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My Schwinn Passage. First test ride = success!

Old 06-26-13, 03:05 PM
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My Schwinn Passage. First test ride = success!

Thanks to all those who helped with my various questions. I finished putting everything together, taped up the bars, and went for a ride around the block. This thing is smoooth! Coming from a modern road bike, 33c tires and brooks saddle definitely feels very comfy. The brakes need some work, maybe changing out the pads would help, not sure. Here's a picture or it didn't happen!

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VERY clean build, I like it alot!
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Very nice complementing colours. I like it a lot.
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I've always hoped to find one of these. Love the colors, the gumwalls look great, too. Many happy miles!
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Very nice looking bike! Are those 1 1/4 or 1 3/8 tires?
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Very nice looking bike! Are those 1 1/4 or 1 3/8 tires?
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The old Huret shifters on there are super sweet- hang on to those.

The bike looks really nice- it's in great shape and the maroon/cranberry bar tape really compliments the blue.


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Beautiful! Really nice job! It looks like a comfy ride. That would make a great century or brevet bike. Or throw some racks on it and go touring. I'd like to see more pictures!
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
The old Huret shifters on there are super sweet- hang on to those.

The bike looks really nice- it's in great shape and the maroon/cranberry bar tape really compliments the blue.


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Thanks! Yea I still have the Huret shifters, I actually didn't know I could use them as bar ends, until I bought the Suntours off ebay. I probably will get fenders next, and take some more pictures with a real camera. This forum has been super helpful!
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Originally Posted by cptsilver View Post
Thanks! Yea I still have the Huret shifters, I actually didn't know I could use them as bar ends, until I bought the Suntours off ebay. I probably will get fenders next, and take some more pictures with a real camera. This forum has been super helpful!
I don't know if you can use them as bar-ends. But now that you mention it, I suppose those Silver pods that Rivendell has might just work.

BTW, don't lose those washers that came with the shifters!
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Originally Posted by cptsilver View Post
Thanks to all those who helped with my various questions. I finished putting everything together, taped up the bars, and went for a ride around the block. This thing is smoooth! Coming from a modern road bike, 33c tires and brooks saddle definitely feels very comfy. The brakes need some work, maybe changing out the pads would help, not sure. Here's a picture or it didn't happen!

Looking good! I have a 23" passage from the same year that I may actually be selling soon, but they are very nice bikes.

I had it set up with bar ends for a while and I had to dremel the cable stops to fit onto those weird shimano-specific downtube shifter mounts, did you have to do that as well?

I really like the handlebar tape color! I wouldn't have thought of doing that red originally but it looks like that maroon/red and the twine color are a good match for the red and the gold in the top tube decal.
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Looking good! I have a 23" passage from the same year that I may actually be selling soon, but they are very nice bikes.

I had it set up with bar ends for a while and I had to dremel the cable stops to fit onto those weird shimano-specific downtube shifter mounts, did you have to do that as well?

I really like the handlebar tape color! I wouldn't have thought of doing that red originally but it looks like that maroon/red and the twine color are a good match for the red and the gold in the top tube decal.
I just got the Shimano stops from Riv and they fit perfectly. Glad you like the maroon tape!
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Originally Posted by Saguaro View Post
Beautiful! Really nice job! It looks like a comfy ride. That would make a great century or brevet bike. Or throw some racks on it and go touring. I'd like to see more pictures!
Thanks! Your bike was a main inspiration of this project.

It really is a plush ride, which I think has a lot to do with the Brooks B68 I got. It's actually my first Brooks, and I got it purely based on online reviews and comments, but it worked out perfectly.
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more, larger pics of details or it didn't happen
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Looks great. Better pics are in order.
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Looks great. Better pics are in order.
Will do! BTW, your bike was another inspiration of this project! And thanks for answering my questions!
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Very nice work !
My Passage is one of my "never sell" bikes.
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Shot a few pictures after work:






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Such an awesome build!
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isn't it an awesome feeling to know that the steed you are riding is your own handiwork? worth way more than paying $$$ for some nice bikes.

good work op.
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Your front brake cable transition is awful tight because of the aero levers and low stem height. You might consider this and this as a solution.

Great pics! A full on side shot would be cool too.
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Your front brake cable transition is awful tight because of the aero levers and low stem height. You might consider this and this as a solution.

Great pics! A full on side shot would be cool too.
that's exactly the thing that is bugging me the most! The VO cable hanger is interesting. I'll probably raise my stem a bit and redo the front cable. I have to say tho, cantis are a pain to set up and adjust, at least for me.
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isn't it an awesome feeling to know that the steed you are riding is your own handiwork? worth way more than paying $$$ for some nice bikes.

good work op.
Some of the work would have looked much better if done by a real pro, lol. It was my first time dealing with a vintage bike, so it's all fun. Thanks for the comment!
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
Your front brake cable transition is awful tight because of the aero levers and low stem height. You might consider this and this as a solution.

Great pics! A full on side shot would be cool too.
Full side shot coming up!

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OK, that's what I'm talking about! Thanks for the extra images. Now describe the drive train. What do you have there? I spy a Sugino compact triple crankset. What else you got?
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