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Quote: how do the touring voyageurs compare to other touring bikes? do they have a long wheelbase and chainstays like a 720?
Well, "the chart" doesn't seem to list that (though it does have about everything else).

http://sandro.knot.org/blog/wp-conte...comparison.pdf

Bob
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Does any vintage, production touring bike have chainstays as long as the 720 ('85 620)? They are friggin' long.

1985 Trek 620

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Quote: Sharp build, Evoracer!

How are you liking those levers, Yarper? Comfy, huh?
Thanks. Not quite familiar with "Yarper". Those levers are Shimano's. First time using them, and they seem to be good. Being a single speed, I am out of the saddle frequently and they're are really good to 'hook' into while climbing campared to the Campy clones I had been running on other bikes.
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Quote: Thanks. Not quite familiar with "Yarper". Those levers are Shimano's. First time using them, and they seem to be good. Being a single speed, I am out of the saddle frequently and they're are really good to 'hook' into while climbing campared to the Campy clones I had been running on other bikes.
Sorry for the confusion. I was addressing you in the first line and Yarper (see prior page) in the second.
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Got some better pics of the Voyageur. Its the only bike I really spend time on, and I am planning on riding it from Austin to Dallas soon.



Love these bars!


New headbadge
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Rear tire is on backwards.

I love the headbadge. It suits you...and the Subarus.
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I heartily approve, Zach! Cool headbadge.
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Quote: Rear tire is on backwards.

I love the headbadge. It suits you...and the Subarus.

Nope, Front goes one way and the rear goes the other
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Quote: This is a CL find that I picked up on Friday night. I haven't done anything to it yet.

Pretty neat little bike! It's the first early one I've seen in person.
All Dura Ace on that bad boy.
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How are you liking those levers, Yarper? Comfy, huh?
The Tektro R200 levers are about the only ones I use now. Love the built in Q/R feature and I do find them comfortable and they are a great value.
I have found the tan hoods don't last near as well as the black but I think you can replace them for about $10 or so.
Riv bike's version here: http://www.rivbike.com/product-p/bl3.htm

Those new TRP levers at Riv Bike look great but at a higher price.
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[QUOTE=that_guy_zach;13285626]Got some better pics of the Voyageur. Its the only bike I really spend time on, and I am planning on riding it from Austin to Dallas soon.

Nice Zach. What size tires are you running on yours? 700c x 35's?
Also what's the story on replacing the original fork?

You Austin to Dallas ride sounds like fun. With 200 or so miles how will you break it up...2 days, 3 days or a one killer day ride?
I came across a story posted somewhere some months back where several young Dallas guys rode from Dallas down to Austin, some on fixies or SS's.

Would like to hear about your planned route.
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Got in 36 miles on my 84 Voyageur yesterday riding down to the State Fair of Texas. Got my Fletchers's corny dog fix and then burned off the calories on the way home.
This bike has such a smooth ride & I am liking the Ritchey Biomax bars I installed on it a lot. Lots of flat real estate across the top and the rare times I go go to the drops they fit my hands great.

I recently opened up the rear hub thinking I would check the cups & bearings but these Sunshine Gyromaster hubs have sealed cartridge bearings.
No maintenance to do that I could see. I am not all that up on them. Is the only maintenance to replace the cartridge after many thousands of miles when it does not spin smoothly any longer?
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Pretty good view of Ritchey Biomax bar here that I mentioned in previous post.
Anyone else like the Biomax bars?
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I share your appreciation of the "real estate" across the top of the bar, and like you, that's where my hands spend most of their time. If the drops fit your hands well, who can argue with success? I just don't like the looks of ergo bars though. Cinelli Giro d' Italia for me!
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Yarper

How high above the seat are the handle bars? I have my at +34 mm using a Nitto Technomic at full quill length on my 87 Voyaguer. BTW, I love the R341 levers, same as the R200 but with the shorter reach.

John Hawrylak
Woodstown NJ
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Here is my 1987 loaded for a 5 day tour.


Muddied up the second day after a few miles of rain on a soggy state rail trail...


With gear jettisoned in the campground and cleaned up a bit.
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New wallpaper. Thanks!

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A month ago I posted an "As Received" pic of my 1990 Voyageur. I have since figured out it is a 1991. Here it is now.

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So many Voyager voyeurs . . .

A very nice bike. Around 1982-ish, I bought one for my first (read EX) wife. After she subsequently left me for one of my "friends" (who owned an early Klein), I bought my new girlfriend (who eventually became my wife of 28 years as of this month) a Schwinn LeTour. I recall that on the infamous ultra-hilly Eureka Spring Fling (Fayetteville to Eureka Springs, Arkansas) ride, my future wife got into a "contest" with my ex and proceeded to drop her on the steep climbs. A few years later I bought her a Colnago Super, and she proceeded to leave me (and others) in the dust on club rides. You gotta love a woman like that!

Regardless, that Voyager really was a nice bike.
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Badger, that is beautiful! Not just your Voyageur, but the whole shot. The SKS/Riv long board fenders go great on it!

Here are a couple more recent pics of my Voyageur, recently set up for credit card touring (no camping, so no need for racks), which my wife and I hope to do this fall or next spring:





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Quote: Badger, that is beautiful! Not just your Voyageur, but the whole shot. The SKS/Riv long board fenders go great on it!
Thanks Southpaw. Do you have leather bar wrap on yours or cork? Now that I have the Brooks I want to go with a brown wrap but after my last jaunt with 4 days of rain I don't think I want leather.

BTW: The Brooks arrived 3 days before I left. I treated it with proof hide put in on an extra post and took one 20 mile ride to test the comfort and dial it in and decided to go with it. I never even thought of my seat on the 245 mile tour it was so comfortable.
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Quote: Thanks Southpaw. Do you have leather bar wrap on yours or cork? Now that I have the Brooks I want to go with a brown wrap but after my last jaunt with 4 days of rain I don't think I want leather.
It's Newbaum's red cotton with one coat of amber shellac.
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Quote: Yarper

How high above the seat are the handle bars? I have my at +34 mm using a Nitto Technomic at full quill length on my 87 Voyaguer. BTW, I love the R341 levers, same as the R200 but with the shorter reach.

John Hawrylak
Woodstown NJ
My apologies John for the delay in responding to your question. I have the center of my saddle at 100cm & the top of the handlebar is 107.5cm.
Works great for my 'old guy' 'stop & smell the roses' and take pictures style of riding.
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A few photos of this 1986 or 1987 Schwinn Voyageur I just picked up off CL a couple hours ago.
This looks like a 52-54 is in really nice shape and the price was good. The hubs have an 11/86 stamp on them.
Columbus Tanex? Canti brakes, low rider mounts and 3 water bottle bosses! I hope to get it ready for some touring next summer with my daughter.
She claims she wants to do a tour after she graduates from High School this spring. Wahoo!







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Quote: A few photos of this 1986 or 1987 Schwinn Voyageur I just picked up off CL a couple hours ago.
This looks like a 52-54 is in really nice shape and the price was good. The hubs have an 11/86 stamp on them.
Columbus Tanex? Canti brakes, low rider mounts and 3 water bottle bosses! I hope to get it ready for some touring next summer with my daughter.
She claims she wants to do a tour after she graduates from High School this spring. Wahoo!
Nice find and from the pics it looks to be in excellent condition. Like the color as well. Best part is possible tour with your daughter. I am enjoying riding my 84 Voyageur a lot. Also Columbus steel is Tenax.

http://bikecatalogs.org/SCHWINN/1987...LL/1987_13.jpg
According to this catalog link it is a 1987 in the Imperial Rose Color.

or here:
http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...987_17.htmland Specs here:

Specs here:
http://bikecatalogs.org/SCHWINN/1987...LL/1987_17.jpg

or here:
http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...0/1987_13.html
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