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Old 04-05-17, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by johnnyace View Post
Nice bike Andy, I love the red and chrome.
Honestly, the beauty of the red and chrome is the main reason I refuse to let this frame die in peace. The paint is much, much worse than it looks in the picture. Besides the normal aging, I had to paint over the repair spots. They say the key to good painting is proper prep work -- I didn't even bother to wipe it off before slapping the touch up paint on. I was mainly doing it to see how the color matched and it matched so well that I just finished covering it and left it.

The chrome, on the other hand, looks at least as good in person as it does in the picture. Schwinn really knew how to do chrome right. My long term plan is to learn enough about brazing to replace the compromised tubes and restore it properly, maybe with a 650b conversion. I know that's a bit over the top for a such a basic 4130 frame, but I think it'll be a fun project.

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I'd say let's bust out the Voyageurs for the next ride up around Stumptown, but next time I plan on bringing a proper road bike, the '72 Gitane TdF, rather than another touring bike, like the Miyata 615 I rode recently.
Well maybe if I get around to servicing the shifters on my '72 Motobecane Grand Record we can get take a couple of classic French road bikes out for a journey.

I look forward to seeing the TdF in person. I really like Gitanes.

Originally Posted by johnnyace View Post
But my search continues for a nice 80s touring bike.

My short list:
Trek 620 or 720
Schwinn Voyageur SP
Miyata 1000
Specialized Expedition
It's a good list. The Specialized Sequoia I got recently has turned out to be one of the best riding bikes I own. The closest thing I have to a complaint about it is that 700x32 tires just barely fit with fenders -- it's very tight at the fork crown. I believe the Expedition, being more of a proper touring bike, addresses that.
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Boom indeed! Very nice!
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Whoa. Did you order a new garage door to match the bike?

The green saddle and tape (and little green bits) was an inspired choice.
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Well dangit.

After @rccardr's epic post above I feel almost foolish posting mine. But here it is in its natural habitat, outside the office on commuter duty.

That bike is freaking awesome, Dr. Voyageur errrrrrr Cannondale.
EDIT: What bars are underneath that cool green tape?
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Old 04-06-17, 05:15 AM
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Nitto Noodles.
Thanks for the kind words!
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Somehow I missed the existence of this thread!

I have an 85, daily commuter, and like it so much I just picked up what I think is an 83 from the serial number. Question-- specs on this match the 83 catalogue pretty much spot on for the regular Voyaguer-- but oddly the Deore front and rear derailleurs both have a big "SP" branded onto them. I've never seen that. Did shimano brand them that way for Schwinn and these bikes, and why that on the Deore when they weren't the spec for the SP version? Figured someone here might know.
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Originally Posted by mnmkpedals View Post
Question-- specs on this match the 83 catalogue pretty much spot on for the regular Voyaguer-- but oddly the Deore front and rear derailleurs both have a big "SP" branded onto them. I've never seen that. Did shimano brand them that way for Schwinn and these bikes, and why that on the Deore when they weren't the spec for the SP version? Figured someone here might know.
Those are the original "Deore" touring components.

Nothing to do with the Voyageur SP.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
Those are the original "Deore" touring components.

Nothing to do with the Voyageur SP.
Gotcha! Thanks, I hadn't heard of Deore SP version before. Good to know.
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Originally Posted by mnmkpedals View Post
Gotcha! Thanks, I hadn't heard of Deore SP version before. Good to know.
It's not Deore SP, it's just Deore. It just happens to have an SP on it.

Kind of how the original XT had a deer head on it- it wasn't called "Deerhead" it was called Deore XT.
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That is one beautiful Voyageur. I have a blue one I purchased new as well as an Orange one I picked up used years later but yours is in really sweet condition.
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Mafac Raid centerpulls. Gugie removed the cantilever mounts for the 27" wheels and replaced them with new centerpull mounts for 650b size rims. There's a whole thread about this bike, search under 'Schwinnderella'
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@rccardr Sweet bike -that green playing off the understated white frame and fork is gorgeous. Chapeau!
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Would an 86 Schwinn Passage - little brother to the Voyager - be allowed on this thread?
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Would an 86 Schwinn Passage - little brother to the Voyager - be allowed on this thread?


While the Passenger is a distinctly different bike, it's a fantastic bike and very much the "Trek 620" to the Voyageur's "720." But this is about the Voyageurs.

Then again- Being that the Passenger was officially only a one year model- there's not a whole lot out there for them. (There's 87 Passengers painted with the "rose" color of the Voyageurs. And I think the 85 LeTour Luxe was a Passenger with the different name)

Go for it!
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
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Did you do a build thread on this one?

Everything about that bike is CLASS! The white with the gold lining and decals is elegant and spectacular.

Sorry I missed it the first time around.
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Here's the build thread on Schwinnderella: https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...nnderella.html
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
While the Passenger is a distinctly different bike, it's a fantastic bike and very much the "Trek 620" to the Voyageur's "720." But this is about the Voyageurs.

Then again- Being that the Passenger was officially only a one year model- there's not a whole lot out there for them. (There's 87 Passengers painted with the "rose" color of the Voyageurs. And I think the 85 LeTour Luxe was a Passenger with the different name)

Go for it!
Thanks,

I have seen the 86 Passage online in Midnight Navy the color it was spec'd for, British Pine (86 Voyageur color), Imperial Rose (87 Voyageur color) and even Gunmetal (grey) (86 Prelude sport color).

Mine came to me somewhat refurbed but kind of uninspired. mostly but not totally stock (different RD, brake Levers, saddle). I paid more, $140, that I usually would but since it was a keeper in my size I went for it.
Schwinn Passage CL by Ryan Surface, on Flickr

I went a bit overboard with the upgrades and mods but I had really been interested in a mid 80s Japanese touring bike and I was looking for optimal fit over adherence to spec - New bars, stem, saddle, brake levers, shifters, RD, pedals, FW, rear canti's and a new set of chain rings with a lower low end.
[IMG]Pass hill day by Ryan Surface, on Flickr[/IMG]

Its been alot of fun to ride and I can see why this is referred to as the golden age of touring bikes
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Its been alot of fun to ride and I can see why this is referred to as the golden age of touring bikes
Do you have a build thread on this one?

That would be cool!

I just love touring bikes- stately elegance combined with straight up business parts.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
Do you have a build thread on this one?

That would be cool!

I just love touring bikes- stately elegance combined with straight up business parts.
I don't have one on the Forum's I wasn't an active member then but if you're interested you can follow the journey here

And photos here
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Jealous as heck on this thread! Voyageur is one of my favorite bikes.
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My Passage in the wild..

IMG_7327 by 4funbikes, on Flickr


Nothing fancy. 700c wheels with 38 paselas. Actual measurement on Sun CR-18 rims is 36(ish)mm . I wouldn't try to go any bigger.

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This came up for sale on ebay. No shipping though. That orange with the chrome lugs!


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