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I Love Bikes! (or, My Recently Acquired Schwinn Voyageur & Stumpjumper)

Old 06-09-11, 07:59 PM
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I Love Bikes! (or, My Recently Acquired Schwinn Voyageur & Stumpjumper)

I recently acquired two bikes, both of which I am EXTREMELY excited about. I love both of these bikes and am so excited to work on them and figure out what works with them.

First I would like to present my 1988 Schwinn Voyaguer. I bought it from a local used bike guy for $140 last week. It has a mystery fork, put on supposedly to use sidepull brakes, and is an amazing ride. I am amazed at how stable it is and how easily I can ride on it no-hands.


1988 Schwinn Voyageur by armyofdeux, on Flickr


1988 Schwinn Voyageur by armyofdeux, on Flickr

And post-bath:


1988 Schwinn Voyageur by armyofdeux, on Flickr

There's plenty of things I want to replace and change but don't quite have the funds for yet (alas, the curse of being a member of the unemployed masses). New saddle, 60mm stem, bar end pods, wider tires, maybe even a fresh powdercoat of periwinkle purple, the list is endless. The only thing with this bike is that it is slightly big for me (a 57cm, I'm 5'8"), but it's not so dramatic to not enjoy ridding it.

My second bike was acquired from the mechanic at my local bike shop. We were there for a part for the Schwinn and saw the bike. The mechanic asked us if we wanted it, as he had too many project bikes as it is and had it just because his friend was going to throw it in the dump. We ended up taking it away for free!!

I present my Specialized Stumpjumper Sport from an unknown year:


198? Specialized Stumpjumper Sport by armyofdeux, on Flickr


198? Specialized Stumpjumper Sport by armyofdeux, on Flickr


198? Specialized Stumpjumper Sport by armyofdeux, on Flickr


198? Specialized Stumpjumper Sport by armyofdeux, on Flickr

It's definitely a heftier bike than the Schwinn, and it's interesting switching between the two. The great thing is that the Stumpy frame fits me perfectly. It needs replacing of plenty of parts (tires look really old, derallieur cable frayed, etc.), but considering its previous owner was going to throw it away rides REALLY well.

I'm not a big fan of the handlebars, and want to set it up a la XO-1 (I know someone recently posted their version of this) with moustache handlebars.

I plan on doing some touring with my boyfriend and want to set up both for that purpose (possibly one for pavement, the other off-road). It will probably be a while before either is completely set-up, but I'm excited to ride and dial everything in in the process.

Anyways, I just wanted to show off my new bikes and see if anyone had suggestions for what else to do with them.
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Old 06-09-11, 08:05 PM
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Congrats on both but I LOVE that Stumpjumper with full racks and fenders. What a perfect starting point for a touring build.
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Old 06-09-11, 08:40 PM
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+1 on the Stumpjumper, I've never seen on in orange before, very pretty!

The fork on the Schwinn looks like it could be from an earlier Schwinn...
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Great scores, both! Nothing beats free. And I love the front and rear racks, too.
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Old 06-09-11, 10:39 PM
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Toss some drops onto the Stumpjumper and make a really cool touring bike. Eye spy a 1st gen Phil Wood hub on the that also! I'd say sell the Schwinn and dump it into the Specialized. I see tons of potential and fun in that beast!
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Old 06-09-11, 11:07 PM
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cool stumpjumper that front rack makes me want the front rack that Chris in Miami knows about even more
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Eye spy a 1st gen Phil Wood hub on the that also!
Oh wow, 1st gen Phil Wood hub? How can you tell? The front hub is coated with a solid layer of rust. I was actually thinking of replacing the wheels as neither are in the best shape, and eventually getting a generator hub for at least one of the bikes. Is there a good way to get all that rust off to better examine/restore the hub?

I love the ride of the Schwinn too much to strip it. I like the stability of steering that the Schwinn has, which unfortunately the Stumpjumper lacks (though it makes sense that it would have over-responsive steering since its a mountain bike, and I'd think you would need that when navigating rough terrain).

Another thing that I'm looking for is tires for the Stumpjumper that don't scream "ugly black mountain bike tire". I'm on the lookout for some creme-colored or gumwall tires that are somewhat around the same width as the tires that are on it now (26x1.95), but can't seem to find any that would be touring grade (i.e. kevlar protected). Anyone know of any?

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Old 06-09-11, 11:46 PM
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i'm surprised your mtb has jumpy handling based on the geometry.. i have a diamonback that has similar geo and it is very stable.

the schwinn is also set up as touring road bike, plus it's bigger so that could be why it's stable
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That Stumpy is an AWESOME bike to get for free! Especially when it fits you and it's a really cool orange color. Hang on to that one for sure. The wheels don't look too bad other than that rust on the front hub. I usually just use a little Brasso metal polish and a scrubby pad on lightly rusted parts, but others here have developed much less labor-intensive methods for rust removal. Oxalic acid may be a better method for taking rust off that hub. Then pull apart and regrease hubs, true the wheels, and you shouldn't need new ones.
I liked the ride on my Stumpy more when I changed the bars from flats to a Sycip Wonder bar.
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That's very true, I could just get away with truing them. Sometimes its easy to get carried away...

Also I'm looking at the Soma 3-Speed moustache handlebars. They look nice & are half the price of the Nittos. Anyone try these out?
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That Schwinn has a bent fork!
I have a Stumpy and love it. Yours is a great find. What year is it?
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Old 06-10-11, 05:53 AM
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i want the stem on that stumpy


... and i have the stem on that schwinn
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Originally Posted by frantik View Post
cool stumpjumper that front rack makes me want the front rack that Chris in Miami knows about even more
Having seen more photos of your Diamondback, I'm not sure it would sit level given the fork rake...

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That Stumpy is an AWESOME bike to get for free! Especially when it fits you and it's a really cool orange color. Hang on to that one for sure. The wheels don't look too bad other than that rust on the front hub. I usually just use a little Brasso metal polish and a scrubby pad on lightly rusted parts, but others here have developed much less labor-intensive methods for rust removal. Oxalic acid may be a better method for taking rust off that hub. Then pull apart and regrease hubs, true the wheels, and you shouldn't need new ones.
I liked the ride on my Stumpy more when I changed the bars from flats to a Sycip Wonder bar.
I'd avoid the oxalic acid on the hub, it would eat the aluminum ends.
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Old 06-10-11, 07:11 AM
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Having seen more photos of your Diamondback, I'm not sure it would sit level given the fork rake...
that was actually one thing i was worried about.. i noticed it didn't have any adjustment

can't afford it right now anyways :\
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That Schwinn has a bent fork!
I have a Stumpy and love it. Yours is a great find. What year is it?
I'm not so sure that fork is bent, as much as its not a proper fit. Its obviously not the original, pretty sure its not even a Schwinn, and it looks like someone just packed the lower race as good as they could to get by.

Actually, the more I look at it, little of that Voyageur is original. The frame, seatpost, and shifters are. The brakes, pedals, and fork definitely are not. I don't believe the crankset is either, although it might be. Pictures aren't close enough to confirm, but doesn't look like a 28/44/50 from here. Can't tell on the FD and RD. RD kinda looks OK.

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The Stumpjumper is a very cool find.I would not do too much with it other than clean it up.Based on the fork style ( reinforced unicrown) I would expect it to be perhaps an 85 model.
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The Stumpy is an '86 Sport, I believe. The same bike also came in black.
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That poor Schwinn! Someone cut off the cantilever posts!
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FYI, although not a paint match, this would get you most of the parts. Or, you might want to transition your 88 parts to this Tenax frame. Assuming the price stays around $100-ish.

https://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Schwinn-...ht_13911wt_802
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Here's a picture of the Sport I picked up last year from the original owner. I believe at the time he said he bought in '85. It certainly is a peculiar yellow. I haven't done anything with it yet, but from riding it a couple of times, my impression was it would make a rock solid and very stable touring rig.
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I can't help but keep coming back to this thread to gawk at the orange-lugged goodness.
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nice big orange stumjumper raverson. and nice free orange stumpjumper lemondirgropie. double wow
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Funny I almost bought that schwinn but the more I looked at the parts the more it freaked me out. I like the length and angles of the Voyageur, and I thought it would be really cool to set one up like an English path racer with a 3-speed fixed hub and Lauterwasser bars. I think powder coated flat black nobody would ever know WHAT it is...
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Originally Posted by Beach Comber View Post
Actually, the more I look at it, little of that Voyageur is original. The frame, seatpost, and shifters are. The brakes, pedals, and fork definitely are not. I don't believe the crankset is either, although it might be. Pictures aren't close enough to confirm, but doesn't look like a 28/44/50 from here. Can't tell on the FD and RD. RD kinda looks OK.
The crankset is definitely not the original biopace triple, instead just a double, which is a shame as I would have liked to try out the biopace (have had knee problems all my life). This bike was very personalized by its previous owner.

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The Stumpy is an '86 Sport, I believe. The same bike also came in black.
I found the serial number on the bottom bracket, but can't find anywhere online that would help me identify the bike. The serial number is KS554215 (from what I can make out).

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Here's a picture of the Sport I picked up last year from the original owner. I believe at the time he said he bought in '85. It certainly is a peculiar yellow. I haven't done anything with it yet, but from riding it a couple of times, my impression was it would make a rock solid and very stable touring rig.
Beautiful Stumpy! You've gotta love orange bikes.
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Im pretty sure the mystery fork is from a scwhinn le tour(early 80s i think)
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