
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Yeah, the pink looks great. Most of this series of bikes is not very handsome in my opinion. That's what makes them sleepers. They are an excellent value, as they give a fantastic ride. They were the last dying breath of the old Schwinn company. Too late for them, but a nice try.

If I were in the market for a bike like this, I would grab it.
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Originally Posted by realestvin7
Gold Arayas?
Pretty sure ...

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Originally Posted by BobHufford
Pretty sure ...

You getting smart with me? Lol.
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Originally Posted by realestvin7
You getting smart with me? Lol.
No ... Sorry ... The photo was not well lit and I wasn't sure.
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Originally Posted by BobHufford
No ... Sorry ... The photo was not well lit and I wasn't sure.
Haha. It's all good. There was sarcasm in my post.
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Old 04-15-11, 05:25 PM
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Just to clarify my 1st post: Nothing wrong at all with Tenax Schwinns!! They are great bikes IMO and i would own one of every color combo, if they were cheap enough and near enough to obtain!! I ride my prelude on a daily basis...is it super light, rare, or desireable??? NO. is it a great bike to ride?? Yes

Go get one!!

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Old 04-15-11, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Old Fat Guy
Please see this old post by Scooper:
https://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...1&postcount=11

Mix of SL & SP
Are there SP bikes with 26.6mm seat posts?

Makes me wonder if the seat tube is straight gauge 1mm. Or maybe double butted 1.0 - 0.7 - 1.0
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Originally Posted by tugrul
Are there SP bikes with 26.6mm seat posts?

Makes me wonder if the seat tube is straight gauge 1mm. Or maybe double butted 1.0 - 0.7 - 1.0
My "Tenax" Voyageur takes a 26.6 seat post, and yep, it's 1.0/0.7/1.0. That jibes with Columbus' SP specification.

The seat post size is probably a good indicator of whether the Tenax is SP (26.6) or SL (27.2).

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Old 04-15-11, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by jeebusaurousrex
And Bigfoot has been verified!

Were the '89s Panasonic built or a Greenville built? I noticed on a few later year models the headbadges were "Schwinn Tempo" instead of the "Chicago" badges.
Not sure, but my '88 Voyageur is definitely Panasonic-built. The giveaway is whether the fork and stays are Tange or Tru-temper. The Panasonic-built ones all used Tange chromoly.

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Relabled tubing? I don't think we should just blithly say that Columbus did that. There was a time they were very cautious about supplying replacement tube decals.

I recall Tenax as being a seamed tube....Unlike the seamless SL.
And SP was not a tube. I have a Basso Gap that is an SL/SP mix...Basso did that on bikes 57cm and larger. The SP was to give taller,heavier riders a little more stiffness in their racing bikes. I also have a Schwinn Voyager SP, and that bike is all SP tibing. But SP isn't a "touring" tube.
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Originally Posted by southpawboston
My "Tenax" Voyageur takes a 26.6 seat post, and yep, it's 1.0/0.7/1.0. That jibes with Columbus' SP specification.
SP seat tube is single butted 0.7/1.0. (HTML) My understanding is the thick end is brazed to the bottom bracket.
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Old 04-18-11, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by southpawboston
Not sure, but my '88 Voyageur is definitely Panasonic-built. The giveaway is whether the fork and stays are Tange or Tru-temper. The Panasonic-built ones all used Tange chromoly.
The Greenville built ones also used Tange for the forks & stays.

Some other giveaways of a Panasonic/Japan built frame:

1) There is a serial number stamped into the bottom of the head tube lug above the fork.

2) The headbadge says anything other than Schwinn Chicago. Usually instead of "Chicago" the name of the model will be used.

And in my subjective opinion the frames coming out of Greenville had paint and clearcoats that did not age as well as ones coming from overseas (including Taiwayn).
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Originally Posted by tugrul
SP seat tube is single butted 0.7/1.0. (HTML) My understanding is the thick end is brazed to the bottom bracket.
How do you explain the seatpost size? If the outside diameter is 28.6 (which it is on my bike), and the seatpost is 26.6 (which it also is on my bike), that leaves 1mm for wall thickness.
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Originally Posted by southpawboston
How do you explain the seatpost size? If the outside diameter is 28.6 (which it is on my bike), and the seatpost is 26.6 (which it also is on my bike), that leaves 1mm for wall thickness.
My understanding is that a double butted seat tube isn't the norm, so it might just be straight gauge 1mm.
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Originally Posted by bassogap
Relabled tubing? I don't think we should just blithly say that Columbus did that. There was a time they were very cautious about supplying replacement tube decals.

I recall Tenax as being a seamed tube....Unlike the seamless SL.
And SP was not a tube. I have a Basso Gap that is an SL/SP mix...Basso did that on bikes 57cm and larger. The SP was to give taller,heavier riders a little more stiffness in their racing bikes. I also have a Schwinn Voyager SP, and that bike is all SP tibing. But SP isn't a "touring" tube.
There's an ancient thread on an old Schwinn forum that shows correspondence with Richard Schwinn confirming that Tenax was indeed flawed SP tubing. Can't seem to find it through google for now.

Whatever it was, by the 1988 catalog, Schwinn lists it as "Columbus Tenax Seamless". By 1989 the Tempo is listed as "Columbus Tenax SL Seamless".

I'm not sure what your point about SP is. It's a thicker tube set, less prone to flex. It seems like a perfect match for touring frames, sprinters/track, and larger sizes.
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Originally Posted by tugrul
My understanding is that a double butted seat tube isn't the norm, so it might just be straight gauge 1mm.
Correct, the seat tubes were all single butted:

https://www.equusbicycle.com/bike/col...umbuschart.htm
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Originally Posted by thenomad
very nice. ill jump on one in my size.
Told ya so... brought this home today.
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Originally Posted by thenomad
Told ya so... brought this home today.
Nice.
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I'd love to have a 55cm.

I'm looking to replace my road frame with something solid... these are right up my alley, hopefully I can find one around.
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Schwinn vintage steel road bikes

Sorry to discover this conversation about 5 years later but I've been reading all your posts and looking at your awesome pictures! Thanks for the insights guys because I have my eyes on an 87 White/Magenta Schwinn SS right now. At first I was focused on finding a vintage Italian Steel road bike, but after doing a little research, I'm really interested in some of the Centurion and Schwinn road bikes out there. I'm hoping that I won't run into problems finding replacement parts though. I know this bike I found will need new tires for sure. I haven't actually seen the bike in person yet, only a picture of it. It looks like its in decent condition though.

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Originally Posted by danarello
Sorry to discover this conversation about 5 years later but I've been reading all your posts and looking at your awesome pictures! Thanks for the insights guys because I have my eyes on an 87 White/Magenta Schwinn SS right now. At first I was focused on finding a vintage Italian Steel road bike, but after doing a little research, I'm really interested in some of the Centurion and Schwinn road bikes out there. I'm hoping that I won't run into problems finding replacement parts though. I know this bike I found will need new tires for sure. I haven't actually seen the bike in person yet, only a picture of it. It looks like its in decent condition though.
Great frames, any Shimano or Suntour setup works fine.

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I ride a 58 cm frame size. the seller fo the Schwinn SS says the seat tube measures 23 1/2 inches C to C and the stand over height is 32 inches. It sounds about right.
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Beautiful bike! Great condition for almost 40 years old!
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Can anyone share their opinion on a Centurion Le Mans 53 cm 12 speed with Araya rims? Worth looking into? What info should I ask the seller to determine if its worth owning?
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If you ride a 58cm, why look at a 53cm Lemans?
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