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Old 11-08-21, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by countalmaviva
NICE find! Mine is exactly the same model year and was, if you can believe, totally original (right down to the chain grease). I had a Suntour Superbe seatpost, too.
Would you happen to know what day of the year yours was build (the 4-digit code on the head badge)? Mine is 115 (1155). Just curious if it got changed or if they did a swap at the factory. I started selling Schwinns in 1986, and we did not have any left by the time I got there.

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Originally Posted by balindamood
Would you happen to know what day of the year yours was build (the 4-digit code on the head badge)? Mine is 115 (5115). Just curious if it got changed or if they did a swap at the factory. I started selling Schwinns in 1986, and we did not have any left by the time I got there.
Mine is 1006. I forgot what that means, actually. Do you know how to interpret it? That's the assembly date, right? I hope yours was brazed by a different worker, because mine developed a crack in the BB which I had to get repaired!
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Unless you have a 1986, then I think your last digit should be a 5. The first three digits were the day of the year (numbered sequentially), the last digit is the year (5=1985). I did an initial frame check when I bought it and did not see any issues at the time. The full tear down will include a more detailed check. I need to pull the seat post and see if there is a date code on it.
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1985 Cimarron serial #1995

Tried to post picts… but too many rules!
Bought & built mine while working at Clifton Park Schwinn, NY.
Mostly original, I swapped out the saddle, mushroom grips & mini toe clips (love them).
Trying out Michelin Country Rock tires for the rail trail this spring.
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Well, it's 2022. I restored this several years ago and ride the heck out of it! Smiling all the time!



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Originally Posted by dualresponse
Well, it's 2022. I restored this several years ago and ride the heck out of it! Smiling all the time!



Handsomely done!
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85 Cimarron

Just converted to drop bars... Fun ride! AND BTW it's For Sale! - see Marketplace



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Rode 50 miles yesterday through the top of West Virginia on the Cimarron. Slow but fun!


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Originally Posted by dualresponse
Rode 50 miles yesterday through the top of West Virginia on the Cimarron. Slow and fun!
FIFY. Beautiful bike, BTW.
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Originally Posted by Korina
FIFY. Beautiful bike, BTW.
Ha! Yeah, That's what I meant!
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Ha! Yeah, That's what I meant!
When I'm riding a great bike on a beautiful ride, I'm in no rush to finish.
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Originally Posted by dualresponse
Rode 50 miles yesterday through the top of West Virginia on the Cimarron. Slow but fun!


Love this! What kind of brakes do you have on there?
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Love this! What kind of brakes do you have on there?
Thanks- Tektro cantilevers. Jagwire cable housings. The tektros are 'reasonably' priced, work well, and they are AWESOME!!!!!



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Originally Posted by dualresponse
Thanks- Tektro cantilevers. Jagwire cable housings. The tektros are 'reasonably' priced, work well, and they are AWESOME!!!!!


Thanks! They caught my eye because I noted the exposed springs, like my Dia-Compe 981 set. Is the spring tension adjustable on yours?
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Originally Posted by countalmaviva
Thanks! They caught my eye because I noted the exposed springs, like my Dia-Compe 981 set. Is the spring tension adjustable on yours?
yup
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This thing is not the fastest, however it is extremely versatile and I love how I can go off the beaten path and explore. It definitely was a lot cheaper to build than any of these new adventure/gravel bikes on the market. I'm glad I went through the conversion.











Im using Suntour Command shifters, they are index and friction compatible, they work perfectly in the index mode with the suntour xc rear derailleur.

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Nice job misctrader
Like the Suntour Command shifters and the drop bars.
I have a green one in the queue that I need to get to soon.
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Originally Posted by misctrader
This thing is not the fastest, however it is extremely versatile and I love how I can go off the beaten path and explore. It definitely was a lot cheaper to build than any of these new adventure/gravel bikes on the market. I'm glad I went through the conversion.











Im using Suntour Command shifters, they are index and friction compatible, they work perfectly in the index mode with the suntour xc rear derailleur.
Well done! Jealous of the Suntour XC. What kind of tires are those?
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Thanks countalmaviva, I picked up a high end 90's Cannondale MTB with bad forks for cheap to grab those Suntour components. The tires are Panaracer Gravelkings SK 26x2.1.
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Originally Posted by misctrader
This thing is not the fastest, however it is extremely versatile and I love how I can go off the beaten path and explore. It definitely was a lot cheaper to build than any of these new adventure/gravel bikes on the market. I'm glad I went through the conversion.



Im using Suntour Command shifters, they are index and friction compatible, they work perfectly in the index mode with the suntour xc rear derailleur.
+1 above on the Suntour goodness, esp. jeally of the Command shifters. I suppose they're one of my "grail components", something I would love to have just to put on a bike and try.

Hard to tell from the angle, but am I correct that you're using both eyelets on either side of the fork to mount the low rider? I'm fitting one to the Nishiki touring bike I just bought, and never thought of that option.
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Happy to say that my drop bar, repainted, re-brazed Cimarron is also working out great! Had a local cobbler modify a Carradice Super C to use as a handlebar bag with a Pec Dec and it swallows everything I'd need for a day ride and more. Lets me carry around all kinds of junk like a spare chain and spare derailleur on a ride if I feel like it. I just weighed the thing, too, on a bathroom scale and it came out to just under 26 lbs! That's about three under catalog specs, probably mostly in the wheels I built for it. A treat!

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Originally Posted by orloved
Happy to say that my drop bar, repainted, re-brazed Cimarron is also working out great! Had a local cobbler modify a Carradice Super C to use as a handlebar bag with a Pec Dec and it swallows everything I'd need for a day ride and more. Lets me carry around all kinds of junk like a spare chain and spare derailleur on a ride if I feel like it. I just weighed the thing, too, on a bathroom scale and it came out to just under 26 lbs! That's about three under catalog specs, probably mostly in the wheels I built for it. A treat!

Bravo! I'm impressed with the weight. Mine is nowhere near that. I have front and rear racks attached, however!
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we gotta get the bikes together!!
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Originally Posted by orloved
we gotta get the bikes together!!
(Pssst; it helps if you either quote or @ the person you're responding to. Just don't go with the @ autofill; doesn't work.)
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Just scored an 85 frame & fork off of FB Marketplace for very little $$. I've got most of the bits in my parts stash to get it on the road except for the 26.6 seatpost. Here's a pic from the seller:
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