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Old 10-14-12, 10:38 PM
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Just got a vintage road bike and need some help.

I just got an old Schwinn road bike. I am not sure if it is a varsity, continental, or etc... So please tell me if you do.

The other thing is that the previous owner cut off the gear cable and took out the shifter levers for some reason. Not sure why. So I am looking at getting new shifter levers to make all the gears work. The bike has 6 gears in the back and 2 in the front. So anyone know what kind of shifter levers I need for this bike? And where I can get them?

Lastly, the brakes in the front and sometimes the back has problems. When I brake on the bike, the calipers compress and stop the bike, but usually one side of the calipers remains compressed. Meaning it does not retract back to the open position. Any idea on how to fix this?

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Old 10-15-12, 02:05 AM
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What is the serial number and the 4-digit number stamped on the headbadge? Post close-up pictures of those numbers if possible. Close-up pictures of the derailleurs would be helpful as well.

It's definitely not a Continental or Varsity, but it may be a Super Le Tour? Once we see the numbers (and more pics) we'll be able to identify it more precisely.
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Old 10-15-12, 04:15 AM
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voyageur?
my guess new housing and cable could solve your brake woes
sounds like cable is sticking
+1 on more info on derailler components
good news - you're in the right spot for info
and ebay is here to serve your CV needs
enjoy the process...and the ride

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look familiar...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/58CM-Vintage...item3a7a62b7e3
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You have a very nice, made in Japan by Panasonic (under contract to Schwinn), late '70s early '80s bike.

Along with new cables, take the calipers apart and clean them and lube the pivots. You have a Uniglide cassette on your rear wheel. It is not a freewheel, but is not to mixed up with newer hyperglide cassettes.

Finding a set of shift levers should be easy. Search for "Shimano friction down tube shifters."

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voyageur?
Bingo, you're right. It's definitely an '80-82 Voyageur 11.8. That was one of Schwinn's top bikes at the time, you can see the specs. here: http://bikecatalogs.org/SCHWINN/1980...LL/1980_10.JPG
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Here are some more pics of the numbers and derailleurs

Thanks for letting me know it is a Voyageur 11.8.

I am also Assuming it is an 1980 Voyageur 11.8 because of the headbadge number.




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Those are nice bikes. I used to have the chrome model, and will again at some point. Right now I have a very rough black 23 inch model.,,,,BD
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I am also Assuming it is an 1980 Voyageur 11.8 because of the headbadge number.
Yes indeed. the 3100 on the headbadge means it was built on Wed. November 5th, 1980.
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Probably an 81 since it was made that late in the year. Surely they would have not still been producing new bikes for the current model year in November. I mean to say that the 2013's just hit a couple of weeks ago at the bike shop I worked for. Just in time for the Christmas shopping season.,,,,BD
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