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Old 07-22-14, 10:34 PM
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72 World Voyageur

Just picked it up. It has got a hardware store sticker on it did Schwinn have their bikes selling in Hdw. stores?
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Old 07-22-14, 11:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Gunman45 View Post
Just picked it up. It has got a hardware store sticker on it did Schwinn have their bikes selling in Hdw. stores?
Very nice! I thought '73 was the first year for the World Voyageur.

Some authorized Schwinn dealers were also hardware stores.
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Old 07-23-14, 02:40 AM
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They were introduced in mid-'72 and were built through '73 as '73 models. They were not listed in any of the Schwinn catalogs of the time. If you can, post the serial no. on the underside of the bottom bracket, the first two digits will identify when the frame was built. The earliest ones I've seen so far were March '72.
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Old 07-23-14, 06:32 AM
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the serial number is 2E1615 does that mean its a May of 1972 manufacture date
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Yes indeed, the 2E indicates 1972, May.
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Old 07-23-14, 11:20 PM
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http://schwinncruisers.com/catalogs/...voyageur_2.jpg
found this in the 75 catalog
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Old 07-24-14, 05:23 AM
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The Voyageur II was the second generation of the Panasonic/Schwinn Voyageur line up. It would eventually be replaced in '77-'78 (IIRC) with the Panasonic/Schwinn Volare, which was on full par with the Paramount (but at a reduced price). These early top of the line Panasonic/Schwinn bikes were really sweet.

A few years ago @ftwelder gifted me this Voyageur II frameset. It appears to be all chrome under the paint and since it was significantly chipped and scratched, I thought about stripping it. But then I cleaned and polished it and like the look so built it up for touring (which I seem to never get around to ).

I like to call it my "Mutt" build. Japan built frameset, Shimano hubs, Suntour shifters Nitto Stem and Sugino cranks. Huret derailleurs and Wolber rims. Campagnolo headset. GB handlebars and Wrights saddle. Jim Blackburn racks and Cannondale bags. Planet Bike fenders. Sun-up rear wheel generator.

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The Voyageur II was pretty much identical to the World Voyageur except for available sizes and paint colors. You can see the World Voyageur dealer brochure here: SLDB 1973 World Voyageur Bicycle Specifications

As PastorBob says, they were indeed full chrome under the paint. The bad thing about that is it made the paint very easy to chip.
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