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1989 Schwinn Tempo

I purchased the bike before Seattle's Chilly Hilly in February at the annual bike swap. A bit rustier and less taken care of as I disassembled it--the negligence of a good bike was a bit angering. I repainted the fork as its paint was destroyed (how??). After the "as is" ride then tear down then cleaning, I got her dressed in modern 9 speed running gear and she aced the Chilly Hilly. Great ride! Love that steel feel. Parts were then swapped to another bike and her fate was again up in the air. A full 7400 series Dura-Ace opportunity came my way in the form of a cracked-at-the-bottom-bracket Centurion Ironman and here is the result. I love riding this bike even more than when it had STIs! Get in on some of this downtube shift action if you aren't already!

1989 Schwinn Tempo - 24" (61cm) - Columbus Tenax SL tubing

Tange - fully sloping crown - original 1051 Shimano 105 headset

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Shimano 7400 Dura-Ace crankset - 175mm; Shimano UN-72 bottom bracket

Shimano SPD

7400 Dura-Ace 53/42T Chainring; 7400 Dura-Ace 7 speed cassette - twist tooth - Uniglide freehub; 9-speed chain (works flawlessly!)

7400 Dura-Ace SIS downtube shifters (2x7); 1051 Shimano 105 front derailleur; 7400 Dura-Ace rear derailleur

Ritchey Biomax dropbars; Cinelli quill stem - 100mm

Black aluminum seatpost - 27.2 diameter - 20mm setback; Specialized Riva Road saddle - 143mm

7400 Dura-Ace side pull calipers - single pivot - recessed nut; 7400 Dura-Ace SLR levers

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
7400 Dura-Ace hub laced to Weinmann DP18 rim; Bontrager Race Lite Hard Case 700x23 tire

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
7400 Dura-Ace hub laced to Weinmann DP18 rim; Bontrager Race Lite Hard Case 700x23 tire

Dura-Ace cable housing

More Info:
With pedals, she is 24.5 lbs of stable speed with a real slot car-like hunkered down feel. Very very smooth. :) Oh, and that Ironman and this Tempo are identical in weight. So spend less on this sleeper Schwinn and still get stellar performance!

Added by Dan-O. Last updated over 8 years ago.

As of over 8 years ago, Dan-O has indicated that they no longer own this bike.



CUMBOT says:

no group like the 7400. lovely.

Posted over 8 years ago


grangeyard says:


Posted almost 9 years ago