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ravenix 02-25-21 10:11 AM


Originally Posted by shoota (Post 21940750)
Two questions:
1) Did you try 700c wheels before having the canti posts redone?
2) Where did you find new decals?

Nope, didnít try to fit 700c wheels beforehand. Iíve had way too many issues trying to find canti brakes that work when swapping from 27 to 700 on other frames. Just wanted to avoid the whole issue this time. The frame was a disaster when I bought it, it was always going to get stripped and powder coated so having the canti posts moved was a no brainer.

VeloCals! Good folks and have a ton of decals in stock or can recreate pretty much anything.

ravenix 02-25-21 10:20 AM


Originally Posted by rhender (Post 21940782)
This is just gorgeous. Congratulations or well done. I can just tell how great this is going to turn out already.

Does anyone know if only the SPs came with vertical dropouts? It looks like all the other Voyageurs in this thread are horizontal.

Thanks! Itís been a lot of fun... just awaiting my rear derailleur to arrive and Iíll start cabling it up. Hope to have it completed by the end of next week.... Thinking itíll be my new Randonneur steed! Long rides with lots of food & gear in a front handlebar & saddlebag.

I was originally planning on making this my loaded touring bike with front & rear panniers ..... but itís too pretty!

polymorphself 02-25-21 06:21 PM


Originally Posted by ravenix (Post 21940933)

I was originally planning on making this my loaded touring bike with front & rear panniers ..... but itís too pretty!

Get some pretty front low rider panniers that come off easily. Then you have both. Donít gotta leave them on when not doing the long heavily loaded tours!

ravenix 03-03-21 10:00 PM

Voyageur SP Further Update...
 
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b5546adab.jpeg
H Plus Son Archtype High Polish 32h laced to Shimano 105 Silver hub. Panaracer Gravelking+ 32mm tire.
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b4a090da7.jpeg
Swapped the handlebars to a NOS 3TTT Morphe 44 wide silver bars.
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ce460a309.jpeg
Rene Herse front Rack... not completely secured yet.
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d34b6644d.jpeg
Brakes are cabled up!
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f02b93366.jpeg
Berthoud 40mm Smooth Fenders.
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...734de44ef.jpeg
Shimano 11-32 Cassette xtr

RiddleOfSteel 03-04-21 04:17 PM

@ravenix that Voyageur (an SP no less!) is gorgeous! Love the polished silver with the really deep blue. 7700-era Dura-Ace STIs, too. Killer mix. Looking forward to its completion! :love:

ravenix 03-14-21 03:38 PM

SP in the Sun... Good day for a test ride!
 
Finally have it finished and took it for a spin today.... all the silver bits really shine in the sun!


https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...3acc13a09.jpeg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...0966c577d.jpeg
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a0077a1aa.jpeg
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...efc615e50.jpeg
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d69ec7daf.jpeg
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d200537b5.jpeg

Rooney 03-14-21 04:51 PM

That's a great-looking SP! All the black makes it look so slick and modern. The powder coater really nailed that blue-black color too. I always love how mine will shift between the two colors depending on the lighting conditions.

rossiny 03-14-21 09:59 PM

Great reading and all the pictures, amazing builds on these Voyageurs .
my voyageur story is I sold it, don't know what year I found not the SP, but when I got it home it had some serious toe-overlap. I ended up finding a Schwinn Passage, made in USA , from what I read,, and made with Columbus Tenax frame, ,, so I switched over all the better components which the Voyageur had to the Passage frame . The Passage has no toe-overlap, and a great ride . it has the rare gray color. I gave away the Voyageur frame ... It seems like the SP does not have toe overlap , but pretty hard to find that model ...

ravenix 03-14-21 11:23 PM


Originally Posted by Rooney (Post 21967260)
That's a great-looking SP! All the black makes it look so slick and modern. The powder coater really nailed that blue-black color too. I always love how mine will shift between the two colors depending on the lighting conditions.

Thanks! I was really going for a modern take on a classic '80's frame :) I think it came together fairly well..... still playing with a few different handlebars, haven't used the good bar tape yet until I decide on which one I want to use. Have a nice Ostrich front and saddle bag to complete the carrying capacity for Randonneuring rides!
A few more test rides and it'll be time to stretch my legs for some looooong days in the saddle!

Rooney 03-15-21 11:15 AM

I think you did a great job blending modern and classic! Moving the canti posts to get those beautiful Dia-Compe brakes on there is a great representation of that. I'm glad I was only trying to decide between two handlebars. Swapping one for the other was such a pain with moving all of the controls. And it's not like you can really test them semi-set up because then you don't have any brakes! I guess the best way to do it would be to throw it on a trainer and swap between the different options? I found it easy to tell when I preferred the ones I went with over the ones I didn't.

What color are your bags? I have some black Cannondale bags, but now that I've got all the honey accents on mine, the black looks a little severe to me. If I'd gone similar to your choices, I think they'd be a better match. Now, it's gotten me thinking about front rando bags.

fender1 03-15-21 08:22 PM


Originally Posted by shoota (Post 21940787)
Depends on the year. The years where there was an SP, the other Voyageur had horizontal. But in non-SP years the Voyageurs have vertical. The 86-88 non-SP have vertical dropouts.

I have a 1983 Voyageur SP that I am finishing up. It has horizontal drop-outs and the narrowest canti post spacing I have ever seen. 60mm on the front and 65mm on the rear. Finding brakes that worked for the 700c wheel swap was a real chore! Ended up using a set of Dia Compe 981's.

fender1 03-15-21 08:32 PM

Some quick ďbasement levelĒ pics.


https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...fadacbb2b.jpeg
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a97c044e7.jpeg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...2d91521f4.jpeg
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...3e2d71023.jpeg
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d893dc6cf.jpeg

polymorphself 03-15-21 09:49 PM

Never realized the Ď83 year had rack eyelets at the fork crown. Donít see that much.

shoota 03-16-21 06:18 AM


Originally Posted by fender1 (Post 21969437)
Some quick ďbasement levelĒ pics.


https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...fadacbb2b.jpeg

Nice! Are those 38s?

fender1 03-16-21 06:43 AM

Thanks! Yeah, 38's. I think I could go even a bit larger if needed but these are pretty huge and fit with no issues

fender1 03-16-21 06:46 AM


Originally Posted by polymorphself (Post 21969511)
Never realized the Ď83 year had rack eyelets at the fork crown. Donít see that much.

It is a cool feature but the racks themselves can be fussy to attach and they are made from pretty thin aluminum. I could not imagine riding down a mountain with a load on these racks! They easily flex using your hand!

ravenix 03-16-21 10:06 AM


Originally Posted by Rooney (Post 21968381)
I think you did a great job blending modern and classic! Moving the canti posts to get those beautiful Dia-Compe brakes on there is a great representation of that. I'm glad I was only trying to decide between two handlebars. Swapping one for the other was such a pain with moving all of the controls. And it's not like you can really test them semi-set up because then you don't have any brakes! I guess the best way to do it would be to throw it on a trainer and swap between the different options? I found it easy to tell when I preferred the ones I went with over the ones I didn't.

What color are your bags? I have some black Cannondale bags, but now that I've got all the honey accents on mine, the black looks a little severe to me. If I'd gone similar to your choices, I think they'd be a better match. Now, it's gotten me thinking about front rando bags.

Black Ostrich Canvas bags with brown leather straps.... going for a long test ride this weekend with them, Iíll shoot a few pics and a write up on how the build feels :)

ravenix 03-16-21 10:10 AM


Originally Posted by shoota (Post 21969720)
Nice! Are those 38s?

Dang, Very Nice build! Love that crankset.... what is that triple. Rene Herse? The wheelset too is very cool, hubs?

fender1 03-16-21 10:19 AM


Originally Posted by ravenix (Post 21970112)
Dang, Very Nice build! Love that crankset.... what is that triple. Rene Herse? The wheelset too is very cool, hubs?

Thanks!
Crankset is a SUN XCD. I stumbled across it on ebay. Never seen one in a triple so I took a shot. I turned out to be the only bidder. The wheels are a set from Velo Orange from about 5 or 6 years ago. It is their sealed bearing hub and 126mm rear spacing,

polymorphself 03-16-21 12:23 PM


Originally Posted by fender1 (Post 21969749)
It is a cool feature but the racks themselves can be fussy to attach and they are made from pretty thin aluminum. I could not imagine riding down a mountain with a load on these racks! They easily flex using your hand!

If the bike is gonna be a keeper may be worth looking into a custom rack just for those eyelets!

badger_biker 03-17-21 09:11 PM

86 Voyageur

After unexpectedly selling my 1987 Voyageur (post #40 and #94) last summer I found I really missed that trusty steed that never let me down on tours. Having wheels and numerous other parts to build up a touring bike I decided to put out feelers for a frame to use them on. Inspired by @polymorphself and his successful quest for a beautiful 86 model (my personal favorite Voyageur year), that was the model I was hoping to find. Fellow member @BikeTales came through by selling me a beautiful specimen of a frame.

I built it up over the winter and should be giving it a test ride soon.
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...53a78a5c39.jpg
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...47b133dc8d.jpg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...63483879a1.jpg

rossiny 03-17-21 09:19 PM


Originally Posted by badger_biker (Post 21972751)
86 Voyageur

After unexpectedly selling my 1987 Voyageur (post #40 and #94) last summer I found I really missed that trusty steed that never let me down on tours. Having wheels and numerous other parts to build up a touring bike I decided to put out feelers for a frame to use them on. Inspired by @polymorphself and his successful quest for a beautiful 86 model (my personal favorite Voyageur year), that was the model I was hoping to find. Fellow member @BikeTales came through by selling me a beautiful specimen of a frame.

I built it up over the winter and should be giving it a test ride soon.
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...53a78a5c39.jpg
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...47b133dc8d.jpg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...63483879a1.jpg

any toe overlap, I had a beige Voyager that had some major toe overlap and I sold it and then found a Schwinn passage which it has no toe overlap , an amazing ride. It is gray , Columbus Tenax , I think made in USA.

BikeTales 03-17-21 09:40 PM

Looks great. That's a heck of a stem!

polymorphself 03-17-21 10:24 PM

badger_biker Yes! Happy to see another good looking '86 around. And we both got ours from forum members nevertheless.

I've just swapped mine to aero levers, 700c and leather bar tape. Will post updated pics soon.

badger_biker 03-17-21 11:21 PM


Originally Posted by BikeTales (Post 21972775)
Looks great. That's a heck of a stem!

Thanks. It was fun to build and thanks again for the opportunity to buy this great frame.
I canít remember what that stem came off of but it had a straight bar. I had to do some pushing to make the bends on the bars with the wide clamp and they wonít be separated under my watch!


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